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Saigon - Siem Reap with RV Jahan Cruise 8 Days

Jahan Mekong Cruise Cai Be Floating Market Chau Doc
Royal Palace - Phnom Penh - Cambodia
Tonle Sap Angkor Wat - Siem Reap
Destination: Saigon - Cai Be - Chau Doc - Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham - Kampong Chhnang - Tonle Sap - Siem Reap
Starting: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - Vietnam
Ending: Siem Reap - Cambodia
Rate: $1920 - $6260

Day 1: Saigon - Cai Be

 “The Sea of Mangroves”
Bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of Saigon while settling into your cabin. The ship will begin by meandering along busy ports and waterways. Soon after, the change is abrupt and you’ll find yourself in the UNESCO listed Mangrove Biosphere Reserve of Can Gio which had been destroyed during the Vietnam War by toxic chemicals. Amazingly, the 75 hectares of forest has come back to life through a reforestation. Enjoy a cocktail reception at the Funnel Bar and Lounge followed by a Welcome Dinner on the Sun Deck. Drop anchor just outside of Cai Be for the night.


Day 2: Cai Be - Chau Doc

 “Vietnamese inventiveness”
Today’s tour starts with the visit of Cai Be’s colorful floating market. Cruise among local sampans coming from all provinces of the delta full of fruits and vegetables. Proceed to Dong Hoa Hiep island located between Vinh Long and Cai Be. During a 40 minute cruise, discover beautiful landscapes along the river and observe the typical Mekong Delta rural life.

These evergreen islands among the Mekong River still remain unknown to many people. Back on the sampans, we will lead to you to observe the activity of the biggest rice stock market in Cai Be. Further stops will allow you to see traditional brick and tile factories and how locals use palm leaves for houses. Cruise 20 minutes further to Phu An hamlet passing by Cai Be’s beautiful cathedral. Visit some interesting home factories to see how rice paste, rice cookies and coco candies, are made, along with the longan fruit drying process.

Lunch will await you at Le Longanier, a superb Indochinese villa located in a lush tropical garden by the river, surrounded by fruit orchards. After lunch, group 1 takes a stroll along the canals to experience the local environment first hand while group 2 explores the edges of the canals on bicycle. After touring the canals, head to the An Kiet ancient house to have tea with the descendants of the former imperial residents. Board the Jahan for a relaxing evening cruise towards Chau Doc. Moor midstream overnight.
 

Day 3:Chau Doc - border crossing

 “Taste of aqua cultural life”
Welcome to the circus of fish. The early birds will be treated to Thai Chi lessons on the Sun Deck. Brace yourself for a boat excursion to the exciting floating villages and catfish farms witnessing masses of bassa fish being fed, hand in hand with a shore excursion to the village of the local Muslim Cham community.

Take a ride through this fascinating town of rich French colonial architecture and see its bustling market flooded with tropical fruits in full display by women in cone shaped palm leaf hats. Observe beautiful textiles being woven on old wooden looms; a tradition that has been passed from generation to generation. By mid-afternoon, The Jahan casts off for the border towards Phnom Penh.


Day 4: Phnom Penh

 “Pearl of the East”
Off we go early in the morning to witness a truly indescribable scene while approaching Phnom Penh’s river promenade. After breakfast, embark on a city tour in this dynamic, historical capital of Cambodia which has retained its French colonial charm. Sightseeing in the morning will include the dazzling white and gold architecture of the Royal Palace, outstanding displays of Khmer crafts at the National Museum and the temple on a hill - Wat Phnom.

After lunch in a local restaurant, examine the painful, heart wrenching reminders of Cambodia’s ugly past under the Khmer Rouge regime with an excursion to the infamous “Killing Fields”; the former detention, torture and execution centers during the Cambodian civil war. Introduction and onsite lecture by a local history professor.

Thereafter, to ease the nerves a variety of cocktails will be at your disposal, followed by Cambodia’s traditional Apsara dance performance. Experience the brilliance and richness of the culture, the soothing sounds of traditional music, the calming scent of incense sticks and a delicious Khmer food buffet.


Day 5: Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham

“Monks and hilltops”
Depart before the break of dawn from Phnom Penh with a stop at the little known Chong Koh silk weaving village for a leisure walk. We cruise past the Mekong’s tranquil villages and mind blowing river life with scores of fishermen on duty. Visit Wat Nokor, a wat built within the ruins of an ancient temple that holds a timeless story. Then, travel to the Cheung Kok Ecotourism Village, a small village developed with support from Assistance Médiation Internationale (AMICA). Travelers can visit the village and take part in activities to experience village life. Profits from tourism go towards re-investment into long-term projects.


Day 6: Kampong Cham - Wat Hanchey

“Cambodia’s province and the wetlands”
Wake up in the wee hours of the morning, truly energized to embark on a journey upriver to the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Located at the top of a hill overlooking the river, it offers some of the best views in Cambodia. Dating from the 8th century, these ancient structures do justice to the architecture of the Chenla Empire which predated the glories of the mighty Angkor. Enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding well organized rice paddy plains, as well as a travelers blessing performed by the local monks.


Day 7: Kampong Cham - Kampong Chhnang - Tonle Sap

“Waterworld”
Before the sun rises, The Jahan sets sail to Kampong Chhnang via Prek K’dam along the meandering Tonle Sap River, which narrows through leafy swaths of the South East Asian jungle. Take a walk through Kampong Louang, one of the last silversmith villages, to see the entire community involved in making various silver items to sell. Get back aboard The Jahan to eat lunch while cruising towards Kampong Chhnang.

After lunch, take a motorboat excursion from Kampong Chhnang to see the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in the region. Make a stop at a our sponsored floating school to interact with the children and teach them some English! This is the day to truly experience rural Khmer life. In the evening, a mouth watering Farewell Dinner will be served on the Sun Deck.


Day 8: Tonle Sap - Siem Reap

 “Angkor Awaits”
This great lake dominates Cambodia and is over 150 km in length. The birdlife is profuse and from the middle of the lake one cannot even see the shores. Witness stillness and tranquillity on the way to Siem Reap. The water level varies a great deal according to the time of the year and the amount of rainfall recorded. Thus, changes may occur for the different seasons.
 
High Water Program (approx. between July and December): Cross the Tonle Sap Lake at dawn and 11:00 disembark at Siem Reap Port for onward coach transfer to the hotel by 12:00.
 
Low Water Program (approx. between December and June): Cruise early morning to Prek K’dam where you will disembark Jahan after breakfast. Board a coach at 09:00 which will take you to see a pre-Angorian temple on your way to Siem Reap. A packed lunch and refreshments will be available along the way. Arrive in Siem Reap early afternoon.

***** Please note you will leave RV The Jahan for good at the time you embark for the last visit.
Departure Dates in 2014
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4, 18
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Maintenance
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Departure Dates in 2015
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Prices quoted in US$ nett per person 
Cabin 01 Jan - 31 Mar 01 Jan - 31 Mar 01 Jun - 04 Oct 05 Oct - 19 Oct 20 Oct - 31 Dec
Double Single Double Single Double Single Double Single Double Single
Superior 2950 4420 2360 3530 1920 2880 2360 3530 2950 4420
Deluxe 3560 5350 2770 4150 2260 3390 2770 4150 3560 5350
Signature  3890 5830 3110 4670 2540 3790 3110 4670 3890 5830

Suite

 4260 6390 3240 4870 2650 3950 3240 4870 4260 6390

What’s included

  • Entrance fees
  • Transportation
  • Tour guide services (English speaking)
  • Taxes, fuel, pilots, port dues
  • Full board
  • Welcome and farewell dinner, mineral water, coffee and tea during breakfast
  • Transfers in Siem Reap from or to the meeting point

What’s not included

  • Phnom Penh port taxes per passenger of 65 USD levied by the Cambodian Port Authority Gratuities
  • Visa
Note:
  • Peak season surcharge - 250 USD for the New Years Eve cruise and Christmas cruise per cabin.
  • Extra bed supplement - 70% off on regular cruise price (price per cabin). Extra beds are available in Deluxe rooms only.
  • Single occupancy - 25% off on regular cruise price
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The guest accommodation consists of 27 expansive and carefully designed staterooms and junior suites with floor to ceiling panoramic sliding glass doors onto a private French balcony offer privacy and matchless luxury.

As the sun slowly sets... Step out on to your private balcony... sip on your drink and become part of the river life unfolding around you.
 
Start your day on the Mekong with Thai Chi lessons on the Sun Deck. Or bathe in the rays of dawn shining through your balcony as you lay in bed. A journey full of reverberating sights, colors and sounds awaits you.

Whether it is a refreshing sundowner drink at the lounge or a pampering time at the "Apsara" beauty salon, this is a time for reflection and relaxation.

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When night falls, dancers perform and dinner is served. The ship changes hue at night and the staff emerge the following morning in their exquisite Cambodian traditional outfit.

 

Ship Concept:

  • Heritage Line's flagship - a real boutique style FIT river cruise liner
  • Distinctive British Indian colonial theme design (a Heritage Line collection)
  • Cruise concierge desk and private shore excursions (chose from the excursion menu or tailor made excursions) assisted by a shore butler
  • A floating sanctuary ideally for couples and small groups
  • Highest staff-passenger ratio

Facilities:

  • Steam/Sauna:
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    Steam sauna with shower (on reservation only)
  • Gymnasium: Bicycles, treadmill and Work-out center
  • Spa: Spa and beauty center at the observatory (Spa, beauty, massage, nails, resting area). 2 treating rooms.
  • Pool: Pool/jacuzzi 2.5 x 5 meter, located on terrace deck with outdoor shower and sun beds
  • Restaurant: 170m2 Located on Pool deck (buffet/set menu). Kitchen is located below main deck, connected by a dumb waiter. Floor to ceiling windows and sliding doors.
  • Observatory: 50m2 Library and lounge with comfortable large sofas and a view to all sides through panoramic windows
  • Wheelhouse deck: Sun beds with a view - on top of the wheelhouse
  • Funnel bar: Outdoor bar with comfortable sofa style seating
  • Reception: Entrance area at the lobby lounge
  • Lounge, 160m2: Comfy seating area for movies and lectures
  • Cruise concierge:
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    Multimedia concierge desk located at the observatory
  • Tour leader cabin: 1 TL cabin with single bed and en suite bathroom
  • Boutique shop: Clothes, souvenir and amenities shop located in the lounge

Accommodation: 26 balcony cabins in 4 categories

  • 12 Superior staterooms: 30m2, on the Upper Deck with balcony
  • 8 Deluxe staterooms: 30m2 on the Upper Deck with balcony
  • 4 Signature staterooms: 32m2 on the Upper Deck with balcony and 35m2 on the Main Deck with balcony
  • 2 Suite staterooms: 51m2 located on the Upper Deck with balcony

All cabins

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    All cabins with audio entertainment system
  • Bedside controls including AC, light and music
  • Hot water kettle (Tea) and Espresso machine (Pads)
  • Floor to ceiling sliding door's 4.5m2 balcony with 2 chairs and table
  • Mini bar, hair dryer, beauty mirror, vintage phone, desk, chairs, sofa, luggage rack, 2-door wardrobe

Facts & Figures

  • Launch: October 2011
  • Class: River vessel S1, sailing under Vietnamese flag, VIRES registered
  • Itinerary: My Tho - Siem Reap
  • Length: 70m length overall
  • Width: 12.5 m
  • Draft: 1.7 m (maximum)
  • Capacity: 52 Guest
  • Crew:
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    40 Crew Cambodian/Vietnamese
  • DWT: 1000 tons
  • Speed: Cruising speed 10 knots, Maxi upstream 12 knots, Maxi downstream 16 knots
  • Engine/Gen set: Twin diesel engine, 3 independent gen set's
  • Central AC: VRV system computer controlled
  • Cabins: 26 cabins, 4 categories
  • Decks: 4 decks (incl. below main deck)
  • Height: 9 meter from waterline until sundeck ceiling

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