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RV Jayavarman Cruise

Downstream Siem Reap - Saigon 8 Days by RV Jayavarman Cruise

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Duration: 8 Days
Cruise Routes: Siem Reap - Tonle Sap - Kampong Chhnang - Wat Hanchey - Kampong Cham - Phnom Penh - Chau Doc - Cai be - My Tho - Saigon

Here is some highlights about this program Siem Reap to Saigon:

Cultural Highlights: To complement your tours and shore excursions, take part in tour’s Cultural Highlights—immersive learning and enhancement activities both on board and ashore:

• Visit the renowned Tonle Sap Lake

• Tour the magnificent ruins of Phnom Penh Capital

• Enjoy traditional Apsara temple dancing and other folkloric performances

• Visit colorful floating markets on the banks of the Mekong

• View onboard film screenings that will enhance your journey These in-depth experiences are included as an essential part of discovering more about the places through which you cruise, and each activity is planned specifically to illuminate each itinerary.

Culture Curriculum: Sometimes you want to dig a little deeper. We offer a series of on board multimedia talks to shed light on the history and culture of the places you visit.

Learn about:

• The rise and fall of the Khmer empire

• The archeological excavations at Angkor

• History of Vietnam and Cambodia

• History and culture of the Champa people and other ethnic groups

• Key words and phrases in the local languages These presentations provide a context for your own observations, enhancing your travel experience.

The Lost Civilization by the RV Jayavarman Cruise
Siem Reap - Saigon (8 Days/7 Nights)

Day 1: Siem Reap - Kampong Chhnang
Meals: lunch/ dinner
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Day 2: Kampong Chhnang - Kampong Cham
Meals: Breakfast/ lunch/ dinner
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Day 3: Kampong Cham - Wat Hanchey
Meals: Breakfast/ lunch/ dinner
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Day 4: Phnom Penh
Meals: Breakfast/ lunch/ dinner
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Day 5: Phnom Penh - border crossing
Meals: Breakfast/ lunch/ dinner
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Day 6: Chau Doc - Sa Dec
Meals: Breakfast/ lunch/ dinner
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Day 7: Sa Dec - Cai Be - My Tho
Meals: Breakfast/ lunch/ dinner
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Day 8: My Tho - Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: Breakfast

Downtream Siemreap - Saigon 8 Days by RV Jayavarman Cruise Map:


 


 

The Lost Civilization

*Low water season is approximate from January to middle of September and we will keep you posted 2 weeks before the cruise.  

*High water season is approximate from middle of September to the end of December and we will keep you posted 2 weeks before the cruise.

8 Days Downstream High Water Itinerary from Siem Reap to Saigon

Day 1: Siem Reap - Kampong Chhnang (lunch/dinner)


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The Tonle Sap (The Great Lake) is the flowing heart of Cambodia, giving love and life to this nation. The Tonle Sap has more fish than any other lake in the world and is home to an incredible variety of birds, including rare – and endangered – feathered life. At 12.00h (noon), we gather at the meeting point followed by a quick transfer to the boutique Ship. The ever-smiling crew welcomes us with unbridled warmth. A refreshing welcome drink awaits us followed by a sumptuous lunch on the Ship.
Then, it is a lazy afternoon as the ship glides along the water. Dinner is at Dining Hall. Enjoy a spectacular experience on the sun deck as we bathe in the glow of the moon and the radiance of the stars.
Including lunch and dinner. The ship moors overnight in the river or on the lake.

Day 2: Kampong Chhnang - Kampong Cham (breakfast/lunch/dinner)

The day – in fact everyday – starts with an invigorating Tai Chi lesson on the sun deck, just as the sun begins its slow rise. Coffee and tea awaits the early bird. Before dawn, the ship sets sail across the Tonle Lake. As the ship is about to exit the lake, we see spectacular marshlands floating along the river banks of Kampong Chhnang province.
The afternoon cruise continues with a languid meander along the Tonle River, which narrows through leafy swaths of the Southeast Asian jungle. Here, the river is very narrow and we are greeted by kids waving enthusiastically at us from the banks. Follow a short bus trip to the see the Khmer-styled pottery at the Aundaung Russey village. We then embark on a truly marvellous motorboat excursion from Kampong Chhnang to see the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in the region before reaching Kampong Cham in the evening. Further down the river we take part in an ox cart rally before being introduced to the Heritage Line pro bono “literacy project”.

Overnight in The RV Jayavarman Cruise in Kampong Cham.

Day 3: Kampong Cham - Wat Hanchey (breakfast/lunch/dinner)


Ankor Wat32


We will wake up in the small hours of the morning, truly energized to embark on a land journey to the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Travelers either take a motor-taxi or climb 291 steps to the top. Located at the top of a hill overlooking the river, it offers one of the most breath-taking views in Cambodia. Built in the 8th century, this ancient structure, together with a bigger and newer addition underscores the superb architecture of the Chenla Empire which predates the mighty Angkor temple complex. We even get to engage in light banter with some of the monks in the area. We will return to the Ship to witness a blessing ceremony performed by orange-clad local monks.

When the tide allows, we will enjoy a surprise sojourn in our zodiacs (inflatable boats) to the nearby bank to swim in the teacoloured Mekong river, an experience that will, no doubt, dominate dinner conversations in the weeks to come. We will then cruise towards Kampong Cham to visit Wat Nokor, a wat built within the ruins of an ancient temple which holds a timeless story. On the way back to the Ship, we will visit an orphanage. Along the way, we will have to maneuver a 2-kilometer rickety bamboo bridge. Our sense of balance lies in the balance!
Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight midstream near Phnom Penh.

Day 4: Phnom Penh (breakfast/lunch/dinner)

Phnom Penh was once the Paris of the East. Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic charm and elegance. After breakfast, we will be captivated by a comprehensive lecture on Cambodia’s modern history. This will be followed by a city tour of this dynamic, historical capital city of Cambodia which has managed to preserve huge slices of its French colonial allure. Sightseeing in the morning will include visiting the dazzling white and gold edifice of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, and witnessing exceptionally beautiful Khmer craft at the National Museum.
After lunch at a local restaurant, we will visit the Genocide museum and the Killing Field in town. Be prepared to be heart wrenched by this stark reminder of the genocide that transpired during Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime.
We go back to the Ship after our museum visit. A variety of cocktails will be served followed by a traditional Apsara dance performance on board. Experience the brilliance and richness of this culture, the soothing sounds of traditional music, the calming scent of incense sticks and a barbeque on the sun deck. It is indeed a truly marvellous experience, dining in the open with the stars and the moon as our companions.
Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 5: Phnom Penh - border crossing (breakfast/lunch/dinner)

The cruise liner then sets sail for a lazy day of cruising along the main Mekong Channel. As this is an international shipping route, you will witness large commercial ships plying this route. Later, in the afternoon, we set off to the Vietnamese border for the requisite cross border paperwork. As the process tends to take some time, we bask in the glow of the afternoon sun on the sun deck, pamper ourselves silly at the Spa, or sharpen our culinary skills with the Heritage Line’s Cambodian and Vietnamese cuisine cooking class.
The ship moors midstream overnight.

Day 6: Chau Doc - Sa Dec (breakfast/lunch/dinner)


Life on Tonle Sap31


Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. We begin our day with a hearty breakfast at the Dining Hall or in the quiet sanctuary of your balcony. We will brace ourselves for a short excursion in Chau Doc, a pleasant town near the Cambodian border with sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer communities. We will also visit the colorful local market near an ancient temple. This is followed by a trip to the quay, where we will be feted to a boat excursion to the floating market and rustic catfish farms. We will certainly enjoy watching schools of basa fish being fed by hand. Then, it is back to the ship for a lunch. In the mid afternoon, we will set off for My An Hung Village. Passengers walk to the family house through the vegetable garden to see the boat building yard and canals. We will cross a monkey bridge and see chili, corn and beetle nut plantations amongst other vegetable fields. Then gather at the family’s house to taste tea with honey with local delicacies and fruits before back to the ship to set off for Sa Dec in the late afternoon.
Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight in Sa Dec.
Note: Due to high water in the Mekong Delta between July and December the following program applies:
This morning, you will start your excursion on a local boat (sampan) and discover the border town of Tan Chau. Firstly, the journey takes you to the “evergreen” islands where you will be thrilled to learn the life of the locals.
The inhabitants of these islands live on houses poised on high stilts – a centuries-old tradition in this part of the Mekong Delta. We stop to visit a fish farm located in the Tan Chau canal – this farm consists of floating houses and the villagers make their living by cultivating fish. You continue by boat to Tan Chau pier, disembark here and stroll around this colorful local market with lots of regional products. You return to the cruise ship after your market visit. Overnight on The Jayavarman Cruise

Day 7: Sa Dec - Cai Be - My Tho (breakfast/lunch/dinner)

In the morning, we embark a traditional sampan (a flat bottomed traditional Vietnamese wooden boat) to tour Binh Thanh Island and its man-made canals. Here, every villager is involved in the process of growing and processing water hyacinths into natural fibre floor mats and rattan baskets.
After lunch on board, the Ship arrives in Cai Be. The tour starts with a visit to Cai Be’s boisterous and colorful floating market where traders gather in a cacophonous congregation. During the languid ride, we discover breathtaking landscapes along the river and quaff the rustic life on the Mekong Delta. The evergreen islands along the Mekong River remain unknown to many people. The cruise will halt intermittently to allow us to observe how rice paste, rice cookies and coconut candies are made, along with the Longan fruit drying process. After touring the canals, we head to an ancient house surrounded by fruit orchards before heading to the Ship for dinner. We then board the ship for a tranquil evening cruise towards My Tho. A wonderful farewell party awaits us on the terrace deck.
Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight in My Tho.

Day 8: My Tho - Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast)

Our magnificent cruiser winds its way to My Tho, approximately 70km south of Saigon on the upper Mekong river in Vietnam. We bid farewell to the cruise as our journey comes to a close. But the memories and the friendships made on board linger on for a lot longer.
We disembark at around 8.30h and we join the transfer to the madding crowd of Saigon. Drop off will be at the meeting point in Saigon.
Including breakfast.


8 Days Downstream Low Water Itinerary from Siem Reap to Saigon:

Day 1: Siem Reap - Kampong Chhnang (lunch box/dinner)


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At 8.00h, we gather at the meeting point and join a transfer to Kampong Cham on the Mekong River. We get to munch on snacks and enjoy cold drinks along the journey. In the early afternoon, we will embark the Ship in Kampong Cham followed by a welcome drink. Later that evening, we meet and greet our fellow passengers, our brothers-in-arms in our soon-to-be matchless experience at a briefing at the Lounge. This is followed by a welcome dinner at the Dining Hall.
Including lunch box and dinner. Overnight in Kampong Cham.

Day 2: Kampong Chhnang - Kampong Cham (breakfast/lunch/dinner)

We will wake up in the small hours of the morning, truly energized to embark on a land journey to the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Travelers either take a motor-taxi or climb 291 steps to the top. Located at the top of a hill overlooking the river, it offers one of the most breath-taking views in Cambodia. Built in the 8th century, this ancient structure, together with a bigger and newer addition underscores the superb architecture of the Chenla Empire which predates the mighty Angkor temple complex. We even get to engage in light banter with some of the monks in the area. We will return to the Ship to witness a blessing ceremony performed by orange-clad local monks.
When the tide allows, we will enjoy a surprise sojourn in our zodiacs (inflatable boats) to the nearby bank to swim in the teacoloured Mekong River, an experience that will, no doubt, dominate dinner conversations in the weeks to come. We will then cruise towards Kampong Cham to visit Wat Nokor, a wat built within the ruins of an ancient temple which holds a timeless story. On the way back to the Ship, we will visit an orphanage. Along the way, we will have to maneuver a 2-kilometer rickety bamboo bridge. Our sense of balance lies in the balance!
Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight cruise to Kampong Chhnang.

Day 3: Kampong Cham - Wat Hanchey (breakfast/lunch/dinner)


Ankor Wat32


Kampong Chhnang is a busy rural port town with bustling markets and boisterous children who wave and greet us as we arrive on the Ship. We will take a short bus trip to see the Khmer-styled pottery at the Aundaung Russey village followed by a rugged motor boat excursion into the wetlands that form the mouth of the river. Of considerable interest are the great fish traps, some half a kilometer long, which net a gargantuan amount of fish after each monsoon rain as the trawl migrate from the falling lake to the Tonle River.
The afternoon cruise continues with a languid meander along the Tonle River, which narrows through leafy swaths of the Southeast Asian jungle. Here, the river is very narrow and we are greeted by kids waving enthusiastically at us from the banks. We then return to the Ship for lunch whilst cruising the narrow and meandering Tonle River. We will cruise towards Prek K’dam where we will take a walk through the silversmith village of Koh Chen where the entire community of villagers is involved in making various silver items for sale.
Dinner awaits us at the Dining Hall while the Ship cruises to Phnom Penh.
Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight midstream near Phnom Penh.

Day 4: Phnom Penh (breakfast/lunch/dinner)

Phnom Penh was once the Paris of the East. Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic charm and elegance. After breakfast, we will be captivated by a comprehensive lecture on Cambodia’s modern history. This will be followed by a city tour of this dynamic, historical capital city of Cambodia which has managed to preserve huge slices of its French colonial allure. Sightseeing in the morning will include visiting the dazzling white and gold edifice of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, and witnessing exceptionally beautiful Khmer craft at the National Museum.
After lunch at a local restaurant, we will visit the Genocide museum and the Killing Field in town. Be prepared to be heart wrenched by this stark reminder of the genocide that transpired during Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime.
We go back to the Ship after our museum visit. A variety of cocktails will be served followed by a traditional Apsara dance performance on board. Experience the brilliance and richness of this culture, the soothing sounds of traditional music, the calming scent of incense sticks and a barbeque on the sun deck. It is indeed a truly marvellous experience, dining in the open with the stars and the moon as our companions.
Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 5: Phnom Penh - border crossing (breakfast/lunch/dinner)

The cruise liner then sets sail for a lazy day of cruising along the main Mekong Channel. As this is an international shipping route, you will witness large commercial ships plying this route. Later, in the afternoon, we set off to the Vietnamese border for the requisite cross border paperwork. As the process tends to take some time, we bask in the glow of the afternoon sun on the sun deck, pamper ourselves silly at the Spa, or sharpen our culinary skills with the Heritage Line’s Cambodian and Vietnamese cuisine cooking class.
The ship moors midstream overnight.

Day 6: Chau Doc - Sa Dec (breakfast/lunch/dinner)


Life on Tonle Sap31


Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. We begin our day with a hearty breakfast at the Dining Hall or in the quiet sanctuary of your balcony. We will brace ourselves for a short excursion in Chau Doc, a pleasant town near the Cambodian border with sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer communities. We will also visit the colorful local market near an ancient temple. This is followed by a trip to the quay, where we will be feted to a boat excursion to the floating market and rustic catfish farms. We will certainly enjoy watching schools of basa fish being fed by hand. Then, it is back to the ship for a lunch. In the mid afternoon, we will set off for My An Hung Village. Passengers walk to the family house through the vegetable garden to see the boat building yard and canals. We will cross a monkey bridge and see chili, corn and beetle nut plantations amongst other vegetable fields. Then gather at the family’s house to taste tea with honey with local delicacies and fruits before back to the ship to set off for Sa Dec in the late afternoon.
Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight in Sa Dec.
Note: Due to high water in the Mekong Delta between July and December the following program applies:
This morning, you will start your excursion on a local boat (sampan) and discover the border town of Tan Chau. Firstly, the journey takes you to the “evergreen” islands where you will be thrilled to learn the life of the locals.
The inhabitants of these islands live on houses poised on high stilts – a centuries-old tradition in this part of the Mekong Delta. We stop to visit a fish farm located in the Tan Chau canal – this farm consists of floating houses and the villagers make their living by cultivating fish. You continue by boat to Tan Chau pier, disembark here and stroll around this colorful local market with lots of regional products. You return to the cruise ship after your market visit. Overnight on The Jayavarman Cruise

Day 7: Sa Dec - Cai Be - My Tho (breakfast/lunch/dinner)

In the morning, we embark a traditional sampan (a flat bottomed traditional Vietnamese wooden boat) to tour Binh Thanh Island and its man-made canals. Here, every villager is involved in the process of growing and processing water hyacinths into natural fibre floor mats and rattan baskets.
After lunch on board, the Ship arrives in Cai Be. The tour starts with a visit to Cai Be’s boisterous and colorful floating market where traders gather in a cacophonous congregation. During the languid ride, we discover breathtaking landscapes along the river and quaff the rustic life on the Mekong Delta. The evergreen islands along the Mekong River remain unknown to many people. The cruise will halt intermittently to allow us to observe how rice paste, rice cookies and coconut candies are made, along with the Longan fruit drying process. After touring the canals, we head to an ancient house surrounded by fruit orchards before heading to the Ship for dinner. We then board the ship for a tranquil evening cruise towards My Tho. A wonderful farewell party awaits us on the terrace deck.
Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight in My Tho.

Day 8: My Tho - Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast)

Our magnificent cruiser winds its way to My Tho, approximately 70km south of Saigon on the upper Mekong river in Vietnam. We bid farewell to the cruise as our journey comes to a close. But the memories and the friendships made on board linger on for a lot longer.
We disembark at around 8.30h and we join the transfer to the madding crowd of Saigon. Drop off will be at the meeting point in Saigon.
Including breakfast.

Notes: Although it is our intention to operate the itinerary as detailed proposal, we will do our utmost to stick to the set itinerary, however we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that might occur. It may be necessary to make some changes as a result of climatic conditions, alterations to cruise schedules or other operational factors.

8 days/7 nights “The Lost Civilization” Saigon Port (SGN) - Siem Reap (REP) and vice versa

The classic among the Mekong River Cruises - 8 day cruise “Lost Civilization” for the cruise aficionados combines places rarely visited with opulent world heritage sites on board the luxury boutique cruise “Jayavarman” – the unforgettable cruise experience. Please have a look of details departure dates 2013.

RV Jayavarman Cruise Dates in 2017 and 2018:

DEPARTURE DATES OF JAYAVARMAN CRUISE IN 2017, 2018
Upstream Saigon to Siem Reap Downstream Siem Reap to Saigon
Embarkation Dates Disembarkation Dates Embarkation Dates Disembarkation Dates
 07 January 2017 14 January 2017 14 January 2017 21 January 2017
21 January 2017 28 January 2017 28 January 2017 04 February 2017
04 February 2017 11 February 2017 11 February 2017 18 February 2017
18 February 2017 25 February 2017 25 February 2017 04 March 2017
04 March 2017 11 March 2017 04 March 2017 18 March 2017
18 March 2017 25 March 2017 25 March 2017 01 April 2017
01 April 2017 08 April 2017 08 April 2017 15 April 2017
15 April 2017 22 April 2017 22 April 2017 29 April 2017
08 July 2017 15 July 2017 15 July 2017 22 July 2017
22 July 2017 29 July 2017 19 July 2017 26 July 2017
05 August 2017 05 August 2017 05 August 2017 05 August 2017
05 August 2017 05 August 2017 05 August 2017 02 September 2017
02 September 2017 09 September 2017 09 September 2017 16 September 2017
16 September 2017 23 September 2017 23 September 2017 30 September 2017
02 September 2017 02 September 2017 02 September 2017 02 September 2017
30 September 2017 07 October 2017 07 October 2017 07 October 2017
07 October 2017 07 October 2017 07 October 2017 07 October 2017
07 October 2017 04 November 2017 04 November 2017 04 November 2017
28 October 2017 04 November 2017 04 November 2017 04 November 2017
11 November 2017 18 November 2017 18 November 2017 25 November 2017
25 November 2017 02 December 2017 02 December 2017 09 December 2017
09 December 2017 16 December 2017 16 December 2017 23 December 2017
23 December 2017 30 December 2017 30 December 2017 06 January 2018

•  Deparute Dates in 2017 & 2018 PLease contatact us for more exactly Embarkation & Disembarkation Date.

Quotation: US$/Double or Twin cabin, Kindly inquiry us to get lastest discount or promotion for early booking or last miniutes of RV Jayavarman Cruise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inclusions:

• Entrance fees Transportation Tour guide services (English speaking) Taxes, fuel, pilots, port dues,

•  All Meals on boat - full board welcome and farewell diner, mineral water, coffee and tea during breakfast

• Transfers in Saigon and Siem Reap from/to the meeting point to/from embarkation/disembarkation point or vice verse are included Inclusions for Jayavarman Signature Staterooms: Complimentary room service (non premium spirits/house wine), mini bar, balcony breakfast, book gift (a Journey on the Jayavarman), 1 bottle of Prosecco sparkling wine and fruit basket.

Exclusions:

• Phnom Penh port taxes per passenger of US$ 65 levied by the Cambodian Port authority.

• Gratuities (US$ 5.00 passenger/day are recommended)

• Visa (cost for Cambodia visa is US$30.00 and fuel surcharges if any (See terms and conditions).

• Peak season surcharge: + US$ 150 for the New Years Eve cruise and Christmas cruise per person (24 Dec,31 Dec)

• Extra bed supplement, 70% off on regular cruise price (price per cabin). Extra beds are available in deluxe rooms only

 
 
 
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