Heritage Line Heritage Line is a consummate collector of classic river vessels. We design our ships to emulate the glories of a by-gone era in the areas we sail. Each is unique in its décor and setting. Each detail is painstakingly crafted to remake history. Authenticity, tradition, art and exploration are the heart of our business. Considered the father of our ship fleet on the Mekong, the Jayavarman was inspired by a French-Colonial cruise liner. It charms guests with its artful ambience, pastel coloured cabins and quaint wooden bar. It has intricate woodcarvings, Khmer bas-reliefs and Vietnamese lacquer paintings resembling a floating art gallery. The Jahan is Heritage Line’s most romantic cruise liner. It evokes the opulent vessels of British India and no expense has been spared in the interior and exterior decorations, which showcase the talents of local woodworkers, weavers and artists in Vietnam and Cambodia. In Ha Long Bay, Heritage Line operates three traditional, high-end boutique junks, collectively known as the “The sisters”. Named after flowers that are native to Halong Bay, these Sisters include the Violet, the Jasmine and the Ginger. Violet with just six suites, is the youngest sister, known for her bright charm. Jasmine, with 23 cabins, is the middle sister, offering languid comfort and Ginger-the eldest, with ten cabins, combines classic beauty and timeless grace of service. Anawrahta sails the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers in Myanmar and is built to resemble a British-Colonial paddle-steamer. The vessel features four spacious decks and 23 cabins and spacious suites, all come with private balcony. With its gleaming white rails, polished lacquer and intricately carved woodwork, the Anawrahta takes guests to an era of bygone elegance in sailing.

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Cruise Type
Ship
Date
Days
Destination
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Mekong Heritage River Cruise
Jayavarman
06.03.2021
13.03.2021
7
Asia, Lost Civilisation (Upstream)
Fare from € 2.750
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Travelroute
Day 1

Saigon - My Tho - Cai Be

We gather before noontime at our welcome lounge in Saigon. Lean back with a drink as our staff welcomes you and collects your details for boarding. We bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of Saigon and travel 70 kilometers south overland to My Tho to embark on your luxury floating home for the upcoming journey along the Mighty Mekong.

After our crew warmly welcomes you, you check in to your well prepared staterooms. The ship sets sail and a fascinating voyage along the Mekong begins. Lunch buffet is served in the restaurant while the vessel steadily glides upstream to reach the overnight spot.

Make yourself familiar with all the ship facilities. Now it is time to become one with one of the largest streams in Asia. The afternoon allows you to leisurely pass time on your private balcony or join our tea time at the open air bar as the twilight bathes the Mekong Delta in a golden haze.

During the time you savor your dinner, the ship reaches Cai Be.
It is a charming town, famous for its Catholic French church and the
manufacturing of traditional crafts and food products. The floating market of Cai Be is getting smaller every year, since trading on the water is shifting more and more to the modern central markets.

We anchor mid-stream near Cai Be for dinner and moor there overnight. After dinner our lounge cinema features selected classic movies (every night).

Day 2

Cai Be - Sa Dec - Tan Chau

Each morning, we offer our guests an invigorating Tai Chi class on the sun deck. Start your day, just as many local people do in Asia, as the sun begins its gentle glow. A sumptuous buffet breakfast is served for the perfect first exploration day in the Mekong Delta.

Our morning tour takes you to Cai Be. We can still see some boat to boat trading of local goods such as fruits and agricultural products.
Our guide will explain the particularities of this long lasting trading culture. Each boat has a special marker that lets buyers know what goods it is selling.

Cai Be is a rustic town crisscrossed by many water canals. We go on-shore to visit a workshop and learn how rice paste, rice paper, rice cookies and rice wine is manufactured. Cai Be and its surrounding areas are covered with palm trees and hence the region is also famous for the production of coconut candies. With our local boat we continue to explore the lush and green canal network and observe the farmers working in the fields.
Back on board lunch is served. You can enjoy time for yourself then to either enjoy a true Vietnamese coffee at the bar or simply watch the life on the riverbanks floating by.

In the afternoon, we reach the area of Sa Dec. We embark on a traditional local boat and head towards Binh Thanh Island. This island is one of the larger ones in the vast stream of the Mekong. Some communities have settled here and make their living by growing water hyacinths.
We exclulsively visit one of those untouched areas. By wandering through the village, we get a deep understanding of the native life.
Moreover, we see the whole process of mat making. You can try weaving yourself, which is still done manually. We will meet also an elderly local couple who shares their story on this island. They are happy to engage in a conversation with you.

Back on board you may like to pamper yourself with a spa treatment or take a dip into the pool on the sun deck. Our expert guide offers a presentation on the “Life on the Mekong Delta” as the ship continues sailing to Tan Chau – near the border to Cambodia. We moor midstream.

Dinner is served and afterwards you can join our evening cinema session (offered every night) featuring selected classic movies.

Day 3

Tan Chau - Border crossing - Phnom Penh

Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at the dining hall or in the quiet privacy of your balcony.
Brace yourself for a tour around Tan Chau, a pleasant, slow-paced town with a sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer community.

Once on-shore we hop on “xelois” to explore Tan Chau. A “xeloi” is a local vehicle which is still used as a taxi in this region. We slowly move around the streets to see all the workshops, houses and domiciles. Get to feel the laid-back vibes of this place. We stop at the colorful local market near one of the town’s temples. This is the best time to interact with the vendors of this friendly town to practice your bargaining skills. We board our local boat and cruise past floating houses and finally reach a floating fish farm. This region is the source of a fish production that is sold all over the world. Here we get a deep insight on how fish farming works.

Back on board our “home” we sail towards the Vietnamese-Cambodian border. Get ready for a fascinating and leisurely cruise through the deep Cambodian countryside towards Phnom Penh.
The whole afternoon is at your own arrangements. Now is the time when even the last passenger will switch into cruise mode and experience the therapeutic influence that this mighty river radiates. It is time for massages, for relaxation on the sun beds, for private balcony kick-backs - it’s the time to merge with the river.

A culinary class is offered in the afternoon to sharpen your knowledge and skills on the local cuisine. Some may like to visit the bridge - the captain always has a little story to share about “his” river. Float into a state of mild bliss and join our afternoon High Tea for sweet treats before you totally drift away in relaxation.

Dinner is served before we arrive at the capital of Cambodia. Around seven o’clock the boat docks at the pier of Phnom Penh. You are free to go for your first exploration by yourself. Stroll along the river promenade and watch the locals chit-chatting, selling odds and ends or have a drink in one of the numerous bars (kindly inform our crew once you are leaving the ship on your own).

Day 4

Phnom Penh

Welcome to Phnom Penh - once called the Paris of the East. Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic charm and elegance.
It is an amazing town with centuries of incredible history and culture which can still be felt at many street corners.
We start with a full sight-seeing tour right after breakfast. By bus we visit the Killing Fields at outside of the city and after, the centrally located prison “S21”. Both historic sites display the sad and cruel chapter of Khmer history when the Khmer Rouge ruled the country with terror and suppression. Those places have not changed much since this horrific time back in the early seventies and it can be heartbreaking. Alternatively, explore the city in the morning on your own before re-joining the group.

We will have lunch at a fine restaurant in town. Our exploration of Phnom Penh continues on the fascinating cultural heritage of Phnom Penh.
The golden edifice of the Royal Palace with its Silver Pagoda and the exceptional Khmer crafts at the National Museum are the afternoon highlights.
The day trip ends with a “cyclo” ride back to the ship through the bustling streets of downtown Phnom Penh. Take some rest in your spacious cabin or join other fellow passengers at the bar for some refreshing drinks before our captivating evening activities start.
We move to the lounge which is set up for a lecture about Cambodian modern history, held by a professor of the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Definitely among the highlights of this cruise receiving knowledge first hand as our lecturer has studied the subject extensively and personally.
After the lecture a barbecue dinner feast on the sun deck commences.
The dinner is accompanied with an Apsara dance performance.
You have to witness the brilliance and richness of this dance along with the soothing sounds of traditional music.
As the evening unwinds, enjoy your supper with a glass of wine and marvel at the skyline of Phnom Penh, and the calming flow of the Tonle River.

Day 5

Phnom Penh – Kampong Chhnang (Tonle)

Before the sun peeks over the horizon, the cruiser sets sail towards Kampong Tralach on the Tonle River – an amazingly narrow river.
Gently gliding through leafy swaths of this jungle-like landscape we reach Kampong Tralach. Breakfast is served before we anchor and get ready for our first Tonle discovery.

We reach the shore by local boat and cacophonous children wave enthusiastically while bringing their livestock for a bath in the meandering river. We will stop at the “Green School” which is partly supported by Heritage Line. See all the river life, which is so different than ours - by a local ox cart ride.
Back on board our staff is keen on showing you a variety of traditional Khmer fashion. Lunch is served afterwards.

The ship cruises along the narrow Tonle River towards Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s “water world”, where everything is on sticks and balanced on water-rich soil. Perhaps it’s the most fascinating cruising spot in Cambodia.
Back on land in Kampong Chhnang, we take mini buses to a rural village nearby for a walking tour. Our guides introduce you to the village specialties – Khmer style pottery and the making of palm sugar.
Before returning to the boat we explore the floating villages and wetlands of the region. Relax back on board until dinner is served. The boat moors
mid-river in the Tonle area.

Day 6

Tonle River - Kampong Cham (Mekong)

In the early morning during breakfast we sail from the lower Tonle River towards the Mekong passing their confluence at Phnom Penh.
We arrive at the island of Koh Oknha Tey. This spot in the middle of the Mekong owns its fame for the manufacturing of high class silk products.
By tuk tuk we explore the island with its workshops and learn how silk is processed from its source, provided by little silkworms, to a final top quality product made of original Cambodian silk.

Before lunch our expert guides offer a presentation about “Geography of the Mekong and Tonle Sap”. Afterwards a Monks’ blessing ceremony on board delivers spirits and wishes for our health and prosperity for all.
The ship sails towards the small Angkor Ban village up in the Mekong River. The Angkor Ban village is famous for its unspoiled community and beautiful, traditional houses. It feels like being transported back a hundred years ago into an era unaffected by modernity. Villagers are characterized by their
unbridled warmth.

Afterwards it’s time for some fun at a cocktail party on the riverbank.

We continue cruising for a while until dinner is served.
The boat finds its overnight spot at the riverbank of Kampong Cham.

Day 7

Kampong Cham (Mekong)

After breakfast by bus we visit the enchanting pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey, built in the 7th century. This small complex sits on a hill top right on the shore with breath taking views over the Mekong.

We return to the ship for lunch and some relaxation.
In the afternoon we head to the tiny, colorful monastery of Wat Nokor.
Here we might get the chance to engage in light banter with some of the monks living in the area. As it is low water season we are able to see a bamboo bridge which connects the mainland with the island. Local communities re-build the bridge every year when the water levels drop.

We continue our journey and visit a local school to understand more about the education of the young Cambodian generation (NGO project).
The children here are always excited to show their skills in music and art and will bathe you in smiles upon your applause.

As the sun sets, our crew invites for a farewell event. Enjoy some dancing and music together with the crew before dinner is served.
The boat moors at the riverbank of Kampong Cham.

Day 8

Kampong Cham (Mekong) - Siem Reap

Enjoy your last breakfast on board our floating sanctuary.
We disembark the ship for a transfer by bus to the drop off point in
Siem Reap. The transfer takes about 4.5 hours. Snacks are provided during
the trip. You will arrive in Siem Reap in the early afternoon.
We hope that you enjoyed this fascinating river just as our crew does every single time. Moreover, take plenty of memories and friendships along with you that will linger on with your stories of this amazing river - the Mighty Mekong.

Overview

The Lost Civilization (Upstream)

This is the classic Mekong river cruise, The Lost Civilization combines places rarely visited with opulent world heritage sites. 7 nights Saigon – Siem Reap (or vice versa).
Vietnam and Cambodia play the role of muse to any artist. There is so much to inspire. Whether it’s the steam and aroma wafting from a street stall in Vietnam, being tenderly stirred by an elderly woman in a conical hat, who has done so for decades on the same corner. Or, the breathtaking, slightly intimidating presence of Angkor Wat and the unbelievable feats of men and incredible stories of an ancient time; this region is rich in interest.
The food, scenery, architecture and culture of this region inspire at every turn, and looks back at you through the smiles of its people.

Please Note: This itinerary is based on Low Water Season (from December through to mid-August), the itinerary might differ during High Water Season (from mid-August to November).

Upstream means from Saigon to Siem Reap. Downstream is the opposite direction from Siem Reap to Saigon.

Highlights

Explore the age-old ways of life supported by Mekong river • Ride bicycles through the rice fields • Sip homemade fruit liqueur in a pomello orchard

Please Note: More Mekong voyages are available (upstream/downstream), not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

Jayavarman

Vessel Type: River Boat
Length: 58 meters
Passenger Capacity: 54

Crew Capacity: 40
Built: 2009

The majestic Jayavarman is considered the father in Heritage Line’s “family” of cruise ships. This vessel was named after Angkor’s most venerated king, a devout Buddhist who ruled from 1181 to 1218. King Jayavarman oversaw the construction of some of the most famous temples in Angkor, including Ta Prohm, Preah Khan and the unforgettable Bayon. Inspired by the serenity and artistry associated with this great Khmer monarch, Jayavarman’s design was also influenced by the French cruise liner Normandie, which launched in 1935. Travelling the Mekong between My Tho , the entry gate to the Mekong Delta, and Siem Reap, Cambodia, Jayavarman marries the art deco charm of 1930’s France with the romance of Indochina. Measuring 57.8 meters/190 feet from bow to stern, Jayavarman holds 27 elegantly decorated cabins. Thanks to its intricate woodcarvings, Khmer bas-reliefs and Vietnamese lacquer paintings, this impressive cruise ship resembles a floating art gallery. Wherever they look, guests are reminded of the local arts and culture.
With three-and-a-half decks, Jayavarman is as spacious as it is beautiful. Guests can admire Khmer artifacts in the Henry Mouhot Lounge, mingle in the Club 1930 Bar, dine in the elegant Indochine Dining Hall, and recharge with spa treatments in the Apsara Spa. A Jacuzzi pool is located on the top sun deck, which offers spectacular views of the passing delta. Along with its peaceful beauty, the Mekong Delta is known for its friendly locals. The crew members of Jayavarman are no exception. From the moment they board, guests are made to feel at home. Offering exceptional service, comfort and style, Jayavarman is a name to remember. This beautiful vessel is an unforgettable means of exploring some of the finest scenery in Asia.
“HENRY MOUHOT” LOBBY LOUNGE
Named after the French archeologist who discovered the Angkor temple complex, the Henry Mouhot Lounge is the perfect place to curl up with a book or an e-book as. It is wifi connected. The lounge also hosts the boutique shop and the reception. The Lounge has a decidedly scholarly air about it – dark furniture with harmonious Asian fabrics, a fine smell of teak wood; white ceiling and rose-painted walls together with a bunch of stunning Khmer artifacts bring back memories of the past French Colonial era.
“CLUB 1930” FUNNEL BAR & LOUNGE
Be transported back to 30s and 40s in our Club 1930 Bar and Funnel Lounge. The bar has a warm classical feel and the lounge is spacious and airy. Observe the passing landscape from your dark-wood colonial styled and cushion filled chaise longue or sink in your comfy cane chair for a quick snooze.
INDOCHINE DINING HALL
It is difficult not to be wowed by the Indochine Dining Hall. Your breakfast spread – gargantuan and delectable – is lit by the early morning rays of the sun. The hall is natural lighting during day and romantic with its antique ceiling lights in the evening. It offers free style seating and food is served via buffet or set menu
THE APSARA BEAUTY AND WELLNESS SPA
The spa is tucked away in a quiet area at the front of the ship on the main deck. The room is designed to accommodate two guests at the same time. Selected Asian spa treatments are available ranging from relaxing foot massage up to East Western fusions.

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Mekong Heritage River Cruise
The Jahan
06.03.2021
13.03.2021
7
Asia, The Lost Civilization (Downstream)
Fare from € 3.250
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Travelroute
Day 1

Siem Reap - Kampong Cham

We gather in the morning at our welcome lounge in Siem Reap.
Relax with a drink as our staff collects your details for the boarding.
Then, we bid farewell to the iconic sights of Angkor and travel over land south to the town of Kampong Cham where our ship awaits us.
The transfer takes about 4.5 hours, snacks and water are provided during the trip. Upon arrival you check in to your well prepared staterooms.
A lunch buffet is served in the dining hall.
Make yourself familiar with all facilities onboard and take some rest.
In the afternoon we learn more about the education of the young Cambodian generation (NGO project). The children join us on board,
always excited to show their skills in music and art.
Be sure to be bathed in smiles upon your applause.
After the performance, we leave the ship by bus for an afternoon excursion.

During low water season, we have the chance to see a bamboo bridge which connects the mainland with an island. Local communities re-build the bridge every year when water levels drop. We continue our land journey to the enchanting pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey (7th century).

This small complex sits on a hill top on the shore with a breath-taking view over the Mekong.
When returning to the ship, you can enjoy some private time until dinner is served in the dining hall.
Our lounge cinema features selected classic movies (every night).

Day 2

Kampong Cham - Oknha Tey - Kampong Chhnang

Every morning, our Tai Chi class on the sun deck will give you energy for the day ahead. Breakfast is served in the dining hall.

The ship sails up towards the small Angkor Ban village on the Mekong River.

The Angkor Ban village is famous for its unspoiled community and beautiful, traditional houses. It feels like being transported back a hundred years ago, into an era unaffected by modernity. Villagers are characterized by their
unbridled warmth. Back on board a Monks’ blessing ceremony will deliver spirits and wishes for health and prosperity for all.
Enjoy your lunch as we set sail downstream the Mekong.
In the afternoon a High Tea is offered and our staff is keen to show you the variety of traditional Khmer fashion.
We arrive at the Island of Koh Oknha Tey. This spot in the middle of the Mekong owns its fame for manufacturing high class silk products.
By tuk tuk we explore the island with its workshops and learn how silk is processed from its source, provided by little silkworms, to a final top quality product made of original Cambodian silk.
After some additional cruising time, passing the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Rivers, the boat achors near Kampong Chhnang.

Have a fresh drink before dinner and marvel at the amazing
marshlands of this beautiful area.

Day 3

Kampong Chhnang - Kamp. Tralach - Phnom Penh

Wake up early to witness this spectacular scenery at the break of dawn.
Our morning Tai Chi class offers the perfect scenery today.
Breakfast buffet is served in the dining hall. We are now in Kampong Chhnang,
Cambodia’s “water world”, where everything is on sticks balanced on water rich soil. We take a local boat to the shore. By mini buses we head to a rural village nearby and go on a walking tour. Our guides introduce you to the village specialities – Khmer style pottery and the making of palm sugar.

You should definitely bring some home.
Before returning to the boat, we explore the floating villages and wetlands of the region. Back on board lunch is served while the cruise continues with
a languid meander along the Tonle River towards Kampong Tralach.
Gliding through leafy swaths of this jungle-like landscape we reach Kampong Tralach.

Cacophonous children wave enthusiastically while bringing their livestock for a bath in the meandering river. We will stop at the “Green School” which is partly supported by Heritage Line. See all this river life - which is so different than ours - by a local ox cart ride.

After some additional cruising time the boat arrives at the pier of Phnom Penh. Feel free to have your first exploration by yourself after dinner. Stroll along the river promenade and watch the locals chit-chatting, selling odds and ends or have a drink in one of the numerous bars (kindly inform our crew once you are leaving the ship on your own).

Day 4

Phnom Penh

Welcome to Phnom Penh - the once called Paris of the East.
Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic
charm and elegance.
It is an amazing town with centuries of incredible history and
culture which can still be felt at many street corners.
We start with a full sight-seeing tour right after breakfast.
By bus we visit the Killing Fields at the outside of the city
and afterwards the centrally located prison “S21”.
Both historic sites display the sad and cruel chapter of Khmer history
when the Khmer Rouge ruled the country with terror and supression.
Those places have not changed much since this horrific time back in the early seventies and it can be quite heartbreaking. Alternatively, you can explore the city in the morning by your own before re-joining the group.
We take lunch at a fine restaurant in town. Our exploration of Phnom Penh continues on the fascinating cultural heritage of Phnom Penh.
The golden edifice of the Royal Palace with its Silver Pagoda and the exceptional Khmer crafts at the National Museum are our afternoon highlights.
The day trip ends with a “cyclo” ride back to the ship
through the bustling streets of downtown Phnom Penh.
Take some rest in your spacious cabin or join other fellow passengers
at the bar for refreshing drinks before our captivating evening activities start.
In the early evening a barbecue dinner on the sun deck commences.
The dinner is accompanied with an Apsara dance performance.
You have to witness the brilliance and richness of this dance along with
the soothing sounds of the traditional music.
As the evening unwinds, enjoy your supper with a good glass of wine
and marvel at the skyline of Phnom Penh, and the calming flow of
the Tonle River.

Day 5

Phnom Penh - Border Crossing - Tan Chau

After breakfast we gather at the lounge for a great lecture.
The lounge is set up for a captivating lecture about Cambodian modern history, held by a professor of the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Definitely a highlights of this cruise receiving knowledge first hand as our lecturer has studied the subject extensively and personally.
The whole afternoon is at your own arrangements.
From now on, even the last passenger will turn on his cruise mode and hopefully experience the therapeutic influence that this mighty river radiates. It is time for massages, relaxation on the sun bed, and private balcony kick-backs - it’s time to merge with the river.
Some may like to visit the bridge as the captain always has a little story to share about “his” river. Float into a state of mild bliss.
Before totally drifting away, do not forget lunchtime around noon.
A culinary class is offered in the afternoon to sharpen your knowledge and skills on the local cuisine.
Before slumbering in a nap, join our High Tea with coffee and snacks if you like to. We reach the border and finally arrive in Vietnam.
From here it is just a short distance to Tan Chau, a pleasant, slow-paced border town with a sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer community.
We moor near the city with views on the riverbanks.
Dinner will be served soon and you can join our evening cinema with another selected classic movie afterwards.

Day 6

Tan Chau - My An Hung - Sa Dec

Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at the dining hall or in the quiet privacy of your balcony.
Brace yourself for a tour around Tan Chau, a pleasant, slow-paced town near the Cambodian border with a sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer community.

Once arrived on-shore we hop on “xelois” to explore Tan Chau.
A “xeloi” is a local vehicle which is still used as a taxi in this region.
We slowly move around the streets to see all the workshops, houses and domiciles. Get to feel the laid- back vibes of this place.
We stop at the colorful, local market near one of the town’s temples.
This is the best time to interact with the vendors of this friendly town and make your own bargain experience. We board our local boats and cruise along floating houses until we finally reach a floating fish farm.
This region is the source of a fish production that is sold all over the world. We get an exclusive insight in how fish farming works.
Back on board before lunch is served, you may like to pamper yourself with some spa treatments or take a dip into the pool on the sun deck.
Our expert guides offer a presentation on the “Life on the Mekong Delta” as the ship continues to My An Hung near the Sa Dec province.
Before we arrive mingle with fellow passengers and share some stories.
We will set off for the My An Hung Village. In the village we receive wonderful insights into the private household of a local family.
We are allowed to visit their vegetable garden and access the seasonal vegetable fields via crossing a monkey bridge. We are also invited to their house for a Vietnamese tea tasting. Vietnamese tea is often bitter and locals sweeten it with honey. The honey is produced by the family,
a true delicacy in this region. We are offered fruits - juicy, fresh, and right from the tree. A local artist group performs a typical traditional dragon dance while we munch on those natural “vitamins bombs”.
As the sun sets and the light bathes everything golden, we settle on a riverbank gathering with cocktails to recap the day.
Back on the ship we cruise downstream the Mekong. Refresh yourself and get ready for dinner. The ship moors mid-river near Sa Dec.

Day 7

Binh Thanh Island - Cai Be - My Tho

In the morning we arrive at the island of Binh Thanh.
We embark on a local boat and head towards Binh Thanh Island. Binh Thanh is one of the larger islands in the vast stream of the Mekong.
Some communities have settled here and make their living by growing water hyazinths.
We exclusively visit one of those untouched areas. By wandering through the village we get a deep understanding of the native life.
But moreover, we can follow the whole process of their traditional mat making. You can try weaving yourself which is still done manually.
We will also meet an old local couple who share their story on this island.
They are happy for any chit-chat with you.
Back on board lunch is served and you have some time to leasurely spend onboard while we cruise along the Mekong.
In the early afternoon we arrive in Cai Be, a charming town which is famous for its Catholic French church and their manufacturing of traditional crafts and food products. The floating market of Cai Be is getting smaller every year, since trading on the water is shifting more and more to the modern central markets. We can still see some boat to boat trading of local goods, such as fruits and agricultural products.
Our guide will explain all the particulars of this long lasting trading culture. Each boat has a special marker that lets buyers know what goods they are selling. Afterwards we go on-shore to visit a workshop where we learn how rice paste, rice paper, rice cookies and rice wine is manufactured. Cai Be and its surrounding areas are covered by palm trees and hence the region is also famous for the production of coconut candies. The city is criss-crossed by many water canals. By local boat we will explore the lush and green canal network and observe the farmers working in the fields.
As the sun sets, our crew invites you to a farewell event.
Before dinner, you can enjoy dances and music together with the crew.
The ships moors at My Tho.

Day 8

My Tho - Saigon

Enjoy your last breakfast aboard your floating home.
We will disembark the ship after breakfast and take a bus transfer from My Tho to the drop off point in Saigon. It is only around 70 kilometers on the highway. You will arrive in Saigon by mid-morning.
We hope you enjoyed this fascinating river cruise, just as our crew does every single time. Moreover, take the enchanting memories and friendships along with you that will linger on with the stories of this amazing river - the Mighty Mekong.

Overview

The Lost Civilization (Downstream)

This is the classic Mekong river cruise, The Lost Civilization combines places rarely visited with opulent world heritage sites. 7 nights Siem Reap – Saigon (or vice versa).
Vietnam and Cambodia play the role of muse to any artist. There is so much to inspire. Whether it’s the steam and aroma wafting from a street stall in Vietnam, being tenderly stirred by an elderly woman in a conical hat, who has done so for decades on the same corner. Or, the breathtaking, slightly intimidating presence of Angkor Wat and the unbelievable feats of men and incredible stories of an ancient time; this region is rich in interest.
The food, scenery, architecture and culture of this region inspire at every turn, and looks back at you through the smiles of its people.

Please Note: This itinerary is based on Low Water Season (from December through to mid-August), the itinerary might differ during High Water Season (from mid-August to November).

Downstream means from Siem Reap to Saigon. Upstream is the opposite direction from Saigon to Siem Reap.

Highlights

Explore the age-old ways of life supported by Mekong river • Ride bicycles through the rice fields • Sip homemade fruit liqueur in a pomello orchard

Please Note: More Mekong voyages are available (upstream/downstream), not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

The Jahan

Vessel Type: River Boat
Length: 72 meters
Passenger Capacity: 52

Crew Capacity: 41
Built: 2011

Plying the slow, swirling waters of the Mekong, The Jahan is Heritage Line’s most romantic cruise liner. Considered the brother of The Jayavarman in Heritage Line’s “family” of cruise ships, this magnificent vessel was named after the Indian emperor Shah Jahan, who ruled the Mughal Empire from 1628 to 1658. A great patron of architecture and the arts, Shah Jahan oversaw the construction of many legendary sites, including India’s dazzling Red Fort, and the famed 777 gardens of Kashmir. This cultured monarch is a fitting namesake for The Jahan, which evokes the opulent vessels of British India. No expense has been spared in the interior or exterior decorations, which showcase the talents of local woodworkers, weavers and artists.
When guests aren’t relaxing in their luxurious cabins they can meet friends in the atmospheric East India Club; soak in the Jacuzzi on the Pool Deck; challenge a new friend to a game of chess in the Observatory Lounge; or enjoy a pampering massage in the Apsara Spa. With three decks, this vessel offers all the amenities of a fine resort, including comfortable in- and outdoor lounges, an outdoor bar, a small boutique, dining room, fitness equipment and a steam room, as well as an excellent spa. Stretching 70 meters/230 feet from bow to stern, The Jahan features 26 beautifully-designed cabins on two decks, each with its own private balcony.
Discover the bygone elegance of travel aboard the majestic Jahan. Just as Indian art and architecture influenced the Khmer and Cham cultures in the Mekong Delta, the stunning artistry of The Jahan will inspire you, as will the delta’s vibrant beauty.
THE RAJ OF INDIA
The boutique British-Indian lobby lounge is the perfect place to kick-back and grab a magazine from our library. WiFi is available as well. The tranquil atmosphere with white, crème and golden tones, wide sofas, comfy chairs, Indian lamps and the Old England styled reception are a throwback to the days of Colonial India.
VICEROY DINING HALL
The Jahan’s elegant Viceroy Dining Hall is located next to the bar on the Terrace Deck and offers al-fresco dining with free style seating. Ascetically designed, the Viceroy Hall is day light flooded with many high windows. The hall in azure side walls, white ceiling with golden borders and elegant finished chairs and tables shows its full royal shine in the evening when British styled luster bathes the room in decent light.
EAST INDIA CLUB
The East India Club is an open funnel bar and lounge which recreates a British-India feel with camel bone in-lays and a unique oriental lamp, replete with Sanskrit carvings, hanging down the middle of the bar. The East India Club is the perfect place to unwind and quaff a drink whilst savoring the splendors of the setting sun.
OBSERVATORY
The Observatory is an elegant, tasteful and welcoming Indian lounge with wide cozy styled diwans. It is the ideal place to “observe” life on the Mekong through the panoramic windows. Play the antique chess game or simply relax after spa whilst munching on some fruit snacks. The Observatory is also used for private functions – candle light dinners.
APSARA SPA
Enjoy exquisite romance and privacy as the Apsara Spa has two treatment rooms. With more than 20 different aroma oils to choose from as well as a variety of fine treatments, our packages are guaranteed to keep you coming back for more.
POOL DECK
The large pool – constructed with intricate Turkish Mosaic floor tiles is an oasis to refresh. Soak in the rays of the sun on restful sun beds. Then, jump into our splendid Jacuzzi and allow the bubbles to caress you.
GYM AND STEAM BATH
Burn away all those extra calories at our gym and steam bath. The bath is a marvelous way to relax with your partner in steamy privacy.

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Booking
Halong Bay Heritage Cruise
Jasmine
07.03.2021
09.03.2021
2
Asia, Jewels of Halong Bay
Fare from € 450,-
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Travelroute
Day 1

Halong Bay

The boat sets sail to cruise into the Bay. Find yourself getting acquainted with the facilities on board. A delectable buffet lunch with a feast of choices is served in the restaurant. Savor your first hours in Halong Bay
on the sun deck by simply letting your eyes wander around the scenery.
We arrive at the area of Cua Van, a floating fishing village. From here we start to explore a cave named Tien Ong, and the fishing village. Tien Ong is the most recently explored cave in Halong Bay. It shows evidence of human
civilization dating back to 10,000 – 8,000 BC. The cave is just five meters above sea level, 50 meters deep and covers 1,000 square meters. Our guide takes you on a loop though the cave and explains about the historical findings and the cave’s particulars.
The voyage continues to the fishing village. With a small bamboo boat rowed by the local people, we move around in the calm sea of this secluded area and gain an insight into the village life. If you want you can paddle
by yourself in a kayak. This is a perfect way to freely move around in the calm area and experience the village life.
After returning to the boat we sail to the overnight mooring area Luon Bo. During this time Halong Bay reveals its most magnificent beauty - we call it the “blue hour”. Rewind on the sun deck with a drink of your choice and let
this moment sink in. During sailing, our chef demonstrates the preparation of particular Vietnamese dishes. Feel free to join and practice by yourself.
Dinner is served in the restaurant either à la carte or buffet style (note: Jasmine serves BBQ or dinner buffet).
Afterwards the night is yours to kick-back and abundantly enjoy these unique moments amidst a surreal landscape. A presentation with interesting facts and insights on Halong Bay is also offered after dinner in the dining
area.
Have a good night sleep in Halong Bay where once upon a time dragons played with sparkling jewels.

Day 2

Halong Bay

Wake up at dawn to the lapping of the waves and the smell of freshly brewed coffee, which is available with pastries in the dining room. Join the Tai Chi morning class on the sun deck which is a unique experience. By following the moves of our instructor you merge with the surrounding scenery.
By tender boat we transfer to our day boat named “Sunset”. It is a cozy, smaller vessel on which we will discover the hidden charms of Halong Bay. Breakfast is served as Sunset sails for the Surprise Cave, in Vietnamese “Sung Sot”. Sung Sot is the biggest cave in Halong Bay with over 10,000 square meters. It is a magnificent site with the most beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. The further you go inside, the bigger it gets. We explore this natural sensation for about 60 minutes.
Once back on the Sunset ship, take some time to simply relax. Lean back on your sunbed while Sunset smoothly sails further into the Bay. Here you have the chance for another close encounter with the fairylike Halong Bay.
Via kayak you can paddle through this bizarre water landscape. The cliffs stretch vertically out of the water and you feel a sense of freedom meandering through this green medley of water and tree-topped islets. Back on board lunch is served in the restaurant.
Sunset continues the journey to a floating pearl farm. Halong Bay is also a place where pearls are cultivated. In a small factory we learn how pearls are harvested and processed. After the visit, we leisurely sail back to the mothership. Back “home” you have time for spa treatments or sunbathing while we sail to the spot. Dinner is served in the dinning room around seven o’clock.
Before you retrieve to your cabin, you might like to have some fun squid fishing with our crew, or simply lean back on one of the loungers and listen to serenity of Halong Bay.

Day 3

Halong Bay

For early risers (around 6:30 am) tea, coffee and pastries are available in the dinning room. A Tai Chi class is offered on the sun deck to ease your mind and muscles.
The boat continues to sail to Ti Top Island. We head by tender to this little landmass in the Bay. Prepare yourself for a refreshing morning swim on a sandy beach beneath high rock formations. If you prefer to be more active
climb up to the hill to the top of Ti Top Island from where you have stunning views over Halong Bay. It takes 400 stone steps up and about 20 minutes to the top, minimal fitness and proper footwear is required. There is also a
viewing platform about half-way up with great panoramic views.
Back on board (around 8:45 am) you may like to shower and freshen up. Now it is time to enjoy the last sailing time back to the harbor. A full breakfast is served in the dining room. Relax on the sun deck or in the dining room while savoring the last cruise moments of this iconic site before arriving back on shore.
Our crew bids a fond farewell and helps with your belongings. Heritage Line and all the crew members thank you very much for having you on board.

Overview

Jewels of Halong Bay

Welcome aboard of Heritage Line in the magnificent Halong Bay.
A medley of limestone pillars, tiny islets topped by forest rise from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. A World Heritage site since 1994, Halong Bay’s spectacular scenery is a visualization of ethereal beauty.
Our Halong Bay 3-day cruises are offered with our vessels Jasmine or Violet.
Please Notedaily year-round departures! More Halong Bay cruises are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Jasmine

Vessel Type: Motor Sailer
Length: 55 meters
Passenger Capacity: 46

Crew Capacity: 34

Built: 2007

Sturdy and strong – with a decidedly languid air.

The second of the “Three Sisters” operated by Heritage Line in Halong Bay is the gracious middle-child, Jasmine. Visitors looking for both comfort and adventure in Halong Bay will appreciate the Jasmine’s friendly crew and understated elegance. With 23 cabins,  Jasmine is built in the style of a traditional Vietnamese junk, with three tawny sails and dark wood-cladding.

Jasmine’s interiors, like the exterior, are covered in polished wood, lending Jasmine the stately air of an Indochina-era cruising boat. Guests can convene in the formal dining room, enjoy casual barbecues on the terrace and marvel at the bay’s moonlit beauty on Jasmine’s wide Sundeck. After days spent learning Tai Chi, kayaking, and visiting local fishing villages, visitors can enjoy various traditional massage treatments. Heritage Line prides itself on exceptional service and Jasmine is no exception.  Jasmine’s experienced crew does their utmost to showcase the Bay’s indescribable wonders.

Speaking of Halong Bay, Vietnam’s late President Ho Chi Minh said: “It is a wonder that one cannot impart to others.” Home to more than three-thousand islands, this archipelago is the ultimate cruise destination. Allow the stately Jasmine to transport you.

Particulars: French-Indochina design • 23 cabins (3 categories) • Large Restaurant • Lounge with bar • Massage room • Cozy Terrace with wooden, pillow topped seating and table set-up • Huge Sundeck

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Booking
Mekong Heritage River Cruise
The Jahan
20.03.2021
27.03.2021
7
Asia, The Lost Civilization (Downstream)
Fare from € 3.250
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Travelroute
Day 1

Siem Reap - Kampong Cham

We gather in the morning at our welcome lounge in Siem Reap.
Relax with a drink as our staff collects your details for the boarding.
Then, we bid farewell to the iconic sights of Angkor and travel over land south to the town of Kampong Cham where our ship awaits us.
The transfer takes about 4.5 hours, snacks and water are provided during the trip. Upon arrival you check in to your well prepared staterooms.
A lunch buffet is served in the dining hall.
Make yourself familiar with all facilities onboard and take some rest.
In the afternoon we learn more about the education of the young Cambodian generation (NGO project). The children join us on board,
always excited to show their skills in music and art.
Be sure to be bathed in smiles upon your applause.
After the performance, we leave the ship by bus for an afternoon excursion.

During low water season, we have the chance to see a bamboo bridge which connects the mainland with an island. Local communities re-build the bridge every year when water levels drop. We continue our land journey to the enchanting pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey (7th century).

This small complex sits on a hill top on the shore with a breath-taking view over the Mekong.
When returning to the ship, you can enjoy some private time until dinner is served in the dining hall.
Our lounge cinema features selected classic movies (every night).

Day 2

Kampong Cham - Oknha Tey - Kampong Chhnang

Every morning, our Tai Chi class on the sun deck will give you energy for the day ahead. Breakfast is served in the dining hall.

The ship sails up towards the small Angkor Ban village on the Mekong River.

The Angkor Ban village is famous for its unspoiled community and beautiful, traditional houses. It feels like being transported back a hundred years ago, into an era unaffected by modernity. Villagers are characterized by their
unbridled warmth. Back on board a Monks’ blessing ceremony will deliver spirits and wishes for health and prosperity for all.
Enjoy your lunch as we set sail downstream the Mekong.
In the afternoon a High Tea is offered and our staff is keen to show you the variety of traditional Khmer fashion.
We arrive at the Island of Koh Oknha Tey. This spot in the middle of the Mekong owns its fame for manufacturing high class silk products.
By tuk tuk we explore the island with its workshops and learn how silk is processed from its source, provided by little silkworms, to a final top quality product made of original Cambodian silk.
After some additional cruising time, passing the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Rivers, the boat achors near Kampong Chhnang.

Have a fresh drink before dinner and marvel at the amazing
marshlands of this beautiful area.

Day 3

Kampong Chhnang - Kamp. Tralach - Phnom Penh

Wake up early to witness this spectacular scenery at the break of dawn.
Our morning Tai Chi class offers the perfect scenery today.
Breakfast buffet is served in the dining hall. We are now in Kampong Chhnang,
Cambodia’s “water world”, where everything is on sticks balanced on water rich soil. We take a local boat to the shore. By mini buses we head to a rural village nearby and go on a walking tour. Our guides introduce you to the village specialities – Khmer style pottery and the making of palm sugar.

You should definitely bring some home.
Before returning to the boat, we explore the floating villages and wetlands of the region. Back on board lunch is served while the cruise continues with
a languid meander along the Tonle River towards Kampong Tralach.
Gliding through leafy swaths of this jungle-like landscape we reach Kampong Tralach.

Cacophonous children wave enthusiastically while bringing their livestock for a bath in the meandering river. We will stop at the “Green School” which is partly supported by Heritage Line. See all this river life - which is so different than ours - by a local ox cart ride.

After some additional cruising time the boat arrives at the pier of Phnom Penh. Feel free to have your first exploration by yourself after dinner. Stroll along the river promenade and watch the locals chit-chatting, selling odds and ends or have a drink in one of the numerous bars (kindly inform our crew once you are leaving the ship on your own).

Day 4

Phnom Penh

Welcome to Phnom Penh - the once called Paris of the East.
Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic
charm and elegance.
It is an amazing town with centuries of incredible history and
culture which can still be felt at many street corners.
We start with a full sight-seeing tour right after breakfast.
By bus we visit the Killing Fields at the outside of the city
and afterwards the centrally located prison “S21”.
Both historic sites display the sad and cruel chapter of Khmer history
when the Khmer Rouge ruled the country with terror and supression.
Those places have not changed much since this horrific time back in the early seventies and it can be quite heartbreaking. Alternatively, you can explore the city in the morning by your own before re-joining the group.
We take lunch at a fine restaurant in town. Our exploration of Phnom Penh continues on the fascinating cultural heritage of Phnom Penh.
The golden edifice of the Royal Palace with its Silver Pagoda and the exceptional Khmer crafts at the National Museum are our afternoon highlights.
The day trip ends with a “cyclo” ride back to the ship
through the bustling streets of downtown Phnom Penh.
Take some rest in your spacious cabin or join other fellow passengers
at the bar for refreshing drinks before our captivating evening activities start.
In the early evening a barbecue dinner on the sun deck commences.
The dinner is accompanied with an Apsara dance performance.
You have to witness the brilliance and richness of this dance along with
the soothing sounds of the traditional music.
As the evening unwinds, enjoy your supper with a good glass of wine
and marvel at the skyline of Phnom Penh, and the calming flow of
the Tonle River.

Day 5

Phnom Penh - Border Crossing - Tan Chau

After breakfast we gather at the lounge for a great lecture.
The lounge is set up for a captivating lecture about Cambodian modern history, held by a professor of the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Definitely a highlights of this cruise receiving knowledge first hand as our lecturer has studied the subject extensively and personally.
The whole afternoon is at your own arrangements.
From now on, even the last passenger will turn on his cruise mode and hopefully experience the therapeutic influence that this mighty river radiates. It is time for massages, relaxation on the sun bed, and private balcony kick-backs - it’s time to merge with the river.
Some may like to visit the bridge as the captain always has a little story to share about “his” river. Float into a state of mild bliss.
Before totally drifting away, do not forget lunchtime around noon.
A culinary class is offered in the afternoon to sharpen your knowledge and skills on the local cuisine.
Before slumbering in a nap, join our High Tea with coffee and snacks if you like to. We reach the border and finally arrive in Vietnam.
From here it is just a short distance to Tan Chau, a pleasant, slow-paced border town with a sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer community.
We moor near the city with views on the riverbanks.
Dinner will be served soon and you can join our evening cinema with another selected classic movie afterwards.

Day 6

Tan Chau - My An Hung - Sa Dec

Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at the dining hall or in the quiet privacy of your balcony.
Brace yourself for a tour around Tan Chau, a pleasant, slow-paced town near the Cambodian border with a sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer community.

Once arrived on-shore we hop on “xelois” to explore Tan Chau.
A “xeloi” is a local vehicle which is still used as a taxi in this region.
We slowly move around the streets to see all the workshops, houses and domiciles. Get to feel the laid- back vibes of this place.
We stop at the colorful, local market near one of the town’s temples.
This is the best time to interact with the vendors of this friendly town and make your own bargain experience. We board our local boats and cruise along floating houses until we finally reach a floating fish farm.
This region is the source of a fish production that is sold all over the world. We get an exclusive insight in how fish farming works.
Back on board before lunch is served, you may like to pamper yourself with some spa treatments or take a dip into the pool on the sun deck.
Our expert guides offer a presentation on the “Life on the Mekong Delta” as the ship continues to My An Hung near the Sa Dec province.
Before we arrive mingle with fellow passengers and share some stories.
We will set off for the My An Hung Village. In the village we receive wonderful insights into the private household of a local family.
We are allowed to visit their vegetable garden and access the seasonal vegetable fields via crossing a monkey bridge. We are also invited to their house for a Vietnamese tea tasting. Vietnamese tea is often bitter and locals sweeten it with honey. The honey is produced by the family,
a true delicacy in this region. We are offered fruits - juicy, fresh, and right from the tree. A local artist group performs a typical traditional dragon dance while we munch on those natural “vitamins bombs”.
As the sun sets and the light bathes everything golden, we settle on a riverbank gathering with cocktails to recap the day.
Back on the ship we cruise downstream the Mekong. Refresh yourself and get ready for dinner. The ship moors mid-river near Sa Dec.

Day 7

Binh Thanh Island - Cai Be - My Tho

In the morning we arrive at the island of Binh Thanh.
We embark on a local boat and head towards Binh Thanh Island. Binh Thanh is one of the larger islands in the vast stream of the Mekong.
Some communities have settled here and make their living by growing water hyazinths.
We exclusively visit one of those untouched areas. By wandering through the village we get a deep understanding of the native life.
But moreover, we can follow the whole process of their traditional mat making. You can try weaving yourself which is still done manually.
We will also meet an old local couple who share their story on this island.
They are happy for any chit-chat with you.
Back on board lunch is served and you have some time to leasurely spend onboard while we cruise along the Mekong.
In the early afternoon we arrive in Cai Be, a charming town which is famous for its Catholic French church and their manufacturing of traditional crafts and food products. The floating market of Cai Be is getting smaller every year, since trading on the water is shifting more and more to the modern central markets. We can still see some boat to boat trading of local goods, such as fruits and agricultural products.
Our guide will explain all the particulars of this long lasting trading culture. Each boat has a special marker that lets buyers know what goods they are selling. Afterwards we go on-shore to visit a workshop where we learn how rice paste, rice paper, rice cookies and rice wine is manufactured. Cai Be and its surrounding areas are covered by palm trees and hence the region is also famous for the production of coconut candies. The city is criss-crossed by many water canals. By local boat we will explore the lush and green canal network and observe the farmers working in the fields.
As the sun sets, our crew invites you to a farewell event.
Before dinner, you can enjoy dances and music together with the crew.
The ships moors at My Tho.

Day 8

My Tho - Saigon

Enjoy your last breakfast aboard your floating home.
We will disembark the ship after breakfast and take a bus transfer from My Tho to the drop off point in Saigon. It is only around 70 kilometers on the highway. You will arrive in Saigon by mid-morning.
We hope you enjoyed this fascinating river cruise, just as our crew does every single time. Moreover, take the enchanting memories and friendships along with you that will linger on with the stories of this amazing river - the Mighty Mekong.

Overview

The Lost Civilization (Downstream)

This is the classic Mekong river cruise, The Lost Civilization combines places rarely visited with opulent world heritage sites. 7 nights Siem Reap – Saigon (or vice versa).
Vietnam and Cambodia play the role of muse to any artist. There is so much to inspire. Whether it’s the steam and aroma wafting from a street stall in Vietnam, being tenderly stirred by an elderly woman in a conical hat, who has done so for decades on the same corner. Or, the breathtaking, slightly intimidating presence of Angkor Wat and the unbelievable feats of men and incredible stories of an ancient time; this region is rich in interest.
The food, scenery, architecture and culture of this region inspire at every turn, and looks back at you through the smiles of its people.

Please Note: This itinerary is based on Low Water Season (from December through to mid-August), the itinerary might differ during High Water Season (from mid-August to November).

Downstream means from Siem Reap to Saigon. Upstream is the opposite direction from Saigon to Siem Reap.

Highlights

Explore the age-old ways of life supported by Mekong river • Ride bicycles through the rice fields • Sip homemade fruit liqueur in a pomello orchard

Please Note: More Mekong voyages are available (upstream/downstream), not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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The Jahan

Vessel Type: River Boat
Length: 72 meters
Passenger Capacity: 52

Crew Capacity: 41
Built: 2011

Plying the slow, swirling waters of the Mekong, The Jahan is Heritage Line’s most romantic cruise liner. Considered the brother of The Jayavarman in Heritage Line’s “family” of cruise ships, this magnificent vessel was named after the Indian emperor Shah Jahan, who ruled the Mughal Empire from 1628 to 1658. A great patron of architecture and the arts, Shah Jahan oversaw the construction of many legendary sites, including India’s dazzling Red Fort, and the famed 777 gardens of Kashmir. This cultured monarch is a fitting namesake for The Jahan, which evokes the opulent vessels of British India. No expense has been spared in the interior or exterior decorations, which showcase the talents of local woodworkers, weavers and artists.
When guests aren’t relaxing in their luxurious cabins they can meet friends in the atmospheric East India Club; soak in the Jacuzzi on the Pool Deck; challenge a new friend to a game of chess in the Observatory Lounge; or enjoy a pampering massage in the Apsara Spa. With three decks, this vessel offers all the amenities of a fine resort, including comfortable in- and outdoor lounges, an outdoor bar, a small boutique, dining room, fitness equipment and a steam room, as well as an excellent spa. Stretching 70 meters/230 feet from bow to stern, The Jahan features 26 beautifully-designed cabins on two decks, each with its own private balcony.
Discover the bygone elegance of travel aboard the majestic Jahan. Just as Indian art and architecture influenced the Khmer and Cham cultures in the Mekong Delta, the stunning artistry of The Jahan will inspire you, as will the delta’s vibrant beauty.
THE RAJ OF INDIA
The boutique British-Indian lobby lounge is the perfect place to kick-back and grab a magazine from our library. WiFi is available as well. The tranquil atmosphere with white, crème and golden tones, wide sofas, comfy chairs, Indian lamps and the Old England styled reception are a throwback to the days of Colonial India.
VICEROY DINING HALL
The Jahan’s elegant Viceroy Dining Hall is located next to the bar on the Terrace Deck and offers al-fresco dining with free style seating. Ascetically designed, the Viceroy Hall is day light flooded with many high windows. The hall in azure side walls, white ceiling with golden borders and elegant finished chairs and tables shows its full royal shine in the evening when British styled luster bathes the room in decent light.
EAST INDIA CLUB
The East India Club is an open funnel bar and lounge which recreates a British-India feel with camel bone in-lays and a unique oriental lamp, replete with Sanskrit carvings, hanging down the middle of the bar. The East India Club is the perfect place to unwind and quaff a drink whilst savoring the splendors of the setting sun.
OBSERVATORY
The Observatory is an elegant, tasteful and welcoming Indian lounge with wide cozy styled diwans. It is the ideal place to “observe” life on the Mekong through the panoramic windows. Play the antique chess game or simply relax after spa whilst munching on some fruit snacks. The Observatory is also used for private functions – candle light dinners.
APSARA SPA
Enjoy exquisite romance and privacy as the Apsara Spa has two treatment rooms. With more than 20 different aroma oils to choose from as well as a variety of fine treatments, our packages are guaranteed to keep you coming back for more.
POOL DECK
The large pool – constructed with intricate Turkish Mosaic floor tiles is an oasis to refresh. Soak in the rays of the sun on restful sun beds. Then, jump into our splendid Jacuzzi and allow the bubbles to caress you.
GYM AND STEAM BATH
Burn away all those extra calories at our gym and steam bath. The bath is a marvelous way to relax with your partner in steamy privacy.

Contact
Booking
Mekong Heritage River Cruise
Jayavarman
20.03.2021
27.03.2021
7
Asia, Lost Civilisation (Upstream)
Fare from € 2.750
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Travelroute
Day 1

Saigon - My Tho - Cai Be

We gather before noontime at our welcome lounge in Saigon. Lean back with a drink as our staff welcomes you and collects your details for boarding. We bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of Saigon and travel 70 kilometers south overland to My Tho to embark on your luxury floating home for the upcoming journey along the Mighty Mekong.

After our crew warmly welcomes you, you check in to your well prepared staterooms. The ship sets sail and a fascinating voyage along the Mekong begins. Lunch buffet is served in the restaurant while the vessel steadily glides upstream to reach the overnight spot.

Make yourself familiar with all the ship facilities. Now it is time to become one with one of the largest streams in Asia. The afternoon allows you to leisurely pass time on your private balcony or join our tea time at the open air bar as the twilight bathes the Mekong Delta in a golden haze.

During the time you savor your dinner, the ship reaches Cai Be.
It is a charming town, famous for its Catholic French church and the
manufacturing of traditional crafts and food products. The floating market of Cai Be is getting smaller every year, since trading on the water is shifting more and more to the modern central markets.

We anchor mid-stream near Cai Be for dinner and moor there overnight. After dinner our lounge cinema features selected classic movies (every night).

Day 2

Cai Be - Sa Dec - Tan Chau

Each morning, we offer our guests an invigorating Tai Chi class on the sun deck. Start your day, just as many local people do in Asia, as the sun begins its gentle glow. A sumptuous buffet breakfast is served for the perfect first exploration day in the Mekong Delta.

Our morning tour takes you to Cai Be. We can still see some boat to boat trading of local goods such as fruits and agricultural products.
Our guide will explain the particularities of this long lasting trading culture. Each boat has a special marker that lets buyers know what goods it is selling.

Cai Be is a rustic town crisscrossed by many water canals. We go on-shore to visit a workshop and learn how rice paste, rice paper, rice cookies and rice wine is manufactured. Cai Be and its surrounding areas are covered with palm trees and hence the region is also famous for the production of coconut candies. With our local boat we continue to explore the lush and green canal network and observe the farmers working in the fields.
Back on board lunch is served. You can enjoy time for yourself then to either enjoy a true Vietnamese coffee at the bar or simply watch the life on the riverbanks floating by.

In the afternoon, we reach the area of Sa Dec. We embark on a traditional local boat and head towards Binh Thanh Island. This island is one of the larger ones in the vast stream of the Mekong. Some communities have settled here and make their living by growing water hyacinths.
We exclulsively visit one of those untouched areas. By wandering through the village, we get a deep understanding of the native life.
Moreover, we see the whole process of mat making. You can try weaving yourself, which is still done manually. We will meet also an elderly local couple who shares their story on this island. They are happy to engage in a conversation with you.

Back on board you may like to pamper yourself with a spa treatment or take a dip into the pool on the sun deck. Our expert guide offers a presentation on the “Life on the Mekong Delta” as the ship continues sailing to Tan Chau – near the border to Cambodia. We moor midstream.

Dinner is served and afterwards you can join our evening cinema session (offered every night) featuring selected classic movies.

Day 3

Tan Chau - Border crossing - Phnom Penh

Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at the dining hall or in the quiet privacy of your balcony.
Brace yourself for a tour around Tan Chau, a pleasant, slow-paced town with a sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer community.

Once on-shore we hop on “xelois” to explore Tan Chau. A “xeloi” is a local vehicle which is still used as a taxi in this region. We slowly move around the streets to see all the workshops, houses and domiciles. Get to feel the laid-back vibes of this place. We stop at the colorful local market near one of the town’s temples. This is the best time to interact with the vendors of this friendly town to practice your bargaining skills. We board our local boat and cruise past floating houses and finally reach a floating fish farm. This region is the source of a fish production that is sold all over the world. Here we get a deep insight on how fish farming works.

Back on board our “home” we sail towards the Vietnamese-Cambodian border. Get ready for a fascinating and leisurely cruise through the deep Cambodian countryside towards Phnom Penh.
The whole afternoon is at your own arrangements. Now is the time when even the last passenger will switch into cruise mode and experience the therapeutic influence that this mighty river radiates. It is time for massages, for relaxation on the sun beds, for private balcony kick-backs - it’s the time to merge with the river.

A culinary class is offered in the afternoon to sharpen your knowledge and skills on the local cuisine. Some may like to visit the bridge - the captain always has a little story to share about “his” river. Float into a state of mild bliss and join our afternoon High Tea for sweet treats before you totally drift away in relaxation.

Dinner is served before we arrive at the capital of Cambodia. Around seven o’clock the boat docks at the pier of Phnom Penh. You are free to go for your first exploration by yourself. Stroll along the river promenade and watch the locals chit-chatting, selling odds and ends or have a drink in one of the numerous bars (kindly inform our crew once you are leaving the ship on your own).

Day 4

Phnom Penh

Welcome to Phnom Penh - once called the Paris of the East. Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic charm and elegance.
It is an amazing town with centuries of incredible history and culture which can still be felt at many street corners.
We start with a full sight-seeing tour right after breakfast. By bus we visit the Killing Fields at outside of the city and after, the centrally located prison “S21”. Both historic sites display the sad and cruel chapter of Khmer history when the Khmer Rouge ruled the country with terror and suppression. Those places have not changed much since this horrific time back in the early seventies and it can be heartbreaking. Alternatively, explore the city in the morning on your own before re-joining the group.

We will have lunch at a fine restaurant in town. Our exploration of Phnom Penh continues on the fascinating cultural heritage of Phnom Penh.
The golden edifice of the Royal Palace with its Silver Pagoda and the exceptional Khmer crafts at the National Museum are the afternoon highlights.
The day trip ends with a “cyclo” ride back to the ship through the bustling streets of downtown Phnom Penh. Take some rest in your spacious cabin or join other fellow passengers at the bar for some refreshing drinks before our captivating evening activities start.
We move to the lounge which is set up for a lecture about Cambodian modern history, held by a professor of the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Definitely among the highlights of this cruise receiving knowledge first hand as our lecturer has studied the subject extensively and personally.
After the lecture a barbecue dinner feast on the sun deck commences.
The dinner is accompanied with an Apsara dance performance.
You have to witness the brilliance and richness of this dance along with the soothing sounds of traditional music.
As the evening unwinds, enjoy your supper with a glass of wine and marvel at the skyline of Phnom Penh, and the calming flow of the Tonle River.

Day 5

Phnom Penh – Kampong Chhnang (Tonle)

Before the sun peeks over the horizon, the cruiser sets sail towards Kampong Tralach on the Tonle River – an amazingly narrow river.
Gently gliding through leafy swaths of this jungle-like landscape we reach Kampong Tralach. Breakfast is served before we anchor and get ready for our first Tonle discovery.

We reach the shore by local boat and cacophonous children wave enthusiastically while bringing their livestock for a bath in the meandering river. We will stop at the “Green School” which is partly supported by Heritage Line. See all the river life, which is so different than ours - by a local ox cart ride.
Back on board our staff is keen on showing you a variety of traditional Khmer fashion. Lunch is served afterwards.

The ship cruises along the narrow Tonle River towards Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s “water world”, where everything is on sticks and balanced on water-rich soil. Perhaps it’s the most fascinating cruising spot in Cambodia.
Back on land in Kampong Chhnang, we take mini buses to a rural village nearby for a walking tour. Our guides introduce you to the village specialties – Khmer style pottery and the making of palm sugar.
Before returning to the boat we explore the floating villages and wetlands of the region. Relax back on board until dinner is served. The boat moors
mid-river in the Tonle area.

Day 6

Tonle River - Kampong Cham (Mekong)

In the early morning during breakfast we sail from the lower Tonle River towards the Mekong passing their confluence at Phnom Penh.
We arrive at the island of Koh Oknha Tey. This spot in the middle of the Mekong owns its fame for the manufacturing of high class silk products.
By tuk tuk we explore the island with its workshops and learn how silk is processed from its source, provided by little silkworms, to a final top quality product made of original Cambodian silk.

Before lunch our expert guides offer a presentation about “Geography of the Mekong and Tonle Sap”. Afterwards a Monks’ blessing ceremony on board delivers spirits and wishes for our health and prosperity for all.
The ship sails towards the small Angkor Ban village up in the Mekong River. The Angkor Ban village is famous for its unspoiled community and beautiful, traditional houses. It feels like being transported back a hundred years ago into an era unaffected by modernity. Villagers are characterized by their
unbridled warmth.

Afterwards it’s time for some fun at a cocktail party on the riverbank.

We continue cruising for a while until dinner is served.
The boat finds its overnight spot at the riverbank of Kampong Cham.

Day 7

Kampong Cham (Mekong)

After breakfast by bus we visit the enchanting pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey, built in the 7th century. This small complex sits on a hill top right on the shore with breath taking views over the Mekong.

We return to the ship for lunch and some relaxation.
In the afternoon we head to the tiny, colorful monastery of Wat Nokor.
Here we might get the chance to engage in light banter with some of the monks living in the area. As it is low water season we are able to see a bamboo bridge which connects the mainland with the island. Local communities re-build the bridge every year when the water levels drop.

We continue our journey and visit a local school to understand more about the education of the young Cambodian generation (NGO project).
The children here are always excited to show their skills in music and art and will bathe you in smiles upon your applause.

As the sun sets, our crew invites for a farewell event. Enjoy some dancing and music together with the crew before dinner is served.
The boat moors at the riverbank of Kampong Cham.

Day 8

Kampong Cham (Mekong) - Siem Reap

Enjoy your last breakfast on board our floating sanctuary.
We disembark the ship for a transfer by bus to the drop off point in
Siem Reap. The transfer takes about 4.5 hours. Snacks are provided during
the trip. You will arrive in Siem Reap in the early afternoon.
We hope that you enjoyed this fascinating river just as our crew does every single time. Moreover, take plenty of memories and friendships along with you that will linger on with your stories of this amazing river - the Mighty Mekong.

Overview

The Lost Civilization (Upstream)

This is the classic Mekong river cruise, The Lost Civilization combines places rarely visited with opulent world heritage sites. 7 nights Saigon – Siem Reap (or vice versa).
Vietnam and Cambodia play the role of muse to any artist. There is so much to inspire. Whether it’s the steam and aroma wafting from a street stall in Vietnam, being tenderly stirred by an elderly woman in a conical hat, who has done so for decades on the same corner. Or, the breathtaking, slightly intimidating presence of Angkor Wat and the unbelievable feats of men and incredible stories of an ancient time; this region is rich in interest.
The food, scenery, architecture and culture of this region inspire at every turn, and looks back at you through the smiles of its people.

Please Note: This itinerary is based on Low Water Season (from December through to mid-August), the itinerary might differ during High Water Season (from mid-August to November).

Upstream means from Saigon to Siem Reap. Downstream is the opposite direction from Siem Reap to Saigon.

Highlights

Explore the age-old ways of life supported by Mekong river • Ride bicycles through the rice fields • Sip homemade fruit liqueur in a pomello orchard

Please Note: More Mekong voyages are available (upstream/downstream), not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

Jayavarman

Vessel Type: River Boat
Length: 58 meters
Passenger Capacity: 54

Crew Capacity: 40
Built: 2009

The majestic Jayavarman is considered the father in Heritage Line’s “family” of cruise ships. This vessel was named after Angkor’s most venerated king, a devout Buddhist who ruled from 1181 to 1218. King Jayavarman oversaw the construction of some of the most famous temples in Angkor, including Ta Prohm, Preah Khan and the unforgettable Bayon. Inspired by the serenity and artistry associated with this great Khmer monarch, Jayavarman’s design was also influenced by the French cruise liner Normandie, which launched in 1935. Travelling the Mekong between My Tho , the entry gate to the Mekong Delta, and Siem Reap, Cambodia, Jayavarman marries the art deco charm of 1930’s France with the romance of Indochina. Measuring 57.8 meters/190 feet from bow to stern, Jayavarman holds 27 elegantly decorated cabins. Thanks to its intricate woodcarvings, Khmer bas-reliefs and Vietnamese lacquer paintings, this impressive cruise ship resembles a floating art gallery. Wherever they look, guests are reminded of the local arts and culture.
With three-and-a-half decks, Jayavarman is as spacious as it is beautiful. Guests can admire Khmer artifacts in the Henry Mouhot Lounge, mingle in the Club 1930 Bar, dine in the elegant Indochine Dining Hall, and recharge with spa treatments in the Apsara Spa. A Jacuzzi pool is located on the top sun deck, which offers spectacular views of the passing delta. Along with its peaceful beauty, the Mekong Delta is known for its friendly locals. The crew members of Jayavarman are no exception. From the moment they board, guests are made to feel at home. Offering exceptional service, comfort and style, Jayavarman is a name to remember. This beautiful vessel is an unforgettable means of exploring some of the finest scenery in Asia.
“HENRY MOUHOT” LOBBY LOUNGE
Named after the French archeologist who discovered the Angkor temple complex, the Henry Mouhot Lounge is the perfect place to curl up with a book or an e-book as. It is wifi connected. The lounge also hosts the boutique shop and the reception. The Lounge has a decidedly scholarly air about it – dark furniture with harmonious Asian fabrics, a fine smell of teak wood; white ceiling and rose-painted walls together with a bunch of stunning Khmer artifacts bring back memories of the past French Colonial era.
“CLUB 1930” FUNNEL BAR & LOUNGE
Be transported back to 30s and 40s in our Club 1930 Bar and Funnel Lounge. The bar has a warm classical feel and the lounge is spacious and airy. Observe the passing landscape from your dark-wood colonial styled and cushion filled chaise longue or sink in your comfy cane chair for a quick snooze.
INDOCHINE DINING HALL
It is difficult not to be wowed by the Indochine Dining Hall. Your breakfast spread – gargantuan and delectable – is lit by the early morning rays of the sun. The hall is natural lighting during day and romantic with its antique ceiling lights in the evening. It offers free style seating and food is served via buffet or set menu
THE APSARA BEAUTY AND WELLNESS SPA
The spa is tucked away in a quiet area at the front of the ship on the main deck. The room is designed to accommodate two guests at the same time. Selected Asian spa treatments are available ranging from relaxing foot massage up to East Western fusions.

Contact
Booking
Mekong Heritage River Cruise
Jayavarman
03.04.2021
10.04.2021
7
Asia, Lost Civilisation (Upstream)
Fare from € 2.150
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Travelroute
Day 1

Saigon - My Tho - Cai Be

We gather before noontime at our welcome lounge in Saigon. Lean back with a drink as our staff welcomes you and collects your details for boarding. We bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of Saigon and travel 70 kilometers south overland to My Tho to embark on your luxury floating home for the upcoming journey along the Mighty Mekong.

After our crew warmly welcomes you, you check in to your well prepared staterooms. The ship sets sail and a fascinating voyage along the Mekong begins. Lunch buffet is served in the restaurant while the vessel steadily glides upstream to reach the overnight spot.

Make yourself familiar with all the ship facilities. Now it is time to become one with one of the largest streams in Asia. The afternoon allows you to leisurely pass time on your private balcony or join our tea time at the open air bar as the twilight bathes the Mekong Delta in a golden haze.

During the time you savor your dinner, the ship reaches Cai Be.
It is a charming town, famous for its Catholic French church and the
manufacturing of traditional crafts and food products. The floating market of Cai Be is getting smaller every year, since trading on the water is shifting more and more to the modern central markets.

We anchor mid-stream near Cai Be for dinner and moor there overnight. After dinner our lounge cinema features selected classic movies (every night).

Day 2

Cai Be - Sa Dec - Tan Chau

Each morning, we offer our guests an invigorating Tai Chi class on the sun deck. Start your day, just as many local people do in Asia, as the sun begins its gentle glow. A sumptuous buffet breakfast is served for the perfect first exploration day in the Mekong Delta.

Our morning tour takes you to Cai Be. We can still see some boat to boat trading of local goods such as fruits and agricultural products.
Our guide will explain the particularities of this long lasting trading culture. Each boat has a special marker that lets buyers know what goods it is selling.

Cai Be is a rustic town crisscrossed by many water canals. We go on-shore to visit a workshop and learn how rice paste, rice paper, rice cookies and rice wine is manufactured. Cai Be and its surrounding areas are covered with palm trees and hence the region is also famous for the production of coconut candies. With our local boat we continue to explore the lush and green canal network and observe the farmers working in the fields.
Back on board lunch is served. You can enjoy time for yourself then to either enjoy a true Vietnamese coffee at the bar or simply watch the life on the riverbanks floating by.

In the afternoon, we reach the area of Sa Dec. We embark on a traditional local boat and head towards Binh Thanh Island. This island is one of the larger ones in the vast stream of the Mekong. Some communities have settled here and make their living by growing water hyacinths.
We exclulsively visit one of those untouched areas. By wandering through the village, we get a deep understanding of the native life.
Moreover, we see the whole process of mat making. You can try weaving yourself, which is still done manually. We will meet also an elderly local couple who shares their story on this island. They are happy to engage in a conversation with you.

Back on board you may like to pamper yourself with a spa treatment or take a dip into the pool on the sun deck. Our expert guide offers a presentation on the “Life on the Mekong Delta” as the ship continues sailing to Tan Chau – near the border to Cambodia. We moor midstream.

Dinner is served and afterwards you can join our evening cinema session (offered every night) featuring selected classic movies.

Day 3

Tan Chau - Border crossing - Phnom Penh

Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at the dining hall or in the quiet privacy of your balcony.
Brace yourself for a tour around Tan Chau, a pleasant, slow-paced town with a sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer community.

Once on-shore we hop on “xelois” to explore Tan Chau. A “xeloi” is a local vehicle which is still used as a taxi in this region. We slowly move around the streets to see all the workshops, houses and domiciles. Get to feel the laid-back vibes of this place. We stop at the colorful local market near one of the town’s temples. This is the best time to interact with the vendors of this friendly town to practice your bargaining skills. We board our local boat and cruise past floating houses and finally reach a floating fish farm. This region is the source of a fish production that is sold all over the world. Here we get a deep insight on how fish farming works.

Back on board our “home” we sail towards the Vietnamese-Cambodian border. Get ready for a fascinating and leisurely cruise through the deep Cambodian countryside towards Phnom Penh.
The whole afternoon is at your own arrangements. Now is the time when even the last passenger will switch into cruise mode and experience the therapeutic influence that this mighty river radiates. It is time for massages, for relaxation on the sun beds, for private balcony kick-backs - it’s the time to merge with the river.

A culinary class is offered in the afternoon to sharpen your knowledge and skills on the local cuisine. Some may like to visit the bridge - the captain always has a little story to share about “his” river. Float into a state of mild bliss and join our afternoon High Tea for sweet treats before you totally drift away in relaxation.

Dinner is served before we arrive at the capital of Cambodia. Around seven o’clock the boat docks at the pier of Phnom Penh. You are free to go for your first exploration by yourself. Stroll along the river promenade and watch the locals chit-chatting, selling odds and ends or have a drink in one of the numerous bars (kindly inform our crew once you are leaving the ship on your own).

Day 4

Phnom Penh

Welcome to Phnom Penh - once called the Paris of the East. Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic charm and elegance.
It is an amazing town with centuries of incredible history and culture which can still be felt at many street corners.
We start with a full sight-seeing tour right after breakfast. By bus we visit the Killing Fields at outside of the city and after, the centrally located prison “S21”. Both historic sites display the sad and cruel chapter of Khmer history when the Khmer Rouge ruled the country with terror and suppression. Those places have not changed much since this horrific time back in the early seventies and it can be heartbreaking. Alternatively, explore the city in the morning on your own before re-joining the group.

We will have lunch at a fine restaurant in town. Our exploration of Phnom Penh continues on the fascinating cultural heritage of Phnom Penh.
The golden edifice of the Royal Palace with its Silver Pagoda and the exceptional Khmer crafts at the National Museum are the afternoon highlights.
The day trip ends with a “cyclo” ride back to the ship through the bustling streets of downtown Phnom Penh. Take some rest in your spacious cabin or join other fellow passengers at the bar for some refreshing drinks before our captivating evening activities start.
We move to the lounge which is set up for a lecture about Cambodian modern history, held by a professor of the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Definitely among the highlights of this cruise receiving knowledge first hand as our lecturer has studied the subject extensively and personally.
After the lecture a barbecue dinner feast on the sun deck commences.
The dinner is accompanied with an Apsara dance performance.
You have to witness the brilliance and richness of this dance along with the soothing sounds of traditional music.
As the evening unwinds, enjoy your supper with a glass of wine and marvel at the skyline of Phnom Penh, and the calming flow of the Tonle River.

Day 5

Phnom Penh – Kampong Chhnang (Tonle)

Before the sun peeks over the horizon, the cruiser sets sail towards Kampong Tralach on the Tonle River – an amazingly narrow river.
Gently gliding through leafy swaths of this jungle-like landscape we reach Kampong Tralach. Breakfast is served before we anchor and get ready for our first Tonle discovery.

We reach the shore by local boat and cacophonous children wave enthusiastically while bringing their livestock for a bath in the meandering river. We will stop at the “Green School” which is partly supported by Heritage Line. See all the river life, which is so different than ours - by a local ox cart ride.
Back on board our staff is keen on showing you a variety of traditional Khmer fashion. Lunch is served afterwards.

The ship cruises along the narrow Tonle River towards Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s “water world”, where everything is on sticks and balanced on water-rich soil. Perhaps it’s the most fascinating cruising spot in Cambodia.
Back on land in Kampong Chhnang, we take mini buses to a rural village nearby for a walking tour. Our guides introduce you to the village specialties – Khmer style pottery and the making of palm sugar.
Before returning to the boat we explore the floating villages and wetlands of the region. Relax back on board until dinner is served. The boat moors
mid-river in the Tonle area.

Day 6

Tonle River - Kampong Cham (Mekong)

In the early morning during breakfast we sail from the lower Tonle River towards the Mekong passing their confluence at Phnom Penh.
We arrive at the island of Koh Oknha Tey. This spot in the middle of the Mekong owns its fame for the manufacturing of high class silk products.
By tuk tuk we explore the island with its workshops and learn how silk is processed from its source, provided by little silkworms, to a final top quality product made of original Cambodian silk.

Before lunch our expert guides offer a presentation about “Geography of the Mekong and Tonle Sap”. Afterwards a Monks’ blessing ceremony on board delivers spirits and wishes for our health and prosperity for all.
The ship sails towards the small Angkor Ban village up in the Mekong River. The Angkor Ban village is famous for its unspoiled community and beautiful, traditional houses. It feels like being transported back a hundred years ago into an era unaffected by modernity. Villagers are characterized by their
unbridled warmth.

Afterwards it’s time for some fun at a cocktail party on the riverbank.

We continue cruising for a while until dinner is served.
The boat finds its overnight spot at the riverbank of Kampong Cham.

Day 7

Kampong Cham (Mekong)

After breakfast by bus we visit the enchanting pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey, built in the 7th century. This small complex sits on a hill top right on the shore with breath taking views over the Mekong.

We return to the ship for lunch and some relaxation.
In the afternoon we head to the tiny, colorful monastery of Wat Nokor.
Here we might get the chance to engage in light banter with some of the monks living in the area. As it is low water season we are able to see a bamboo bridge which connects the mainland with the island. Local communities re-build the bridge every year when the water levels drop.

We continue our journey and visit a local school to understand more about the education of the young Cambodian generation (NGO project).
The children here are always excited to show their skills in music and art and will bathe you in smiles upon your applause.

As the sun sets, our crew invites for a farewell event. Enjoy some dancing and music together with the crew before dinner is served.
The boat moors at the riverbank of Kampong Cham.

Day 8

Kampong Cham (Mekong) - Siem Reap

Enjoy your last breakfast on board our floating sanctuary.
We disembark the ship for a transfer by bus to the drop off point in
Siem Reap. The transfer takes about 4.5 hours. Snacks are provided during
the trip. You will arrive in Siem Reap in the early afternoon.
We hope that you enjoyed this fascinating river just as our crew does every single time. Moreover, take plenty of memories and friendships along with you that will linger on with your stories of this amazing river - the Mighty Mekong.

Overview

The Lost Civilization (Upstream)

This is the classic Mekong river cruise, The Lost Civilization combines places rarely visited with opulent world heritage sites. 7 nights Saigon – Siem Reap (or vice versa).
Vietnam and Cambodia play the role of muse to any artist. There is so much to inspire. Whether it’s the steam and aroma wafting from a street stall in Vietnam, being tenderly stirred by an elderly woman in a conical hat, who has done so for decades on the same corner. Or, the breathtaking, slightly intimidating presence of Angkor Wat and the unbelievable feats of men and incredible stories of an ancient time; this region is rich in interest.
The food, scenery, architecture and culture of this region inspire at every turn, and looks back at you through the smiles of its people.

Please Note: This itinerary is based on Low Water Season (from December through to mid-August), the itinerary might differ during High Water Season (from mid-August to November).

Upstream means from Saigon to Siem Reap. Downstream is the opposite direction from Siem Reap to Saigon.

Highlights

Explore the age-old ways of life supported by Mekong river • Ride bicycles through the rice fields • Sip homemade fruit liqueur in a pomello orchard

Please Note: More Mekong voyages are available (upstream/downstream), not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

Jayavarman

Vessel Type: River Boat
Length: 58 meters
Passenger Capacity: 54

Crew Capacity: 40
Built: 2009

The majestic Jayavarman is considered the father in Heritage Line’s “family” of cruise ships. This vessel was named after Angkor’s most venerated king, a devout Buddhist who ruled from 1181 to 1218. King Jayavarman oversaw the construction of some of the most famous temples in Angkor, including Ta Prohm, Preah Khan and the unforgettable Bayon. Inspired by the serenity and artistry associated with this great Khmer monarch, Jayavarman’s design was also influenced by the French cruise liner Normandie, which launched in 1935. Travelling the Mekong between My Tho , the entry gate to the Mekong Delta, and Siem Reap, Cambodia, Jayavarman marries the art deco charm of 1930’s France with the romance of Indochina. Measuring 57.8 meters/190 feet from bow to stern, Jayavarman holds 27 elegantly decorated cabins. Thanks to its intricate woodcarvings, Khmer bas-reliefs and Vietnamese lacquer paintings, this impressive cruise ship resembles a floating art gallery. Wherever they look, guests are reminded of the local arts and culture.
With three-and-a-half decks, Jayavarman is as spacious as it is beautiful. Guests can admire Khmer artifacts in the Henry Mouhot Lounge, mingle in the Club 1930 Bar, dine in the elegant Indochine Dining Hall, and recharge with spa treatments in the Apsara Spa. A Jacuzzi pool is located on the top sun deck, which offers spectacular views of the passing delta. Along with its peaceful beauty, the Mekong Delta is known for its friendly locals. The crew members of Jayavarman are no exception. From the moment they board, guests are made to feel at home. Offering exceptional service, comfort and style, Jayavarman is a name to remember. This beautiful vessel is an unforgettable means of exploring some of the finest scenery in Asia.
“HENRY MOUHOT” LOBBY LOUNGE
Named after the French archeologist who discovered the Angkor temple complex, the Henry Mouhot Lounge is the perfect place to curl up with a book or an e-book as. It is wifi connected. The lounge also hosts the boutique shop and the reception. The Lounge has a decidedly scholarly air about it – dark furniture with harmonious Asian fabrics, a fine smell of teak wood; white ceiling and rose-painted walls together with a bunch of stunning Khmer artifacts bring back memories of the past French Colonial era.
“CLUB 1930” FUNNEL BAR & LOUNGE
Be transported back to 30s and 40s in our Club 1930 Bar and Funnel Lounge. The bar has a warm classical feel and the lounge is spacious and airy. Observe the passing landscape from your dark-wood colonial styled and cushion filled chaise longue or sink in your comfy cane chair for a quick snooze.
INDOCHINE DINING HALL
It is difficult not to be wowed by the Indochine Dining Hall. Your breakfast spread – gargantuan and delectable – is lit by the early morning rays of the sun. The hall is natural lighting during day and romantic with its antique ceiling lights in the evening. It offers free style seating and food is served via buffet or set menu
THE APSARA BEAUTY AND WELLNESS SPA
The spa is tucked away in a quiet area at the front of the ship on the main deck. The room is designed to accommodate two guests at the same time. Selected Asian spa treatments are available ranging from relaxing foot massage up to East Western fusions.

Contact
Booking
Mekong Heritage River Cruise
The Jahan
03.04.2021
10.04.2021
7
Asia, The Lost Civilization (Downstream)
Fare from € 3.250
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Siem Reap - Kampong Cham

We gather in the morning at our welcome lounge in Siem Reap.
Relax with a drink as our staff collects your details for the boarding.
Then, we bid farewell to the iconic sights of Angkor and travel over land south to the town of Kampong Cham where our ship awaits us.
The transfer takes about 4.5 hours, snacks and water are provided during the trip. Upon arrival you check in to your well prepared staterooms.
A lunch buffet is served in the dining hall.
Make yourself familiar with all facilities onboard and take some rest.
In the afternoon we learn more about the education of the young Cambodian generation (NGO project). The children join us on board,
always excited to show their skills in music and art.
Be sure to be bathed in smiles upon your applause.
After the performance, we leave the ship by bus for an afternoon excursion.

During low water season, we have the chance to see a bamboo bridge which connects the mainland with an island. Local communities re-build the bridge every year when water levels drop. We continue our land journey to the enchanting pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey (7th century).

This small complex sits on a hill top on the shore with a breath-taking view over the Mekong.
When returning to the ship, you can enjoy some private time until dinner is served in the dining hall.
Our lounge cinema features selected classic movies (every night).

Day 2

Kampong Cham - Oknha Tey - Kampong Chhnang

Every morning, our Tai Chi class on the sun deck will give you energy for the day ahead. Breakfast is served in the dining hall.

The ship sails up towards the small Angkor Ban village on the Mekong River.

The Angkor Ban village is famous for its unspoiled community and beautiful, traditional houses. It feels like being transported back a hundred years ago, into an era unaffected by modernity. Villagers are characterized by their
unbridled warmth. Back on board a Monks’ blessing ceremony will deliver spirits and wishes for health and prosperity for all.
Enjoy your lunch as we set sail downstream the Mekong.
In the afternoon a High Tea is offered and our staff is keen to show you the variety of traditional Khmer fashion.
We arrive at the Island of Koh Oknha Tey. This spot in the middle of the Mekong owns its fame for manufacturing high class silk products.
By tuk tuk we explore the island with its workshops and learn how silk is processed from its source, provided by little silkworms, to a final top quality product made of original Cambodian silk.
After some additional cruising time, passing the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Rivers, the boat achors near Kampong Chhnang.

Have a fresh drink before dinner and marvel at the amazing
marshlands of this beautiful area.

Day 3

Kampong Chhnang - Kamp. Tralach - Phnom Penh

Wake up early to witness this spectacular scenery at the break of dawn.
Our morning Tai Chi class offers the perfect scenery today.
Breakfast buffet is served in the dining hall. We are now in Kampong Chhnang,
Cambodia’s “water world”, where everything is on sticks balanced on water rich soil. We take a local boat to the shore. By mini buses we head to a rural village nearby and go on a walking tour. Our guides introduce you to the village specialities – Khmer style pottery and the making of palm sugar.

You should definitely bring some home.
Before returning to the boat, we explore the floating villages and wetlands of the region. Back on board lunch is served while the cruise continues with
a languid meander along the Tonle River towards Kampong Tralach.
Gliding through leafy swaths of this jungle-like landscape we reach Kampong Tralach.

Cacophonous children wave enthusiastically while bringing their livestock for a bath in the meandering river. We will stop at the “Green School” which is partly supported by Heritage Line. See all this river life - which is so different than ours - by a local ox cart ride.

After some additional cruising time the boat arrives at the pier of Phnom Penh. Feel free to have your first exploration by yourself after dinner. Stroll along the river promenade and watch the locals chit-chatting, selling odds and ends or have a drink in one of the numerous bars (kindly inform our crew once you are leaving the ship on your own).

Day 4

Phnom Penh

Welcome to Phnom Penh - the once called Paris of the East.
Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic
charm and elegance.
It is an amazing town with centuries of incredible history and
culture which can still be felt at many street corners.
We start with a full sight-seeing tour right after breakfast.
By bus we visit the Killing Fields at the outside of the city
and afterwards the centrally located prison “S21”.
Both historic sites display the sad and cruel chapter of Khmer history
when the Khmer Rouge ruled the country with terror and supression.
Those places have not changed much since this horrific time back in the early seventies and it can be quite heartbreaking. Alternatively, you can explore the city in the morning by your own before re-joining the group.
We take lunch at a fine restaurant in town. Our exploration of Phnom Penh continues on the fascinating cultural heritage of Phnom Penh.
The golden edifice of the Royal Palace with its Silver Pagoda and the exceptional Khmer crafts at the National Museum are our afternoon highlights.
The day trip ends with a “cyclo” ride back to the ship
through the bustling streets of downtown Phnom Penh.
Take some rest in your spacious cabin or join other fellow passengers
at the bar for refreshing drinks before our captivating evening activities start.
In the early evening a barbecue dinner on the sun deck commences.
The dinner is accompanied with an Apsara dance performance.
You have to witness the brilliance and richness of this dance along with
the soothing sounds of the traditional music.
As the evening unwinds, enjoy your supper with a good glass of wine
and marvel at the skyline of Phnom Penh, and the calming flow of
the Tonle River.

Day 5

Phnom Penh - Border Crossing - Tan Chau

After breakfast we gather at the lounge for a great lecture.
The lounge is set up for a captivating lecture about Cambodian modern history, held by a professor of the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Definitely a highlights of this cruise receiving knowledge first hand as our lecturer has studied the subject extensively and personally.
The whole afternoon is at your own arrangements.
From now on, even the last passenger will turn on his cruise mode and hopefully experience the therapeutic influence that this mighty river radiates. It is time for massages, relaxation on the sun bed, and private balcony kick-backs - it’s time to merge with the river.
Some may like to visit the bridge as the captain always has a little story to share about “his” river. Float into a state of mild bliss.
Before totally drifting away, do not forget lunchtime around noon.
A culinary class is offered in the afternoon to sharpen your knowledge and skills on the local cuisine.
Before slumbering in a nap, join our High Tea with coffee and snacks if you like to. We reach the border and finally arrive in Vietnam.
From here it is just a short distance to Tan Chau, a pleasant, slow-paced border town with a sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer community.
We moor near the city with views on the riverbanks.
Dinner will be served soon and you can join our evening cinema with another selected classic movie afterwards.

Day 6

Tan Chau - My An Hung - Sa Dec

Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at the dining hall or in the quiet privacy of your balcony.
Brace yourself for a tour around Tan Chau, a pleasant, slow-paced town near the Cambodian border with a sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer community.

Once arrived on-shore we hop on “xelois” to explore Tan Chau.
A “xeloi” is a local vehicle which is still used as a taxi in this region.
We slowly move around the streets to see all the workshops, houses and domiciles. Get to feel the laid- back vibes of this place.
We stop at the colorful, local market near one of the town’s temples.
This is the best time to interact with the vendors of this friendly town and make your own bargain experience. We board our local boats and cruise along floating houses until we finally reach a floating fish farm.
This region is the source of a fish production that is sold all over the world. We get an exclusive insight in how fish farming works.
Back on board before lunch is served, you may like to pamper yourself with some spa treatments or take a dip into the pool on the sun deck.
Our expert guides offer a presentation on the “Life on the Mekong Delta” as the ship continues to My An Hung near the Sa Dec province.
Before we arrive mingle with fellow passengers and share some stories.
We will set off for the My An Hung Village. In the village we receive wonderful insights into the private household of a local family.
We are allowed to visit their vegetable garden and access the seasonal vegetable fields via crossing a monkey bridge. We are also invited to their house for a Vietnamese tea tasting. Vietnamese tea is often bitter and locals sweeten it with honey. The honey is produced by the family,
a true delicacy in this region. We are offered fruits - juicy, fresh, and right from the tree. A local artist group performs a typical traditional dragon dance while we munch on those natural “vitamins bombs”.
As the sun sets and the light bathes everything golden, we settle on a riverbank gathering with cocktails to recap the day.
Back on the ship we cruise downstream the Mekong. Refresh yourself and get ready for dinner. The ship moors mid-river near Sa Dec.

Day 7

Binh Thanh Island - Cai Be - My Tho

In the morning we arrive at the island of Binh Thanh.
We embark on a local boat and head towards Binh Thanh Island. Binh Thanh is one of the larger islands in the vast stream of the Mekong.
Some communities have settled here and make their living by growing water hyazinths.
We exclusively visit one of those untouched areas. By wandering through the village we get a deep understanding of the native life.
But moreover, we can follow the whole process of their traditional mat making. You can try weaving yourself which is still done manually.
We will also meet an old local couple who share their story on this island.
They are happy for any chit-chat with you.
Back on board lunch is served and you have some time to leasurely spend onboard while we cruise along the Mekong.
In the early afternoon we arrive in Cai Be, a charming town which is famous for its Catholic French church and their manufacturing of traditional crafts and food products. The floating market of Cai Be is getting smaller every year, since trading on the water is shifting more and more to the modern central markets. We can still see some boat to boat trading of local goods, such as fruits and agricultural products.
Our guide will explain all the particulars of this long lasting trading culture. Each boat has a special marker that lets buyers know what goods they are selling. Afterwards we go on-shore to visit a workshop where we learn how rice paste, rice paper, rice cookies and rice wine is manufactured. Cai Be and its surrounding areas are covered by palm trees and hence the region is also famous for the production of coconut candies. The city is criss-crossed by many water canals. By local boat we will explore the lush and green canal network and observe the farmers working in the fields.
As the sun sets, our crew invites you to a farewell event.
Before dinner, you can enjoy dances and music together with the crew.
The ships moors at My Tho.

Day 8

My Tho - Saigon

Enjoy your last breakfast aboard your floating home.
We will disembark the ship after breakfast and take a bus transfer from My Tho to the drop off point in Saigon. It is only around 70 kilometers on the highway. You will arrive in Saigon by mid-morning.
We hope you enjoyed this fascinating river cruise, just as our crew does every single time. Moreover, take the enchanting memories and friendships along with you that will linger on with the stories of this amazing river - the Mighty Mekong.

Overview

The Lost Civilization (Downstream)

This is the classic Mekong river cruise, The Lost Civilization combines places rarely visited with opulent world heritage sites. 7 nights Siem Reap – Saigon (or vice versa).
Vietnam and Cambodia play the role of muse to any artist. There is so much to inspire. Whether it’s the steam and aroma wafting from a street stall in Vietnam, being tenderly stirred by an elderly woman in a conical hat, who has done so for decades on the same corner. Or, the breathtaking, slightly intimidating presence of Angkor Wat and the unbelievable feats of men and incredible stories of an ancient time; this region is rich in interest.
The food, scenery, architecture and culture of this region inspire at every turn, and looks back at you through the smiles of its people.

Please Note: This itinerary is based on Low Water Season (from December through to mid-August), the itinerary might differ during High Water Season (from mid-August to November).

Downstream means from Siem Reap to Saigon. Upstream is the opposite direction from Saigon to Siem Reap.

Highlights

Explore the age-old ways of life supported by Mekong river • Ride bicycles through the rice fields • Sip homemade fruit liqueur in a pomello orchard

Please Note: More Mekong voyages are available (upstream/downstream), not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

The Jahan

Vessel Type: River Boat
Length: 72 meters
Passenger Capacity: 52

Crew Capacity: 41
Built: 2011

Plying the slow, swirling waters of the Mekong, The Jahan is Heritage Line’s most romantic cruise liner. Considered the brother of The Jayavarman in Heritage Line’s “family” of cruise ships, this magnificent vessel was named after the Indian emperor Shah Jahan, who ruled the Mughal Empire from 1628 to 1658. A great patron of architecture and the arts, Shah Jahan oversaw the construction of many legendary sites, including India’s dazzling Red Fort, and the famed 777 gardens of Kashmir. This cultured monarch is a fitting namesake for The Jahan, which evokes the opulent vessels of British India. No expense has been spared in the interior or exterior decorations, which showcase the talents of local woodworkers, weavers and artists.
When guests aren’t relaxing in their luxurious cabins they can meet friends in the atmospheric East India Club; soak in the Jacuzzi on the Pool Deck; challenge a new friend to a game of chess in the Observatory Lounge; or enjoy a pampering massage in the Apsara Spa. With three decks, this vessel offers all the amenities of a fine resort, including comfortable in- and outdoor lounges, an outdoor bar, a small boutique, dining room, fitness equipment and a steam room, as well as an excellent spa. Stretching 70 meters/230 feet from bow to stern, The Jahan features 26 beautifully-designed cabins on two decks, each with its own private balcony.
Discover the bygone elegance of travel aboard the majestic Jahan. Just as Indian art and architecture influenced the Khmer and Cham cultures in the Mekong Delta, the stunning artistry of The Jahan will inspire you, as will the delta’s vibrant beauty.
THE RAJ OF INDIA
The boutique British-Indian lobby lounge is the perfect place to kick-back and grab a magazine from our library. WiFi is available as well. The tranquil atmosphere with white, crème and golden tones, wide sofas, comfy chairs, Indian lamps and the Old England styled reception are a throwback to the days of Colonial India.
VICEROY DINING HALL
The Jahan’s elegant Viceroy Dining Hall is located next to the bar on the Terrace Deck and offers al-fresco dining with free style seating. Ascetically designed, the Viceroy Hall is day light flooded with many high windows. The hall in azure side walls, white ceiling with golden borders and elegant finished chairs and tables shows its full royal shine in the evening when British styled luster bathes the room in decent light.
EAST INDIA CLUB
The East India Club is an open funnel bar and lounge which recreates a British-India feel with camel bone in-lays and a unique oriental lamp, replete with Sanskrit carvings, hanging down the middle of the bar. The East India Club is the perfect place to unwind and quaff a drink whilst savoring the splendors of the setting sun.
OBSERVATORY
The Observatory is an elegant, tasteful and welcoming Indian lounge with wide cozy styled diwans. It is the ideal place to “observe” life on the Mekong through the panoramic windows. Play the antique chess game or simply relax after spa whilst munching on some fruit snacks. The Observatory is also used for private functions – candle light dinners.
APSARA SPA
Enjoy exquisite romance and privacy as the Apsara Spa has two treatment rooms. With more than 20 different aroma oils to choose from as well as a variety of fine treatments, our packages are guaranteed to keep you coming back for more.
POOL DECK
The large pool – constructed with intricate Turkish Mosaic floor tiles is an oasis to refresh. Soak in the rays of the sun on restful sun beds. Then, jump into our splendid Jacuzzi and allow the bubbles to caress you.
GYM AND STEAM BATH
Burn away all those extra calories at our gym and steam bath. The bath is a marvelous way to relax with your partner in steamy privacy.

Contact
Booking
Halong Bay Heritage Cruise
Jasmine
08.04.2021
10.04.2021
2
Asia, Jewels of Halong Bay
Fare from € 450,-
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Travelroute
Day 1

Halong Bay

The boat sets sail to cruise into the Bay. Find yourself getting acquainted with the facilities on board. A delectable buffet lunch with a feast of choices is served in the restaurant. Savor your first hours in Halong Bay
on the sun deck by simply letting your eyes wander around the scenery.
We arrive at the area of Cua Van, a floating fishing village. From here we start to explore a cave named Tien Ong, and the fishing village. Tien Ong is the most recently explored cave in Halong Bay. It shows evidence of human
civilization dating back to 10,000 – 8,000 BC. The cave is just five meters above sea level, 50 meters deep and covers 1,000 square meters. Our guide takes you on a loop though the cave and explains about the historical findings and the cave’s particulars.
The voyage continues to the fishing village. With a small bamboo boat rowed by the local people, we move around in the calm sea of this secluded area and gain an insight into the village life. If you want you can paddle
by yourself in a kayak. This is a perfect way to freely move around in the calm area and experience the village life.
After returning to the boat we sail to the overnight mooring area Luon Bo. During this time Halong Bay reveals its most magnificent beauty - we call it the “blue hour”. Rewind on the sun deck with a drink of your choice and let
this moment sink in. During sailing, our chef demonstrates the preparation of particular Vietnamese dishes. Feel free to join and practice by yourself.
Dinner is served in the restaurant either à la carte or buffet style (note: Jasmine serves BBQ or dinner buffet).
Afterwards the night is yours to kick-back and abundantly enjoy these unique moments amidst a surreal landscape. A presentation with interesting facts and insights on Halong Bay is also offered after dinner in the dining
area.
Have a good night sleep in Halong Bay where once upon a time dragons played with sparkling jewels.

Day 2

Halong Bay

Wake up at dawn to the lapping of the waves and the smell of freshly brewed coffee, which is available with pastries in the dining room. Join the Tai Chi morning class on the sun deck which is a unique experience. By following the moves of our instructor you merge with the surrounding scenery.
By tender boat we transfer to our day boat named “Sunset”. It is a cozy, smaller vessel on which we will discover the hidden charms of Halong Bay. Breakfast is served as Sunset sails for the Surprise Cave, in Vietnamese “Sung Sot”. Sung Sot is the biggest cave in Halong Bay with over 10,000 square meters. It is a magnificent site with the most beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. The further you go inside, the bigger it gets. We explore this natural sensation for about 60 minutes.
Once back on the Sunset ship, take some time to simply relax. Lean back on your sunbed while Sunset smoothly sails further into the Bay. Here you have the chance for another close encounter with the fairylike Halong Bay.
Via kayak you can paddle through this bizarre water landscape. The cliffs stretch vertically out of the water and you feel a sense of freedom meandering through this green medley of water and tree-topped islets. Back on board lunch is served in the restaurant.
Sunset continues the journey to a floating pearl farm. Halong Bay is also a place where pearls are cultivated. In a small factory we learn how pearls are harvested and processed. After the visit, we leisurely sail back to the mothership. Back “home” you have time for spa treatments or sunbathing while we sail to the spot. Dinner is served in the dinning room around seven o’clock.
Before you retrieve to your cabin, you might like to have some fun squid fishing with our crew, or simply lean back on one of the loungers and listen to serenity of Halong Bay.

Day 3

Halong Bay

For early risers (around 6:30 am) tea, coffee and pastries are available in the dinning room. A Tai Chi class is offered on the sun deck to ease your mind and muscles.
The boat continues to sail to Ti Top Island. We head by tender to this little landmass in the Bay. Prepare yourself for a refreshing morning swim on a sandy beach beneath high rock formations. If you prefer to be more active
climb up to the hill to the top of Ti Top Island from where you have stunning views over Halong Bay. It takes 400 stone steps up and about 20 minutes to the top, minimal fitness and proper footwear is required. There is also a
viewing platform about half-way up with great panoramic views.
Back on board (around 8:45 am) you may like to shower and freshen up. Now it is time to enjoy the last sailing time back to the harbor. A full breakfast is served in the dining room. Relax on the sun deck or in the dining room while savoring the last cruise moments of this iconic site before arriving back on shore.
Our crew bids a fond farewell and helps with your belongings. Heritage Line and all the crew members thank you very much for having you on board.

Overview

Jewels of Halong Bay

Welcome aboard of Heritage Line in the magnificent Halong Bay.
A medley of limestone pillars, tiny islets topped by forest rise from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. A World Heritage site since 1994, Halong Bay’s spectacular scenery is a visualization of ethereal beauty.
Our Halong Bay 3-day cruises are offered with our vessels Jasmine or Violet.
Please Notedaily year-round departures! More Halong Bay cruises are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Jasmine

Vessel Type: Motor Sailer
Length: 55 meters
Passenger Capacity: 46

Crew Capacity: 34

Built: 2007

Sturdy and strong – with a decidedly languid air.

The second of the “Three Sisters” operated by Heritage Line in Halong Bay is the gracious middle-child, Jasmine. Visitors looking for both comfort and adventure in Halong Bay will appreciate the Jasmine’s friendly crew and understated elegance. With 23 cabins,  Jasmine is built in the style of a traditional Vietnamese junk, with three tawny sails and dark wood-cladding.

Jasmine’s interiors, like the exterior, are covered in polished wood, lending Jasmine the stately air of an Indochina-era cruising boat. Guests can convene in the formal dining room, enjoy casual barbecues on the terrace and marvel at the bay’s moonlit beauty on Jasmine’s wide Sundeck. After days spent learning Tai Chi, kayaking, and visiting local fishing villages, visitors can enjoy various traditional massage treatments. Heritage Line prides itself on exceptional service and Jasmine is no exception.  Jasmine’s experienced crew does their utmost to showcase the Bay’s indescribable wonders.

Speaking of Halong Bay, Vietnam’s late President Ho Chi Minh said: “It is a wonder that one cannot impart to others.” Home to more than three-thousand islands, this archipelago is the ultimate cruise destination. Allow the stately Jasmine to transport you.

Particulars: French-Indochina design • 23 cabins (3 categories) • Large Restaurant • Lounge with bar • Massage room • Cozy Terrace with wooden, pillow topped seating and table set-up • Huge Sundeck

Contact
Booking
Mekong Heritage River Cruise
Jayavarman
17.04.2021
24.04.2021
7
Asia, Lost Civilisation (Upstream)
Fare from € 2.150
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Travelroute
Day 1

Saigon - My Tho - Cai Be

We gather before noontime at our welcome lounge in Saigon. Lean back with a drink as our staff welcomes you and collects your details for boarding. We bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of Saigon and travel 70 kilometers south overland to My Tho to embark on your luxury floating home for the upcoming journey along the Mighty Mekong.

After our crew warmly welcomes you, you check in to your well prepared staterooms. The ship sets sail and a fascinating voyage along the Mekong begins. Lunch buffet is served in the restaurant while the vessel steadily glides upstream to reach the overnight spot.

Make yourself familiar with all the ship facilities. Now it is time to become one with one of the largest streams in Asia. The afternoon allows you to leisurely pass time on your private balcony or join our tea time at the open air bar as the twilight bathes the Mekong Delta in a golden haze.

During the time you savor your dinner, the ship reaches Cai Be.
It is a charming town, famous for its Catholic French church and the
manufacturing of traditional crafts and food products. The floating market of Cai Be is getting smaller every year, since trading on the water is shifting more and more to the modern central markets.

We anchor mid-stream near Cai Be for dinner and moor there overnight. After dinner our lounge cinema features selected classic movies (every night).

Day 2

Cai Be - Sa Dec - Tan Chau

Each morning, we offer our guests an invigorating Tai Chi class on the sun deck. Start your day, just as many local people do in Asia, as the sun begins its gentle glow. A sumptuous buffet breakfast is served for the perfect first exploration day in the Mekong Delta.

Our morning tour takes you to Cai Be. We can still see some boat to boat trading of local goods such as fruits and agricultural products.
Our guide will explain the particularities of this long lasting trading culture. Each boat has a special marker that lets buyers know what goods it is selling.

Cai Be is a rustic town crisscrossed by many water canals. We go on-shore to visit a workshop and learn how rice paste, rice paper, rice cookies and rice wine is manufactured. Cai Be and its surrounding areas are covered with palm trees and hence the region is also famous for the production of coconut candies. With our local boat we continue to explore the lush and green canal network and observe the farmers working in the fields.
Back on board lunch is served. You can enjoy time for yourself then to either enjoy a true Vietnamese coffee at the bar or simply watch the life on the riverbanks floating by.

In the afternoon, we reach the area of Sa Dec. We embark on a traditional local boat and head towards Binh Thanh Island. This island is one of the larger ones in the vast stream of the Mekong. Some communities have settled here and make their living by growing water hyacinths.
We exclulsively visit one of those untouched areas. By wandering through the village, we get a deep understanding of the native life.
Moreover, we see the whole process of mat making. You can try weaving yourself, which is still done manually. We will meet also an elderly local couple who shares their story on this island. They are happy to engage in a conversation with you.

Back on board you may like to pamper yourself with a spa treatment or take a dip into the pool on the sun deck. Our expert guide offers a presentation on the “Life on the Mekong Delta” as the ship continues sailing to Tan Chau – near the border to Cambodia. We moor midstream.

Dinner is served and afterwards you can join our evening cinema session (offered every night) featuring selected classic movies.

Day 3

Tan Chau - Border crossing - Phnom Penh

Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at the dining hall or in the quiet privacy of your balcony.
Brace yourself for a tour around Tan Chau, a pleasant, slow-paced town with a sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer community.

Once on-shore we hop on “xelois” to explore Tan Chau. A “xeloi” is a local vehicle which is still used as a taxi in this region. We slowly move around the streets to see all the workshops, houses and domiciles. Get to feel the laid-back vibes of this place. We stop at the colorful local market near one of the town’s temples. This is the best time to interact with the vendors of this friendly town to practice your bargaining skills. We board our local boat and cruise past floating houses and finally reach a floating fish farm. This region is the source of a fish production that is sold all over the world. Here we get a deep insight on how fish farming works.

Back on board our “home” we sail towards the Vietnamese-Cambodian border. Get ready for a fascinating and leisurely cruise through the deep Cambodian countryside towards Phnom Penh.
The whole afternoon is at your own arrangements. Now is the time when even the last passenger will switch into cruise mode and experience the therapeutic influence that this mighty river radiates. It is time for massages, for relaxation on the sun beds, for private balcony kick-backs - it’s the time to merge with the river.

A culinary class is offered in the afternoon to sharpen your knowledge and skills on the local cuisine. Some may like to visit the bridge - the captain always has a little story to share about “his” river. Float into a state of mild bliss and join our afternoon High Tea for sweet treats before you totally drift away in relaxation.

Dinner is served before we arrive at the capital of Cambodia. Around seven o’clock the boat docks at the pier of Phnom Penh. You are free to go for your first exploration by yourself. Stroll along the river promenade and watch the locals chit-chatting, selling odds and ends or have a drink in one of the numerous bars (kindly inform our crew once you are leaving the ship on your own).

Day 4

Phnom Penh

Welcome to Phnom Penh - once called the Paris of the East. Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic charm and elegance.
It is an amazing town with centuries of incredible history and culture which can still be felt at many street corners.
We start with a full sight-seeing tour right after breakfast. By bus we visit the Killing Fields at outside of the city and after, the centrally located prison “S21”. Both historic sites display the sad and cruel chapter of Khmer history when the Khmer Rouge ruled the country with terror and suppression. Those places have not changed much since this horrific time back in the early seventies and it can be heartbreaking. Alternatively, explore the city in the morning on your own before re-joining the group.

We will have lunch at a fine restaurant in town. Our exploration of Phnom Penh continues on the fascinating cultural heritage of Phnom Penh.
The golden edifice of the Royal Palace with its Silver Pagoda and the exceptional Khmer crafts at the National Museum are the afternoon highlights.
The day trip ends with a “cyclo” ride back to the ship through the bustling streets of downtown Phnom Penh. Take some rest in your spacious cabin or join other fellow passengers at the bar for some refreshing drinks before our captivating evening activities start.
We move to the lounge which is set up for a lecture about Cambodian modern history, held by a professor of the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Definitely among the highlights of this cruise receiving knowledge first hand as our lecturer has studied the subject extensively and personally.
After the lecture a barbecue dinner feast on the sun deck commences.
The dinner is accompanied with an Apsara dance performance.
You have to witness the brilliance and richness of this dance along with the soothing sounds of traditional music.
As the evening unwinds, enjoy your supper with a glass of wine and marvel at the skyline of Phnom Penh, and the calming flow of the Tonle River.

Day 5

Phnom Penh – Kampong Chhnang (Tonle)

Before the sun peeks over the horizon, the cruiser sets sail towards Kampong Tralach on the Tonle River – an amazingly narrow river.
Gently gliding through leafy swaths of this jungle-like landscape we reach Kampong Tralach. Breakfast is served before we anchor and get ready for our first Tonle discovery.

We reach the shore by local boat and cacophonous children wave enthusiastically while bringing their livestock for a bath in the meandering river. We will stop at the “Green School” which is partly supported by Heritage Line. See all the river life, which is so different than ours - by a local ox cart ride.
Back on board our staff is keen on showing you a variety of traditional Khmer fashion. Lunch is served afterwards.

The ship cruises along the narrow Tonle River towards Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s “water world”, where everything is on sticks and balanced on water-rich soil. Perhaps it’s the most fascinating cruising spot in Cambodia.
Back on land in Kampong Chhnang, we take mini buses to a rural village nearby for a walking tour. Our guides introduce you to the village specialties – Khmer style pottery and the making of palm sugar.
Before returning to the boat we explore the floating villages and wetlands of the region. Relax back on board until dinner is served. The boat moors
mid-river in the Tonle area.

Day 6

Tonle River - Kampong Cham (Mekong)

In the early morning during breakfast we sail from the lower Tonle River towards the Mekong passing their confluence at Phnom Penh.
We arrive at the island of Koh Oknha Tey. This spot in the middle of the Mekong owns its fame for the manufacturing of high class silk products.
By tuk tuk we explore the island with its workshops and learn how silk is processed from its source, provided by little silkworms, to a final top quality product made of original Cambodian silk.

Before lunch our expert guides offer a presentation about “Geography of the Mekong and Tonle Sap”. Afterwards a Monks’ blessing ceremony on board delivers spirits and wishes for our health and prosperity for all.
The ship sails towards the small Angkor Ban village up in the Mekong River. The Angkor Ban village is famous for its unspoiled community and beautiful, traditional houses. It feels like being transported back a hundred years ago into an era unaffected by modernity. Villagers are characterized by their
unbridled warmth.

Afterwards it’s time for some fun at a cocktail party on the riverbank.

We continue cruising for a while until dinner is served.
The boat finds its overnight spot at the riverbank of Kampong Cham.

Day 7

Kampong Cham (Mekong)

After breakfast by bus we visit the enchanting pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey, built in the 7th century. This small complex sits on a hill top right on the shore with breath taking views over the Mekong.

We return to the ship for lunch and some relaxation.
In the afternoon we head to the tiny, colorful monastery of Wat Nokor.
Here we might get the chance to engage in light banter with some of the monks living in the area. As it is low water season we are able to see a bamboo bridge which connects the mainland with the island. Local communities re-build the bridge every year when the water levels drop.

We continue our journey and visit a local school to understand more about the education of the young Cambodian generation (NGO project).
The children here are always excited to show their skills in music and art and will bathe you in smiles upon your applause.

As the sun sets, our crew invites for a farewell event. Enjoy some dancing and music together with the crew before dinner is served.
The boat moors at the riverbank of Kampong Cham.

Day 8

Kampong Cham (Mekong) - Siem Reap

Enjoy your last breakfast on board our floating sanctuary.
We disembark the ship for a transfer by bus to the drop off point in
Siem Reap. The transfer takes about 4.5 hours. Snacks are provided during
the trip. You will arrive in Siem Reap in the early afternoon.
We hope that you enjoyed this fascinating river just as our crew does every single time. Moreover, take plenty of memories and friendships along with you that will linger on with your stories of this amazing river - the Mighty Mekong.

Overview

The Lost Civilization (Upstream)

This is the classic Mekong river cruise, The Lost Civilization combines places rarely visited with opulent world heritage sites. 7 nights Saigon – Siem Reap (or vice versa).
Vietnam and Cambodia play the role of muse to any artist. There is so much to inspire. Whether it’s the steam and aroma wafting from a street stall in Vietnam, being tenderly stirred by an elderly woman in a conical hat, who has done so for decades on the same corner. Or, the breathtaking, slightly intimidating presence of Angkor Wat and the unbelievable feats of men and incredible stories of an ancient time; this region is rich in interest.
The food, scenery, architecture and culture of this region inspire at every turn, and looks back at you through the smiles of its people.

Please Note: This itinerary is based on Low Water Season (from December through to mid-August), the itinerary might differ during High Water Season (from mid-August to November).

Upstream means from Saigon to Siem Reap. Downstream is the opposite direction from Siem Reap to Saigon.

Highlights

Explore the age-old ways of life supported by Mekong river • Ride bicycles through the rice fields • Sip homemade fruit liqueur in a pomello orchard

Please Note: More Mekong voyages are available (upstream/downstream), not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

Jayavarman

Vessel Type: River Boat
Length: 58 meters
Passenger Capacity: 54

Crew Capacity: 40
Built: 2009

The majestic Jayavarman is considered the father in Heritage Line’s “family” of cruise ships. This vessel was named after Angkor’s most venerated king, a devout Buddhist who ruled from 1181 to 1218. King Jayavarman oversaw the construction of some of the most famous temples in Angkor, including Ta Prohm, Preah Khan and the unforgettable Bayon. Inspired by the serenity and artistry associated with this great Khmer monarch, Jayavarman’s design was also influenced by the French cruise liner Normandie, which launched in 1935. Travelling the Mekong between My Tho , the entry gate to the Mekong Delta, and Siem Reap, Cambodia, Jayavarman marries the art deco charm of 1930’s France with the romance of Indochina. Measuring 57.8 meters/190 feet from bow to stern, Jayavarman holds 27 elegantly decorated cabins. Thanks to its intricate woodcarvings, Khmer bas-reliefs and Vietnamese lacquer paintings, this impressive cruise ship resembles a floating art gallery. Wherever they look, guests are reminded of the local arts and culture.
With three-and-a-half decks, Jayavarman is as spacious as it is beautiful. Guests can admire Khmer artifacts in the Henry Mouhot Lounge, mingle in the Club 1930 Bar, dine in the elegant Indochine Dining Hall, and recharge with spa treatments in the Apsara Spa. A Jacuzzi pool is located on the top sun deck, which offers spectacular views of the passing delta. Along with its peaceful beauty, the Mekong Delta is known for its friendly locals. The crew members of Jayavarman are no exception. From the moment they board, guests are made to feel at home. Offering exceptional service, comfort and style, Jayavarman is a name to remember. This beautiful vessel is an unforgettable means of exploring some of the finest scenery in Asia.
“HENRY MOUHOT” LOBBY LOUNGE
Named after the French archeologist who discovered the Angkor temple complex, the Henry Mouhot Lounge is the perfect place to curl up with a book or an e-book as. It is wifi connected. The lounge also hosts the boutique shop and the reception. The Lounge has a decidedly scholarly air about it – dark furniture with harmonious Asian fabrics, a fine smell of teak wood; white ceiling and rose-painted walls together with a bunch of stunning Khmer artifacts bring back memories of the past French Colonial era.
“CLUB 1930” FUNNEL BAR & LOUNGE
Be transported back to 30s and 40s in our Club 1930 Bar and Funnel Lounge. The bar has a warm classical feel and the lounge is spacious and airy. Observe the passing landscape from your dark-wood colonial styled and cushion filled chaise longue or sink in your comfy cane chair for a quick snooze.
INDOCHINE DINING HALL
It is difficult not to be wowed by the Indochine Dining Hall. Your breakfast spread – gargantuan and delectable – is lit by the early morning rays of the sun. The hall is natural lighting during day and romantic with its antique ceiling lights in the evening. It offers free style seating and food is served via buffet or set menu
THE APSARA BEAUTY AND WELLNESS SPA
The spa is tucked away in a quiet area at the front of the ship on the main deck. The room is designed to accommodate two guests at the same time. Selected Asian spa treatments are available ranging from relaxing foot massage up to East Western fusions.

Contact
Booking
Mekong Heritage River Cruise
The Jahan
17.04.2021
24.04.2021
7
Asia, The Lost Civilization (Downstream)
Fare from € 3.250
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Travelroute
Day 1

Siem Reap - Kampong Cham

We gather in the morning at our welcome lounge in Siem Reap.
Relax with a drink as our staff collects your details for the boarding.
Then, we bid farewell to the iconic sights of Angkor and travel over land south to the town of Kampong Cham where our ship awaits us.
The transfer takes about 4.5 hours, snacks and water are provided during the trip. Upon arrival you check in to your well prepared staterooms.
A lunch buffet is served in the dining hall.
Make yourself familiar with all facilities onboard and take some rest.
In the afternoon we learn more about the education of the young Cambodian generation (NGO project). The children join us on board,
always excited to show their skills in music and art.
Be sure to be bathed in smiles upon your applause.
After the performance, we leave the ship by bus for an afternoon excursion.

During low water season, we have the chance to see a bamboo bridge which connects the mainland with an island. Local communities re-build the bridge every year when water levels drop. We continue our land journey to the enchanting pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey (7th century).

This small complex sits on a hill top on the shore with a breath-taking view over the Mekong.
When returning to the ship, you can enjoy some private time until dinner is served in the dining hall.
Our lounge cinema features selected classic movies (every night).

Day 2

Kampong Cham - Oknha Tey - Kampong Chhnang

Every morning, our Tai Chi class on the sun deck will give you energy for the day ahead. Breakfast is served in the dining hall.

The ship sails up towards the small Angkor Ban village on the Mekong River.

The Angkor Ban village is famous for its unspoiled community and beautiful, traditional houses. It feels like being transported back a hundred years ago, into an era unaffected by modernity. Villagers are characterized by their
unbridled warmth. Back on board a Monks’ blessing ceremony will deliver spirits and wishes for health and prosperity for all.
Enjoy your lunch as we set sail downstream the Mekong.
In the afternoon a High Tea is offered and our staff is keen to show you the variety of traditional Khmer fashion.
We arrive at the Island of Koh Oknha Tey. This spot in the middle of the Mekong owns its fame for manufacturing high class silk products.
By tuk tuk we explore the island with its workshops and learn how silk is processed from its source, provided by little silkworms, to a final top quality product made of original Cambodian silk.
After some additional cruising time, passing the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Rivers, the boat achors near Kampong Chhnang.

Have a fresh drink before dinner and marvel at the amazing
marshlands of this beautiful area.

Day 3

Kampong Chhnang - Kamp. Tralach - Phnom Penh

Wake up early to witness this spectacular scenery at the break of dawn.
Our morning Tai Chi class offers the perfect scenery today.
Breakfast buffet is served in the dining hall. We are now in Kampong Chhnang,
Cambodia’s “water world”, where everything is on sticks balanced on water rich soil. We take a local boat to the shore. By mini buses we head to a rural village nearby and go on a walking tour. Our guides introduce you to the village specialities – Khmer style pottery and the making of palm sugar.

You should definitely bring some home.
Before returning to the boat, we explore the floating villages and wetlands of the region. Back on board lunch is served while the cruise continues with
a languid meander along the Tonle River towards Kampong Tralach.
Gliding through leafy swaths of this jungle-like landscape we reach Kampong Tralach.

Cacophonous children wave enthusiastically while bringing their livestock for a bath in the meandering river. We will stop at the “Green School” which is partly supported by Heritage Line. See all this river life - which is so different than ours - by a local ox cart ride.

After some additional cruising time the boat arrives at the pier of Phnom Penh. Feel free to have your first exploration by yourself after dinner. Stroll along the river promenade and watch the locals chit-chatting, selling odds and ends or have a drink in one of the numerous bars (kindly inform our crew once you are leaving the ship on your own).

Day 4

Phnom Penh

Welcome to Phnom Penh - the once called Paris of the East.
Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic
charm and elegance.
It is an amazing town with centuries of incredible history and
culture which can still be felt at many street corners.
We start with a full sight-seeing tour right after breakfast.
By bus we visit the Killing Fields at the outside of the city
and afterwards the centrally located prison “S21”.
Both historic sites display the sad and cruel chapter of Khmer history
when the Khmer Rouge ruled the country with terror and supression.
Those places have not changed much since this horrific time back in the early seventies and it can be quite heartbreaking. Alternatively, you can explore the city in the morning by your own before re-joining the group.
We take lunch at a fine restaurant in town. Our exploration of Phnom Penh continues on the fascinating cultural heritage of Phnom Penh.
The golden edifice of the Royal Palace with its Silver Pagoda and the exceptional Khmer crafts at the National Museum are our afternoon highlights.
The day trip ends with a “cyclo” ride back to the ship
through the bustling streets of downtown Phnom Penh.
Take some rest in your spacious cabin or join other fellow passengers
at the bar for refreshing drinks before our captivating evening activities start.
In the early evening a barbecue dinner on the sun deck commences.
The dinner is accompanied with an Apsara dance performance.
You have to witness the brilliance and richness of this dance along with
the soothing sounds of the traditional music.
As the evening unwinds, enjoy your supper with a good glass of wine
and marvel at the skyline of Phnom Penh, and the calming flow of
the Tonle River.

Day 5

Phnom Penh - Border Crossing - Tan Chau

After breakfast we gather at the lounge for a great lecture.
The lounge is set up for a captivating lecture about Cambodian modern history, held by a professor of the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Definitely a highlights of this cruise receiving knowledge first hand as our lecturer has studied the subject extensively and personally.
The whole afternoon is at your own arrangements.
From now on, even the last passenger will turn on his cruise mode and hopefully experience the therapeutic influence that this mighty river radiates. It is time for massages, relaxation on the sun bed, and private balcony kick-backs - it’s time to merge with the river.
Some may like to visit the bridge as the captain always has a little story to share about “his” river. Float into a state of mild bliss.
Before totally drifting away, do not forget lunchtime around noon.
A culinary class is offered in the afternoon to sharpen your knowledge and skills on the local cuisine.
Before slumbering in a nap, join our High Tea with coffee and snacks if you like to. We reach the border and finally arrive in Vietnam.
From here it is just a short distance to Tan Chau, a pleasant, slow-paced border town with a sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer community.
We moor near the city with views on the riverbanks.
Dinner will be served soon and you can join our evening cinema with another selected classic movie afterwards.

Day 6

Tan Chau - My An Hung - Sa Dec

Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at the dining hall or in the quiet privacy of your balcony.
Brace yourself for a tour around Tan Chau, a pleasant, slow-paced town near the Cambodian border with a sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer community.

Once arrived on-shore we hop on “xelois” to explore Tan Chau.
A “xeloi” is a local vehicle which is still used as a taxi in this region.
We slowly move around the streets to see all the workshops, houses and domiciles. Get to feel the laid- back vibes of this place.
We stop at the colorful, local market near one of the town’s temples.
This is the best time to interact with the vendors of this friendly town and make your own bargain experience. We board our local boats and cruise along floating houses until we finally reach a floating fish farm.
This region is the source of a fish production that is sold all over the world. We get an exclusive insight in how fish farming works.
Back on board before lunch is served, you may like to pamper yourself with some spa treatments or take a dip into the pool on the sun deck.
Our expert guides offer a presentation on the “Life on the Mekong Delta” as the ship continues to My An Hung near the Sa Dec province.
Before we arrive mingle with fellow passengers and share some stories.
We will set off for the My An Hung Village. In the village we receive wonderful insights into the private household of a local family.
We are allowed to visit their vegetable garden and access the seasonal vegetable fields via crossing a monkey bridge. We are also invited to their house for a Vietnamese tea tasting. Vietnamese tea is often bitter and locals sweeten it with honey. The honey is produced by the family,
a true delicacy in this region. We are offered fruits - juicy, fresh, and right from the tree. A local artist group performs a typical traditional dragon dance while we munch on those natural “vitamins bombs”.
As the sun sets and the light bathes everything golden, we settle on a riverbank gathering with cocktails to recap the day.
Back on the ship we cruise downstream the Mekong. Refresh yourself and get ready for dinner. The ship moors mid-river near Sa Dec.

Day 7

Binh Thanh Island - Cai Be - My Tho

In the morning we arrive at the island of Binh Thanh.
We embark on a local boat and head towards Binh Thanh Island. Binh Thanh is one of the larger islands in the vast stream of the Mekong.
Some communities have settled here and make their living by growing water hyazinths.
We exclusively visit one of those untouched areas. By wandering through the village we get a deep understanding of the native life.
But moreover, we can follow the whole process of their traditional mat making. You can try weaving yourself which is still done manually.
We will also meet an old local couple who share their story on this island.
They are happy for any chit-chat with you.
Back on board lunch is served and you have some time to leasurely spend onboard while we cruise along the Mekong.
In the early afternoon we arrive in Cai Be, a charming town which is famous for its Catholic French church and their manufacturing of traditional crafts and food products. The floating market of Cai Be is getting smaller every year, since trading on the water is shifting more and more to the modern central markets. We can still see some boat to boat trading of local goods, such as fruits and agricultural products.
Our guide will explain all the particulars of this long lasting trading culture. Each boat has a special marker that lets buyers know what goods they are selling. Afterwards we go on-shore to visit a workshop where we learn how rice paste, rice paper, rice cookies and rice wine is manufactured. Cai Be and its surrounding areas are covered by palm trees and hence the region is also famous for the production of coconut candies. The city is criss-crossed by many water canals. By local boat we will explore the lush and green canal network and observe the farmers working in the fields.
As the sun sets, our crew invites you to a farewell event.
Before dinner, you can enjoy dances and music together with the crew.
The ships moors at My Tho.

Day 8

My Tho - Saigon

Enjoy your last breakfast aboard your floating home.
We will disembark the ship after breakfast and take a bus transfer from My Tho to the drop off point in Saigon. It is only around 70 kilometers on the highway. You will arrive in Saigon by mid-morning.
We hope you enjoyed this fascinating river cruise, just as our crew does every single time. Moreover, take the enchanting memories and friendships along with you that will linger on with the stories of this amazing river - the Mighty Mekong.

Overview

The Lost Civilization (Downstream)

This is the classic Mekong river cruise, The Lost Civilization combines places rarely visited with opulent world heritage sites. 7 nights Siem Reap – Saigon (or vice versa).
Vietnam and Cambodia play the role of muse to any artist. There is so much to inspire. Whether it’s the steam and aroma wafting from a street stall in Vietnam, being tenderly stirred by an elderly woman in a conical hat, who has done so for decades on the same corner. Or, the breathtaking, slightly intimidating presence of Angkor Wat and the unbelievable feats of men and incredible stories of an ancient time; this region is rich in interest.
The food, scenery, architecture and culture of this region inspire at every turn, and looks back at you through the smiles of its people.

Please Note: This itinerary is based on Low Water Season (from December through to mid-August), the itinerary might differ during High Water Season (from mid-August to November).

Downstream means from Siem Reap to Saigon. Upstream is the opposite direction from Saigon to Siem Reap.

Highlights

Explore the age-old ways of life supported by Mekong river • Ride bicycles through the rice fields • Sip homemade fruit liqueur in a pomello orchard

Please Note: More Mekong voyages are available (upstream/downstream), not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

The Jahan

Vessel Type: River Boat
Length: 72 meters
Passenger Capacity: 52

Crew Capacity: 41
Built: 2011

Plying the slow, swirling waters of the Mekong, The Jahan is Heritage Line’s most romantic cruise liner. Considered the brother of The Jayavarman in Heritage Line’s “family” of cruise ships, this magnificent vessel was named after the Indian emperor Shah Jahan, who ruled the Mughal Empire from 1628 to 1658. A great patron of architecture and the arts, Shah Jahan oversaw the construction of many legendary sites, including India’s dazzling Red Fort, and the famed 777 gardens of Kashmir. This cultured monarch is a fitting namesake for The Jahan, which evokes the opulent vessels of British India. No expense has been spared in the interior or exterior decorations, which showcase the talents of local woodworkers, weavers and artists.
When guests aren’t relaxing in their luxurious cabins they can meet friends in the atmospheric East India Club; soak in the Jacuzzi on the Pool Deck; challenge a new friend to a game of chess in the Observatory Lounge; or enjoy a pampering massage in the Apsara Spa. With three decks, this vessel offers all the amenities of a fine resort, including comfortable in- and outdoor lounges, an outdoor bar, a small boutique, dining room, fitness equipment and a steam room, as well as an excellent spa. Stretching 70 meters/230 feet from bow to stern, The Jahan features 26 beautifully-designed cabins on two decks, each with its own private balcony.
Discover the bygone elegance of travel aboard the majestic Jahan. Just as Indian art and architecture influenced the Khmer and Cham cultures in the Mekong Delta, the stunning artistry of The Jahan will inspire you, as will the delta’s vibrant beauty.
THE RAJ OF INDIA
The boutique British-Indian lobby lounge is the perfect place to kick-back and grab a magazine from our library. WiFi is available as well. The tranquil atmosphere with white, crème and golden tones, wide sofas, comfy chairs, Indian lamps and the Old England styled reception are a throwback to the days of Colonial India.
VICEROY DINING HALL
The Jahan’s elegant Viceroy Dining Hall is located next to the bar on the Terrace Deck and offers al-fresco dining with free style seating. Ascetically designed, the Viceroy Hall is day light flooded with many high windows. The hall in azure side walls, white ceiling with golden borders and elegant finished chairs and tables shows its full royal shine in the evening when British styled luster bathes the room in decent light.
EAST INDIA CLUB
The East India Club is an open funnel bar and lounge which recreates a British-India feel with camel bone in-lays and a unique oriental lamp, replete with Sanskrit carvings, hanging down the middle of the bar. The East India Club is the perfect place to unwind and quaff a drink whilst savoring the splendors of the setting sun.
OBSERVATORY
The Observatory is an elegant, tasteful and welcoming Indian lounge with wide cozy styled diwans. It is the ideal place to “observe” life on the Mekong through the panoramic windows. Play the antique chess game or simply relax after spa whilst munching on some fruit snacks. The Observatory is also used for private functions – candle light dinners.
APSARA SPA
Enjoy exquisite romance and privacy as the Apsara Spa has two treatment rooms. With more than 20 different aroma oils to choose from as well as a variety of fine treatments, our packages are guaranteed to keep you coming back for more.
POOL DECK
The large pool – constructed with intricate Turkish Mosaic floor tiles is an oasis to refresh. Soak in the rays of the sun on restful sun beds. Then, jump into our splendid Jacuzzi and allow the bubbles to caress you.
GYM AND STEAM BATH
Burn away all those extra calories at our gym and steam bath. The bath is a marvelous way to relax with your partner in steamy privacy.

Contact
Booking
Halong Bay Heritage Cruise
Jasmine
08.05.2021
10.05.2021
2
Asia, Jewels of Halong Bay
Fare from € 375,-
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Travelroute
Day 1

Halong Bay

The boat sets sail to cruise into the Bay. Find yourself getting acquainted with the facilities on board. A delectable buffet lunch with a feast of choices is served in the restaurant. Savor your first hours in Halong Bay
on the sun deck by simply letting your eyes wander around the scenery.
We arrive at the area of Cua Van, a floating fishing village. From here we start to explore a cave named Tien Ong, and the fishing village. Tien Ong is the most recently explored cave in Halong Bay. It shows evidence of human
civilization dating back to 10,000 – 8,000 BC. The cave is just five meters above sea level, 50 meters deep and covers 1,000 square meters. Our guide takes you on a loop though the cave and explains about the historical findings and the cave’s particulars.
The voyage continues to the fishing village. With a small bamboo boat rowed by the local people, we move around in the calm sea of this secluded area and gain an insight into the village life. If you want you can paddle
by yourself in a kayak. This is a perfect way to freely move around in the calm area and experience the village life.
After returning to the boat we sail to the overnight mooring area Luon Bo. During this time Halong Bay reveals its most magnificent beauty - we call it the “blue hour”. Rewind on the sun deck with a drink of your choice and let
this moment sink in. During sailing, our chef demonstrates the preparation of particular Vietnamese dishes. Feel free to join and practice by yourself.
Dinner is served in the restaurant either à la carte or buffet style (note: Jasmine serves BBQ or dinner buffet).
Afterwards the night is yours to kick-back and abundantly enjoy these unique moments amidst a surreal landscape. A presentation with interesting facts and insights on Halong Bay is also offered after dinner in the dining
area.
Have a good night sleep in Halong Bay where once upon a time dragons played with sparkling jewels.

Day 2

Halong Bay

Wake up at dawn to the lapping of the waves and the smell of freshly brewed coffee, which is available with pastries in the dining room. Join the Tai Chi morning class on the sun deck which is a unique experience. By following the moves of our instructor you merge with the surrounding scenery.
By tender boat we transfer to our day boat named “Sunset”. It is a cozy, smaller vessel on which we will discover the hidden charms of Halong Bay. Breakfast is served as Sunset sails for the Surprise Cave, in Vietnamese “Sung Sot”. Sung Sot is the biggest cave in Halong Bay with over 10,000 square meters. It is a magnificent site with the most beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. The further you go inside, the bigger it gets. We explore this natural sensation for about 60 minutes.
Once back on the Sunset ship, take some time to simply relax. Lean back on your sunbed while Sunset smoothly sails further into the Bay. Here you have the chance for another close encounter with the fairylike Halong Bay.
Via kayak you can paddle through this bizarre water landscape. The cliffs stretch vertically out of the water and you feel a sense of freedom meandering through this green medley of water and tree-topped islets. Back on board lunch is served in the restaurant.
Sunset continues the journey to a floating pearl farm. Halong Bay is also a place where pearls are cultivated. In a small factory we learn how pearls are harvested and processed. After the visit, we leisurely sail back to the mothership. Back “home” you have time for spa treatments or sunbathing while we sail to the spot. Dinner is served in the dinning room around seven o’clock.
Before you retrieve to your cabin, you might like to have some fun squid fishing with our crew, or simply lean back on one of the loungers and listen to serenity of Halong Bay.

Day 3

Halong Bay

For early risers (around 6:30 am) tea, coffee and pastries are available in the dinning room. A Tai Chi class is offered on the sun deck to ease your mind and muscles.
The boat continues to sail to Ti Top Island. We head by tender to this little landmass in the Bay. Prepare yourself for a refreshing morning swim on a sandy beach beneath high rock formations. If you prefer to be more active
climb up to the hill to the top of Ti Top Island from where you have stunning views over Halong Bay. It takes 400 stone steps up and about 20 minutes to the top, minimal fitness and proper footwear is required. There is also a
viewing platform about half-way up with great panoramic views.
Back on board (around 8:45 am) you may like to shower and freshen up. Now it is time to enjoy the last sailing time back to the harbor. A full breakfast is served in the dining room. Relax on the sun deck or in the dining room while savoring the last cruise moments of this iconic site before arriving back on shore.
Our crew bids a fond farewell and helps with your belongings. Heritage Line and all the crew members thank you very much for having you on board.

Overview

Jewels of Halong Bay

Welcome aboard of Heritage Line in the magnificent Halong Bay.
A medley of limestone pillars, tiny islets topped by forest rise from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. A World Heritage site since 1994, Halong Bay’s spectacular scenery is a visualization of ethereal beauty.
Our Halong Bay 3-day cruises are offered with our vessels Jasmine or Violet.
Please Notedaily year-round departures! More Halong Bay cruises are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

Jasmine

Vessel Type: Motor Sailer
Length: 55 meters
Passenger Capacity: 46

Crew Capacity: 34

Built: 2007

Sturdy and strong – with a decidedly languid air.

The second of the “Three Sisters” operated by Heritage Line in Halong Bay is the gracious middle-child, Jasmine. Visitors looking for both comfort and adventure in Halong Bay will appreciate the Jasmine’s friendly crew and understated elegance. With 23 cabins,  Jasmine is built in the style of a traditional Vietnamese junk, with three tawny sails and dark wood-cladding.

Jasmine’s interiors, like the exterior, are covered in polished wood, lending Jasmine the stately air of an Indochina-era cruising boat. Guests can convene in the formal dining room, enjoy casual barbecues on the terrace and marvel at the bay’s moonlit beauty on Jasmine’s wide Sundeck. After days spent learning Tai Chi, kayaking, and visiting local fishing villages, visitors can enjoy various traditional massage treatments. Heritage Line prides itself on exceptional service and Jasmine is no exception.  Jasmine’s experienced crew does their utmost to showcase the Bay’s indescribable wonders.

Speaking of Halong Bay, Vietnam’s late President Ho Chi Minh said: “It is a wonder that one cannot impart to others.” Home to more than three-thousand islands, this archipelago is the ultimate cruise destination. Allow the stately Jasmine to transport you.

Particulars: French-Indochina design • 23 cabins (3 categories) • Large Restaurant • Lounge with bar • Massage room • Cozy Terrace with wooden, pillow topped seating and table set-up • Huge Sundeck

Contact
Booking
Halong Bay Heritage Cruise
Jasmine
17.06.2021
19.06.2021
2
Asia, Jewels of Halong Bay
Fare from € 375,-
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Halong Bay

The boat sets sail to cruise into the Bay. Find yourself getting acquainted with the facilities on board. A delectable buffet lunch with a feast of choices is served in the restaurant. Savor your first hours in Halong Bay
on the sun deck by simply letting your eyes wander around the scenery.
We arrive at the area of Cua Van, a floating fishing village. From here we start to explore a cave named Tien Ong, and the fishing village. Tien Ong is the most recently explored cave in Halong Bay. It shows evidence of human
civilization dating back to 10,000 – 8,000 BC. The cave is just five meters above sea level, 50 meters deep and covers 1,000 square meters. Our guide takes you on a loop though the cave and explains about the historical findings and the cave’s particulars.
The voyage continues to the fishing village. With a small bamboo boat rowed by the local people, we move around in the calm sea of this secluded area and gain an insight into the village life. If you want you can paddle
by yourself in a kayak. This is a perfect way to freely move around in the calm area and experience the village life.
After returning to the boat we sail to the overnight mooring area Luon Bo. During this time Halong Bay reveals its most magnificent beauty - we call it the “blue hour”. Rewind on the sun deck with a drink of your choice and let
this moment sink in. During sailing, our chef demonstrates the preparation of particular Vietnamese dishes. Feel free to join and practice by yourself.
Dinner is served in the restaurant either à la carte or buffet style (note: Jasmine serves BBQ or dinner buffet).
Afterwards the night is yours to kick-back and abundantly enjoy these unique moments amidst a surreal landscape. A presentation with interesting facts and insights on Halong Bay is also offered after dinner in the dining
area.
Have a good night sleep in Halong Bay where once upon a time dragons played with sparkling jewels.

Day 2

Halong Bay

Wake up at dawn to the lapping of the waves and the smell of freshly brewed coffee, which is available with pastries in the dining room. Join the Tai Chi morning class on the sun deck which is a unique experience. By following the moves of our instructor you merge with the surrounding scenery.
By tender boat we transfer to our day boat named “Sunset”. It is a cozy, smaller vessel on which we will discover the hidden charms of Halong Bay. Breakfast is served as Sunset sails for the Surprise Cave, in Vietnamese “Sung Sot”. Sung Sot is the biggest cave in Halong Bay with over 10,000 square meters. It is a magnificent site with the most beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. The further you go inside, the bigger it gets. We explore this natural sensation for about 60 minutes.
Once back on the Sunset ship, take some time to simply relax. Lean back on your sunbed while Sunset smoothly sails further into the Bay. Here you have the chance for another close encounter with the fairylike Halong Bay.
Via kayak you can paddle through this bizarre water landscape. The cliffs stretch vertically out of the water and you feel a sense of freedom meandering through this green medley of water and tree-topped islets. Back on board lunch is served in the restaurant.
Sunset continues the journey to a floating pearl farm. Halong Bay is also a place where pearls are cultivated. In a small factory we learn how pearls are harvested and processed. After the visit, we leisurely sail back to the mothership. Back “home” you have time for spa treatments or sunbathing while we sail to the spot. Dinner is served in the dinning room around seven o’clock.
Before you retrieve to your cabin, you might like to have some fun squid fishing with our crew, or simply lean back on one of the loungers and listen to serenity of Halong Bay.

Day 3

Halong Bay

For early risers (around 6:30 am) tea, coffee and pastries are available in the dinning room. A Tai Chi class is offered on the sun deck to ease your mind and muscles.
The boat continues to sail to Ti Top Island. We head by tender to this little landmass in the Bay. Prepare yourself for a refreshing morning swim on a sandy beach beneath high rock formations. If you prefer to be more active
climb up to the hill to the top of Ti Top Island from where you have stunning views over Halong Bay. It takes 400 stone steps up and about 20 minutes to the top, minimal fitness and proper footwear is required. There is also a
viewing platform about half-way up with great panoramic views.
Back on board (around 8:45 am) you may like to shower and freshen up. Now it is time to enjoy the last sailing time back to the harbor. A full breakfast is served in the dining room. Relax on the sun deck or in the dining room while savoring the last cruise moments of this iconic site before arriving back on shore.
Our crew bids a fond farewell and helps with your belongings. Heritage Line and all the crew members thank you very much for having you on board.

Overview

Jewels of Halong Bay

Welcome aboard of Heritage Line in the magnificent Halong Bay.
A medley of limestone pillars, tiny islets topped by forest rise from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. A World Heritage site since 1994, Halong Bay’s spectacular scenery is a visualization of ethereal beauty.
Our Halong Bay 3-day cruises are offered with our vessels Jasmine or Violet.
Please Notedaily year-round departures! More Halong Bay cruises are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Jasmine

Vessel Type: Motor Sailer
Length: 55 meters
Passenger Capacity: 46

Crew Capacity: 34

Built: 2007

Sturdy and strong – with a decidedly languid air.

The second of the “Three Sisters” operated by Heritage Line in Halong Bay is the gracious middle-child, Jasmine. Visitors looking for both comfort and adventure in Halong Bay will appreciate the Jasmine’s friendly crew and understated elegance. With 23 cabins,  Jasmine is built in the style of a traditional Vietnamese junk, with three tawny sails and dark wood-cladding.

Jasmine’s interiors, like the exterior, are covered in polished wood, lending Jasmine the stately air of an Indochina-era cruising boat. Guests can convene in the formal dining room, enjoy casual barbecues on the terrace and marvel at the bay’s moonlit beauty on Jasmine’s wide Sundeck. After days spent learning Tai Chi, kayaking, and visiting local fishing villages, visitors can enjoy various traditional massage treatments. Heritage Line prides itself on exceptional service and Jasmine is no exception.  Jasmine’s experienced crew does their utmost to showcase the Bay’s indescribable wonders.

Speaking of Halong Bay, Vietnam’s late President Ho Chi Minh said: “It is a wonder that one cannot impart to others.” Home to more than three-thousand islands, this archipelago is the ultimate cruise destination. Allow the stately Jasmine to transport you.

Particulars: French-Indochina design • 23 cabins (3 categories) • Large Restaurant • Lounge with bar • Massage room • Cozy Terrace with wooden, pillow topped seating and table set-up • Huge Sundeck

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