Pearl of the Orient, Saigon – Phnom Penh (or vice versa), 4 Days / 3 Nights

A lower Mekong cruise that modules the diversity of the rich, local and evergreen life of the Mekong Delta. The cruise gives a full insight on the Mekong at its last “meters” before the ocean and displays the importance of the delta to Vietnam and actually the whole planet. Like pearls on a rope you will collect all your memories of this fascinating spot on our planet. A half day leisure cruise will provide “the” magic therapeutic Mekong River cruise moments as add-on.

The displayed program below is a sample of a 3-night upstream cruise between Saigon and Phnom Penh. This cruise is not affected by high or low water levels.

  • 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 the boarding.

    We bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of Saigon and travel 70 kilometers south overland to My Tho to embark your luxury floating home for your coming journey along the Might Mekong.

    Upon boarding our crew warmly welcomes you and you check in to your prepared staterooms. The ship set sail and your fasctinating journey of exploring the Mekong can begin. 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 pastime at your private balcony or join our tea time at the open air bar as the twilight bathes the land of Mekong Delta into a golden haze.

    During the time you savor your dinner the ship reaches Cai Be. Cai Be is a charming small town, famous for its Catholic French church and 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 into modern central markets.

    We drop anchor mid-stream and overnight near Cai Be.

  • Day 2 : Cai Be – Sa Dec – Tan Chau

    Everyday, we offer to our guests an invigorating Tai Chi class on the sun deck. Set in your day like many local people do around Asia just as the sun begins its gentle glow.

    A sumptuous buffet breakfast is the perfect start in your first exploration day in the Mekong Delta.

    The morning tour takes you Cai Be. Cai Be still hosts a small floating market for boat to boat trading of local goods such as fruits and agricultural products. Our guide explains the particularities of this long lasting dealing cutlture. Each boat has a special marker to let buyers know what goods they are selling.

    Cai Be is a rustic town criss-crossed by and many water canals. We go on-shore to visit a workshop where we learn about and observe how rice paste, rice paper, rice cookies or rice wine is manufactured. Cai Be and its surrounding areas are covered by palmtrees and hence the region is also famous for the production of coconut candies. With our local boat we continue to cruise through the lush and green canel network and can observe farmers working in the fields.

    Back on board lunch is served and you have some time for yourself afterwards 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 a traditional sampan and tour 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 hyazinths. We visit exclusively 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 ratt making. You can even try yourself the weaving which is still done manually. We will meet also an old local people who shares with us their story on this island and they are happy for any chit-chat with you.

    Back on board you may like to pamper yourself with a spa treatment or take a dip in our pool on the sun deck. Our expert guides offer a presentation on the “Life on the Mekong Delta” as the ship continues sailing to Tan Chau – the boarder town to Cambodia. We moor mid-stream near Tan Chau.

    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 sanctuary of your balcony.

    Brace yourself for an excursion 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 xelaoi is a local vehicle which is still used as 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 ancient temples. This is the best time you can interact with the vendors of this friendly town to make your own bargain experience. We board our local boats and cruise along floating houses to finally reach a floating fish farm. This region is the source of fish production to be sold all over the world and we can see closely how fish farmings works.

    Back on board our “home” we sail towards the Vietnamese-Cambodian border. Get ready for a fascinating and leisurely cruise through the deep Cambodia countryside towards Phnom Penh.

    The whole afternoon is at your own arrangements. This is the cruise part when even the last passenger will turn into cruise mode and hopefully experience the therapeutical influence this mighty river radiates. It is time for massages, time for sun bed relaxations, time for private balcony kick-backs – forsooth the time to merge with the river.

    A culinary class if offered during the afternoon to sharpen your knowledge and skills on the local cuisine. Some may like to do a flying visit at the bridge – the captain always has a story to share about “his” river. “The Highway Blues” beckons as we float into a state of mild bliss and before you totally drift away join our afternoon high tea for some treats.

    Dinner is served before we arrive in the capital of Cambodia around 8 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-chating, 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 to bespeak centuries of incredible history and culture which can still be felt at many street corners.

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JAYAVARMAN

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 commercial port near Ho Chi Minh City] 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 Indochina Dining Hall, and recharge with spa treatments in the Apsara Spa. A Jacuzzi is located on the top Sundeck, 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.

Particulars:
French-Colonial with Khmer artifacts
27 cabins (three categories)
Indochine Dining Hall
Club 1930 Funnel Bar & Lounge
Henry Mouhot Lobby Lounge with Boutique Shop
Apsara Spa
Sundeck with Jacuzzi

Deluxe Stateroom

Located on the upper deck and with a floor space of 24sqm the 11 Deluxe Staterooms (3 twin, 8 double, 1 connecting) with own balcony (5sqm) offer an in-room bathroom which is separated from the sleeping area by a mighty wooden sliding door. The very warm tone of the cabin designed with dark weighty antique furniture or the hand made, rustic copper sink in the bathroom bring back the feeling of the 1930s Indochine lifestyle.

Amenities: Air conditioner, balcony with 2 chairs and table, mini bar, sun hat, binocular, hand fan, sandals, in-room safe, hair dryer, bath robe, in-house phone, desk, chairs, luggage rack.

Superior Stateroom

Located on the main deck, the 14 Superior Staterooms (4 twin, 10 double) come with in-room bathrooms. The large floor to ceiling panoramic glass doors open to the balcony (5sqm). Measuring a total space of 21sqm (incl. balcony), the superiors are appointed with wooden, white furniture supported by decent Asian ornaments and fine-art paintings on the walls and ceilings.

Amenities: Air conditioner, balcony with 2 chairs and table, mini bar, sun hat, binocular, hand fan, sandals, in-room safe, hair dryer, bath robe, in-house phone, desk, chairs, luggage rack.

Signature Suite “BAO DAI”

BAO DAI Signature Suite is 27sqm in total including a private balcony of 3sqm with bow. A heavy royal (Bao Dai was a Vietnamese king) dark wood king bed dominates the room. Walls come in a soft saffron tone and are decorated with Vietnamese designed artifacts.

Signature Suite “JAYAVARMAN”

The JAYAVARMAN Signature Suite is a 27sqm large cabin including a 3sqm balcony. This Signature cabin is dedicated to the Khmer culture. The most stunning facility is the solid-wood and king-size four-poster bed with an impressive olive coloured gypsum artwork at the bed-head displaying an Apsara dancer.

Amenities: Air conditioner, balcony with 2 chairs and table, mini bar, sun hat, binocular, hand fan, sandals, in-room safe, hair dryer, in-house phone, desk, chairs, sofa, luggage rack, bath robe, LCD screen with DVD/music player.

“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.

Indochina Dining Hall

It is difficult not to be wowed by the Indochina 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.

Pool Deck

Life on the Jayavarman is one luxurious experience after another. Allow us to paint – in your mind’s eye – the picture of romance, majesty and mystery that becomes you when you board the Jayavarman.

You step out on to your private balcony, sipping your cocktail made with fruit from the land that envelops you. The sun sets gently and the charming countryside becomes a silhouette shining on the river. You soon realize that you’ve never been in a place so peaceful and so serene, occasionally punctuated by a child’s raucous laughter ringing from a nearby village.
Darkness descends, signaling the time for a traditional feast. Food from the region is served by waiters who, by now, have become your friends. They are a tad shy yet they are proud to put on display their traditional attire and share their culture with you.

After a night’s sleep, the soft rays of the sun warm your face. Thai Chi lessons await you on the upper Sundeck, ready to connect you to the energy that is so plentiful in this cultured and spiritual place.

At every corner, every river bend aboard this luxurious and majestic ship, new sights and new experiences are ready and waiting to be found.

Boat info

Technical figures

Built 2009
Length / Width / Height 57,8 m / 11,1 m / 10 m
Beam / Draft 11 m / 1,6 m
Gross tonnage 998 tons
Cruising speed 10 nautical knots
Electricity 220v
Capacity / Cabins 54 passengers / 27 cabins (three categories)

Water Reverse osmosis and UV water treatment plant, sewage treatment plant.

Safety Radio Comm., Radar, GPS, PA system, life jackets, life rafts, fire hydrants, flares and signals, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors in each cabin, CO2 engine room fire fighting system.

THE JAHAN

The Jahan is Heritage Line’s most romantic cruise liner

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 a fitness center, steam rooms, a range of dining venues and 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.

Particulars:
British-Indian Colonial
26 cabins (4 categories)
Viceroy Dining Hall
East India Club
The Raj of India Lobby Lounge
Obervatory Lounge
Apsara Spa
Gym and Steam Bath
Sundeck with Jacuzzi pool

Superior Stateroom

All 12 Superior Staterooms in bright tones with reddish wall and ceiling artworks are situated on the main deck and gracefully designed – with white wood furnishings and hand painted wall to ceiling decors. The 30sqm cabin has a large 4sqm private balcony and a queen size bed. The in-cabin bathroom features an out-sized shower and the lounge partition is inviting for a rest on a sofa with an all around river view. Four twin-bedded (convertible into double bed) rooms are available.

Amenities: Air conditioner, hot water kettle, ILLY espresso machine, balcony with 2 chairs and table, mini bar, hair dryer, internal phone, desk, chairs, luggage rack, bath robe, sun hat, binocular, hand fan, sandals, in-room safe, music and cabin sound system.

Deluxe Stateroom

Located on the upper deck and with a total space of 30sqm, the Deluxe Staterooms are designed in a warm orange hue and filled with dark colonial furniture. Hand painted ornaments underline the Indian theme. There are a total of 8 Deluxe rooms on board, each with its own balcony (4sqm) and a queen size bed. Two twin-bedded (convertible into double bed) rooms are available.

Amenities: Air conditioner, Hot water kettle, ILLY espresso machine, balcony with 2 chairs and table, mini bar, hair dryer, in-house phone, desk, chairs, luggage rack, bath robe, sun hat, binocular, hand fan, sandals, in-room safe, music and cabin sound system.

Signature Suites

Two Signature Suites are located on the main deck (36sqm in total, 5sqm balcony) and two sit in the front area of the upper deck (32sqm in total, 4sqm balcony). All four have a white-crème facade topped with hand-made marvelous indigo-blue Indian patterns, borders and ornaments which give the cabin a dignified appearance. The large wooden four-poster king bed is accompanied by a heavy treasure chest at the foot end to store your belongings.

Amenities: Air conditioner, hot water kettle, ILLY espresso machine, balcony with 2 chairs and table, mini bar, sun hat, binocular, hand fan, sandals, in-room safe, hair dryer, in-house phone, desk, chairs, sofa, luggage rack, bath robe, music and cabin sound system, LCD screen.

The Taj Suite

Our Indian Suite is peppered with designs and styles brought in from India. A feast for the eyes – dark wood with camel boned inlayed chairs, tables, cabinets, side tables and vanity case. The dining lounge, the extravagant solid camel bone sofa and the large majestic wooden bed offer you the full “Shah” feeling. This suite offers two private balconies (11sqm in total) – one with Jacuzzi.

Lord Byron Suite

Lord Byron is – as the name suggests – our British designed Suite. This cabin features a light decent mint green ambiance on the walls which are covered with British-Colonial paintings – all manually crafted. The furniture comes in hazelnut brown finishing and the extra large bathroom features an exquisite shower. Lord Byron has one large balcony (11sqm) including an outdoor Jacuzzi.

Amenities: Air conditioner, hot water kettle, ILLY espresso machine, balcony with 2 chairs and table, mini bar, hair dryer, in-house phone, desk, dining table, chairs, sofa, luggage rack, bath robe, sun hat, binocular, hand fan, sandals, in-room safe, music and cabin sound system, in-room movie system with LCD screen, outdoor Jacuzzi.

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.

Life aboard the Jahan will read much like a royal tale. As the rays of the morning sun glide across the balcony to your well-appointed room you will be gently rustled from your slumber. It feels like you were taken back to a time when royals slept in whimsical abodes and awoke by the glow of the balmy sun – the mysteries of the day are yet to unfold.

You will hear the pop of a cork and gentle sizzling sound as delectable Prosecco is being prepared to accompany your morning feast. The balcony is the ideal place for your breakfast if you wish for privacy.

With such pleasant interruption to the tranquil surroundings, you are assured that the day – which has only just begun – will be laden with promise. The twists and turns of the Mekong – and the therapeutic cadence of the waves – serve as an inspiration to you. At this stage, you quickly come to the conclusion that you have not experienced anything like this before.

The High Tea, prepared to perfection at afternoon’s, will, once again, bring you back to the days of yore – when men tipped their hats and ladies intermittently covered their visages behind paper fans.

Boat info

Technical figures

Built 2011
Length / Width / Height 72m / 12,5 m / 9 m
Beam / Draft 12,8 m / 1,7 m
Gross tonnage 1400 tons
Cruising speed 11 nautical knots
Electricity 220v
Capacity / Cabins 52 passengers 26 cabins (four categories)

Water Reverse osmosis and UV water treatment plant, sewage treatment plant.

Safety Radio Comm., Radar, GPS, PA system, life jackets, life rafts, fire hydrants, flares and signals, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors in
each cabin, CO2 engine room fire fighting system.

Tariffs Heritage Line – 01 January – 31 December 2018

Rates are per person based on double occupancy for THE JAYAN
Type of cabin
Low
Shoulder
High
Superior
US$860
US$1104
US$1422
Deluxe
US$986
US$1266
US$1690
Signature
US$1154
US$1504
US$1922
Noble
US$1242
US$1560
US$2094
Rates are per person based on double occupancy for JAYAVARMAN
Type of cabin
Low
Shoulder
High
Superior
US$828
US$1012
US$1278
Deluxe
US$954
US$1202
US$1518
Signature
US$1046
US$1306
US$1646

High season: January to March & October to December.
Shoulder season: April.
Low season: June to September.

In addition to contractual inclusions, all these rates include 10% VAT on all services.

General Inclusions of cruise packages
Accommodation, daily (group) shore-excursions as mentioned in the program, all entrance fees, transportation as mentioned in the program, transfers to/from the meeting point/ship, tour guide servers (English speaking), taxes, fuel, river pilots, local anchorage fees, daily Tai Chi classes and onboard entertainment, steam bath, welcome drink, breakfast – lunch – dinner (on full sailing days or as indicated in program), free flow of beverages (mineral water, soft drinks, juices, tea, coffee) at all times, free flow of local beer and house wine by glass during lunch and dinner, afternoon tea, drinking water in room and during excursions, insurance (passenger liability), internet throughout the boat (subject to cellular network signal).

Additional complimentary room benefits apply subject to room category.

Exclusions
Port tax, crew and guide gratuities, any visa fees, private transfers and other transfer not stated in the program, personal expenses and purchases, all further beverages, premium spirits and other services not mentioned under inclusion or in the program, fuel surcharges if any, medical services, spa treatments, telephone expenses.

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