Serenity Cruise, Siem Reap – Phnom Penh (or vice versa), 5 Days / 4 Nights

The best of rural Cambodia is offered with this cruise program. See the unseen, discover ancient pre-Angkorian temples, relish the cordial smiles of the inhabitants of this region and feel emerges with the water landscape of the Ton Le River. The Ton Le is a magical River and an important lifeline of the Mighty Mekong during the low water period.

The displayed program below is a sample of a 4-night downstream cruise between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh for high water cruises. The downstream Serenity Cruise is also available as 3-night option.

  • Day 1: Siem Reap - Ton Le River

    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. We bid farewell to the iconic sight of Angkor and travel a short distance to the pier at Tonle Lake. By local boat we transfer to our beautiful ship. While you check in to your prepared staterooms the ship sets sail and your fascinating journey on the Mighty Mekong can begin.

    You have lunch on board while the vessel gently glides over Tonle Lake. The lake can only be crossed during high water season (approx. from August to mid-November). Let your soul float and your eyes wander while the boat makes its way across.

    In the afternoon we serve a high tea at the bar. Enjoy your cruising day on board, relax on your balcony or relish a spa treatment before dinner. Our expert guide will also offer a presentation about the “Geography of the Mekong and Ton Le Sap”.

    The boat moors at the Ton Le River. You can join our evening cinema session (offered every night) featuring selected classic movies.

  • Day 2 : Kampong Chhnang - Kampong Tralach - Kampong Cham

    Wake up early to witness the spectacular scenery at the break of down. Our morning Tai Chi class has the perfect backdrop today. Breakfast buffet is served in the dining hall.

    We are at Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s “water world”, where everything is on sticks balanced on water rich soil. Perhaps this is the most fascinating cruise locale in Cambodia.

    We take a local boat to the shore. With mini buses we head to a rural village nearby and go on a walking tour. Our guides introduce the village specialties – Khmer style pottery and the making of palm sugar. Definitely you should bring some home. Before returning to the boat we explore the local floating villages and wetlands of the region.

    Back on board lunch is served while the cruise continues with a languid meander along the Ton Le River towards Kampong Tralach. A Monks’ blessing ceremony on board delivers spirits and wishes for health and prosperity for all. Gliding through leafy swaths of this jungle-like landscape we arrive in 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 supported in part by Heritage Line. Travel to see all this life – which is so much different than ours – by a local ox cart ride.

    Back on board we sail downstream, passing the confluence of the Ton Le and Mekong Rivers. The boat cruises overnight and you can enjoy a fine dinner in the dining hall.

  • Day 3 : Kampong Cham - Okhna Tey - Phnom Penh

    After a sumptuous breakfast we stay on board to understand 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.

    We leave the boat around 09:30am to arrive at the enchanting pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey (7th century). This small complex sits on a hill top right on the shore with breath-taking views on the Mekong.
    After some refreshment back on the ship we serve lunch. During the afternoon our staff is keen to show you the variety of traditional Khmer fashion. Watch the riverbank life along the Mekong during our high tea as the ship proceeds to its next stop.

    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.

    After some additional cruising time the boat arrives and docks 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 to bespeak 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 outskirts of the city and after the centrally located prison “S21”. Both historic sites display the sad and cruel chapter of Khmer history when once the Khmer Rouge ruled the country with terror and suppression. Those places have not changed much since the horrific time back in the early seven- ties and so it can be heart wrenching. There is the alternative to explore the city during the morning by your own pace individually before re-joining the group.

    After breakfast it’s time to bid farewell from your luxurious floating home.

    We have lunch at a nice restaurant in town. Afterwards, our exploration of Phnom Penh focuses on its fascinating cultural heritage. 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 “cycle” 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 captivating evening activities start.

    Early evening a barbecue dinner on the sun deck commences. The dinner is accompanied by an Apsara dance performance. You need 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 fine glass of wine and marvel at the skyline of Phnom Penh and the peaceful flow of the Tonle River.

  • Day 5 : Phnom Penh

    After breakfast we will gather at the lounge for a great lecture before it’s eventually time to bid a farewell to your luxurious, floating home.

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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

Price in US$ per cabin for THE JAYAN
Type of cabin
Low
Shoulder
High
Superior
US$1092
US$1404
US$1806
Deluxe
US$1254
US$1610
US$2146
Signature
US$1468
US$1912
US$2442
Noble
US$1578
US$1984
US$2662
Price in US$ per cabin for JAYAVARMAN
Type of cabin
Low
Shoulder
High
Superior
US$1032
US$1262
US$1594
Deluxe
US$1190
US$1500
US$1892
Signature
US$1304
US$1626
US$2052

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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