The Lost Civilization – MEKONG RIVER CRUISE – Jayavarman – Siem Reap to Saigon

Cruise Line
Heritage Line
Ship
Jayavarman
Package Departs
13 Jul 2019
Other Dates
Package Duration
7 Nights
Embark Ship
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Disembark Ship
My Tho, South Vietnam
Oceanview Balcony
US $2,426
per person
US $2,874
per person

Departure dates at these prices:
13th Jul 2019
27th Jul 2019
10th Aug 2019
24th Aug 2019
7th Sep 2019
21st Sep 2019
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ALL PRICES IN USD – from per person*
Superior river view with balcony – Twin USD $1993 – Single $2861
Deluxe with Balcony – Twin USD $2264 – Single $4461
Signature with Balcony – Twin USD $2542 – Single $3656
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THE LOST CIVILIZATION River-Cruise package includes:
– 7 night Mekong River Cruise aboard `Jayavarman` from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)
– A comprehensive range of group shore-excursions including entrance fees, transportation & tour guide services (English speaking)
– Port/govt taxes of USD $65 per person
– Transfers in Saigon and Siem Reap from/to the meeting point to/from embarkation/disembarkation point or vice versa.
– All onboard main meals
– Selected beverages: Mineral water, coffee/tea (from jug) are included all day and Fresh fruit juices are included in addition during breakfast and afternoon tea.

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Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap – Kampong Chhnang
Day 2: Kampong Chhnang – Kampong Tralach – Kampong Cham
Day 3: Kampong Cham – Wat Hanchey
Day 4: Phnom Penh
Day 5: Phnom Penh – Tan Chau (Border Crossing)
Day 6: Tan Chau – My An Hung – Sa Dec
Day 7: Sa Dec – Cai Be – My Tho
Day 8: My Tho – Ho Chi Minh City

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in USD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (07Nov18). All prices based on cash payment – credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply – please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Offer subject to availability at time of booking and itinerary is at the discretion of the cruise line. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Offer does not include ships tips or Cambodian/Vietnamese visas. Please note that e-visas are not acceptable when arriving or departing via a cruise port in Vietnam or Cambodia.

Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in USD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (07Nov18). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Offer subject to availability at time of booking and itinerary is at the discretion of the cruise line. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Offer does not include ships tips or Cambodian/Vietnamese visas. Please note that e-visas are not acceptable when arriving or departing via a cruise port in Vietnam or Cambodia.

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 07 Nov 2018 to 21 Aug 2019 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
13 Jul 2019
Siem Reap, Cambodia
14 Jul 2019
Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia
14 Jul 2019
Kampong Tralach, Cambodia
14 Jul 2019
Kampong Cham, Cambodia
15 Jul 2019
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
16 Jul 2019
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
17 Jul 2019
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
17 Jul 2019
Tan Chau, Vietnam
18 Jul 2019
Tan Chau, Vietnam
18 Jul 2019
Sa Dec, Vietnam
19 Jul 2019
Cai Bei, Cambodia
19 Jul 2019
My Tho, South Vietnam
20 Jul 2019
My Tho, South Vietnam

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

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7 Night Lost Civilization cruise departing from Siem Reap to Saigon (My Tho) onboard The Jayavarman.

Detailed Itinerary:

(NOTE: Itinerary below is for the High Water programme. For details of Low Water programme please check at time of enquiry/booking)

Day 1: Siem Reap
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 fasctinating 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 accross.

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.

Before dinner our expert guide offers a presentation about the “Geography of the Mekong and Tonle Sap”.

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

Day 2: Kampong Chhnang – Kamp. Tralach – Kampong Cham
Wake up early to witness the spectacular scenery at the break of down. Our moring Tai Chi class has the perfect backdrop today. Breakfast buffet is served in the dinang 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 specialities – Khmer style pottery and the making of palm sugar. Definitely you should bring some home. Before returning to the boat we explore the local float-ing 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. 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 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 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 Tonle and Mekong Rivers. The boat cruises overnight and you can enjoy dinner in the dining hall.

Day 3 Kampong Cham – Okhna Tey – Phnom Penh
After a sumptuos 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 enchant-ing 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 supression. 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.

Lunch we take in a nice restaurant in town. Our exploration of Phnom Penh focuses afterwards 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 Mu-seum 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.

Early evening a barbecue dinner on the sun deck commences. The dinner is accompanied by 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 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 you have enjoyed your breakfast we gather at the lounge for a great lecture.

The lounge is set up for a captivating lecture about Cambodian mordern history, held by a professor of the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Definitely among the highlights of this cruise is to receive knowledge first hand as our lecturer has studied the subject extensively and personally.

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 therapeutic influence this mighty river radiates. It is time for massages, time for sun bed relaxations, time for private balcony kick-backs – it’s time to merge with the river.

Some may like to visit the bridge – the captain always has a story to share about “his” river. Float into a state of mild bliss, but be-fore totally drifting away do not forget lunchtime around noon.

A culinary class if offered in the afternoon to sharpen your knowledge and skills of the local cuisine. There may be an afternoon snooze kicking in. Our high tea with coffee and snacks might work against it if you like to.

We reach the border and arrive finally in Vietnam. From here it is just a short way to Tan Chau, a pleasant, slow-paced border town close-by with a sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer community. We moor near the city with views of the riverside.

Dinner is served and afterwards you can join our evening cinema with another selected classic movie.

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 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 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 ancient temples. This is the best time to interact with the vendors of this friend-ly 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 you may like to pamper yourself with some spa treatments or take a dip in our pool on the sun deck before lunch time. Our expert guides offer a presentation on the “Life on the Mekong Delta” as the ship continues to My An Hung near Sa Dec province. Before we arrive mingle 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 fam-ily. We are allowed to visit their vegetable garden and accees the seasonal vegetable fields via crossing a monkey bridge. We are invited after to their house for a Vietnamese tea tasting. Vietnamese tea is often bitter and locals sweeten it with honey. The honey produced by the family is a delicacy in this region. We are the 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 with cocktails to recap the day.
Back on our ship we cruise down the Mekong. Refresh yourself and get ready for dinner. The ship moors mid-river around Sa Dec.

Day 7 Binh Thanh Island – Cai Be – My Tho
During breakfast time we arrive at the island of Binh Thanh. We embark a 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 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 mat making. You can even try yourself the weaving which is still done manual-ly. We will meet also an old local couple who share with us their story on this island and they are happy for any chit-chat with you.

Back on board lunch is served and you have some time afterwards for yourself in your preferred cruise mode.

In the early afternoon we arrive in Cai Be. Cai Be is a charming small town, famous for its Catholic French church and manufactur-ing 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 can still see some boat to boat trading of local goods, such as fruits and agricultural products.

Our guide explains the particulars of this long lasting dealing cutlture. Each boat has a special marker to let buyers know what goods they are selling. We go on-shore to visit a workshop where we learn about and observe 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 and many water canals. With our local boat we continue to cruise through the lush and green canal network and can observe farmers working in the fields.

As the sun sets, our crew invites you to a farewell event. Before your dinner enjoy some dance and music together with the crew. The ships moors at My Tho in the evening.

Day 8 My Tho – Saigon
Enjoy your last breakfast aboard our floating sanctuary.

We will disembark the ship after the 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 arrive in Saigon by mid-morning.

We hope that you enjoyed this fascinating river just as our crew does every single time. Moreover we wish that you will take plenty of memories and friendships along with you that will linger with your stories of this amazing river – the Mighty Mekong.

“The Jayavarman” – a floating sanctuary of style and space

Inspired by the golden age cruise liner Normandie, “The Jayavarman” is a 20th century boutique style marvel marries avant-garde French colonial design with enchanting Indochine architecture to perfection.

As the sun slowly sets…Step out on to your private balcony…sip on your drink and become part of the river life unfolding around you.

Start your day on the Mekong with Thai Chi lessons on the Sun Deck. Or bathe in the rays of dawn shining through your balcony as you lay in bed. A journey full of reverberating sights, colors and sounds awaits you.

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

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

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 58 metres
  • Tonnage: 700 tonnes
  • Maiden Voyage: 2009
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 65
  • Crew Nationality: Vietnamese
  • Dining Staff Nationality: Cambodian

Ship Amenities

  • Personal Mini Bar
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • In House Phone
  • In-Suite Temperature Controls
  • Bath Robe
  • Slippers
  • Hair Dryer
  • 24 Hour Room Service

Ship Facilities

  • Lobby
  • Observatory with Binoculars
  • Sun Deck & Bridge Platform
  • Library with Internet Workstation
  • Massage & Beauty Oasis
  • Laundry Service
  • Daily newspaper in English, French and German
  • I-Pod Rental
  • “Indochine” Indoor Restaurant
  • “Club 1930” Funnel Bar & Lounge Terrace
  • “Henry Mouhot” Lounge
  • “L’extreme Orient” Boutique Shop
  • “Apsara” Beauty & Wellness Spa

Heritage Line was founded in 2008 and provides luxurious cruise journeys on the Mekong River between Vietnam and Cambodia. The company is la Swiss-Vietnamese Joint Venture and located in Saigon – now called Ho Chi Minh City.

As the sun slowly sets…Step out on to your private balcony…sip on your drink and become part of the river life unfolding around you.

Start your day on the Mekong with Thai Chi lessons on the Sun Deck. Or bathe in the rays of dawn shining through your balcony as you lay in bed. A journey full of reverberating sights, colors and sounds awaits you.

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

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

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