RV Jayavarman cruise
8 Days » Low Water Upstream Saigon - Siem Reap
- Travelling and taking a closer look at architectural works along Cambodia
- Witnessing floating lifestyles along the cruise
- Enjoying a trip to explore delightful attractions around famous cities
- Catching sight of the beauty and glamour of beautifully nature scenery
- Visiting Saigon - the glorious city of Vietnam and delightful traditional villages.
|Day 1||Ho Chi Minh - My Tho - Cai Be||Travel to My Tho, cruise along the Mekong, enjoy the sunset, hit Cai Be||Dinner|
|Day 2||Cai Be – Sa Dec – Tan Chau||Explore floating market, stunning landscapes along the Mekong Delta, cruise to Tan Chau||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
|Day 3||Tan Chau – Border crossing – Phnom Penh||To the fish sanctuary of Vietnam, a short excursion in Tan Chau, visit a fish farm located in the Tan Chau canal – this farm consists of floating houses||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
|Day 4||Phnom Penh||City tour around Phnom Penh, sight-seeing, visit Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, witness Khmer craft, visit Genocide museum and Killing Field||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
|Day 5||Phnom Penh – Kampong Chnang||towards Kampong Tralach, stop at the “Green School”, towards Kampong Chhnang, explore the local floating villages and wetlands of the region||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
|Day 6||Tonle River – Kampong Cham||arrive at the Island of Koh Oknha Tey, explore the island with its workshops and learn how silk is processed from its source, provided by little silkworms||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
|Day 7||Kampong Cham||visit the en-chanting pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey, drive to the the tiny, colorful monastery of Wat Nokor||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
|Day 8||Kampong Cham - Siem Reap||Enjoy the cruise, transfer to Siem Reap||Breakfast|
Ho Chi Minh - My Tho - Cai Be
Activities: Travel to My Tho, cruise along the Mekong, enjoy the sunset, hit 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 your coming journey along the Mighty Mekong.
Upon boarding our crew warmly welcomes you and you check in to your prepared staterooms. The ship sets 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 to pass the time at your private balcony or join our tea time at the open air bar as the twilight bathes the land of the Mekong Delta into a golden haze on.
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 near Cai Be for dinner and overnight. After dinner our lounge cinema features selected classic movies (every night).
Cai Be – Sa Dec – Tan Chau
Activities: Explore floating market, stunning landscapes along the Mekong Delta, cruise to Tan Chau
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Each morning, we offer our guests an invigorating Tai Chi class on the sun deck. Start 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 of your first exploration day in the Mekong Delta.
The 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 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 many water canals. 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 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 canal 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 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 the weaving yourself, which is still done manually. We will meet also an elderly local couple who shares with us their story on this island and they are happy to engage in conversation 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 guide offers 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.
Tan Chau – Border crossing – Phnom Penh
Activities: To the fish sanctuary of Vietnam, a short excursion in Tan Chau, visit a fish farm located in the Tan Chau canal – this farm consists of floating houses
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 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 friendly town to practice your bargaining skills. We board our local boat and cruise past 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 part of the cruise 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 relaxation, time for private balcony kick-backs - it’s the time to merge with the river.
A culinary class is offered during the afternoon to sharpen your knowledge and skills on the local cuisine. Some may like to visit the bridge - the captain always has a story to share about “his” river. you may float into a state of mild bliss but 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 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).
Activities: City tour around Phnom Penh, sight-seeing, visit Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, witness Khmer craft, visit Genocide museum and Killing Field
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Welome 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 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 seventies 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 will be taken at 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 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 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.
After the lecture a barbecue dinner feast 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 glass of wine and marvel at the skyline of Phnom Penh and the calming flow of the Tonle River.
Phnom Penh – Kampong Chnang
Activities: towards Kampong Tralach, stop at the “Green School”, towards Kampong Chhnang, explore the local floating villages and wetlands of the region
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 moor 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 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 our staff is keen to show you a variety of traditional Khmer fashion. Lunch is served after this performance.
The ship cruises along the narrow and meandering Tonle River towards Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s “water world”, where everything is on sticks balanced on water-rich soil. This is perhaps the most fascinating cruise locale in
Back on land in Kampong Chhnang we take mini buses heading 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. Before returning to the boat we explore the local floating villages and wetlands of the region.
Relax back on board until dinner is served. The boat moors mid-river in the Tonle area.
Tonle River – Kampong Cham
Activities: arrive at the Island of Koh Oknha Tey, explore the island with its workshops and learn how silk is processed from its source, provided by little silkworms
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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”.After lunch a Monks’ blessing ceremony on board will deliver 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 it ́s unspoiled community and beautiful, traditional houses. It feels like being transported back a hundred years into an era unaffected by modernity. Villagers characterize an unbridled warmth.
Afterwards it is time for some fun during party with cocktails and drinks on a flat riverbank.
We continue cruising for a while until dinner is served. The boat finds its overnight spot at the riverbank of Kampong Cham
Activities: visit the en-chanting pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey, drive to the the tiny, colorful monastery of Wat Nokor
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast we are going by bus to visit the en-chanting 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.
We return to the ship for lunch and some relaxation time.
In the afternoon we head for another outing and drive to the 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 can see a bamboo bridge which connects the mainland with the island. Local communities re-build the bridge every year when 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. Before dinner enjoy some dancing and music together with the crew.
The boat moors at the riverbank of Kampong Cham.
Kampong Cham - Siem Reap
Activities: Enjoy the cruise, transfer to Siem Reap
Enjoy your last breakfast on board our floating sanctuary. We disembark the ship after you have checked out 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 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 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.
***Although it is our intention to operate the itinerary as detailed proposal, we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that might occur. It may be necessary to make some changes as a result of climatic conditions, alterations to cruise schedules or other operational factors
- All cruises include group shore-excursions
- Entrance fees, Phnom Penh port tax.
- Tour guide services (English speaking)
- Taxes, fuel, river pilots, transfers in Saigon and Siem Reap from/to the meeting point to/from embarkation/disembarkation point or vice versa.
- Food includes full board (Breakfast, lunch, dinner - buffet or set menu style).
- Mineral water and coffee/tea (from jug) is included all day.
- A selection of fresh fruit juices are included during breakfast and afternoon tea.