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Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap Cruise

Ho Chi Minh City 1 nights
Cai Be 1 night
Tan Chau 1 night
Phnom Penh 2 nights
Kampong Chhnang 1 night
Kampong Cham 2 nights
Siem Reap 2 nights

Day 1: Fly to Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City: On arrival transfer to your hotel.

Day 3 Ho Chi Minh City: Day at leisure to explore independently.p>

Day 4 Ho Chi Minh City/Cai Be: Travel by road to My Tho where you will board the Jayavarman. Familiarise yourself with the ship as it glides along the Mekong before reaching Cai Be.

Day 5 Cai Be/Tan Chau: Why not begin your day with Tai Chi on deck before visiting Cai Be’s colourful floating market on a traditional sampan. Admire the Mekong Delta’s scenic landscapes as the ship cruises to Sa Dec and on arrival, board a sampan to tour Binh Thanh Island and its man-made canals. Here every villager is involved in the process of growing and processing water hyacinths into natural fibre floor mats and rattan baskets. Return to the ship for a tranquil evening cruise towards Tan Chau.

Day 6 Tan Chau/Phnom Penh: Board local vehicles called ‘xeloi’ to explore Tan Chau, which lies near the Cambodian border. Visit the local market before travelling to the quay for a boat excursion to the floating villages and rustic fish farms. By mid-afternoon, the ship will make its way to the border for Phnom Penh.

Day 7 Phnom Penh: In Cambodia’s historic capital city visit the dazzling white and gold edifice of the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda,then witness exceptionally beautiful Khmer craft at the National Museum, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to the Genocide Museum and Killing Fields, for a stark reminder of the dark days of the Khmer Rouge regime.

Day 8 Phnom Penh/Kampong Chhnang:Depart for Kampong Tralach and the Tonle River, which glides through leafy swathes of jungle. This afternoon, approach Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s ‘water world’ where everything is on stilts. Travel by road to visit the Khmer-styled pottery at the Aundaung Russey village, before an adventurous excursion to the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in the region. Moor near Phnom Penh.

Day 9 Kampong Chhnang/Kampong Cham:Early morning departure from Phnom with a stop at the little known Silk Weaving Village. Cruise past tranquil Mekong villages, before an afternoon tour of rural Angkor Ban village where time has stood still. Cruise to Kampong Cham.

Day 10 Wat hanchey/Kampong Cham:Travel by road to the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Located at the top of a hill overlooking the river, it offers one of the most breathtaking views in Cambodia. Return to the ship to witness a blessing ceremony performed by orange-clad local monks. Cruise towards Kampong Cham to visit Wat Nokor, which is built within the ruins of a an ancient temple which holds a timeless story.

Day 11 Kampong Cham/Siem Reap:Disembark this morning and travel by coach to Siem Reap. As you reach the city this afternoon, which is home to the fabled Angkor temple complex, your journey comes to a close. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 12 Siem Reap:At leisure to relax or further explore the incredible Angkor temple complex.

Day 13 Siem Reap:At leisure before your tour concludes.

What you need to know

Heritage Line’s Jayavarman is a 20th century boutique style river cruise liner combining French colonial design with enchanting Indochine architecture. It offers just 27 expansive cabins with en suite shower, floor to ceiling panoramic sliding glass doors onto a private balcony. On board facilities include an observatory, dining room, bar & lounge and sun deck.
The same itineraries are also available on Heritage Line’s flagship, The Jahan.

Departures: On selected Saturdays.

Accommodation: 2 nights at Caravelle, Ho Chi Minh City; 7 night cruise on Heritage Line’s boutique ship The Jayavarman in a superior cabin (deluxe and signature staterooms available at a supplement); 2 nights at Angkor Palace Resort & Spa, Siem Reap.

Meals: Full board and selected soft and alcoholic drinks on cruise. Breakfast in hotels.

Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights, private airport transfers in Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap, accommodation as shown and sightseeing as outlined.

The itinerary shown is based on high water levels. When water levels drop, the itinerary may be subject to change.

Shorter 3 and 4 night cruises are also available.

11 nights Jayavarman River Cruise from £2499pp

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