Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap Cruise
Duration: 12 nights river cruise tour
Price from: £2749pp
Heritage Line's Jayavarman is a 20th century luxury boutique-style period river cruiser combining French colonial design with enchanting Indochine architecture. On board facilities include an open air lounge, spa and free wifi, dining room, bar, pool and 27 expansive en suite cabins each with private balcony.
Ho Chi Minh City 2 nights
Cai Be 1 night
Tan Chau 1 night
Phnom Penh 2 nights
Kampong Chhnang 1 night
Kampong Cham 2 nights
Siem Reap 3 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.
Day 4 Ho Chi Minh City/Cai Be: Travel by road to My Tho where you will board the Jayavarman.
Day 5 Cai Be/Tan Chau: Why not begin your day with Tai Chi on deck before visiting Cai Be's colourful market. Admire 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.
Day 6 Tan Chau/Phnom Penh: Board local vehicles called 'xeloi' to explore Tan Chau, near the Cambodian border. Visit the local market before travelling by boat to the floating villages and rustic fish farms. By mid-afternoon, the ship makes its way to the border for Phnom Penh.
Day 7 Phnom Penh: Travel by bus to visit the Killing Fields for a stark reminder of the dark days of the Khmer Rouge. Return to the city for lunch and visit the dazzling white and gold edifice of the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, then witness exceptionally beautiful Khmer craft at the National Museum.
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 mid-river in the Tonle area.
Day 9 Kampong Chhnang/Kampong Cham: Early morning departure 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. In the afternoon, head to the tiny, colourful monastery of Wat Nokor and then visit a local school where the children will show you their skills in music and art.
Day 11 Kampong Cham/Siem Reap: Disembark this morning and travel by coach to Siem Reap, home to the fabled Angkor temple complex. Transfer to your hotel.
Days 12-13 Siem Reap: At leisure to further explore the incredible Angkor temples, the bustling town or simply relax.
Day 14 Siem Reap: At leisure before the drive to Siem Reap airport your tour ends. Alternatively, why not consider an optional beach stay.
The same itinerary is also available on Heritage Line's flagship The Jahan Cruise.
Departures: On selected Wednesdays.
Accommodation: 2 nights at Caravelle, Ho Chi Minh City; 7 nights on The Jayavarman in a superior cabin; 3 nights at Heritage Suites, Siem Reap.
Meals: Breakfast in hotels. Full board with free flow of mineral water, soft drinks, juices, tea, coffee, local beer & house wine by the glass with meals on the cruise.
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.
Itinerary may be subject to change due to water levels.
Shorter 3 and 4 night cruises are also available.