12 nights river cruise tour
Price from: £2849pp
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 Cham 1 night
Kampong Chhnang 1 night
Tonle Lake 1 night
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.
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 Cham: Stop at the rural Angkor Ban village where time has stood still. Cruise further up the Mekong to visit a local school and then travel by road to the enchanting Wat Hanchey, a small hilltop complex with breathtaking views.
Day 9 Kampong Cham/Kampong Chhnang: Sail downstream and stop at the island of Koh Oknha Tey, known for its high class silk products and which you’ll. explore by tuk tuk. This afternoon, cruise towards Kampong Tralach, where you may see children bringing their livestock for a bath in the meandering river. The boat anchors near Kampong Chhnang so you can get a close up view of life by the river.
Day 10 Kampong Chhnang/Tonle Lake: Wake early to witness this spectacular water world as dawn breaks. Take a local boat to shore and onward by mini bus to a rural village for a walking tour. As you return to the boat, you also get to explore local floating villages and wetlands. Cruise onwards towards the Great Tonle Lake, Asia’s biggest freshwater lake and home to an incredible variety of birds.
Day 11 Tonle Lake/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: Two days to independently explore the Angkor temples and the bustling town.
Day 14 Siem Reap: At leisure before the drive to Siem Reap airport where your tour ends. Alternatively, why not consider an optional beach sta
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.