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4 Days Downstream Low Water Program
4 Days Downstream Low Water Program

4 Days Downstream Low Water Program

4 days
Cruise:
Rv Jayavarman Mekong Cruise
Tour code:
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Good For: Family, Couples, Honeymooners who want to enjoy high end luxury boutique cruise and beautiful scenery in the Mekong River Delta in Vietnam and Cambodia.


Being the first boutique style river cruise liner in Indochina, the style of Jayavarman is influenced by the French cruise liner Normandie and the serenity, artistry of the great Khmer monarch. The ship is the blend between art décor charms of 1930’s France with delicate Indochina architecture. Filled with sophisticated woodcarvings, Vietnam lacquer paintings and Khmer bas-reliefs, the guest accommodation comprises 27 elegantly decorated staterooms, Henry Mouhot lounge, the club 1930 Bar and Funnel, Indochine Dining Hall, spacious sundeck with Jacuzzi. Grandiose but cozy, aboard the Jayavarman will give you home away from home while plying on the slow waters of the river with new sights and experiences being ready to be explored.  
 
A STORY FOR A GOD KING
King Jayavarman 7th is, without a doubt, the most revered King of what is now Cambodia.
During his three decade reign, King Jayavarman laid the country’s infrastructure, constructed hospitals, highways and schools and established a peerless irrigation system that continuously fed the farms and fields. The god-king constructed his own “templemountain” at Bayon and developed the city of Angkor Thom around it which contains the famed Angkor Wat complex. The Jayavarman is the father of the Heritage Line Collection. A grandiose and majestic ship, but not too large that it becomes impersonal. The Jayavarman’s interior design is inspired by King Jayavarman’s legacy. Aptly named after the revered monarch of the Khmer empire, the god-king is regal but warm. He cuts a majestic figure and pays apt tribute to the golden age of cruise liners. A nice, intimate size. Expectations are high for the god-king. He does not disappoint. “I enjoin you to quaff the wine of my kingdom,” his voice sonorous, his timbre gravelly. We feel welcomed by the King. Much like a child in the presence of a kindly grandfather. We explore His kingdom. His message is clear. “The time is now, the hour is nigh,” he beckons us. Like intoxicated lovers of a revered monarch, we follow his commandments.
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.
"The Jayavarman" is Indochina's first of its kind boutique style river cruise liner and offers uncompromising luxury on 800 m² public space including 4 decks, French-Colonial with Khmer artifacts, 27 cabins (three categories), Indochine Dining Hall, Club 1930 Funnel Bar & Lounge, Henry Mouhot Lobby Lounge with, Boutique Shop, Apsara Spa, Sun Deck with Jacuzzi.

RV Pandaw river cruise ship features:
  • Vessels Registry: Vietnam
  • Type of Vessel: River and sea going vessel (20 nautical miles)
  • Length: 58 m
  • Beam: 11 m
  • Draft: 1.6 m
  • Decks: 4 - Main Deck, Upper Deck, Terrace Deck, Sun Deck
  • Gross tonnage: 700 tons
  • Cruising speed: 10 nautical knots
  • Electricity: 220 volts
  • Engines: 2 Mitsubishi 500 HP Marine Engines
  • Generator: 2 x 180 KVA Cummins and 1 x 65 KVA Cummins (encapsulated for noise reduction)
  • Water: Reverse osmosis and UV water treatment plant
  • Safety: Radio Comm., Radar, GPS, PA system, satellite phone, life jackets, life rafts, fire hydrants, flares and signals; fire extinguishers, and smoke detectors in each cabin.
  • Crew: 40 (Cambodian hotel staff, Vietnamese crew)
  • Hull design: Charming replica of the famous 1930s cruise liner "Normandie"
  • Exterior Design: French colonial / art nouveau
  • Interior Design: Indochine style / French colonial style with Khmer artifacts
  • Accommodation: Up to 65 guests
  • Cabins 2 Signature Staterooms / 11 Deluxe Staterooms / 14 Superior Staterooms
  • Cabin Features See Deck Plan
Cabin Types and facilities

Signature Suite
Number of Cabins : 2 cabins
Area : 26 sq.m or 279 sq.ft
Bed Type: King sized beds
Location: Upper Deck
 
Description: Its own balcony, In-suite temperature controls. The Royal Junior Suite is expansively elegant and designed to perfection. Fusing traditional Vietnamese / French colonial style interior design.
 
Deluxe Stateroom
Number of Cabins : 11 cabins
Area : 24 sq.m or 258 sq.ft
Bed Type : 9 Doubles or 2 Twin Beds
Location : Upper Deck
 
Description: there’s a balcony. Each Deluxe Stateroom is decorated in a unique Indochine way.
 
Superior Stateroom
Number of Cabins: 14 cabins
Area : 21 sq.m or 226 sq.ft
Bed Type  Double or Twin Beds
Location : Main Deck
 
Description: a balcony, ensuring light to the cabin all day long. Each Superior Stateroom is individually decorated.
 
Facilities of all kind of room: Private French balconies with floor to ceiling sliding doors are a special feature, Stylish bathroom with double vanity and glass shower cabin, Personal mini bar, Safe deposit box, In-house phone, Bath robe, slippers, hair dryer

Restaurant & meals 

Our air-conditioned indoor restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner offering buffet or set menu. We cater for vegetarians upon request. Dinner time will vary. Please refer to the program. The bell will be rung when lunch or dinner is ready.
Lobby Lounge & Art Gallery Air conditioned. Read a book from our library or write a postcard. Afternoon tea will be served at the lounge depending on the weather. Drinks and food will be served on request.
Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style. As for dinner you have the option of either set menu or buffet. We have a wonderful combination of Asian and Western cuisine. Vegetarian dishes are also offered – please feel free to consult our executive chef. Our meals comprise of mostly locally purchased products (such as exotic fruit, organic vegetables, fish and prawns) to give you a real taste of the lands you journey through. Special diets may be catered for with advance notice. Breakfasts are also served on the balcony. Enjoy your morning fix with the sounds of the waves lapping beneath you. Just fill-up your breakfast menu form the day before.
Cuisine Our splendid cuisine is creative, natural and fresh. Using only the best quality products available, our chef has infused delectable Vietnamese and Cambodian culinary delights into the menu.

Beverage

Drinks
Freshly brewed coffee, tea and fruit juices are complimentary during breakfast (unless if it is through room service). All Illy coffee drinks will be charged. Iced mineral water from the jug is free at all times. Before or during shore excursions, bottled mineral water will be handed out. All other drinks will be put on your ship board account. In room dining room service There is an in room dining menu in your cabin, offering an excellent range of room service meals and beverages.
Room service is available from 6.00 am till 10.00 pm at night. The bill will be charged to your ship board account. The balcony is a marvelous place to have your in-room meal.

Wine
A wide range of quality wines are available at the Lounge & Bar and the Restaurant. Wine is also served in-room. You may want to return any unfinished bottle to the waiter and consume it another day. Drinking water / Ice Water used for the ice machine is purified and clean. Our water purification system comprises 10 steps of filtration such as sand filtration, active carbon filter, microfilter, UV sterilization, chlorine disinfection plus a reverse osmosis system to provide pure drinking water. The drinking water in the jugs (in all our outlets) is safe and clean as it filled from bottled mineral water. When you on an excursion, avoid all ice, ice cream, crushed sugar cane, salads or fruit skins sold by vendors.
Sun Deck On request, we serve breakfast to your sun bed on a lap tray. Please fill up your breakfast menu (for balcony or sundeck) which is attached to your directory. Drinks and snacks will be served from 6AM to 10PM from the Bar.
Bar & Lounge Enjoy sundowner drinks and snacks a la carte while cruising through an ever-changing scenery. Opening Time: 6 am till the last guest leaves.

Services & Entertainment

RV Jayavarman Cruise On-board Entertainment/Activities:

Excursions and daily program Our daily program, excursions and dining times will be hung up next to the reception area. Programs for the following day will be placed in your cabin during the turn down service the night before. A bell will be rung five minutes prior to the excursion. Please gather at the Lobby Lounge and drop your key at the reception before leaving the ship. This will allow us to identify guests who wish to remain on the ship. For those who intend to stay back on the vessel, we are more than happy to prepare meals and drinks for you. Just inform our reception or the Food & Beverage staff. You will be provided with a bottle of water for your excursion.
 
The Boutique Shop
The Boutique Shop offers a collection of magazines, literature, toiletries, travel items, postcards, clothes and handicraft. Bar and Lounge Pre-dinner cocktails, briefings and lectures, movie nights and documentaries. Features tasting workshops - tea, coffee, spirits (local brands) and all kinds of fruit.
 
The Lobby Lounge & Art Gallery
Our air-conditioned library is well stocked with books, magazines, music, videos and games. The Lobby Lounge and Art Gallery also features briefings, lectures and movie nights.
Restaurant Learn the culinary delights of Khmer-Vietnamese cuisine at our cooking workshop.
 
RV Jayavarman Cruise Services at a Glance:
Reception Power adaptors
Batteries Power adaptors are available. For your convenience, we sell batteries at the reception and also accept used ones for environmentally sound disposal. Booking Service Please contact our front desk for after cruise hotel bookings, reconfirmations, tours and pick up services.
Onboard account You will be given a personal ship board account, which allows you to sign for all purchases and services throughout your cruise. Your ship board account will be automatically opened upon check in.
All bills will be charged in US Dollar by cash or credit card (American Express, Master Card or Visa).
Please note that only bills exceeding US$ 25 can be settled by credit card. We do not accept traveler cheques. Your provisional account will be presented for your review the evening prior to your departure. Burn CDs If your camera card memory is full, we offer you our CD burning service for free. Lost & Found For lost and found items, please contact the reception. Money Exchange We change small amounts of foreign currencies such as the Euro and Australian Dollar into US Dollar or Vietnamese Dong. Please note that the US Dollar is widely accepted in Cambodia but not in Vietnam.
 
RV jayavarman Cruise Well-being Spa:
Unwind at the Beauty and Wellness Spa. Unloose the stress and strain of the world. Discover the unique upscale Southeast Asian spa experience, wholly dedicated to easing your tensions. We offer a wide range of relaxing massages as well as indoor and outdoor beauty treatments. Treat yourself to an invigorating foot massage on the sundeck or in the privacy of your balcony. We recommend consulting the daily program before booking your spa treatments so you don’t miss out on any excursion.
 
Sun Deck With Jacuzzi
Enjoy the cruise on the sun deck whilst soaking in the balmy rays of the Southeast Asian sun. Enhance the sunny experience with a drink in hand and foot massage in tow. Come and foster a calm and tranquil mind with our morning Tai Chi classes. A moving form of yoga and meditation combined, Tai Chi animates the body and provides a practical avenue for balance, alignment and a perfect rhythm of movement. What a great way to start your day! Details and schedule in your daily program.

Launch 2009 
 
Day 1: Phnom Penh – Chau Doc (Border Crossing) “The Highway Blues” (Meals: B,L,D)
The cruise liner then sets sail for a lazy day of cruising along the main Mekong Channel. As this is an international shipping route, you will witness large commercial ships plying this route. Later, in the afternoon, we set off to the Vietnamese border for the requisite cross border paperwork. As the process tends to take some time, we bask in the glow of the afternoon sun on the sun deck, pamper ourselves silly at the Spa, or sharpen our culinary skills with the Heritage Line’s Cambodian and Vietnamese cuisine cooking class.
Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. The ship moors midstream overnight in Chau Doc
Day 2: Chau Doc – Sa Dec “Circus of Fish” (Meals: B,L,D)
Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. We begin our day with a hearty breakfast at the Dining Hall or in the quiet sanctuary of your balcony. We will brace ourselves for a short excursion in Chau Doc, a pleasant town near the Cambodian border with sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer communities. We will also visit the colorful local market near an ancient temple. This is followed by a trip to the quay, where we will be feted to a boat excursion to the floating market and rustic catfish farms. We will certainly enjoy watching schools of basa fish being fed by hand. Then, it is back to the Ship for a lunch. In the midafternoon, we will set off for My An Hung Village. Passengers walk to the family house through the vegetable garden to see the boat building yard and canals. We will cross a monkey bridge and see chili, corn and beetle nut plantations amongst other vegetable fields. Then gather at the family’s house to taste tea with honey with local delicacies and fruits before back to the Ship to set off for Sa Dec in the late afternoon.
Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight in Sa Dec.

Note: Due to high water in the Mekong Delta between July and December the following program applies:
This morning, you will start your excursion on a local boat (sampan) and discover the border town of Tan Chau. Firstly, the journey takes you to the “evergreen” islands where you will be thrilled to learn the life of the locals. The inhabitants of these islands live on houses poised on high stilts – a centuries-old tradition in this part of the Mekong Delta. We stop to visit a fish farm located in the Tan Chau canal – this farm consists of floating houses and the villagers make their living by cultivating fish. You continue by boat to Tan Chau pier, disembark here and stroll around this colorful local market with lots of regional products. You return to the cruise Ship after your market visit.
Day 3: Sa Dec – Cai Be – My Tho “Vietnamese Inventiveness” (Meals: B,L,D)
In the morning, we embark a traditional sampan (a flat bottomed traditional Vietnamese wooden boat) 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. After lunch on board, the Ship arrives in Cai Be. The tour starts with a visit to Cai Be’s boisterous and colorful floating market where traders gather in a cacophonous congregation. During the languid ride, we discover breathtaking landscapes along the river and quaff the rustic life on the Mekong Delta. The evergreen islands along the Mekong River remain unknown to many people. The cruise will halt intermittently to allow us to observe how rice paste, rice cookies and coconut candies are made, along with the Longan fruit drying process. After touring the canals, we head to an ancient house surrounded by fruit orchards before heading to the Ship for dinner. We then board the Ship for a tranquil evening cruise towards My Tho. A wonderful farewell party awaits us on the cruise.
Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight in My Tho 
Day 4: My Tho – Ho Chi Minh City ”Good Morning Saigon” (Meals: B)
Our cruise on the magnificent cruiser comes to an end as the ship winds its way to My Tho, approximately 70km south of Saigon on the upper Mekong river in Vietnam. We bid farewell to the cruise as our journey comes to a close. But the memories – and the friendships made on board – linger on for a lot longer. We disembark at around 8.30h and we join the transfer to the madding crowd of Saigon. Drop off at the meeting point in Saigon.
Including breakfast.

Package Prices ($) (From 01/01 To 31/03)

Tour packageDoubleSingle 
Superior$2,448$1,836Book a pack
Deluxe$2,907$2,181Book a pack
Signature$3,122$2,341Book a pack

Package Prices ($) (From 01/04 To 30/04)

Tour packageDoubleSingle 
Superior$1,939$1,454Book a pack
Deluxe$2,303$1,727Book a pack
Signature$2,473$1,855Book a pack

Package Prices ($) (From 01/05 To 30/09)

Tour packageDoubleSingle 
Superior$1,584$1,189Book a pack
Deluxe$1,828$1,371Book a pack
Signature$1,963$1,473Book a pack

Package Prices ($) (From 01/10 To 14/10)

Tour packageDoubleSingle 
Superior$1,939$1,454Book a pack
Deluxe$2,303$1,727Book a pack
Signature$2,473$1,855Book a pack

Package Prices ($) (From 14/10 To 30/12)

Tour packageDoubleSingle 
Superior$2,448$1,836Book a pack
Deluxe$2,907$2,181Book a pack
Signature$3,122$2,341Book a pack

What's included

  • All cruises include group shore-excursions, entrance fees, transportation
  • Tour guide services (English speaking)
  • Taxes, fuel, river pilots, port dues, transfers in Saigon and Siem Reap from/to the meeting point to/from embarkation/disembarkation point or vice versa. 
  • Food and beverages includes full board. 
  • Mineral water, coffee/tea (from jug) is included all day.
  • Fresh fruit juices are included in addition during breakfast and afternoon tea.

What's excluded

  • Port tax per passenger of USD65 (levied by Vietnamese Port authorities and port taxes appear on our invoice). 
  • Crew gratuities (USD8-10 per passenger/day are recommended) and fuel surcharges if any (see terms and conditions).
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