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5 Days Serenity Cruise Downstream (Low Water)

5 Days Serenity Cruise Downstream (Low Water)

5 days
Rv Jayavarman Mekong Cruise
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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.  
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.


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.

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: Siem Reap – Kampong Cham “Waterw orld” (Meals: L,D)
At 8.00h, we gather at the meeting point and join a transfer to Kampong Cham on the Mekong River. We get to munch on snacks and enjoy cold drinks along the journey. In the early afternoon, we will embark the ship in Kampong Cham followed by a welcome drink. Later that evening, we meet and greet our fellow passengers, our brothers-in-arms in our soon-to-be matchless experience at a briefing at the Lounge. This is followed by a welcome dinner at the Dining Hall.
Including lunch box and dinner. Overnight in Kampong Cham
Day 2: Kampong Cham – Wat Hanchey “Monks and Hilltops” (Meals: B,L,D)
We will wake up in the small hours of the morning, truly energized to embark on a land journey to the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Travelers either take a motor-taxi or climb 291 steps to the top. Located at the top of a hill overlooking the river, it offers one of the most breath-taking views in Cambodia. Built in the 8th century, this ancient structure, together with a bigger and newer addition underscores the superb architecture of the Chenla Empire which predates the mighty Angkor temple complex. We even get to engage in light banter with some of the monks in the area. We will return to the Ship to witness a blessing ceremony performed by orange-clad local monks. When the tide allows, we will enjoy a surprise sojourn in our zodiacs (inflatable boats) to the nearby bank to swim in the teacoloured Mekong River, an experience that will, no doubt, dominate dinner conversations in the weeks to come. We will then cruise towards Kampong Cham to visit Wat Nokor, a wat built within the ruins of an ancient temple which holds a timeless story. On the way back to the Ship, we will visit an orphanage. Along the way, we will have to maneuver a 2-kilometer rickety bamboo bridge. Our sense of balance lies in the balance!
Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight cruise to Kampong Chhnang.
Day 3: Kampong Chhnang “Cambodia’s Province and The Wetlands” (Meals: B,L,D)
Kampong Chhnang is a busy rural port town with bustling markets and boisterous children who wave and greet us as we arrive on the Ship. We will take a short bus trip to see the Khmer-styled pottery at the Aundaung Russey village followed by a rugged motor boat excursion into the wetlands that form the mouth of the river. Of considerable interest are the great fish traps, some half a kilometer long, which net a gargantuan amount of fish after each monsoon rain as the trawl migrate from the falling lake to the Tonle River. The afternoon cruise continues with a languid meander along the Tonle River, which narrows through leafy swaths of the Southeast Asian jungle. Here, the river is very narrow and we are greeted by kids waving enthusiastically at us from the banks. We then return to the Ship for lunch whilst cruising the narrow and meandering Tonle River. We will cruise towards Prek K’dam where we will take a walk through the silversmith village of Koh Chen where the entire community of villagers is involved in making various silver items for sale. Dinner awaits us at the Dining Hall while the Ship cruises to Phnom Penh.
Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight midstream near Phnom Penh
Day 4: Phnom Penh “Pearl of the East” (Meals: B,L,D)
Phnom Penh was once the Paris of the East. Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic charm and elegance. After breakfast, we will be captivated by a comprehensive lecture on Cambodia’s modern history. This will be followed by a city tour of this dynamic, historical capital city of Cambodia which has managed to preserve huge slices of its French colonial allure. Sightseeing in the morning will include visiting the dazzling white and gold edifice of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, and witnessing exceptionally beautiful Khmer craft at the National Museum. After lunch at a local restaurant, we will visit the Genocide museum and the Killing Field in town. Be prepared to be heart wrenched by this stark reminder of the genocide that transpired during Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime. We go back to the Ship after our museum visit. Take a rest on your cabin balcony or the lounge and get prepared for an exciting evening event. The evening starts with a variety of cocktails served on the sun deck. Take a seat and enjoy the following Apsara dance performance. Experience the brilliance and richness of this culture, the soothing sounds of traditional music, the calming scent of incense sticks and a barbeque on the sun deck. It is indeed a truly marvelous experience, dining in the open with the stars and the moon as our companions.
Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight in Phnom Penh
Day 5: Phnom Penh (Meals: B)
Your journey with the floating sanctuary has come to an end, but will not be forgotten. Disembark after breakfast and head into the city of Phnom Penh to further discover its culture and history.
Including breakfast.

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

Tour packageDoubleSingle 
Superior$3,263$2,447Book a pack
Deluxe$3,876$2,907Book a pack
Signature$4,162$3,122Book a pack

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

Tour packageDoubleSingle 
Superior$2,584$1,939Book a pack
Deluxe$3,071$2,303Book a pack
Signature$3,298$2,474Book a pack

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

Tour packageDoubleSingle 
Superior$2,111$1,583Book a pack
Deluxe$2,437$1,828Book a pack
Signature$2,618$1,963Book a pack

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

Tour packageDoubleSingle 
Superior$2,584$1,939Book a pack
Deluxe$3,071$2,303Book a pack
Signature$3,298$2,474Book a pack

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

Tour packageDoubleSingle 
Superior$3,263$2,447Book a pack
Deluxe$3,876$2,907Book a pack
Signature$4,162$3,122Book 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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