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5 Days Serenity Cruise Upstream (High Water)
5 Days Serenity Cruise Upstream (High Water)

5 Days Serenity Cruise Upstream (High Water)

5 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 “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. Embark the ship at 8.00h, then 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 marvellous experience, dining in the open with the stars and the moon as our companions.
Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight in Phnom Penh
Day 2: Phnom Penh – Kampong Cham “Along The Mekong” (Meals: B,L,D)
We will depart before the break of dawn from Phnom Penh with a stop at the little known Chong Koh silk weaving village.
We will then return to the Ship and will cruise past the Mekong’s tranquil villages, exhilirating river life and sun-hardened fishermen on their make shift boats. We will tour the rural Angkor Ban village where time stood still. We are transported back a hundred years into an era unsullified by modernity. The houses here are truly rustic, made by hand and without any concrete. But most of all, we feel overwhelmed by the unbridled warmth of the villagers. Travelers can take part in the daily activities of the villagers to experience village life first hand. Then, we are back to the Ship to cruise towards Kampong Cham.
Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight in Kampong Cham.
Day 3: 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 4: Kampong Cham – Kampong Chhnang “Waterworld” (Meals: B,L,D)
Before the sun peeks over the horizon, the cruiser sets sail towards Kampong Chhnang on the Tonle River – an amazingly narrow river – which glides through leafy swaths of the Southeast Asian jungle. We are greeted by cacophonous children who waive enthusiastically early in the morning when they bring their livestock for a bath in the meandering Tonle River. Then we approach Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s “waterworld” where everything is on stilts balanced on water rich soil – it’s an awesome sight whilst practising Tai Chi on the deck. Here we take a motorboat excursion to the landing, followed by a short bus trip to see the Khmer-styled pottery at the Aundaung Russey village. Then, it is back to the river for an adventurous motorboat excursion to the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in the region. We then return to the Ship for lunch whilst cruising the narrow and meandering Tonle River. Your floating sanctuary will then cruise gently, in the afternoon, along the narrow and meandering Tonle Sap. In the evening, a sumptuous spread will be served. And for the big surprise – bring along your dance shoes and learn to jiggle the Cambodian way with our staff doubling up as dance instructors. (If you can’t dance, do not fret. Neither can our staff)
Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight in Kampong Chhnang.
Day 5: Tonle Sap – Siem Reap “Angkor Awaits” (Meals: B)
This great lake dominates Cambodia and is the largest freshwater lake in Asia with abundant birdlife. This lake is so wide that one cannot see its shores from the middle of the lake. Enjoy the stillness of the water and the quiet tranquility on the way to Siem Reap. The water level varies a great deal according to the time of the year and the amount of rainfall recorded. Thus, minor changes to the itinerary may occur during different seasons. Our Heritage Line cruise liner comes to an end as we reach this city of the fabled Angkor temple complex. 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 will cross the Tonle Lake at dawn and at 9.00h, we will disembark at the Siem Reap Port for onward coach transfer to the drop off point in town.
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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