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Jahan Cruise on Mekong River from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap 5 Days/4 Nights

Prices: From US$ 1170
Route: Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham - Wat Hanchey - Kampong Chhnang - Tonle Sap - Siem Reap
Duration: 5 Days/ 4 Nights
Depart from: Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
 

Day 1: Phnom Penh “Pearl of the East” (L, D)

Embark the ship at 07:30, 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. A variety of cocktails will be served followed by a traditional Apsara dance performance onboard. 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 sundeck. It is indeed a truly marvelous experience, dining in the open with the stars and the moon as our companions.

Day 2: Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham (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.

Day 3: Kampong Cham - Wat Hanchey (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 the 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 beach to swim in the tea-coloured Mekong river, an experience that will, no doubt, dominate dinner conversations in the weeks to come. We wil 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 ! .

Day 4: Kampong Cham - Kampong Chhnang (B, L, D)

Before the sun peeks over the horizon, the cruiser sets sail towards Kampong Chhnang on the Tonle Sap 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 Sap River. Then we approach Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s “waterworld” where everything is on stilts balanced on rich 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 the town’s specialty - 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 Sap. The water level rises and drops considerably throughout the year. Thus, our journey begins in high or low water after lunch.
 
High Water Program (approx. between August and middle of December): Your floating sanctuary will then cruise gently, in the afternoon, along the narrow and meandering Tonle Sap. In the evening, a sumptious 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)
 
Low Water Program (approx. between middle of December and August September): When we reach Kampong Tralach, we will disembark in a traditional ox cart rally before being introduced to our pro bono “literacy project”.
 
This is the day to truly experience rural Khmer life. In the evening, a sumptious 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.

Day 5: Tonle Sap - Siem Reap “Angkor Awaits” (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 cruise 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.
 
High Water Program (approx. between August and middle of December): We will cross the Tonle Sap Lake at dawn and at 09:00, we will disembark at the Siem Reap Port for onward coach transfer to the drop off point in town. Including Breakfast.
 
Low Water Program (approx. between middle of December and August September): We will cruise in the early morning to Prek K’dam where we will disembark the Ship after breakfast. We will take a walk through the silversmith village of Koh Chen where the entire community of villagers are involved in making various silver items for sale before boarding a coach at 09:00 for transfer the drop off point. We get to munch on snacks and enjoy cold drinks along the journey. We will stop briefly at Skon, known as Spiderville for its fried spiders, a delicacy in this country then we will arrive in Siem Reap in the early afternoon.

Price Per Person (US$) in cabin

 

Departure Dates in 2014

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

June

July

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

14, 28

11, 25

11, 25

8

Maintenance

10, 24

8, 22

5, 19

3, 16, 30

14, 28

11, 25

9, 23

 

Departure Dates in 2015

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

June

July

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

6, 20

3, 17, 31

3, 17, 31

14

Maintenance

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

Prices quoted in US$ nett per person 

Cabin

01 Jan - 31 Mar

01 Jan - 31 Mar

01 Jun - 04 Oct

05 Oct - 19 Oct

20 Oct - 31 Dec

Double

Single

Double

Single

Double

Single

Double

Single

Double

Single

Superior

1770

1650

1410

2120

1170

1750

1410

2120

1770

2650

Deluxe

2140

3190

1660

2490

1370

2050

1660

2490

2140

3190

Signature

 2260

3380

1870

2790

1510

2310

1870

2790

2260

3380

Suite

 2230

3490

1950

2920

1590

2390

1950

2920

2330

3490

Note:
  • Peak season surcharge - 250 USD for the New Years Eve cruise and Christmas cruise per cabin.
  • Extra bed supplement - 70% off on regular cruise price (price per cabin). Extra beds are available in Deluxe rooms only.
  • Single occupancy - 25% off on regular cruise price.
 
Inclusions of the trip
  • Entrance fees
  • Transportation
  • Tour guide services (English speaking)
  • Taxes, fuel, pilots, port dues
  • Full board
  • Welcome and farewell dinner, mineral water, coffee and tea during breakfast
 
Exclusions of the trip
  • Phnom Penh port taxes per passenger of 65 USD levied by the Cambodian Port Authority Gratuities
  • Visa
  • Fuel surcharges if available

Life Aboard

The guest accommodation consists of 27 expansive and carefully designed staterooms and junior suites with floor to ceiling panoramic sliding glass doors onto a private French balcony offer privacy and matchless luxury.

As the sun slowly sets... Step out on to your private balcony... sip on your drink and become part of the river life unfolding around you.
 
Start your day on the Mekong with Thai Chi lessons on the Sun Deck. Or bathe in the rays of dawn shining through your balcony as you lay in bed. A journey full of reverberating sights, colors and sounds awaits you.

Whether it is a refreshing sundowner drink at the lounge or a pampering time at the "Apsara" beauty salon, this is a time for reflection and relaxation.

When night falls, dancers perform and dinner is served. The ship changes hue at night and the staff emerge the following morning in their exquisite Cambodian traditional outfit.
 

About RV The Jahan

  • First boutique style river cruise liner
  • Distinctive British Indian colonial theme design
  • Cruise concierge desk and private shore excursions with a tour assistant
  • Largest balcony staterooms on Indo-china’s waterways 30 - 50m2
  • A floating sanctuary for couples and small groups
  • A floating sanctuary for couples and small groups
  • Highest staff-cabin

Signature Activities

  • Helping Hands - Healing Hearts
  • Educational & Lecture-Club: art, social, hu-manitarian, ethnology
  • Mode of transport: Ox cart, cyclo, sampan, bicycle, dinghy
  • Khmer cooking class
  • Early Bird Tai Chi class
  • Gymnasium, steam bath and pool deck
  • Pool deck barbeque dinner
  • Private dinner at the Observatory

Public Guest Areas

  • Relaxed Elegance, Colonial Style
  • British East India Company‖ colonial theme cruise liner
  • Lobby Lounge, Reception, Observatory, Boutique, Spa
  • Wifi library with laptops, Ipods, DVD players, Infomedia-
  • Kiosk
  • Pool deck, gymnasium and steam bath
  • Food & Beverage Outlets:
  • Private Balcony Prosecco-Breakfast
  • High Tea at the Observatory
  • Funnel Bar with Sundowner drinks and snacks a la carte
  • Viceroy dining hall with Western cuisine, also enjoy Khmer and Vietnamese specialties
  • Barbeque at the Pool Deck
  • Private dinner at the Observatory

Fact & Figures

  • Built: 2010/11
  • Vessels Registry: Vietnam
  • Type of Vessel: River vessel
  • Length: 70 m
  • Beam: 12.5 m
  • Draft: 1.7 m
  • Decks: 4 - lower, main, upper, pool deck
  • Gross tonnage: 950 tons
  • Cruising speed: 12 nautical knots
  • Crew: 40 (Cambodian and Vietnamese Crew) 

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