Jayavarman Cruise - PEARL OF THE ORIENT

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Itinerary Overview

This exciting journey will take you take you from Vietnam to Cambodia to discover PEARL OF THE ORIENT along the Mekong River. Besides that, you will also enjoy the beautiful landscapes along the river and observe the typical Mekong Delta rural life on the Jayavarman Cruise 4 days.

Travel Map

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Detailed Itinerary

  • Saigon - Phnom Penh Itinerary
  • Phnom Penh - Saigon Itinerary

DAY 1: SAIGON - MY THO - CAI BE

We gather before noontime at our welcome lounge in Saigon. Lean back with a drink as our staff welcomes you and collects your details for the boarding.
We bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of Saigon and travel 70 kilometers south overland to My Tho to embark your luxury floating home for your coming journey along the Might Mekong.
Upon boarding our crew warmly welcomes you and you check in to your prepared staterooms. The ship set sail and your fasctinating journey of exploring the Mekong can begin. Lunch buffet is served in the restaurant while the vessel steadily glides upstream to reach the overnight spot. Make yourself familiar with all the ship facilities. Now it is time to become one with one of the largest streams in Asia.
The afternoon allows you pastime at your private balcony or join our tea time at the open air bar as the twilight bathes the land of Mekong Delta into a golden haze.
During the time you savor your dinner the ship reaches Cai Be. Cai Be is a charming small town, famous for its Catholic French church and manufacturing of traditional crafts and food products. The floating market of Cai Be is getting smaller every year, since trading on the water is shifting more and more into modern central markets.
We drop anchor mid-stream and overnight near Cai Be.

  • Meals: Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Jayavarman Cruise

DAY 2: CAI BE – SA DEC – TAN CHAU

Everyday, we offer to our guests an invigorating Tai Chi class on the sun deck. Set in your day like many local people do around Asia just as the sun begins its gentle glow.
A sumptuous buffet breakfast is the perfect start in your first exploration day in the Mekong Delta.
The morning tour takes you Cai Be. Cai Be still hosts a small floating market for boat to boat trading of local goods such as fruits and agricultural products. Our guide explains the particularities of this long lasting dealing cutlture. Each boat has a special marker to let buyers know what goods they are selling.
Cai Be is a rustic town criss-crossed by and many water canals. We go on-shore to visit a workshop where we learn about and observe how rice paste, rice paper, rice cookies or rice wine is manufactured. Cai Be and its surrounding areas are covered by palmtrees and hence the region is also famous for the production of coconut candies. With our local boat we continue to cruise through the lush and green canel network and can observe farmers working in the fields.
Back on board lunch is served and you have some time for yourself afterwards to either enjoy a true Vietnamese coffee at the bar or simply watch the life on the riverbanks floating by.
In the afternoon, we reach the area of Sa Dec. We embark a traditional sampan and tour towards Binh Thanh Island. This island is one of the larger ones in the vast stream of the Mekong. Some communities have settled here and make their living by growing water hyazinths. We visit exclusively one of those untouched areas. By wandering through the village we get a deep understanding of the native life. But moreover we can follow the whole process of ratt making. You can even try yourself the weaving which is still done manually. We will meet also an old local people who shares with us their story on this island and they are happy for any chit-chat with you.
Back on board you may like to pamper yourself with a spa treatment or take a dip in our pool on the sun deck. Our expert guides offer a presentation on the “Life on the Mekong Delta” as the ship continues sailing to Tan Chau-the boarder town to Cambodia. We moor mid-stream near Tan Chau.
Dinner is served and afterwards you can join our evening cinema session (offered every night) featuring selected classic movies.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Jayavarman Cruise

DAY 3: TAN CHAU – BORDER CROSSING – PHNOM PENH

Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at the dining hall or in the quiet sanctuary of your balcony.
Brace yourself for an excursion around Tan Chau, a pleasant, slow-paced town near the Cambodian border with a sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer community. Once arrived on-shore we hop on “xelois” to explore Tan Chau. A xelaoi is a local vehicle which is still used as taxi in this region. We slowly move around the streets to see all the workshops, houses and domiciles. Get to feel the laid back vibes of this place. We stop at the colorful local market near one of the ancient temples. This is the best time you can interact with the vendors of this friendly town to make your own bargain experience. We board our local boats and cruise along floating houses to finally reach a floating fish farm. This region is the source of fish production to be sold all over the world and we can see closely how fish farmings works.
Back on board our “home” we sail towards the Vietnamese-Cambodian border. Get ready for a fascinating and leisurely cruise through the deep Cambodia countryside towards Phnom Penh.
The whole afternoon is at your own arrangements. This is the cruise part when even the last passenger will turn into cruise mode and hopefully experience the therapeutical influence this mighty river radiates. It is time for massages, time for sun bed relaxations, time for private balcony kick-backs - forsooth the time to merge with the river.
A culinary class if offered during the afternoon to sharpen your knowledge and skills on the local cuisine. Some may like to do a flying visit at the bridge - the captain always has a story to share about “his” river. “The Highway Blues” beckons as we float into a state of mild bliss and before you totally drift away join our afternoon high tea for some treats.
Dinner is served before we arrive in the capital of Cambodia around 8 o’clock. The boat docks at the pier of Phnom Penh. You are free to go for your first exploration by yourself. Stroll along the river promenade and watch the locals chit-chating, selling odds and ends or have a drink in one of the numerous bars (kindly inform our crew once you are leaving the ship on your own).

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Jayavarman Cruise

DAY 4: PHNOM PENH

Welome to Phnom Penh the once called Paris of the East. Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic charm and elegance. It is an amazing town to bespeak centuries of incredible history and culture which can still be felt at many street corners.
After breakfast we bid farewell to our passenger of the Pearl of the Orient Cruise (3-nights).

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: N/A

DAY 1: PHNOM PENH – BORDER CROSSING - TAN CHAU

Embarkation in Phnom Penh (Manage transfer to the jetty in time).
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.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. The ship ankors midstream overnight in Tan Chau.

  • Meals: Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Jayavarman Cruise

DAY 2: TAN CHAU - SADEC

Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at the Dining Hall or in the quiet sanctuary of your balcony. Brace yourself on local vehicles called “xeloi” to explore Tan Chau, a pleasant town near the Cambodian border. 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 villages and rustic catfish farms trip to the quay, where we will be feted to a boat excursion to the floating fish farm. Then, we will be back to the ship for a lunch.
In the mid afternoon, 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 seasonal 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.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. Overnight in Sa Dec.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Jayavarman Cruise

DAY 3: SADEC - CAI BE - MY THO

In the morning we embark a traditional 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.
After lunch onboard, 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 remains unknown to many people. The cruise will halt intermittenly 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.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Jayavarman Cruise

DAY 4: DISEMBARKATION

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 8:30 am and we join the transfer to madding crowd of Saigon. Drop off at the meeting point in Saigon.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: n/a

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Important Notes:

  • PROGRAMS & SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. WE WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED BEFORE DEPARTURE

Cabin & Rates

Roomtypes

Rates (US$/person)

Superior Stateroom

Jayavarman Cruise - PEARL OF THE ORIENT

21m2/main deck
Double/twin bed
Private Balcony/5sqm
max 2 persons

Contact us for price

Deluxe Stateroom

dELUXE cABIN

24sqm/upper deck
Double/twin bed
Private Balcony/5sqm
max 2 persons

Signature stateroom

Signature cABIN

27m2/main & upper deck
Double
Private Balcony/5sqm
max 2 persons

Tour Price/person

The tour price of this itinerary would vary depending on date of departure and number of participants. Please book this tour or contact us @ info@indochinatreks.com for free quote and consultancy by local experts.

Important information

What's included ?

Price Includes

Tour Inclusions

  • Vietnam visa approval letter (for upstream itinerary)
  • Mekong 4 days package by Jayavarman cruise
  • Local English speaking guides
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary
  • Port tax and services charge

Price Excludes

  • Vietnam and Cambodia Visa stamping fee
  • Meals and services other than those noted in the itinerary
  • Laundry, telephone calls, and personal expenditures
  • Gratuities for guides, drivers, porters, boat crew, and personal, non-itinerary services

Children Rates

  • Free of charge for children below 5 years old, in parents' room and using existing bedding.
  • Baby cots are available.
  • Children above 5 years old must occupy a separate bed and pay full rate (Single or double occupancy).
Note*: The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults

Terms and Conditions

Payment Terms

  • 20% of booking value is required upon confirmation.
  • Balance payment is due 100 days prior to departure

Cancellation Terms

For cancellations of bookings, the following charges will apply
  • prior 180 days to embarkation date: 10%
  • 180 – 121 days prior embarkation date: 20%
  • 120 – 91 days prior embarkation date: 255% or max. 500 USD per person
  • 90 – 61 days prior embarkation date: 60%
  • 60 – 31 days prior embarkation date: 85%
  • 30 days – embarkation date: 100%

Departures

Jayavarman Cruise Departures for 2020

Itineraries

2020
Jan Feb Mar April June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
The Lost Civilization
SGN - REP 4,18 1,15,29 14,28 11,25 n/a 11,25 8,22 5,19 3,17,31 14,28 12,26
REP - SGN 11,25 8,22 7,21 4,18 n/a 4,18 1,15,29 12,26 10,24 7,21 5,19
Serenity Cruise
PNH - REP 7,21 4,18 3,17,31 14,28 n/a 14,28 11,25 8,22 6,20 3,17 1,15,29
REP - PNH 11,25 8,22 7,21 4,18 n/a 4,18 1,15,29 12,26 10,24 7,21 5,19
Pearl of the Orient
SGN - PNH 4,18 1,15,29 14,28 11,25 n/a 11,25 8,22 5,19 3,17,31 14,28 12,26
PNH - SGN 1 12 25 8,22 n/a 22 5,19 2,16 14 25 9,23

Jayavarman Cruise Departures for 2021

Itineraries

2021
Mar April June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
The Lost Civilization
SGN - REP 2,16,30 13 22 6,20 3,17,31 14,28 12,26 9,23 7,21
REP - SGN 9,23 6,20 15,29 13,27 10,24 7,21 5,19 2,16,30 14,28
Serenity Cruise
PNH - REP 5,19 2,16 9,23 6,20 3,17 1,15 12,26 10,24
REP - PNH 9,23 6,20 15,29 13,27 10,24 7,21 5,19 2,16,30 14,28
Pearl of the Orient
SGN - PNH 2,16,30 13 22 6,20 3,17,31 14,28 12,26 9,23 7,21
PNH - SGN 13,27 10,24 17,31 14,28 11,25 9,23 6,20 4,18

Note*:

  • SGN: Saigon; REP: Siem Reap; PNH: Phnom Penh

Rates/Departures

The rates of this tour would vary depending on date of departure and number of participants. Please book this tour or contact us @ info@indochinatreks.com for free quote and consultancy by local experts.

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