The Jahan Cruises (by Heritage Line )

The Jahan Cruises
From~US$ 2042
No. of cabin: 26      
Route: Vietnam & Cambodia Route
Highlights: The Jahan í the newest member of the Mekong River Boat Collection, and a baby brother to the famous Jayavarman, The JAHAN brings river cruising on the Mekong River into a new realm. The singular touches of a luxury boutique hotel, the leisurely pace of a river cruise, and the opportunity to collect new experiences, are the signature style of Jayavarman.
Starts in / Finishes in: Saigon/ Cambodia

Overview

The Jahan consists of 26 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.

Facts & Figures
Launch: October 2011
Class: River vessel S1, sailing under Vietnamese flag, VIRES registered
Itinerary: My Tho - Siem Reap and vice versa
Length: 70m length overall
Width: 12.5 m
Draft: 1.7 m (maximum)
Capacity: 52 Guest
Crew: 40 Crew Cambodian/ Vietnamese
DWT: 1000 tons
Speed: Cruising speed 10 knots, Maxi upstream 12 knots, Maxi downstream 16 knots
Engine/ Gen set: Twin diesel engine, 3 independent gen set's
Central AC: VRV system computer controlled
Cabins: 26 cabins, 4 categories
Decks: 4 decks (incl. below main deck)
Height: 9 meter from waterline until sundeck ceiling.

Cabins
Superior cabin
All 12 Superior Staterooms in bright tones with redish wall and ceiling artworks are situated on the main deck and gracefully designed – with white wood furnishings and hand painted wall to ceiling decors. The 30sqm cabin has a large 4sqm private balcony and a queen size bed. The in-cabin bathroom features an outsized shower and the lounge partition is inviting for a rest on a sofa with an all around river view. Four twin-bedded (convertible into double bed) rooms are available.
Amenities: Hot water kettle (Tea), ILLY espresso machine, sun hat, binocular, hand fan, sandals, in-room safe, balcony with 2 chairs and table, mini bar, hair dryer, internal phone, desk, chairs, luggage rack, bath robe, tablet PC with information, music and cabin sound system

Deluxe cabin
Located on the upper deck and with a total space of 30sqm, the Deluxe Staterooms are designed in a warm orange hue and filled with dark colonial furniture. Hand painted Indian ornaments underline the Indian theme. There are a total of 8 deluxe rooms on board, each with its own balcony (4sqm) and queen size bed. Two twin-bedded rooms are available.
Amenities: Hot water kettle (Tea), ILLY espresso machine, sun hat, binocular, hand fan, sandals, in-room safe, balcony with 2 chairs and table, mini bar, hair dryer, internal phone, desk, chairs, luggage rack, bath robe, tablet PC with information, music and cabin sound syste.

Signature cabin

Two Signatures are located on the main deck (36sqm in total, 5sqm balcony) and two sit in the front area of the upper deck (32sqm in total, 4sqm balcony). All four have a white-crème façade topped with hand-made marvelous indigo-blue Indian patterns, borders and ornaments which give the cabin a magnificent light appearance. The large wooden four-poster king bed is accompanied by a heavy treasure chest at the foot end to store your belongings.
Amenities: Hot water kettle (Tea), ILLY espresso machine, sun hat, binocular, hand fan, sandals, in-room safe, balcony with 2 chairs and table, mini bar, hair dryer, internal phone, desk, chairs, sofa, luggage rack, bath robe, , tablet PC with information, music and cabin sound system, in-room movie system with screen.

The Taj Suite

Our Indian suite is peppered with designs and styles brought in from India. A feast for the eyes – dark wooden with camel boned inlayed chairs, tables, cabinets, side tables and vanity case. The dining lounge, the extravagant solid camel bone sofa and the large majestic wooden bed offer you the full “Shah” feeling”. This suite offers two private balconies (11 sqm in total) – one with Jacuzzi.

Lord Byrons Suite
The Lord Byron is – as the name suggests – our British designed suite. This cabin features a light decent mint green ambiance on the walls which are all over covered with British-Colonial paintings – all manually crafted. The furniture comes in a hazelnut brown finishing and the extra large bathroom features an exquisite shower. Lord Byron has one large balcony (11 sqm) including an outdoor Jacuzzi.
Amenities: Hot water kettle (Tea), ILLY espresso machine, sun hat, binocular, hand fan, sandals, in-room safe, balcony with 2 chairs and table, mini bar, hair dryer, internal phone, desk, dining table, chairs, sofa, luggage rack, bath robe, , tablet PC with information, music and cabin sound system, in-room movie system with screen, outdoor jacuzzi.

Entertainment on board
The Raj of India Lounge
This classically-designed onboard boutique lounge is the perfect place to kick-back and relax with our vast array of magazines, literature, toiletries, travel items, postcards, clothes and handicrafts. With an enchanting British-Indian backdrop, you will be total immersed in the tranquil atmosphere of the Raj of india Lounge.

Viceroy Dining Hall
The Jahan’s elegant Viceroy Dining Hall is located on the Terrace Deck. Next to the bar, the Viceroy Dining Hall is spread out on the top of the ship where you can enjoy al-fresco dining. Here, you can savour lavish buffet breakfasts complete with juices and freshly brewed tea and coffee. Expect to relish exotic fruits, organic vegetables, fish and prawns as you cruise.

East India Club
The funnel bar is located on the terrace deck in between the Viceroy Dining Hall and the pool deck. It was designed to recreate a British-India feel, with a camel bone in-lay and a large lamp, replete with Sanskrit carvings, hanging down the middle of the bar.
The East India Club is the perfect place to unwind and quaff a drink whilst savoring the splendors of the setting sun over the Mekong. Delectable snacks can also be ordered here.

Observatory
The Observatory is situated as well on the terrace deck. The Observatory is an elegant, tasteful and welcoming library and lounge with comfortable large sofas. It is the ideal place to “observe” life on the Mekong through the panoramic windows on the Observatory. Guests may also book this area for a private candle light dinner in the evening.
It is an idyllic setting to play board games, read and relax on specially designed Indian comfy sofas whilst munching on some fruit. We will not blame you if you feel like the Shah Jahan himself

Apsara Spa
Soothe your aching muscles at our highly recommended Apsara Spa. Make it a romantic and relaxing experience with your partner as there are two connecting treatment rooms which are adjacent to the Observatory. You will be hypnotized by the wafting aroma of the treatment oils and the tranquil atmosphere of the spa.

Pool deck
Our pool deck boasts of the largest pool – constructed with intricate Turkish Mosaic floor tiles – on any Mekong cruise. Soak in the rays of the sun whilst lying on comfy sun beds. Then, jump into our splendid Jacuzzi and allow the bubbles to caress you.

Gymnasium and Steam Bath
The Jahan boasts of its own gymnasium and steam bath/sauna. You can burn all those extra calories using our modern fitness equipment. The steam room is a great way to relax all those tense muscles.

Embarkation/ Disembarkation Information
Leaving from HCMC- Saigon: 13:00 (for upstream cruise)
Arriving in HCMC- Saigon: 10:30 AM (for downstream cruise)
Meeting point/ drop off point in HCMC (Saigon)
Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon, Atrium Lounge at 5th Floor, 8 – 15 Ton Duc Thang Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Leaving from Siem Reap (for downstream cruise): High Water – 12:30 PM  and Low Water – 8:00 AM 
Arriving in Siem Reap (for upstream cruise):  High Water – 9:00 AM and Low Water – 14:00  
Meeting point/ drop off point in Siem Reap
Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa, Central Park, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Leaving from Phnom Penh (for downs/ uptream cruise): 8:00 AM. Arrive time for up/ downstream cruise: 07:30  
Add: Tourist boat dock (Pontoon), Phnom Penh Passenger Pier, at Sisowath Quay.    

Please note: Above timing is approximate. Passengers are requested to register/ arrive at latest 15 min, prior to the confirmed disembarkation  time  at  the  passenger  pier  or  the meeting  point.  Embarkation  and  disembarkation  time will  be  confirmed latest 2 weeks prior  to departure. Casting off  time is 15 min. after  the  confirmed embarkation  time and will be annouced through the Captain with three long horn signals.
 
* The transfers from the meeting point to The Jahan Cruise and vice versa in Siem Reap and Saigon are included in the rates.

5-day Trip

Route: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap All rates are quoted per person based on double/ twin sharing.

Below itinerary is our sample for hight water season (Mid Sep- Dec), please advise us your travel date for exact itinerary.

• Departure Dates for Siem Reap - Phnom Penh Route (same price): Apr (06, 20), Jun (08, 22), Jul (06, 20) Aug (03, 17, 31), Sep (14, 28), Oct (12, 26), Nov (09, 23), Dec (07, 21) 
Day 1: Phnom Penh "Pearl of the East"
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 7:30 am, 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.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner.

Day 2: Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham "Along the Mekong"
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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 3: Kampong Cham - Wat Hanchey "Cambodia's quaint province and the wetlands"
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 !

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 4: Kampong Cham - Kampong Chhnang "Waterworld"
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.

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)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 5: Tonle Sap - Siem Reap "Angkor Awaits"
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 aboard 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 Sap Lake at dawn and at 9:00 am, we will disembark at the Siem Reap Port for onward coach transfer to the drop off point in town.
Including Breakfast.

Although it is our intention to operate the itinerary as detailed proposal, we will do our utmost to stick to the set itinerary, however we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that might occur. It may be necessary to make some changes as a result of climatic conditions, alterations to cruise schedules or other operational factors.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices Include:
• All cruises include group shore-excursions
• Entrance fees
• Transportation
• Tour guide services (English speaking)
• Taxes, fuel, river pilots, transfers in Saigon and Siem Reap from/to the meeting point to/from embarkation/disembarkation point or vice versa.
• Food includes full board (Breakfast, lunch, dinner - buffet or set menu style). Mineral water and coffee/tea (from jug) is included all day.
• A selection of fresh fruit juices are included during breakfast and afternoon tea.
• Jayavarman Signature: Complimentary mini bar (daily replenished with selected items), balcony breakfast), 1 bottle of sparkling wine, welcome fruit basket.

Prices Exclude:
 
• The Phnom Penh Port Tax of VND 1,365,000 (US$65) per person and drinks. (Drinking water all day and coffee/tea for breakfast are included.)
• Peak season surcharge in 2012 & 2013 - VND3,150,000 (US$150) per person for the New Year Eve and Christmas Eve cruise.
• Single occupancy is 25% off the double occupancy rate.

8-day Trip

Route: Saigon- Phnom Penh - Siem Reap • All rates are quoted per person.

• Below itinerary is our sample for hight water season (Mid Sep- Dec), please advise us your travel date for exact itinerary.

• Departure Dates for Siem Reap - Saigon Route (same price): Jan (12, 26), Feb (9, 23), Mar (9, 23), Apr (6, 20), Jun (8, 22), Jul (6, 20), Aug (3, 17, 31), Sep (14, 28), Oct (12, 26), Nov (9, 23), Dec (7, 21)

Day 1: Saigon - Cai Be  “The Sea of Mangroves”
Bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of Saigon while settling into your cabin. The ship will begin by meandering along busy ports and waterways. Soon after, the change is abrupt and you’ll find yourself in the UNESCO listed Mangrove Biosphere Reserve of Can Gio which had been destroyed during the Vietnam War by toxic chemicals. Amazingly, the 75 hectares of forest has come back to life through a reforestation. Enjoy a cocktail reception at the Funnel Bar and Lounge followed by a Welcome Dinner on the Sun Deck. Drop anchor just outside of Cai Be for the night.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Cai Be - Chau Doc  “Vietnamese inventiveness”
Today’s tour starts with the visit of Cai Be’s colorful floating market. Cruise among local sampans coming from all provinces of the delta full of fruits and vegetables. Proceed to Dong Hoa Hiep island located between Vinh Long and Cai Be. During a 40 minute cruise, discover beautiful landscapes along the river and observe the typical Mekong Delta rural life.

These evergreen islands among the Mekong River still remain unknown to many people. Back on the sampans, we will lead to you to observe the activity of the biggest rice stock market in Cai Be. Further stops will allow you to see traditional brick and tile factories and how locals use palm leaves for houses. Cruise 20 minutes further to Phu An hamlet passing by Cai Be’s beautiful cathedral. Visit some interesting home factories to see how rice paste, rice cookies and coco candies, are made, along with the longan fruit drying process.

Lunch will await you at Le Longanier, a superb Indochinese villa located in a lush tropical garden by the river, surrounded by fruit orchards. After lunch, group 1 takes a stroll along the canals to experience the local environment first hand while group 2 explores the edges of the canals on bicycle. After touring the canals, head to the An Kiet ancient house to have tea with the descendants of the former imperial residents. Board the Jayavarman for a relaxing evening cruise towards Chau Doc. Moor midstream overnight.
 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Chau Doc - border crossing  “Taste of aqua cultural life”
Welcome to the circus of fish. The early birds will be treated to Tai Chi lessons on the Sun Deck. Brace yourself for a boat excursion to the exciting floating villages and catfish farms witnessing masses of bassa fish being fed, hand in hand with a shore excursion to the village of the local Muslim Cham community.

Take a ride through this fascinating town of rich French colonial architecture and see its bustling market flooded with tropical fruits in full display by women in cone shaped palm leaf hats. Observe beautiful textiles being woven on old wooden looms; a tradition that has been passed from generation to generation. By mid-afternoon, the Jayavarman casts off for the border towards Phnom Penh.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Phnom Penh  “Pearl of the East”
Off we go early in the morning to witness a truly indescribable scene while approaching Phnom Penh’s river promenade. After breakfast, embark on a city tour in this dynamic, historical capital of Cambodia which has retained its French colonial charm. Sightseeing in the morning will include the dazzling white and gold architecture of the Royal Palace, outstanding displays of Khmer crafts at the National Museum and the temple on a hill - Wat Phnom.

After lunch in a local restaurant, examine the painful, heart wrenching reminders of Cambodia’s ugly past under the Khmer Rouge regime with an excursion to the infamous “Killing Fields”; the former detention, torture and execution centers during the Cambodian civil war. Introduction and onsite lecture by a local history professor.

Thereafter, to ease the nerves a variety of cocktails will be at your disposal, followed by Cambodia’s traditional Apsara dance performance. Experience the brilliance and richness of the culture, the soothing sounds of traditional music, the calming scent of incense sticks and a delicious Khmer food buffet.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham “Monks and hilltops”
Depart before the break of dawn from Phnom Penh with a stop at the little known Chong Koh silk weaving village for a leisure walk. We cruise past the Mekong’s tranquil villages and mind blowing river life with scores of fishermen on duty. Visit Wat Nokor, a wat built within the ruins of an ancient temple that holds a timeless story. Then, travel to the Cheung Kok Ecotourism Village, a small village developed with support from Assistance Médiation Internationale (AMICA). Travelers can visit the village and take part in activities to experience village life. Profits from tourism go towards re-investment into long-term projects.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Kampong Cham - Wat Hanchey “Cambodia’s province and the wetlands”
Wake up in the wee hours of the morning, truly energized to embark on a journey upriver to the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Located at the top of a hill overlooking the river, it offers some of the best views in Cambodia. Dating from the 8th century, these ancient structures do justice to the architecture of the Chenla Empire which predated the glories of the mighty Angkor. Enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding well organized rice paddy plains, as well as a travelers blessing performed by the local monks.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Kampong Cham - Kampong Chhnang - Tonle Sap “Waterworld”
Before the sun rises, The Jayavarman sets sail to Kampong Chhnang via Prek K’dam along the meandering Tonle Sap River, which narrows through leafy swaths of the South East Asian jungle. Take a walk through Kampong Louang, one of the last silversmith villages, to see the entire community involved in making various silver items to sell. Get back aboard the Jayavarman to eat lunch while cruising towards Kampong Chhnang.

After lunch, take a motorboat excursion from Kampong Chhnang to see the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in the region. Make a stop at a Heritage Line sponsored floating school to interact with the children and teach them some English! This is the day to truly experience rural Khmer life. In the evening, a mouth watering Farewell Dinner will be served on the Sun Deck.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Tonle Sap - Siem Reap “Angkor Awaits”
This great lake dominates Cambodia and is over 150 km in length. The birdlife is profuse and from the middle of the lake one cannot even see the shores. Witness stillness and tranquillity 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, changes may occur for the different seasons. High Water Program (approx. between July and December)

Cross the Tonle Sap Lake at dawn and 11:00 disembark at Siem Reap Port for onward coach transfer to the hotel by 12:00 pm. Low Water Program (approx. between December and June). Cruise early morning to Prek K’dam where you will disembark Jayavarman after breakfast. Board a coach at 9:00am which will take you to see a pre-Angorian temple on your way to Siem Reap. A packed lunch and refreshments will be available along the way. Arrive in Siem Reap early afternoon. 

Meals: Breakfast

Prices Include:
• All cruises include group shore-excursions
• Entrance fees
• Transportation
• Tour guide services (English speaking)
• Taxes, fuel,river pilots
• 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 (jug) is included all day.
• Fresh fruit juices are included in addition during breakfast and afternoon tea.
• Jahan Signature Staterooms and Suites: Butler service, complimentary mini bar (daily replenished with selected items), balcony breakfast or in-suite dining, daily newspaper, one private candle light dinner at the observatory, selection of spa services.

Prices Exclude:
• The Phnom Penh Port Tax of VND 1,365,000 (US$65) per person and drinks. (Drinking water all day and coffee/tea for breakfast are included.)
• Peak season surcharge in 2012 & 2013 - VND 3,150,000 (US$150) per person for the New Years Eve cruise and Christmas Eve cruise.
• Single occupancy is 25% off the double occupancy rate.
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