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RV Jahan Downstream Cruise Trip from Siem Reap to Saigon

Tour Rate: Siem Reap - Tonle Sap - Kampong Chhnang- Wat Hanchey - Kampong Cham - Phnom Penh - Chau Doc - Cai be - My Tho - Saigon141 Views

RV Jahan Downstream Cruise Trips from Siem Reap to Saigon _ Mekong River tours
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Our Advantages & Promise

  • Zero shopping stops.
  • Flexible time schedule to suit your pace.
  • Selected and trained guides.
  • Meals are in quality local restaurants.
  • Western style service standard
Brief Itinerary

*BRIEF ITINERARY:
Day 1: Siem Reap – Kampong Chhnang
Day 2: Kampong Chhnang – Kampong Cham
Day 3: Kampong Cham – Wat Hanchey
Day 4: Phnom Penh
Day 5: Phnom Penh – border crossing
Day 6: Chau Doc – Sa Dec
Day 7: Sa Dec – Cai Be – My Tho
Day 8: My Tho – Ho Chi Minh City

Day 1: RV Jahan Downstream Cruise Trip from Siem Reap to Saigon: Siem Reap – Kampong Chhnang (L/D)

RV Jahan Downstream Cruise Trip from Siem Reap to Saigon
Cabin on RV Jahan Cruise

“Waterworld”

The Tonle Sap (The Great Lake) is the flowing heart of Cambodia, giving love and life to this nation. The Tonle Sap has more fish than any other lake in the world and is home to an incredible variety of birds, including rare and endangered  feathered life.

At 12 pm (noon), we gather at the meeting point followed by a quick transfer to the boutique ship. The ever-smiling crew welcomes us with unbridled warmth. A refreshing welcome drink awaits us followed by a sumptuous lunch on the ship.Then, it is a lazy afternoon as the ship glides along the water. Dinner is at Dining Hall. Enjoy a spectacular experience on the sun-deck as we bathe in the glow of the moon and the radiance of the stars.The ship then moors overnight on the RV Jahan Cruise in The Great Lake.

Day 2: RV Jahan Downstream Cruise Trip from Siem Reap to Saigon: Kampong Chhnang – Kampong Cham (B/L/D)

“Cambodia’s province and the wetlands”

The day in fact everyday – starts with an invigorating Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck, just as the sun begins its slow rise. Coffee and tea awaits the early bird. Before dawn, the ship sets sail across the Tonle Sap Lake. As the ship is about to exit the lake, we see spectacular marshlands floating along the river banks of Kampong Chhnang province.

The afternoon cruise continues with a languid meander along the Tonle Sap, 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.

Follow a short bus trip to the see the Khmer-styled pottery at the Aundaung Russey village. We then embark on a truly marvelous motorboat excursion from Kampong Chhnang to see the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in the region before reaching Kampong Cham in the evening.Further down the river we take part in an ox cart rally before being introduced to the Heritage Line pro bono literacy project)

Overnight in The RV Jahan Cruise in Kampong Cham.

Day 3: RV Jahan Downstream Cruise Trip from Siem Reap to Saigon: Kampong Cham – Wat Hanchey (B/L/D)

RV Jahan Downstream Cruise Trip from Siem Reap to Saigon
Wat Hanchey Temple

“Monks and hilltops”

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 bank to swim in the tea-coloured 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! Overnight in the Jahan Cruise.

Day 4: RV Jahan Downstream Cruise Trip from Siem Reap to Saigon: Phnom Penh (B/L/D)

“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. 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. 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. Overnight on the RV Jahan Cruise in Phnom Penh.

Day 5: RV Jahan Downstream Cruise Trip from Siem Reap to Saigon: Phnom Penh – border crossing (B/L/D)

“The Highway Blues”

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. The ship moors midstream overnight.

Day 6: RV Jahan Downstream Cruise Trip from Siem Reap to Saigon: Chau Doc – Sa Dec (B/L/D)

RV Jahan Downstream Cruise Trip from Siem Reap to Saigon
Monkey Bridge in Mekong River

“Circus of fish”

Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. We begin our day with a hearty breakfast at the Indochine Dining Hall or in the quiet sanctuary of your balcony. We will brace ourselves for a short excursion in Chau Doc, a pleasant town near the Cambodian border with sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer communities. 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.

We will certainly enjoy watching schools of basa fish being fed by hand. Then, it is 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, canals. We will cross a monkey bridge and see chili, corn and beetle nut plantations amongst other vegetable fields. Then gather at the familys 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 we will set off for Sa Dec. Overnight on The Jahan Cruise.

Day 7: RV Jahan Downstream Cruise Trip from Siem Reap to Saigon: Sa Dec – Cai Be – My Tho (B/L/D)

“Vietnamese inventiveness”

In the morning we embark a traditional sampan(a flat bottmed tranditional Vietnamese wooden boat) 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 terrace deck. Overnight on the Jahan Cruise.

Day 8: RV Jahan Downstream Cruise Trip from Siem Reap to Saigon: My Tho – Ho Chi Minh City (B)

“Good morning Saigon”

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 will be at the meeting point in Saigon.

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Entrance fees
Transportation
Tour guide services (English speaking) Taxes, fuel, pilots, port dues,
All Meals on boat – full board welcome and farewell diner, mineral water, coffee and tea during breakfast
Transfers in Saigon and Siem Reap from/to the meeting point to/from embarkation/disembarkation point or vice verse are included
Inclusions for RV Jahan Signature Staterooms: Complimentary room service (non premium spirits/house wine), mini bar, balcony breakfast, book gift (a Journey on the Jahan), 1 bottle of Prosecco sparkling wine and fruit basket.[/include]

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Phnom Penh port taxes per passenger of US$ 65 levied by the Cambodian Port authority.
Gratuities (US$ 5.00 passenger/day are recommended)
Visa (cost for Cambodia visa is US$30.00 and fuel surcharges if any (See terms and conditions).
Peak season surcharge: + US$ 150 for the New Years Eve cruise and Christmas cruise per person (24 Dec,31 Dec)
Extra bed supplement, 70% off on regular cruise price (price per cabin).
Extra beds are available in deluxe rooms only[/exclude]

RV Jahan Downstream Cruise Trip from Siem Reap to Saigon
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