Along the Mekong River« All Jahan cruise options
- Day 1 Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Day 2 Angkor / Siem Reap
- Day 3 Angkor / Siem Reap
- Day 4 Tonle Sap / Embark Jahan
- Day 5 Kompong Chnang
- Day 6 Wat Hanchey / Kompong Cham
- Day 7 Phnom Penh
- Day 8 Sailing the Mekong
- Day 9 Chau Doc, Vietnam
- Day 10 Sadec / Cai Be
- Day 11 Ben Tre / My Tho / Saigon
- Day 12 Saigon / Depart
|Dates||Deck + Cabin Type|
|Category 1||Category 2||Category 3||Category 4|
|Jan 9 '14 *
Jan 15 '14
Mar 20 '14 *
Mar 26 '14
|* Itinerary operates in reverse|
Day 1 Siem Reap, Cambodia
Arrive in Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor, in the evening and spend the next three nights at outstanding La Résidence d’Angkor, built in traditional Khmer style with teak furniture and bamboo screens, and located along the Siem Reap River.
Day 2 Angkor / Siem Reap
Begin early in order to get to Angkor Wat in time for sunrise. This visionary 12th-century temple, the world’s largest religious monument, represents the apogee of Khmer art and architecture. Crowned by five towers, with elaborate bas-reliefs and a profusion of statues that dramatically depict complex religious tales, along with some 2,000 carved apsaras (beautiful female spirits), Angkor Wat is enthralling. Return to your hotel for a late breakfast. After lunch, take tuk-tuks (motorized taxis) to the great remains of Angkor Thom, seeing the Bayon Temple, known for its dozens of serene stone faces of King Jayavarman VII, and the Terrace of the Elephants. This evening gather for welcome cocktails and dinner at your hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 3 Angkor / Siem Reap
This morning visit the evocative temple Ta Prohm. The jungle has been allowed to continue growing here, framing the structures with the twisted roots and branches of ceiba and fig trees, giving you an idea of what archaeologists encountered when they began their work in the area. In the afternoon venture out some distance from the central sites to the fine temple of Banteay Srei, known for its exceptional carvings. On your return, stop at Les Artisans d’Angkor, where you will see how local artisans preserve age-old Khmer arts. Tonight have dinner at a fine local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 4 Tonle Sap / Embark Jahan
Leave early for the drive to the Tonle Sap River, with a stop at the market town of Skon and, just before embarkation, visit a village where silverwork is crafted. Embark Jahan, your home for the next seven nights for a unique Asian luxury cruise, at the town of Prek K’dam. Sail along the Tonle Sap through an exceptionally interesting landscape of forest and floating homes, with local residents fishing in small boats. Watch for the sunset in this vast, watery realm. Enjoy welcome cocktails and dinner aboard your ship. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Kompong Chnang
From the town of Kompong Chnang, drive a short way to a village where pottery is still made for sale to local residents by traditional methods. You’ll see how the pots are made and learn about the uses of the palm tree, complete with a taste of palm sugar if you’re so inclined. Then local boats will take you along the Tonle Sap for a glimpse into a unique way of life: seeing the floating houses and shops that line the riverbanks here. This afternoon, Jahan sails along the Tonle Sap River. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Wat Hanchey / Kompong Cham
Wat Hanchey, which you will visit in the morning, is a large temple complex atop a hill overlooking an exceptionally pretty stretch of the Mekong, offering outstanding views. There is a lot to see here: an 8th-century temple from the pre-Angkor Chenla period, an Angkor-era temple, some fine contemporary temples, and a school. In the afternoon stop at the bustling town of Kompong Cham and visit remarkable Wat Nokor, where a well preserved 11th-century temple forms the heart of a contemporary pagoda that remains in active use. The reliefs on the old temple are exceptional, as are the decorations of the more modern one. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Phnom Penh
Today will be a full, rewarding day exploring the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, situated at the confluence of the Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap Rivers. Begin with a “cyclo” (bicycle taxi) ride to the magnificent Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, home and place of worship to Cambodia’s kings. The architecture, displays and furnishings are remarkable. Continue to the excellent National Museum, which has sculpture and many other artifacts from Khmer temples and other aspects of Cambodia’s history. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit an interesting local market, then venture out of town to the Choeung Ek “killing fields,” where many thousands of Cambodians were murdered by the Khmer Rouge and buried in mass graves. A moving memorial and museum are on the site. Late in the afternoon, visit the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, where innocent people were imprisoned, tortured, and many sent to their death. Exhibits show the determination of Cambodians that this should never happen again. Back aboard ship, an evening dance performance by children from a local orphanage shows how well the arts have been able to reestablish themselves. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Sailing the Mekong
As you sail along the Mekong, there’s a chance to see life along the river, with traditional ships, barges and freighters plying the waterway. There will be a chance to enjoy Jahan’s many amenities, to hear talks by your staff and for your chefs to show you how to prepare some of Cambodia and Vietnam’s signature dishes. Cross the border into Vietnam, where you will spend the rest of your journey. (B,L,D)
Day 9 Chau Doc, Vietnam
Friendly Chau Doc has one of Vietnam’s most interesting markets, with an astonishing variety of tropical fruits, vegetables and other goods. Continue to an island village with fish farms, and see fish being fed through trap doors in the floating platforms. Then see a village inhabited by people of the Cham ethnic minority, with a chance to visit the attractive mosque and to learn about a unique way of life. (B,L,D)
Day 10 Sadec / Cai Be
From the hamlet of Sadec, take a local boat along a channel off the main river, with much activity to be seen along the way. Visit a small community where the villagers grow, process and fashion water hyacinths into floor mates and rattan baskets — a real slice of life in the Mekong Delta. At the town of Cai Be, see the floating market, where people in boats sell their wares. Each boat has an object attached to a pole that shows what is being sold. Then visit a rice “factory,” where varieties of rice-based candies are made. Rice husks are reused as fuel for the cooking process, and ash is sold to famers for use as fertilizer. You’ll also visit a Chinese-style house built in 1838, and walk along local lanes to see loganberries being processed by the families who live there. On board Jahan, experience a gala farewell dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 11 Ben Tre / My Tho / Saigon
Disembark Jahan in the morning in My Tho, and take a local boat to visit the nearby villages around Ben Tre. See a village where fish are raised before entering the palm-lined Vam Xep canal. Stroll around the Quoi An fruit orchard, visiting fruit-drying kilns and a workshop for coconut candy and craftware. Then you’ll be poled along a canal before transferring to My Tho for a lunch of Mekong specialties. After a stop at the great Vinh Trang pagoda, transfer to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam’s greatest commercial center, and check in to the outstanding Park Hyatt, located in the heart of the city. In the late afternoon, meet with a local expert on Vietnam’s modern history. This evening, gather at an excellent local restaurant for dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 12 Saigon / Depart
In the morning take a walking tour of Saigon’s historic landmarks, which include a rich selection of fine colonial buildings. You’ll see the grand exteriors of the 1911 Opera House, the former city hall dating from 1908 and the Notre Dame Cathedral, a red-brick edifice with twin spires; and visit the General Post Office, designed by Gustave Eiffel. Continue to the Presidential Palace, headquarters of the South Vietnamese Government during the Vietnam War. The breaching of the gates by North Vietnamese tanks symbolically marked the war’s end. If you wish, end at the War Remnants Museum, which gives a strong view of the war through the eyes of the Vietnamese. The afternoon is free, with rooms reserved until departure, until your evening transfer to the airport for your independent return flights home. (B)
Itinerary NotesCosts Include:
All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, meals on land as indicated, air transportation where indicated as included, shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, use of snorkeling equipment and wet suits, use of kayaks (where available), gratuities (except to ship’s crew), taxes and service charges, services of a ship physician on most voyages, and services of expedition staff.
Air transportation, extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees, scuba diving (where available), meals not indicated, baggage/accident/travel protection plan, items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, and laundry. Gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion.
Deposit & Payment
Initial deposit is varies by departure, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/fourways.php
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|Days Prior to departure||Fee|
|120 days or more||$350|
|89-60 days||30% cruise cost|
|59-30 days||55% cruise cost|
|29 days or less||100% cruise cost|
- Ship Highlights
- Passengers : 48
- River Cruise Ship
The elegant Jahan is one of the first modern boutique-style riverboats to sail the Mekong. Designed in the style of old colonial cruise liners, the ship features 26 luxurious cabins with floor to ceiling windows, a king-sized bed, and a private bathroom and balcony. Common areas include an observatory, a bar and lounge, a restaurant serving Western and regional cuisine, a boutique, a WiFi-equipped library; as well as a gym, pool deck, and spa.
The ship is fully air conditioned. Outdoor areas include the Pool Deck, with both covered and open-air spaces, a Jacuzzi and a bar. The Lounge has a library, full service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations. Guests are welcome on the “Open Bridge” to meet the Captain and Officers and learn about navigation.
Served in single seatings with unassigned tables. The menu is international, with a focus on the outstanding Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisines.
All face outside with glass doors and private balconies. There is a mix of twinbed and queen-size bed cabins. Each has private facilities and hair dryer, individual climate control, music entertainment system and a mini bar.
Special On-board Amenities:
Spa, with choice of massage treatments, gymnasium with exercise equipment, Boutique with selection of local artwork; morning Tai Chi classes. DVD and iPod players are available on request.
Located on Main Deck. Private balconies with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Twin and queen beds.
Located on Upper Deck. Private balconies with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Twin and queen beds.
Located on Main and Upper Deck. Private balconies with sun beds and floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Queen beds and television.
Located on Upper Deck-Suite. Largest cabins with private balconies with sun beds and floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Queen beds and television.