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    Duration: 4 days

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The blending of traveling throughout the rustic areas of Southern Vietnam and the ancient attractions and so many other highlighting destinations in the two countries will be the best thing you would ever experience. Let highlight your tourist diary with our four-day cruise of the Pearl Of The Orient!

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Jayavarman Cruise Departure Dates

Cruise Schedule Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2016 Upstream 9, 23 6, 20 5, 19 2, 16     9, 23 6, 20 3, 17 1, 15, 29 12, 26 10, 24
Downstream 6, 20 3, 17 2, 16, 30 13, 27     20 3, 17, 31 14, 28 12, 26 9, 23 7, 21
2017 Upstream 7, 21 4, 18 4, 18 1, 15     8, 22 5, 19 2, 16, 30 14, 28 1, 25 9, 23
Downstream 4, 18 1, 15 1, 15, 29 12, 26     19 2, 16, 30 13, 27 11, 25 8, 22 6, 20


1. Upstream Cruise: Ho Chi Minh City - Phnom Penh

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho - Cai Be (D)
"Good Morning Saigon"
Bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of Saigon as we travel 70 kilometers south by land to My Tho to embark boutique ship. We will be served a refreshing welcome drink as the ship steadily glides along the Mekong. We will bathe in the fading sunset on the balcony followed by a briefing at the lounge. Later, a welcome dinner awaits us.


When approaching Cai Be, the ship drops anchor to moor midstream where the river is several kilometers wide. Overnight in Cai Be.

Day 2: Cai Be – Sa Dec – Tan Chau (B, L, D)

Everyday, our journey starts with an invigorating Tai Chi lesson on the sun deck just as the sun begins its gentle glow. Coffee and tea awaits the early bird.

The day-tour starts with a visit to Cai Be’s boisterous and colorful floating market on a traditional sampan (a flat bottomed traditional Vietnamese wooden boat). During the ride, discover breathtaking landscapes along the river and quaff the rustic life on the Mekong Delta. The cruise will halt intermittently to allow us to observe how rice paste, rice paper, rice cookies, rice pop, rice wine and coconut candies are made, enjoy local life along the canals on the way back to the Ship for lunch.

In the afternoon, we cruise to Sa Dec. Upon arrival, we embark a traditional sampan to tour Binh Thanh Island to visit an untouchable village. Here, every villager is involved in the process of making rattan mat and this give us the chance to interact with the old local people. We then board the Ship for a tranquil evening cruise towards Tan Chau. The Ship will moor midstream overnight near Tan Chau.

Day 3: Tan Chau – Border crossing – Phnom Penh (B, L, D)

Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at the Dining Hall of your balcony. Brace yourself for a short excursion in Tan Chau, a pleasant town near the Cambodian border with sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer community.

Firstly, the journey takes you to the “evergreen” islands where you will be thrilled to learn the life of the locals.  The inhabitants of these islands live on houses poised on high stilts - a centuries-old tradition in this part of the Mekong Delta.

We stop to visit a fish farm located in the Tan Chau canal - this farm consists of floating houses and the villagers make their living by cultivating fish. You continue by boat to Tan Chau pier, disembark here and stroll around this colorful local market with lots of regional products. You return to the cruise Ship after your market visit. Overnight we anchor midstream near Phnom Penh.

Day 4: Phnom Penh (B)
"Pearl of the East"
Off we go early in the morning to witness a truly indescribable scene while approaching Phnom Penh's river promenade. Sadly, after breakfast, it is time to disembark the cruise.

2. Downstream Cruise: Phnom Penh - Ho Chi Minh City

Day 1: Phnompenh – Border crossing – Tan Chau (B, L, D)

Start new day with Tai Chi at the sun deck with fresh tea and coffee be ready to served. After breakfast, we will be captivated by a comprehensive lecture on Cambodia’s modern history.

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 ankors midstream overnight in Tan Chau.

Day 2: Tan Chau – My An Hung - Sa Dec (B, L, D)

Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. We begin our day with a hearty breakfast at the Dining Hall or at your private balcony. We will brace ourselves for a short excursion in Tan Chau, a pleasant town near the Cambodian border with sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer communities. We will start the trip by a traditional vehicle called “ xeloi” to local market and get to a local boat to visit fish farm and back to the ship (or opposite). Here you will see the daily life of Vietnamese people in Mekong. Lunch on boat

In the afternoon, we will set off for My An Hung Village. Passengers walk to the family house through the vegetable garden. 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. Overnight in Sa Dec.

Day 3: Sa Dec - Cai Be - My Tho (B, L, D)

We arrive in Sa Dec late at night and the following morning, we embark a traditional sampan(a flat bottomed traditional 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 fiber 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 remain 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. Overnight in My Tho.

Day 4: My Tho - Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Our cruise on the magnificent ship 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

What's Included:

  • Entrance fees, transportation
  • Taxes, fuel, river pilots, port dues
  • English speaking tour guide services
  • All cruises include group shore-excursions
  • Phnom Penh port tax per passenger of 65 USD
  • Fruit juices are included in addition during breakfast
  • Drinking water, coffee/tea (from jug) is included all day
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Transfers in Saigon and Siem Reap from/to the meeting point to/from embarkation/disembarkation point or vice versa

What's Not Included:

  • Fuel surcharges if any (see terms and conditions)
  • Crew gratuities (8 USD per passenger/day are recommended)
  • Cambodian Visa (available on Upstream cruise only/37 USD)
  • Peak season surcharge at 173 USD per person for all cruises falling on New Year’s Eve and/or Christmas

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