7-night Cruise Saigon to Siem Reap aboard Heritage Line – The Jahan

7-night Cruise Saigon to Siem Reap aboard Heritage Line – The Jahan

Upstream river cruise on the mighty Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia, inclusive of daily shore excursions to villages, markets and historic sites. This classic 7-night cruise Saigon to Siem Reap takes you on a culturally enriching adventure of Vietnam and Cambodia along the Mekong in absolute luxury.
Duration
07 nights
Price from
$3700
when
Year-round
destination
Vietnam & Cambodia
type
Join-in

itinerary

Day 1

Saigon - My Tho - Cai Be

We greet our guests in the morning at our welcome lounge in Saigon. Kick back with a second coffee as our staff collects your details for boarding. We bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of Saigon and travel 70 kilometres south over land towards My Tho to embark on our vessel. After checking into your luxurious floating “home” for the next several days, your first inclination may be to step on your balcony to watch the ship set sail on its fascinating Mekong River voyage.

A lunch buffet is served in the restaurant while the vessel steadily glides upstream. Now it is time to get acquainted with one of the largest streams in Asia, which runs an estimated length of 4,909 km (3,050 mi) and discharges 475 cu km (114 cu mi) of water annually. Millions of people – from China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam – pay tribute to this mighty river which provides sustenance and protection over its inhabitants.

Let your soul float and your eyes wander while the boat makes its way upstream. It is often stated that “nautical air” makes you hungry, so you are cordially invited to our afternoon tea in the open-air bar as twilight bathes the Mekong Delta in a golden haze. Get to know your fellow travellers while enjoying some tasty treats. The rest of this cruising day is fully yours to relax on your private balcony or be pampered by our therapists at the Apsara Spa.

While you savour your delightful dinner, the ship reaches Cai Be. This historic town was established in the 19th century by Vietnam’s last ruling family, the Nguyen dynasty, on the Mekong River where three provinces meet: Tien Giang, Vinh Long, and Ben Tre. Cai Be would later become the surrounding region’s predominant water-based trading hub, as we will see in tomorrow’s visit to the floating market. We anchor mid-stream near Cai Be and moor there overnight. If you are in the mood for some evening entertainment, there is a cinema in the lounge showcasing classic movies and interesting documentaries on a nightly basis.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2

Cai Be – Sa Dec – Tan Chau

Wake up early to witness the spectacular scenery at the break of dawn. To make the experience complete, join our daily morning Tai Chi class. Afterwards, a rich breakfast buffet awaits, or if you prefer, we can serve breakfast directly to your room.

We arrive at Cai Be, a charming market town which is famous for its Catholic French church and the manufacturing of traditional crafts and food products. The once enormous floating market of Cai Be gets smaller year by year since trading on the water is continually shifting towards modern markets. However, you can still see boat-to-boat trading of local goods, such as fruits and agricultural products and imagine what this must have looked like on a larger scale. We learn from our guide about the long-lasting trading culture and how each boat has a special marker to let buyers know what goods they are selling.

By local boat, we sail along the green canal network and watch the farmers working in the fields. A visit ashore to a workshop shows us the manufacturing of rice paste, rice paper, rice cookies and rice wine. Cai Be’s surrounding areas are covered by palm trees, which is why the region is also famous for the production of coconut candy. While the vessel continues sailing upstream, you can enjoy time to yourself or head to the bar to and enjoy a true Vietnamese coffee as you watch the life on the riverbanks float by.

In the afternoon, the vessel reaches the area of Sa Dec and arrives at one of the larger islands in the vast stream of the Mekong, Binh Thanh Island. Several communities have settled here and make their living by growing water hyacinths. We exclusively visit one of these untouched areas. By wandering through the village, we get a deep understanding of native life. One of the local artisans, for example, demonstrates the entire process of traditional mat making. You can try weaving yourself. We also meet a local elderly couple who share their story of living on this island. They are always happy to chit-chat with our guests.

Back on board, you may take a dip in the pool on the sun deck. In the evening, our expert guide offers a presentation on life on the Mekong Delta as the ship continues sailing to Tan Chau, a pleasant, slow-paced border town near the Cambodian border with a sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer community. We moor near the city with views on the riverbanks.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Tan Chau – Border Crossing – Phnom Penh

Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam.

Once on shore, we see Tan Chau’s vibrant town-life as we hop on “xelois”, which are local vehicles still used as a taxi in this area. Your personal xeloi driver slowly navigates through the streets to observe all the workshops, houses and shops while feeling the laid-back vibe of this place. We stop at the colourful, local market near one of the town’s temples. This is a great opportunity to interact with the vendors of this friendly town and try your hand at bargaining with them.

To see what Tan Chau is famous for, we board local boats and head to a floating fish farm. You are about to get an exclusive look into the world’s largest inland aquaculture industry. Each of the floating structures has netting hanging down into the water to enclose the fish, which are raised and fed on a daily basis. The region’s specialities are tilapia and the Basa catfish, or Pangasius, which is unique to the Mekong River basin and rapidly gaining popularity on the international seafood market.

Back on board our “home”, we sail towards the Vietnamese-Cambodian border. Get ready for a fascinating and leisurely cruise through the deep Cambodian countryside towards Phnom Penh.

The whole afternoon is at your own disposal. From here, even the last passenger turns on their cruise mode and hopefully experiences the relaxing influence this mighty river emanates. The afternoon is perfect for massages, relaxation on a terrace deck sunbed or private balcony kickbacks. Conjure up a spell to merge with the river and float into a state of mild bliss.

You also may like to visit the bridge as the captain always has a little story to share about “his” river. Or, if you are curious to learn more about Khmer gastronomy, join a culinary workshop to sharpen your knowledge about local cuisine.

After some additional cruising time back aboard, the boat arrives and docks at the pier of Phnom Penh. Feel free to go out and explore by yourself after dinner. Stroll along the river promenade and watch the locals chit-chatting, selling odds and ends or have a drink in one of the numerous bars.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Phnom Penh

Welcome to Phnom Penh – the city once named Paris of the East. Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic charm and elegance. It is an amazing town with centuries of incredible history and culture which can still be felt on many street corners.

We start with a full sightseeing tour right after breakfast. By bus, we visit the Killing Fields outside the city and afterwards the centrally located prison “S21”. Both historic sites display the sad and cruel chapter of the country’s history when the Khmer Rouge ruled Cambodia with terror and oppression. Those places have not changed much since this horrific time back in the early seventies and it can be quite heart-breaking. Alternatively, you may explore the city on your own in the morning before re-joining the group.

We have lunch at a well-renowned restaurant in town and experience the elegant air Phnom Penh’s top addresses are known for. Our exploration of Phnom Penh continues with the cultural highlights of the city’s heritage. The golden edifice of the Royal Palace with its Silver Pagoda and the exceptional Khmer crafts at the National Museum top the list of the city’s must-sees. The day trip ends with a “cyclo” ride along the bustling streets of downtown Phnom Penh and back to the ship.

In the early evening, the lounge is set up for an eye- and ear-catching lecture about modern Cambodian history, held by our friend and local expert, Mr Jean-Michel, a professor from the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Receiving first-hand knowledge from our lecturer who has studied the subject extensively and in person is a highlight of this cruise.

Take some rest or join fellow passengers at the bar for refreshing drinks. Today’s evening is a special one: let us invite you to a wonderful open-air gala featuring a barbecue dinner feast. The dinner is accompanied by a classic Apsara dance performance along with other folklore dances.

As the evening unwinds, enjoy your supper with a good glass of wine and marvel at the skyline of Phnom Penh and the calming flow of the Tonle River.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Barbecue Gala Dinner

Day 5

Phnom Penh – Kampong Tralach – Kampong Chhnang (Tonle)

Before the sun peeks over the horizon, the cruiser sets sail towards Kampong Tralach on the Tonle River. This part of the Tonle River is quite interesting to watch from the terrace as the river at certain points is very narrow. The boat glides through leafy swaths of this jungle-like landscape.

We reach Kampong Tralach, where laughing children wave enthusiastically at our arrival and traditional ox carts are still a common means of transportation. Our ox-powered vehicle takes us on a journey along the riverside and through back roads lined with rice-paddy fields until we arrive at a tiny village. Beginning a few short years ago, local underprivileged children have had the opportunity to receive an education at the “Green School”, a local project supported by Heritage Line. The students, who are dressed in green shirts, are always happy to meet us every week as the principal gives an introduction to the students and the school.

While we sail upstream, lunch is served and afterwards, our crew displays a variety of traditional Khmer fashion locals wear on special occasions. Conversely, the Cambodian scarf, the Krama, is a garment worn by people of all ages and walks of life not just around the neck, but also as a bandanna, facemask, belt, swimwear, and even as a hammock to carry children.

Later in the day, the ship cruises along the narrow Tonle River towards the most fascinating cruising spot in Cambodia, Kampong Chhnang’s “water world”, where everything is balanced on sticks in water-rich soil. We take a local boat to the shore and hop on a minibus to reach a nearby, unique rural village to explore the village’s specialities – Khmer-style pottery and the process of making palm sugar from the Cambodian “skor t’not” palm tree.

We drive back to the shore where our local boat starts an exploration of nearby floating villages. Although we are in the heartland of Cambodia, the residents of these floating villages are actually of Vietnamese descent who were expelled by the Khmer Rouge and soon returned after the ruling party was overthrown in 1979. No longer having land to settle on, they have since lived “on the water”.

Once we are back on board, relax until dinner is served and take in the beautiful countryside and its gentle evening sounds.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Tonle River – Kok Oknha Tey – Kampong Cham (Mekong)

In the early morning, we sail from the lower Tonle River towards the Mekong passing their confluence at Phnom Penh. We arrive at the island of Koh Oknha Tey, which lies in the middle of the Mekong and owes its fame to manufacturing high-class silk products. We go sightseeing along the island’s roads a bit via tuk-tuk before arriving at the village’s workshops and witnessing the curious process of making silk, starting from a tiny silkworm larva to cocoon, then dyeing, spinning and weaving the fibres into high-quality Cambodian silk.

Before lunch, our expert guide holds a presentation about the geography of the Mekong River and Tonle Lake along with the unique attributes of the area. Afterwards, a monks’ blessing ceremony delivers spirits and wishes for health and prosperity for all.

The ship sails towards the small Angkor Ban village up in the Mekong River. The village is famous for its unspoiled community and beautiful, traditional houses. It feels like being transported back a hundred years, into an era unaffected by modernity where villagers are characterized by their unbridled warmth.

The sun sets and the light now bathes everything in a golden hue. The surrounding natural beauty is a perfect backdrop for a riverbank gathering with cocktails and dancing with the crew in this remote, secluded location.

We continue cruising while dinner is served and the boat finds its overnight spot at the riverbank of Kampong Cham.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Kampong Cham (Mekong)

After a sumptuous breakfast, we leave the ship for the enchanting pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey (7th century). Formerly built to honour the Hindu god, Hirahara, the complex is now a Buddhist temple, a testament to the country’s past and present religious’ beliefs. This small complex sits on a hilltop with breathtaking views over the Mekong. Many young, novice monks live on the compound of Wat Hanchey, and we have the chance to observe a bit of their daily lives: eating simple meals, praying, studying, or hanging out and making conversation while in their saffron-coloured robes.

After returning to the ship and partaking in lunch, we stop at the tranquil monastery of Wat Nokor. Although not massive in comparison to the vast complexes of Angkor Wat, Wat Nokor is the largest of its kind in Kampong Cham Province and is distinctive from other temples with its black sandstone walls. Here, we might have the chance to engage in light banter with some of the sociable monks living in the area.

As it is low water season, we may be fortunate enough to visit a nearby spectacle only present during the Mekong’s dry months (December to May). The Koh Paen Bamboo Bridge connects the mainland with Koh Paen Island and is rebuilt by the local community every November when water levels drop.

We cruise further up the Mekong to visit a local school and learn more about the education of the young Cambodian generation. Children from the Organization for Basic Training (OBT) are provided a free, supplemental education in English, maths, and the arts, and they are always excited to show their skills in music and dance. Shower the young performers with applause and in return, you are bestowed upon with the most genuine and happy Cambodian smiles.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Kampong Cham (Mekong) -Siem Reap

Enjoy your last breakfast on board our floating sanctuary. We disembark the ship for a transfer by bus to the drop-off point in Siem Reap.

Kampong Cham is an important trade and transportation hub. The highway connecting the town and the capital of Phnom Penh is among the best maintained in Cambodia, and the country’s first bridge across the Mekong (Kizuna Bridge) was built here in 2001.

The transfer takes approximately 4.5 hours including a rest stop. To keep you entertained during the ride, our expert guides share interesting insights about Cambodia and the region we journey through. Snacks are provided during the trip. You will arrive in Siem Reap in the early afternoon.

We hope you enjoyed this fascinating river cruise, just as our crew does every single time. Moreover, take the enchanting memories and friendships along with you and share the stories of this amazing river – the Mighty Mekong.

Meals: Breakfast

cabin & Suites

Designed to explore the lower Mekong River in luxury and comfort, the Heritage Line – The Jahan is an elegant ship offering 26 staterooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies, giving you a full view of the mighty river and landscape. The top deck features a jacuzzi, a lounge & bar, a spa and an observation lounge. The Jahan sails the lower Mekong between Vietnam & Cambodia on various itineraries.

Heritage Line - The Jahan - Superior Stateroom

All 12 Superior Staterooms are located on the main deck with a separate lounge corner and private balconies for fantastic panoramic views of the Mekong. Each 30sqm (323 sqft) room features graceful design and excellent décor in bright tones. The spacious bathroom is completed with a large walk-in shower and antique vanity and is stocked with thick towels, cosy robes, slippers and soothing bath amenities. There are four twin rooms are available.

Heritage Line - The Jahan - Deluxe

Located on the upper deck with a spacious 30 sqm (323 sqft) area, the Deluxe Staterooms have the same layout and amenities as the Superiors. These cabins are equipped with a private balcony, cosy sitting area and a queen size bed and are designed in the same style with warm orange walls, dark colonial furniture, and hand-painted ornaments, which underlines the graceful Indian theme. The roomy bathroom has a walk-in shower, comfy robes, slippers, and spa-quality bath products. Other high-end amenities include an air conditioner, hot water kettle, mini bar, luggage rack, etc. Two twin rooms are available.

Heritage Line - The Jahan - Signature Suite

There are four Signature Suites on Heritage Line – The Jahan, two situated on the main deck (36sqm in total, 5sqm balcony) and two located in the front area of the upper deck (32sqm in total, 4sqm balcony). They are all decorated with indigo-blue Indian patterns and white-crème façade, which create a regal atmosphere and dignified appearance. The cabins also offer large wooden four-poster king beds and at the foot end, you will find heavy treasure chests to store your belongings.

Heritage Line - The Jahan - Noble Suite

The two noble suites on Heritage Line Jahan Cruise have their own names and styles: the Taj Noble Suite from India and the British-designed Lord Byron Noble Suite. The Taj Noble Suite is a lavishly appointed cabin with dark wooden furniture such as camel-boned inlayed chairs and sofa, tables, cabinets, vanity case, and side tables. The large majestic wooden bed and the extravagant private dining lounge gives the cabin the full “Shah” feeling of an Indian king’s room. Besides, the Taj provides two private balconies (11sqm in total) – one with a Jacuzzi. The Lord Byron is a gracefully British-designed suite in a light decent mint green tone, decorated with British-Colonial paintings on the walls. The furniture is dignified in hazelnut brown and the extra large bathroom is stylish with an exquisite shower. The large balcony (11sqm) is an inviting place for a relaxing experience with an outdoor Jacuzzi.

Cruise Rates & Details

Please find below our cruise rates (rack, before any promotional discount), departures and additional information. You may also like to check actual availability by sending us directly a request at info@amasiatravel.com.

 

2022 & 2023
Departure in Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec
Superior $3610
Deluxe$4152
Signature Suite$4874
Noble Suite$5415
Departure in Apr
Superior $2764
Deluxe$3179
Signature Suite$3732
Noble Suite$4008
Departure in May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Superior $2132
Deluxe$2452
Signature Suite$2878
Noble Suite$3091
2024
Departure in Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec
Superior $3791
Deluxe$4360
Signature Suite$5118
Noble Suite$5686
Departure in Apr
Superior $2902
Deluxe$3338
Signature Suite$3918
Noble Suite$4208
Departure in May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Superior $2238
Deluxe$2574
Signature Suite$3022
Noble Suite$3246
  • Rates are quoted in USD per person based on double sharing occupancy.
  • Rates apply for individual traveller booking only.
  • Rates are subject to change with or without prior notice. Amasia Travel reserve the right to change the quoted rates.
  • A mandatory port fee of 65 USD per adult or child, applies for Lower Mekong cruise or tour bookings (subject to change without prior notice).
  • A mandatory surcharge on Christmas Eve (24 December) & New Year’s Eve (31 December) of 100 USD per adult and 50 USD per child applies for cruise (or tour) bookings aboard the ships Anouvong (Upper Mekong)

Below are departures of the 7-night cruise from Saigon to Siem Reap aboard Heritage Line – The Jahan and vice versa in 2022, 2023, 2024

2022

Saigon – Siem Reap: Sep 24, Oct 08, Oct 22, Nov 05, Nov 19, Dec 03, Dec 17, Dec 31
Siem Reap – Saigon: Oct 01, Oct 15, Oct 29, Nov 12, Nov 26, Dec 10, Dec 24

2023

Saigon – Siem Reap: Jan 14, Jan 28, Feb 11, Feb 25, Mar 11, Mar 25, Apr 08, Jun 17, Jul 01, Jul 15, Jul 29, Aug 12, Aug 26, Sep 09, Sep 23, Oct 07, Oct 21, Nov 04, Nov 18, Dec 02, Dec 16, Dec 30
Siem Reap – Saigon: Jan 07, Jan 21, Feb 04, Feb 18, Mar 01, Mar 15, Jun 24, Jul 08, Jul 22, Aug 05, Aug 19, Sep 02, Sep 16, Sep 30, Oct 14, Oct 28, Nov 11, Nov 25, Dec 09, Dec 23

2024

Saigon – Siem Reap: Jan 13, Jan 27, Feb 10, Feb 24, Mar 09, Mar 23, Apr 06, Jun 15, Jun 29, Jul 13, Jul 27, Aug 10, Aug 24, Sep 07, Sep 21, Oct 05, Oct 19, Nov 02, Nov 16, Nov 30, Dec 14, Dec 28
Siem Reap – Saigon: Jan 06, Jan 20, Feb 03, Feb 17, Mar 02, Mar 16, Mar 30, Apr 13, Jun 22, Jul 06, Jul 20, Aug 03, Aug 17, Aug 31, Sep 14, Sep 28, Oct 12, Oct 26, Nov 09, Nov 23, Dec 07, Dec 21

Accommodation; daily (group) shore excursions & entrance fees; sightseeing and transfers during the cruise; transfers from/to Heritage Line’s meeting point to/from the ship (please read details in the embarkation guide); English-speaking tour guiding on and offshore; entertainment/activities during the cruise as mentioned in the program; meals as mentioned in the program; welcome drink, brewed coffee, tea and mineral water; complimentary beverage package; passenger liability insurance; internet on the ship (subject to cellular network signal); complimentary usage of ship facilities (exclusive of spa treatments); river pilots; fuel; taxes.

Crew and guide gratuities; visa fees; private transfers; personal expenses; other beverages than those stated under inclusions; medical services; spa treatments; port and anchorage fees; all other services or items not listed under inclusions.

boat information

Heritage Line - The Jahan Deck Plan

Deck Plan

1. Main Deck: Superior Staterooms, Signature Suites, Steam Bath, Fitness Room
2. Upper Deck: The Raj of India Lobby Lounge, Boutique Shop, Deluxe Staterooms, Signature Suites, Noble Suites, Wheel House
3. Terrace Deck: Viceroy Dining Hall, East India Club & Bar Lounge, Jacuzzi Pool with Loungers, Apsara Spa, Observatory Lounge, Small Front Sun Deck


Technical Information

Launch: October 2011
L/W/H: 70m/12,5m/9m
Draft: 1,7m
Gross Tonnage: 1.800tons
Electricity: 220 Volts
Speed: 10 knots

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