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Jahan

Pearl of the Orient Downstream Cruise - Phnom Penh to Saigon (4 Days)

Launched in 2011 the luxury cruise ship, the Jahan, brings river cruising into a new realm. The Jahan offers the service and amenities of a deluxe boutique hotel as she cruises through Cambodia and Vietnam along the mighty Mekong. The Jahan has been designed in a distinctive British Indian colonial style and boasts a range of accommodation, amenities and activities which is unmatched in the region. The 26 carefully designed staterooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows opening onto private balconies and signature activities during the Jahan’s fascinating cruises include a programme of educational lectures, transportation by ox cart, sampan, cyclo, bicycle and dinghy, Tai Chi classes, Khmer cookery classes, a pool deck barbecue and private dinners in the Observatory.

 

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Embark

Embark in Phnom Penh, Tourist Boat Dock (Pontoon), Phnom Penh International Passenger Pier, Located at Sisowath Quay at Eastern end of Ph 109, at 7am.

Day 1: Phnom Penh - Border Crossing - Tan Chau

Board the Jahan in the early morning. After breakfast gather at the lounge for a great lecture about Cambodian modern history, held by a professor of the Royal University of Phnom Penh. In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to relax on the Sun Deck, get a massage in the Spa, or take part in a Vietnamese cooking class. By early evening the cruise reaches the border with Vietnam. Be warned that border formalities can take some time, and the ship moors midstream for the night. Dinner is served on board.

Day 2: Tan Chau - My An Hung - Sa Dec

After breakfast enjoy a tour around Tan Chau by “xeloi”, a local vehicle which is still used as a taxi in this region. Slowly move around the streets to see all the workshops, houses and domiciles. Get to feel the laid-back vibes of this place. Call at the colourful local market near one of the ancient temples. Board a local boat and cruise past floating houses and finally reach a floating fish farm. Spend the afternoon at leisure. It is time for massages, for relaxation on the sun beds, for private balcony kick-backs - it’s the time to merge with the river. Set off for the My An Hung Village. In the village receive wonderful insights into the private household of a local family. Return to the ship for dinner as the ship moors in Sa Dec. You are allowed to visit their vegetable garden and accees the seasonal vegetable fields via crossing a monkey bridge. You are also invited to their house for a Vietnamese tea tasting

Day 3: Binh Thanh Island - Cai Be - My Tho

In the morning, board a local sampan to tour Binh Thanh Island and its man-made canals. Here you can observe the villagers as they grow and process water hyacinths into natural fibre floor mats and baskets. Lunch will be served on the ship as you cruise to Cai Be. In the afternoon you can visit the town’s colourful floating market, where traders gather to ply their wares. Take a languid ride around the evergreen islands along the Mekong River, stopping to see how rice pasta, rice cookies and coconut candies are made. In the early evening, return to the ship for a tranquil cruise towards My Tho. Later there will be a wonderful farewell party on the ship.

Day 4: My Tho - Saigon

After breakfast on board, disembark the ship and take a bus transfer from My Tho to the drop off point in Saigon. It is only around 70 kilometers on the highway. You will arrive in Saigon by mid-morning.

Disembark

Disembark at 10am. A transfer to the Renaissance Riverside Hotel in Saigon is included, arriving at 10.30am.

Includes

  • 3 Nights' accommodation on the Jahan
  • Transfer between the ship and the city centre in Saigon
  • Full board during the cruise
  • Free flow of beverages - mineral water, soft drinks, juices, tea, coffee - at all times, free flow of local beer and house wine by glass during lunch and dinner, drinking water in cabin and during excursions
  • Sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • Phnom Penh port taxes (these are shown separately on the website and charged when you make your booking)

Excludes

  • Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Visas (where required)
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal insurance
  • Fuel surcharges (if applicable)
 

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