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

The Jayavarman is a boutique hotel-style river cruise ship - the first of its kind in Indochina. Designed with both French colonial and Indochina influences, she has 27 spacious staterooms and suites furnished to a high standard of luxury, as well as a generous 800 square metres of public space, making her one of the most comfortable boats for cruising along the waterways of the Mekong Delta.





Meet at designated meeting place in Phnom Penh, for a transfer to the ship. Please note timings will vary between High and Low water seasons and will therefore be advised two weeks before departure.

Day 1: Phnom Penh to the Border with Vietnam

Board the Jayavarman in the early morning. After breakfast the Jayavarman cruises along the main channel of the Mekong River, a busy shipping route. In the afternoon, you will have time 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: Chau Doc to Sa Dec

Highlights of the day are a boat excursion to floating villages and catfish farms and a visit to a local family home. Take some time to explore Chau Doc, a fascinating town rich in French colonial architecture. A bustling market is full of tropical fruits and the sellers wear traditional cone-shaped hats made from palm leaves. In the afternoon, set off for My An Hung Village where you will take a walk across a monkey bridge and see chilli, corn and beetle nut plantations before visiting a local family home. Here you can taste tea with honey and local delicacies and fruits before returning to the ship to set sail for Sa Dec.

Day 3: 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: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

The cruise approaches Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in the morning, winding its way through the UNESCO listed Mangrove Biosphere Reserve. You will disembark after breakfast on board and the rest of the day is yours to enjoy in the city.


Disembark the ship in Ho Chi Munh City. Time and point of disembarkation from the ship depend on the water levels and will therefore be advised two weeks before departure


  • 3 Nights' accommodation on the Jayavarman
  • Transfer between the ship and the city centre in Saigon
  • Full board
  • Mineral water, coffee and tea available all day long
  • Sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • Phnom Penh port taxes (shown separately on the website and charged when you make your booking)


  • Beverages, other than those already mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Visas (where required)
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal insurance
  • Fuel surcharges (if applicable)

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