Jayavarman - Siem Reap to Phnom Penh Cruise

This 4-day downstream cruise starts in Siem Reap and leads you to the largest lake in South-East Asia, the Tonle Sap. Be amazed by the incredible floating villages and meet friendly locals on your way. Stop at a Khmer-styled pottery village and visit ancient temples before heading to Cambodia's capital.

Inspired by the golden age cruise liner Normandie, "The Jayavarman" is a 20th century boutique style marvel that marries avant-garde French colonial design with enchanting Indochina architecture. "The Jayavarman" is Indochina's first of its kind boutique style river cruise liner and offers uncompromising luxury on 800m² public space including 4 decks.

Experiencing a cruise holiday in Cambodia and you will discover the allure of an unspoilt and little explored countries which for many travelers with a sense of adventure is irresistible.

Jayavarman Siem Reap to Phnom Penh 4D3N

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Cruise from Siem Reap to Kampong Chhnang
The Tonle Sap (The Great Lake) is the flowing heart of Cambodia, giving love and life to this nation. The Tonle Sap Lake has more fish than any other lake in the world and is home to an incredible variety of birds, including rare – and endangered – feathered life. The water level rises and drops considerably throughout the year. Thus, your cruise journey begins in high or low water.

High water program (approx. between August and December):
At 12:30pm, you gather at the meeting point followed by a quick transfer to the mighty boutique cruise ship. The ever-smiling crew welcomes you with unbridled warmth. A refreshing welcome drink awaits you followed by a sumptuous lunch on the ship. Then, it is a lazy afternoon as the ship cruises along the Tonle Sap. Dinner is at Indochine Dining Hall. Enjoy a spectacular experience on the sun-deck as you bathe in the glow of the moon and the radiance of the stars. The crusie ship then moors overnight on The Great Lake.

Meals included: L, D

Low water program (approx. between December and August):
At 8am, you gather at the meeting point and followed by a transfer by coach to Prek K'Dam on the Tonle Sap River. You get to munch on snacks and enjoy cold drinks along the journey. You stop briefly at Skon, known as Spiderville for its fried spiders, a delicacy in this country. You will embark the cruise ship in Prek K'Dam followed by a welcome drink. The ship then cruises upstream towards Kampong Chhnang. Later that evening, you meet and greet your fellow passengersand get a briefing at the Henry Mouhot Lounge. This is followed by a welcome dinner at the Indochine Dining Hall.

Meals included: L (lunch box), D

Day 2: Cruise the Tonle Sap Lake, Kampong Chhnang & Kampong Cham
Depending on the season, the itinerary of the 2nd day will differ!

High water program:
The day starts with an invigorating Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck, just as the sun begins its slow rise. Coffee and tea awaits the early bird. Before dawn, the ship sets sail across the Tonle Sap Lake. As the vessel is about to exit the lake, you see spectacular marshlands floating along the river banks of Kampong Chhnang province. The afternoon cruise continues with a languid meander along the Tonle Sap, which narrows through leafy swaths of the Southeast Asian jungle. Here, the river is very narrow and you are greeted by kids waving enthusiastically at you from the banks. Follow a short bus trip to the see the khmer-styled pottery at the Aundaung Russey village. You then embark on a truly marvelous motorboat excursion from Kampong Chhnang to see the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in the region before reaching Kampong Cham in the evening. Further down the river you take part in an ox-cart rally before being introduced to the Heritage Line pro bono "literacy project".

Low water program:
Kampong Chhnang is a busy rural port town with bustling markets and boisterous children who wave and greet you as you arrive by ship. You will take a short bus trip to see the khmer-styled pottery at the Aundaung Russey village. Followed by a rugged motor boat excursion into the wetlands that form the mouth of the river. Of considerable interest are the great fish traps, some half a kilometer long, which net a gargantuan amount of fish after each monsoon rain as the trawl migrate from the falling lake to the Tonle Sap. The afternoon cruise continues with a languid meander along the Tonle Sap Lake, which narrows through leafy swaths of the Southeast Asian jungle. Here, the river is very narrow and you are greeted by kids waving enthusiastically at you from the banks. Further down the river you take part in an ox cart rally before being introduced to the Heritage Line pro bono "literacy project". Dinner awaits you at Indochine Dining Hall while the ship cruises through Phnom Penh to reach Kampong Cham late in the evening.

Meals included: B, L, D

Day 3: Cruise from Kampong Cham to Wat Hanchey
Wake up early today in order to embark on a land journey to the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Travelers either take a motor-taxi or climb the 291 steps to the top. Located at the top of a hill overlooking the river, it offers one of the most breath-taking views in Cambodia. You even get to engage in light banter with some of the monks in the area. Afterwards come back to the cruise liner to witness a blessing ceremony performed by orange-clad local monks. When the tide allows, you can enjoy a surprise sojourn in our zodiacs (inflatable boats) to the nearby beach to swim in the tea-colored Mekong River, an experience that will, no doubt, dominate dinner conversations in the week to come. Then cruise towards Kampong Cham to visit Wat Nokor, a wat built within the ruins of an ancient temple which holds a timeless story. On the way back to the vessel, you stop at an orphanage. Along the way, you have to maneuver a 2-kilometer (1 mile) rickety bamboo bridge.

Meals included: B, L, D

Day 4: Cruise to Phnom Penh
Your journey with 'The Jayavarman' cruise liner has come to an end, but will not be forgotten. Disembark after breakfast and head into the city of Phnom Penh to further discover its culture and history.

Meals included: B

Please note: Although it is our intention to operate the itinerary as detailed proposal, we will do our utmost to stick to the set itinerary, however we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that might occur. It may be necessary to make some changes as a result of climatic conditions, alterations to cruise schedules or other operational factors.


Inclusions:
• All sightseeing tour services as detailed in the above itinerary
• English speaking local guide
• All accommodation on board Jayavarman based on 1 sharing a room
• All entrance fees for attractions included in the above itinerary
• All local boat trips
• All meals as detailed in the above itinerary (B = Breakfast - L = Lunch - D = Dinner)

Exclusions:
• Services not detailed in the above itinerary
• Transfers at arrival / departure port
• International flights
• Vietnam or Cambodian Visa fees
• Any airport taxes
• Expenditure of a personal nature
• Travel insurance
• Any payment / money transfer charges 

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