4 August 2018 • 14 Nights Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap • Fly, Cruise & Stay Package

  • Pricing

    Twin Superior stateroom from $4,995 per person twin share


     Twin Deluxe stateroom from $5,425 per person twin share


     Twin Signature stateroom from $5,695 per person twin share


     Single Superior stateroom from $7,285 

    Inclusions

    • Return economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Ho Chi Minh and ex Siem Reap on return inc. taxes

    • One way private car transfer from Ho Chi Minh airport to hotel

    • 4 nights accommodation at the Saigon Prince Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City inc daily breakfast

    • Morning Saigon city tour in a Vintage Car: Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral (it is only possible to visit inside when no service is being performed), the Central Post Office, the former Presidential Palace, the War Remnants Museum for a vivid insight of the American war through the local’s eyes

    • Join in Cooking Class with Luke Nguyen’s selected chef at Grain cooking school restaurant

    • Transfer from Saigon hotel to My Tho port to embark the Jayavarman ship

    • 7 night Mekong River Cruise aboard `Jayavarman` from Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) to Siem Reap: A comprehensive range of group shore-excursions including entrance fees, transportation & tour guide services (English speaking) | Port/govt taxes of USD $69 per person | Transfers in Saigon and Siem Reap from/to the meeting point to/from embarkation/disembarkation point or vice versa | All onboard main meals | Selected beverages: Mineral water, coffee/tea (from jug) are included all day and fresh fruit juices are included in addition during breakfast and afternoon tea (alcohol is an additional cost)

    • One way transfer from Kampong Cham port to Siem Reap hotel

    • 3 nights accommodation at the Tara Angkor Hotel, Siem Reap in a deluxe room with daily breakfast

    • Full day tour to the temples at Angkor: with guide and lunch at a local restaurant – visit Ta Prohm, Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom

    • Dinner with Apsara Dance Performance at Raffles Grand Angkor hotel on the Apsara Terrace

     • One way transfer from Siem Reap hotel to airport

    *Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (21Sep17). Some prices in package are based on USD rates and as such this package is subject to currency fluctuation until paid in full. All prices based on cash payment – credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Special conditions apply – please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Offer subject to availability at time of booking and itinerary is at the discretion of the cruise line. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Offer does not include ships tips or Cambodian/Vietnamese visas. Please note that e-visas are not acceptable when arriving or departing via a cruise port in Vietnam or Cambodia. Airfare/taxes are due in full 24 hours from reservation and strict cancellation/change fees apply. Offer ends 31Mar18 or until sold out/withdrawn. Travel insurance is highly recommended and a reasonable level of mobility is required to participate in excursions and activites. Drinks are not included with lunches and dinners during touring and on the cruise.
  • ItineraryImage result for jayavarman mekong cruise

    Day 1: Saigon – AIRPORT ARRIVAL ASSISTANCE SERVICE (INTERNATIONAL)

    As soon as you deplane, an Immigration Officer and guide will meet you at the end of the jet bridge or at the entrance of the terminal, holding a signboard with your name(s) on it. The officer will assist you with immigration procedures. After clearing immigration, our Immigration Officer will escort you to the baggage claim to collect your luggage and introduce you to your guide who will be waiting outside the terminal. Transfer to your hotel.

    The regular check-in time is at 1400; early check-in is NOT included and subject to availability

    Meals: None – Accommodation: Saigon Prince Hotel

    Day 2: Saigon – SAIGON CITY TOUR IN VINTAGE CAR

    Saigon is the country’s commercial centre and, with over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes, a city that never sleeps. Despite the well-documented hustle and bustle, Saigon retains its connections with the past. Driven in a charming vintage car to visit the city’s highlights is one of the most wonderful & lavish ways. Sit back and enjoy a city tour to admire Saigon’s historic landmarks including the Notre Dame Cathedral, a red brick edifice with twin spires based on the original construction from Paris (it is only possible to visit inside when no service is being performed). Then head across the square to the Central Post Office, designed by the French architect, Gustave Eiffel. Continue your visit with the former Presidential Palace, the headquarters of the Saigon Government during the American war, revealing the history of Saigon during its turbulent recent past. Further, head to the War Remnants Museum for a vivid insight of the American war through the local’s eyes (Please note that some of the photos are very graphic).

    Meals: Breakfast – Accommodation: Saigon Prince Hotel

    Day 3: Saigon – JOIN-IN COOKING CLASS WITH LUKE’S SELECTED CHEF AT GRAIN (closed on Sundays)

    Founded by celebrity chef Luke Nguyen and his talented team, Grain Cooking Studio is home to a unique and fully hands-on cooking experience in a spacious, chic space right in the heart of the city. Enjoy a cooking class (join-in basis) with one of Luke’s selected chefs. Each cooking class starts with a basic lesson about fish sauce, the basis of almost every Vietnamese dish, followed by some traditional yet innovative dishes to cook and taste. There is a pantry on-site where you can familiarize yourself with fresh produce, herbs and spices used in Vietnamese cuisine. In addition to learning the fundamentals of food preparation and presentation, you can expect to experience a glimpse of Vietnamese history and culture through each individual dish that you create.

    NOTES: Wine pairing is optional and at an extra charge

    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch – Accommodation: Saigon Prince Hotel

    Day 4: Saigon – Day at leisure

    Meals: Breakfast – Accommodation: Saigon Prince Hotel

    Day 5: Saigon – Mekong Delta – Jayavarman

    Private transfer from your Saigon hotel to My Tho – Jayavarman port for check in.

    Meals: Breakfast

    CRUISE BEGINS!

    Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – My tho – Cai BeImage result for jayavarman cruise website

    Bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of Saigon as we travel 70 kms south by land to My Tho to embark your 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 kms wide. Including diner. Overnight in Cai Be.

    Day 2: Cai Be – Sa Dec – Chau Doc

    The day – in fact everyday – starts with an invigorating Tai Chi lesson (not mandatory) on the sun deck, just as the sun begins its gentle glow. Coffee and tea awaits the early bird. The day’s tour starts with a visit to Cai Be’s boisterous and colourful floating market on board a traditional sampan (a flat bottomed traditional Vietnamese wooden boat). During the languid ride, discover breathtaking landscapes along the river and quaff the rustic life on the Mekong Delta. 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 lunch.

    In the afternoon, we cruise to Sa Dec. Upon arrival, we embark a traditional sampan 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 fibre floor mats and rattan baskets. We then board the Ship for a tranquil evening cruise towards Chau Doc.

    Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Ship will moor midstream overnight near Chau Doc.

    Day 3: Cai Be – Sa Dec – Chau DocImage result for jayavarman mekong cruise cruise traveller

    Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at Dining Hall or in the quiet sanctuary of your balcony. Brace yourself for a short excursion in Chau Doc, a pleasant town near the Cambodian border with sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer communities. We will also visit the colourful local market near an ancient temple. This is followed by a trip to the quay, where we will be feted to a boat excursion to the floating villages and rustic catfish farms.

    We will certainly enjoy watching schools of basa fish being fed by hand followed by a shore excursion to the local Cham Muslim community village. Then, it is back to the ship for lunch. By mid-afternoon, the cruise liner will make its way to the border for Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. It is an opportune time to relax on board, sharpen your culinary skills with our hands-on cooking classes or tour the ship with your impeccable Cruise Director. Or, better yet, do all three. `The Highway Blues` beckon as we float into a state of mild bliss caused by the hypnotic murmur of the ship’s engine. After hours of cruising, we will feel the rush of entering into a new country and to embrace new adventures. Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight midstream near Phnom Penh.

    Note: Due to high water in the Mekong Delta between July and December the following program applies:

    This morning, you will start your excursion on a local boat (sampan) and discover the border town of Tan Chau. 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.

    Day 4: Phnom PenhRelated image

    Phnom Penh was once the Paris of the East. Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic charm and elegance. After breakfast, we will be captivated by a comprehensive lecture on Cambodia’s modern history. This will be followed by a city tour of this dynamic, historical capital city of Cambodia which has managed to preserve huge slices of its French colonial allure. Sightseeing in the morning will include visiting the dazzling white and gold edifice of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, and witnessing exceptionally beautiful Khmer craft at the National Museum. After lunch at a local restaurant, we will visit the Genocide Museum and the Killing Field in town. Be prepared to be heart wrenched by this stark reminder of the genocide that transpired during Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime. We go back to the Ship after our museum visit. Take a rest on your cabin balcony or the lounge and get prepared for an exciting evening event. The evening starts with a variety of cocktail served on the sun deck. Take a seat and enjoy the following Apsara dance performance. Experience the brilliance and richness of this culture, the soothing sounds of traditional music, the calming scent of incense sticks and a barbeque on the sun deck. It is indeed a truly marvelous experience, dining in the open with the stars and the moon as our companions.

    Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

    Day 5: Phnom Penh – Kampong Chang

    Before the sun peeks over the horizon, the cruiser sets sail towards Kampong Chhnang (we leave Phnom Penh after midnight) and the Tonle Sap River – an amazingly narrow river – which glides through leafy swaths of the Southeast Asian jungle. We are greeted by cacophonous children who waive enthusiastically early in the morning when they bring their livestock for a bath in the meandering Tonle Sap River. Then we approach Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s `waterworld` where everything is on stilts balanced on rich water rich soil – it’s an awesome sight whilst practising Tai Chi on the deck.

    Here we take a motorboat excursion to the landing, followed by a short bus trip to see the Khmer-styled pottery at the Aundaung Russey village. Then, it is back to the river for an adventurous motorboat excursion to the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in the region. We then return to the ship for lunch whilst cruising the narrow and meandering Tonle Sap. We will cruise toward Prek K`dam where we will take a walk through the silversmith village of Koh Chen where the entire community of villagers are involved in making various silver items for sale. Back on board, the Ship sails back towards Phnom Penh again and will moor for overnight midstream near Phnom Penh. Including breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 6: Kampong Chang

    We will depart before the break of dawn from Phnom Penh with a stop at the little known Chong Koh silk weaving village. We will then return to the ship and will cruise past the Mekong’s tranquil villages, exhilirating river life and sun-hardened fishermen on their shift boats. We will tour the rural Angkor Ban village where time stood still. We are transported back a hundred years into an era unsullified by modernity. The houses here are truly rustic, made by hand and without any concrete. But most of all, we feel overwhelmed by the unbridled warmth of the villagers. Travellers can take part in the daily activities of the villagers to experience village life first hand. Then, we are back to the Ship to cruise towards Kampong Cham.

    Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight in Kampong Cham.

    Day 7: Kampong Cham

    We will wake up in the small hours of the morning, truly energized to embark on a land journey to the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Travellers either take a motor-taxi or climb 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. Built in the 8th century, this ancient structure, together with a bigger and newer addition underscores the superb architecture of the Chenla Empire which predates the mighty Angkor temple complex. We even get to engage in light banter with some of the monks in the area. We will return to the Ship to witness a blessing ceremony performed by orange-clad local monks. When the tide allows, we will 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 weeks to come. We will 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 Ship, we will visit an orphanage. Along the way will have to maneuver a 2km rickety bamboo bridge. Our sense of balance lies in the balance!

    Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight in Kampong Cham.

    Day 8: Kampong Cham – Siem Reap

    We will disembark the Ship at after breakfast and boarding a coach at 8.30h for a transfer from Kampong Cham to the drop off point in Siem Reap. We get to munch on snacks and enjoy cold drinks along the journey. We then arrive in Siem Reap in the early afternoon.

    Including breakfast and lunch box.

    CRUISE ENDS

    CAMBODIA EXTENSION:

    Day 1: Siem ReapImage result for jayavarman cruise website

    Private transfer from the Jayavarman pier with guide (4.5 hours) to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel

    Meals: None – Accommodation: Tara Angkor Hotel

    Day 2: Siem Reap – TEMPLES AT LEISURE – FULL DAY TOUR

    Transfer by private vehicle to Ta Prohm, this beautiful temple, built in 1186 as a Buddhist temple dedicated to the mother of Jayavarman VII, is one of Angkor’s jewels and is overgrown with fig trees, giving a haunting yet exotic atmosphere. One of the largest temple sites in Angkor it took almost 80,000 people to maintain the temple. Drive a short distance to Ta Keo, which would have been one of the finest temples in Angkor had it been completed. Continue to Angkor Thom, not a temple, but an entire walled city of 9 square kilometres and the royal Capital from 1181. With a population of 1 million, it was far bigger than any city in Europe at the time. The centre piece is Bayon temple crowned with 216 giant, smiling faces of King Jayavarman VII. Also visit the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King, which houses almost perfectly preserved carvings. Return to your hotel to relax and have lunch at local restaurant. After a leisurely break your exploration continues as you enter the rear gate of Angkor Wat (early 12th century).Surrounded by a 190 metre wide moat 1.5 kilometres by 1.3 kilometres it is claimed to be the largest religious building in the world. The temple, which took 30 years to construct & used the labours of 300,000 workers was built as the earthly representation of the universe with its central tower symbolizing Mt Meru which, Hindus believe, is at the centre of the Universe. Later, return to your hotel late afternoon.

    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch – Accommodation: Tara Angkor Hotel

    Day 3: Siem Reap – Free day at leisure.

    DINNER WITH APSARA DANCE PERFORMANCE (Raffles Grand Angkor – Apsara Terrace)

    Traditional Apsara dancing has a long history in Cambodia, dating back to the 7th century according to some stone temple carvings. In Hindu mythology, Apsaras were beautiful female creatures who descended from heaven to entertain gods and kings with their dancing. This traditional dance is meaningful in many ways as it constitutes a link between the different religions prominent in Cambodia, including Animism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Also notice the symbolic and elegant finger gestures and the ornate silk costumes inspired by the wall carvings of the Angkor temples. Tonight, spend an evening at the Apsara Terrace, situated in the serene gardens of the Raffles Grand Hotel d`Angkor, Cambodia`s most iconic hotel. Enter by way of traditional Cambodian boundary stones with imposing wooden gates and enjoy a majestic performance of Cambodian dances and Khmer martial arts. As you watch the mesmerising performance, savour a dinner of Pan-Asian barbeque cuisine at Raffles Grand Hotel d`Angkor.

    Meals: Breakfast and Dinner – Accommodation: Tara Angkor Hotel

    Day 4: Siem Reap Departure

    Transfer to the airport for flight.

    INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT DEPARTURE & IMMIGRATION FAST TRACK SERVICE

    Tickets, passport, and immigration form will be collected in advance so our Representative can collect your boarding pass and immigration stamp ready by the time you arrive at the airport. Upon arrival at the departure terminal, our representative will accompany you to the airlines counter for checking in. (The luggage must be checked by individual client). After check-in, head to the waiting lounge until the flight is called.

    Meals: Breakfast

     

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    31 Jul to 15 Aug 2018

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