Jayavarman Cruise 5 days - Serenity Cruise

 

The best of rural Cambodia offers green landscapes, ancient temples and smiling faces all off the beaten track.

Jayavarman Cruise 5 days - Serenity Cruise
Duration:
5 Days 4 Nights
Departure:
Daily
Ship:
Jayavarman Cruise
Price From:
$1749 USD
  • See the unseen, discover ancient per-Angkorian temples, relish the cordial smiles of the inhabitants of this region and feel emerges with the water landscape of the Tonle River.
  • The Tonle is magical River and one important lifeline of the Mighty Mekong during the low water period.
  • The best of rural Cambodia offers green landscapes, ancient temples and smiling faces all off the beaten track.

Day 1: HANOI – HALONG BAY

7.30 – 12.00

Our shuttle bus will come to pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi centre. Drive to Halong City.  Enjoy the landscape of the Red River Delta country side.

Stopover at Hai Duong province for refreshment about 30 minutes

12.00 – 13.00

Arrive at Tuan Chau island – Take break and welcome drink at Pelican Halong Cruise Lounge

Transfer to Pelican Halong Cruise

13.00 – 19.30

Welcome drink - receive cruise briefing, safety instructions and check in. Start cruising and explore Halong Bay - one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.

Enjoy buffet lunch with Vietnamese and International dishes served while cruising through the bay, passing the most beautiful and quiet areas, such as Incense Burner, Dog Stone Islet, Fighting Cock, Soi Sim beach, Coconut Three Island

Visiting Luon cave, the perfect combination of lime-stone mountains and jade-green sea by bamboo boat with local people. Enjoy quiet space and pure air, you will feel relaxed truly. If you are lucky, you will see monkeys on islands.

Visiting the beautiful Ti Top beach for swimming (if the weather permits), Ti Top Beach is especially famous for its fresh atmosphere, clean water, and smooth white sand that create a great ambiance for tourists to relax or passengers can take steps to reach on the top of  Ti Top beach to have a whole panorama view of Halong Bay.

Back to the boat and free time while sailing to Luon Bo area, and anchor overnight.

Option: Massage service available. Please book with Cruise Manager directly (please see massage menu)

Attend the Cooking class on sundeck – How to make Vietnamese spring rolls - traditional Vietnamese food. Then enjoy Happy Hour (Buy one drink-get one free). It is time for chit chat and relaxing. Watch the magnificent sunset over Halong Bay. 

19.30 – 23.00

Dinner – Deluxe Vietnamese and International BBQ Set Menu Dinner

Evening activities include: Leisure time to enjoy a chat around the bar, watching movies and many sort of Vietnam cultural films, relaxing and spending a romantic night on Pelican Halong Cruise’s music, playing cards, chess are available, reading magazines in room and dining room. You may also try your luck at squid fishing & fishing from the boat..

23.00

End of Program for Day One.

Day 2: HALONG BAY – BAI TU LONG BAY - HALONG BAY

06.00 – 08.30

Taking part in Tai Chi class on the sundeck (duration about 30 minutes)

Coffee, tea and pastries for breakfast are served in the dining room with morning view of bay’s landscape.

08.30 – 19.30

Transfer to day boat for visiting Cua Van village, a small community with around 700 residents living in the root of Ngoc Mountain. Visit Cua Van village by a rustic – row boat, meet the local people who will help you row the boat for sightseeing. Enjoy quiet space and fresh air, you will feel truly relaxing.

Back to day boat for visiting Bai Tu Long Bay, enjoy beauty of Bai Tu Long Bay, swimming at Ba Ham Lake area situated in the middle of a narrow, rectangular area, with the all four sides enclosed by vertical cliffs. (if the weather permit).

Set menu lunch served on day boat.

Back to Pelican Halong Cruise. Free time on boat for relaxing.

Option: Massage service available. Please book with Cruise Manager directly (please see massage Menu)

Attend the Cooking class on sundeck. Enjoy Happy Hour (Buy one drink-get one free). Watch the magnificent sunset over Halong Bay. 

19.30 – 23.00

Deluxe Vietnamese Dinner will be served.

 

Evening activities include: Leisure time for chatting around the bar, watching many sorts of Vietnam cultural films.  Relaxing and spending a romantic night on Pelican Halong Cruise’s music. Reading magazines in room and dining room. You may also try your luck with squid fishing on the boat.

23.00

End of Day Two program

Day 3: HALONG BAY – HANOI

06.00 – 08.00

The day starts early onboard with Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Tai chi, also called Tai chi chuan, combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements.

Coffee, tea and pastries for breakfast are served in the dining room with morning view of bay’s landscape.

08.00 – 11.30

 

Transfer by tender to Sung Sot Cave. Walk up about 100 steps to the cave entrance. It takes approximately 45 minutes for cave visiting. Visit Sung Sot Cave, one of the most biggest cave in Halong bay with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Return to the boat by tender. Proper shoes are highly recommended.

Back to Pelican Halong Cruise. Check out and settle your bill at reception.

Have a buffet brunch while cruising back to the Tuan Chau Wharf. Relaxing on the sundeck or in the dining room enjoying the bay scenery while approaching the wharf.

Disembark to Tuan Chau Wharf. Say goodbye  to the crew.

12.00 – 17.00

Return to Hanoi by shuttle bus

Stop over the middle to visit a traditional workshop and refreshment about 30 minutes.

Arrive in Hanoi

End of the trip.

UPSTREAM CRUISE: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

Day 1: Phnom Penh

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

We start with a full sight seeing tour right after breakfast. By bus we visit the Killing Fields at the outskirts of the city and after the centrally located prison “S21”. Both historic sites display the sad and cruel chapter of Khmer history when once the Khmer Rouge ruled the country with terror and supression. Those places have merely changed much since the horrific time back in the early seventies and so it can be heart wrenching. There is the alternative to explore the city during the morning by your own pace individually before re-joining the group.

Lunch we take in a nice restaurant in town. Our exploration of Phnom Penh focuses afterwards on the fascinating cultural heritage of Phnom Penh. The golden edifice of the Royal Palace with its Silver Pagoda and the exceptional Khmer crafts at the National Museum are the afternoon highlights. The day trip ends with a “cyclo” ride back to the ship through the bustling streets of downtown Phnom Penh.

Take some rest in your spacious cabin or join other fellow passengers at the bar for some refreshing drinks before our capturing evening activities start:
It begins with a variety of cocktails served on the sun deck or at the open bar. We move to the lounge which is set up for a captivating lecture about Cambodian mordern history, held by a professor of the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Definitely among the highlights of this cruise to receive knowledge out of first hand as our lecturer had a private relation to the former King of Cambodia and many other high ranking politician.
After the lecture a feast of barbecue dinner on the sun deck commences. The dinner is accompanied by an Apsara dance performance. You have to witness the brilliance and richness of this dance along with the soothing sounds of traditional music.

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.

High Water : Mid Sep - Dec

Day 2: Phnom Penh – Kampong Cham (Mekong)

We depart before the break of dawn from Phnom Penh towards the small Angkor Ban village on the Mekong River.

Wake up to the gentle cruise motion and get ready for breakfast in the dining hall. The Angkor Ban 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. Villagers characterize an unbridled warmth.

Back on board our staff is keen to show you a variety of traditional Khmer fashion.

Lunch is served after this performance.

We cruise further up the Mekong to visit a local school to understand more about the education of the young Cambodian generation (NGO project). The children here are always excited to show their skills in music and art and will bathe you in smiles upon your applause. We continue to travel by road to the enchanting pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey (7th century). This small complex sits on a hill top right on the shore with breath-taking views on the Mekong. Another temple on the way is the tiny, colorful monastery of Wat Nokor. Here we might get the chance to engage in light banter with some of the monks living in the area.

Relax back on board until dinner is served. The boat moors mid-river near Kampong Cham.

Day 3: Kampong Cham (Mekong) - Kampong Chhnang (Tonle)

We sail downstream on the Mekong during breakfast and stop at the Island of Koh Oknha Tey. This spot in the middle of the Mekong owns its fame for the manufacturing of high class silk products.

By tuk tuk we explore the island with its workshops and learn how silk is processed from its source, provided by little silkworms, to a final top quality product made of original Cambodian silk. Before lunch our expert guides offer a presentation about “Geography of the Mekong and Tonle Sap”.

Afterwards a Monks’ blessing ceremony on board delivers spirits and wishes for our health and prosperity for all. The ship continues its journey, passing the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Rivers towards Kampong Tralach. Gliding through leafy swaths of this jungle-like landscape we reach Kampong Tralach. Cacophonous children waive enthusiastically while bringing their livestock for a bath in the meandering river.

We will stop at the “Green School” which is supported in part by Heritage Line. Travel to see all this life, which is so much different than ours - by a local ox cart ride. The boat find its anchor spot later in the Tonle River near Kampong Chhnang allowing you to observe the interesting and close-by life on shore until dinner is served in the dining hall.

Day 4: Kampong Chhnang - Tonle Lake

Wake up early to witness the spectacular surroundings at the break of dawn. Our moring Tai Chi class has the perfect backdrop today.

Breakfast is served in the dinig hall. We are now at Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s “water world”, where everything is on sticks balanced on water-rich soil. This is perhaps the most fascinating cruise locale in Cambodia.

We take a local boat to the shore. With mini buses we head to a rural village nearby and go on a walking tour. Our guides introduce the village specialities – Khmer style pottery and the making of palm sugar. Definitely you should bring some home.

Before returning to the boat we explore the local floating villages and wetlands of the region.

Back on board lunch is served as your floating sanctuary cruises gently along the narrow and meandering Tonle, towards the Great Tonle Lake. The river opens up to a vast “sea”, the biggest fresh water lake in Asia. This lake can only be crossed during high water season (approx. from end-July to mid-November). Let your soul float and your eyes wander while the boat makes its way towards Siem Reap.

In the afternoon we serve a high tea at the bar and as the sun sets, our crew invites you for a farewell event. Before dinner enjoy some dancing and music together with the crew. The boat moors mid-lake near Siem Reap.

Day 5: Tone Lake - Siem Reap

The Tonle Sap (The Great Lake) is the flowing heart of Cambodia, giving love and life to millions of people. It 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. Our Heritage Line cruise comes to an end.

We prepare to disembark the ship and take a local boat to the shore, passing a vast floating community. Around nine o’clock, we arrive at the Siem Reap pier and bring you to the drop off point in the city center.

We hope that you enjoyed this fascinating river just as our crew does every single time. Moreover we wish that you will take plenty of memories and friendships along with you that will linger with your stories of this amazing river - the Mighty Mekong.

Low Water Cruise: Jan - Mid Sep

Day 2: Phnom Penh – Kampong Chhnang (Tonle)

Before the sun peeks over the horizon, the cruiser sets sail towards Kampong Tralach on the Tonle River – an amazingly narrow river.

Gently gliding through leafy swaths of this jungle-like landscape we reach Kampong Tralach. Breakfast is served before we moor and get ready for our first Tonle discovery.

We reach the shore by local boat and cacophonous children wave enthusiastically while bringing their livestock for a bath in the meandering river. We will stop at the “Green School” which is supported in part by Heritage Line. Travel to see all this life, which is so much different than ours - by a local ox cart ride. Back on board our staff is keen to show you a variety of traditional Khmer fashion.

Lunch is served after this performance.

The ship cruises along the narrow and meandering Tonle River towards Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s “water world”, where everything is on sticks balanced on water-rich soil. This is perhaps the most fascinating cruise locale in Cambodia. Back on land in Kampong Chhnang we take mini buses heading to a rural village nearby and go on a walking tour. Our guides introduce the village specialities – Khmer style pottery and the making of palm sugar.

Before returning to the boat we explore the local floating villages and wetlands of the region.

Relax back on board until dinner is served. The boat moors mid-river in the Tonle area.

Day 3: Tonle River - Kampong Cham (Mekong)

In the early morning during breakfast 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. This spot in the middle of the Mekong owns its fame for the manufacturing of high class silk products. By tuk tuk we explore the island with its workshops and learn how silk is processed from its source, provided by little silkworms, to a final top quality product made of original Cambodian silk.

Before lunch our expert guides offer a presentation about “Geography of the Mekong and Tonle Sap”. Afterwards a Monks’ blessing ceremony on board delivers spirits and wishes for our health and prosperity for all. The ship sails towards the small Angkor Ban village up in the Mekong River.

The Angkor Ban 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. Villagers characterize an unbridled warmth. Afterwards it is the time for some fun during a cocktail party on a flat riverbank.

We continue cruising for a while until dinner is served. The boat finds its overnight spot at the riverbank of Kampong Cham.

Day 4: Kampong Cham (Mekong)

After breakfast we are going by bus to visit the enchanting pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey, built in the 7th century. This small complex sits on a hill top right on the shore with breath taking views of the Mekong.

We return to the ship for lunch and some relaxation.

In the afternoon we head for another outing and drive to the the tiny, colorful monastery of Wat Nokor. Here we might get the chance to engage in light banter with some of the monks living in the area. As it is low water season we can see a bamboo bridge which connects the mainland with the island. Local communities re-build the bridge every year when water levels drop.

We continue our journey and visit a local school to understand more about the education of the young Cambodian generation (NGO project). The children here are always excited to show their skills in music and art and will bathe you in smiles upon your applause.

As the sun sets, our crew invites for a farewell event. Before dinner enjoy some dancing and music together with the crew.

The boat moors at the riverbank of Kampong Cham.

Day 5: Kampong Cham (Mekong) - Siem Reap

Enjor your last breakfast on board our floating sanctuary.

We disembark the ship after you have checked out for a transfer by bus to the drop off point in Siem Reap. The transfer takes about 4.5 hours. Snacks are provided during the trip. You arrive in Siem Reap in the early afternoon.

We hope that you enjoyed this fascinating river just as our crew does every single time. Moreover we wish that you will take plenty of memories and friendships along with you that will linger with your stories of this amazing river - the Mighty Mekong.

DOWNSTREAM CRUISE: Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

High Water : Mid Sep - Dec

Day 1: Siem Reap - Tonle River

We gather in the morning at our welcome lounge in Siem Reap.

Relax with a drink as our staff collects your details for the boarding. We bid farewell to the iconic sight of Angkor and travel a short distance to the pier at Tonle Lake. By local boat we transfer to our beautiful ship. While you check in to your prepared staterooms the ship sets sail and your fasctinating journey on the Mighty Mekong can begin. You have lunch on board while the vessel gently glides over Tonle Lake. The lake can only be crossed during high water season (approx. from August to mid-November).

Let your soul float and your eyes wander while the boat makes its way accross. In the afternoon we serve a high tea at the bar. Enjoy your cruising day on board, relax on your balcony or relish a spa treatment before dinner. Before dinner our expert guide offers a presentation about the “Geography of the Mekong and Tonle Sap”. The boat moors in the Tonle River.

You can join our evening cinema session (offered every night) featuring selected classic movies.

Day 2: Kampong Chhnang - Kamp. Tralach - Kampong Cham

Wake up early to witness the spectacular scenery at the break of down. Our moring Tai Chi class has the perfect backdrop today. Breakfast buffet is served in the dinang hall. We are at Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s “water world”, where everything is on sticks balanced on water rich soil.

Perhaps this is the most fascinating cruise locale in Cambodia. We take a local boat to the shore. With mini buses we head to a rural village nearby and go on a walking tour. Our guides introduce the village specialities – Khmer style pottery and the making of palm sugar. Definitely you should bring some home. Before returning to the boat we explore the local floating villages and wetlands of the region.

Back on board lunch is served while the cruise continues with a languid meander along the Tonle River towards Kampong Tralach. A Monks’ blessing ceremony on board delivers spirits and wishes for health and prosperity for all. Gliding through leafy swaths of this jungle-like landscape we reach Kampong Tralach. Cacophonous children wave enthusiastically while bringing their livestock for a bath in the meandering river. We will stop at the “Green School” which is supported in part by Heritage Line.

Travel to see all this life - which is so much different than ours - by a local ox cart ride. Back on board we sail downstream, passing the confluence of Tonle and Mekong Rivers. The boat cruises overnight and you can enjoy dinner in the dining hall.

Day 3: Kampong Cham - Okhna Tey - Phnom Penh

After a sumptuos breakfast we stay on board to understand more about the education of the young Cambodian generation (NGO project). The children join us on board, always excited to show their skills in music and art. Be sure to be bathed in smiles upon your applause.

We leave the boat around 09:30am to arrive at the enchanting pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey (7th century). This small complex sits on a hill top right on the shore with breath-taking views on the Mekong. After some refreshment back on the ship we serve lunch.

During the afternoon our staff is keen to show you the variety of traditional Khmer fashion. Watch the riverbank life along the Mekong during our high tea as the ship proceeds to its next stop. We arrive at the Island of Koh Oknha Tey. This spot in the middle of the Mekong owns its fame for the manufacturing of high class silk products. By tuk tuk we explore the island with its workshops and learn how silk is processed from its source, provided by little silkworms, to a final top quality product made of original Cambodian silk.

After some additional cruising time the boat arrives and docks at the pier of Phnom Penh. Feel free to have your first exploration 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 (kindly inform our crew once you are leaving the ship on your own).

Low Water Cruise : Jan - Mid Sep

Day 1: Siem Reap - Kampong Cham

We gather in the morning at our welcome lounge in Siem Reap.

Relax with a drink as our staff collects your details for the boarding. Then, we bid farewell to the iconic sight of Angkor and travel over land south to the town of Kampong Cham where our ship awaits us. The transfer takes about 4.5 hours, snacks and water are provided during the trip. Upon arrial you check in to your prepared staterooms.

A lunch buffet is served in the dininh hall. Make yourself familiar with all the ship’s facilities and take some rest.

In the afternoon we learn more about the education of the young Cambodian generation (NGO project). The children join us on board, always excited to show their skills in music and art. Be sure to be bathed in smiles upon your applause.

After the performance, we leave the ship by bus for an afternoon excursion. As it is low water season we have the chance to see a bamboo bridge which connects the mainland with an island. Local communities re-build the bridge every year when water levels drop. We continue by a land journey to the enchanting pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey (7th century). This small complex sits on a hill top on the shore with breath-taking view of the Mekong.

When we return to the ship, enjoy some private time until dinner is serverd in the dinning hall. Our lounge cinema features selected classic movies (every night).

Day 2: Kampong Cham - Oknha Tey - Kampong Chhnang

Every morning our Tai Chi class on the sun deck will bring you in form for the day.

Breakfast is served in the dining hall.

The ship sails towards the small Angkor Ban village up the Mekong River. The Angkor Ban 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. Villagers characterize an unbridled warmth.

Back on board a Monks’ blessing ceremony on board will deliver spirits and wishes for health and prosperity for all.

Enjoy your lunch as we set sail downstream on the Mekong.

In the afternoon a high tea is offered and our staff is keen to show you the variety of traditional Khmer fashion. We arrive at the Island of Koh Oknha Tey. This spot in the middle of the Mekong owns its fame for the manufacturing of high class silk products. By tuk tuk we explore the island with its workshops and learn how silk is processed from its source, provided by little silkworms, to a final top quality product made of original Cambodian silk.

After some additional cruising time, passing the the confluence of Mekong and Tonle Rivers, the boat achors mid-river near Kampong Chhnang. Have a drink before dinner and marvel at the amazing marshlands of this beautiful area.

Day 3: Kampong Chhnang - Kamp. Tralach - Phnom Penh

Wake up early to witness this spectacular scenery at the break of down. Our moring Tai Chi class has the perfect backdrop today.

Breakfast buffet is served in the dining hall. We are now at Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s “water world”, where everything is on sticks balanced on water rich soil.

We take a local boat to the shore. With mini buses we head to a rural village nearby and go on a walking tour. Our guides introduce the village specialities – Khmer style pottery and the making of palm sugar. Definitely you should bring some home. Before returning to the boat we explore the local floating villages and wetlands of the region. Back on board lunch is served while the cruise continues with a languid meander along the Tonle River towards Kampong Tralach.

Gliding through leafy swaths of this jungle-like landscape we reach Kampong Tralach. Cacophonous children wave enthusiastically while bringing their livestock for a bath in the meandering river. We will stop at the “Green School” which is supported in part by Heritage Line. Travel to see all this life - which is so much different than ours - by a local ox cart ride.

After some additional cruising time the boat arrives at the pier of Phnom Penh. Feel free to have your first exploration 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 (kindly inform our crew once you are leaving the ship on your own).

Cabin Type Single Double/Twin Triple Family
Superior Stateroom $1749 USD $2412 USD
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Signature Stateroom $2166 USD $2988 USD
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