Cambodia Mekong Cruise

Northwest, Cambodia

On Request

Close  Angkor Wat, one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia.

Cambodia Mekong Cruise

Mekong River cruises in Cambodia travel between Siem Reap in northwest to Phnom Penh. The highlight of the cruise is Cambodia’s ornate 12th-century Angkor Wat or temple near Siem Reap. The route is full of rural communities, floating villages such as Kompong Luong, and endless rice paddies, pagodas and temples. An extended cruise travels to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

Join this luxury cruise and tour, including a voyage on board the RV Jayavarman, described as a luxury floating hotel, to or from the temples of Angkor Wat. The three-night cruise will go past Chnok Trou (floating village), Kampong Chnang, Wat Hanchey and end at Phnom Penh. Low water in Tonle Sap Lake may alter the itinerary. There is a choice of three boats; the 32-passenger Angkor Pandaw, the 54-passenger RV Jayavarman and the 60-passenger Viking Mekong.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 8-DAY HOLIDAY OF CAMBODIA…
And, experience life on the Mekong River on a luxury cruise liner.
 

We Love
  • Get out of the temple fatigue. Take a stroll down Pub Street and the Old Market area, the liveliest areas in Sieam Reap after dark
  • Please contact us if you would like to extend your cruise on MS Jayavarman
  • The cruise has massage and beauty oasis onboard
  • In Phnom Penh, don’t miss the historic ambience of the Elephant Bar in Raffles Hotel Le Royal. Happy hour there is a staple for the city's glitterati
Need to Know
  • Your international airfare is not included. We can book your international and domestic flights.
  • There is a lot of walking and in some places even climbing involved. So plan accordingly and wear good shoes
  • Avoid temple fatigue. Pace yourself and take time out to relax during the day Remember, sometimes less is more
  • Cruise schedule depends on the water level in the Tonle Sap lake
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday

Review

In the heart of Indochina, Cambodia is rich in cultural traditions much of which predates that of neighbouring Thailand. Cambodia, has suffered the most from the Vietnam War and its aftermath. But Cambodia lives on as custodian to the treasures of the ancient Khmer Empire. A former French colony, Cambodia has much in the way of colonial charm and the French influence is very much apparent in the capital city of Phnom Penh.

Journey to Siem Reap and visit some of the most impressing and breathtaking pieces of history in the world – the temples of Angkor. Established by the Khmer Kingdom of Kambuja, which gave its name to Cambodia, it became one of the largest empires in South East Asia. The ruins seen today represent successive capitals. These were cities of massive stone temples, wide majestic causeways, thrusting towers and imposing gates. The sheer size and magnificence of Angkor Wat is compelling.

Lying south of Angkor, see Tonle Sap (the Great Lake), the sprawling “sea of sweet water” that is one of the world’s natural wonders – a reversible reservoir-lake. Here we will embark our cruise ship, The Jayavarman.

The Jayavarman is a 20th century boutique style river cruise liner and offers uncompromising luxury with 27 rooms and 4 decks. It provides a large dining hall serving both international and Indochina cuisine. After your daily explorations, you can relax at the spa on board. The "Apsara" Beauty & Wellness Spa provides several spa & beauty treatments including massage, steam, sauna, etc. This tour with a cruise will disembark at Phnom Penh but you can extend your cruise to Saigon.
 

 
Cambodia Mekong Cruise Northwest, Cambodia

Cambodia Mekong Cruise Explore Cambodia on MS The Jayavarman – a 20th century boutique style river cruise liner.
Siem Reap (Angkor), Phnom Penh
(8 Days – Fortnightly)


Day 1 – Arrive Cambodia
Siem Reap You will be received at the Siem Reap International Airport by our representative and after a warm welcome, escorted to your hotel for 3 nights stay.

Drive through the countryside to the popular Banteay Srei (“citadel of the women”), a petite temple with elaborate carvings in pinkish sandstone and regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer art. Nearby is Banteay Samre, one of the most complete complexes at Angkor. Stop at the serene Preah Khan, “The Sacred Sword”, an extensive complex built as a monastery and teaching complex. But the outstanding example is Ta Prohm, which has been left largely in the natural state, as if allowing the massive banyan trees to consume the temple. Finish the day with a visit to Pre Rup until sunset.
Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort (Nil)

Day 2 – Temple Tour
Siem Reap You will visit the monumental magnificence of Angkor Thom (Great City) – the last capital of the Khmers, believed to have once housed a population of approximately one million people, with its Elephant Terrace, the Leper King Terrace and the stunning Bayon temple whose 54 towers are decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avalokitesvara. This 12th century masterpiece lies at the very centre of Angkor Thom and is an archaeological wonder of symmetry and grandeur. The exterior gallery walls have extensive bas-reliefs but the highlights are the “faces”, more than 200 of them, silent but with the famous half-smile playing on their lips.

After lunch, visit Angkor Wat, an enormous temple city built as a model of the Hindu universe in stone and comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Art historians consider it to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture.
Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort (B)

Day 3 – Explore
Siem Reap Next day visit Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and drive to nearby villages set up on gigantic stilt houses with an economy based on fishing. Continue by boat to see the life on the waters of the great Tonle Sap Lake. More temple viewing during the day but with adequate rest to ensure there is no fatigue.
Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort (B)

Day 4 – Cruise
Siem Reap The water level in Tonle Sap Lake varies a great deal according to the time of the year and the rainfall. Hence there are two different schedules for high water and low water.  

The high water program (July to mid-December) and the Low water program (mid-December to June) during which transfer for some distance is by coach.
Aboard MRV The Jayavarman (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Cruise
Kampong Cham This charming city is the best place to get a feel of the “real” Cambodia. The remnants of French colonial rule are here, as are modern improvements to this one poor area. Located northeast of Phnom Penh on the banks of the Mekong River, Kampong Cham is well connected by road and bullet boats, and is an important trade and transportation hub between Phnom Penh and cities in northeast Cambodia.
Aboard MRV The Jayavarman (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Cruise
Wat Hanchey Take a short cruise downstream and visit ancient temple that holds a timeless story. Then, travel to the nearby villages and take part in activities to experience village life. Back on board The Jayavarman sets sail towards the capital Phnom Penh.
Aboard MRV The Jayavarman (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Transfer
Phnom Penh After breakfast, your journey with The Jayavarman will come to an end. Disembark after breakfast and transfer to your hotel.

Begin your private tour with a visit to the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, see a Buddha made of Baccarat crystal and another of gold and diamonds. At the National Museum, view the world’s premier collection of ancient Khmer sculpture and artefacts. Explore the city’s markets and shop for local textiles and silver. Take a cyclo ride to discover its beautiful colonial architecture and stop at Phnom Penh’s vibrant cafés and have a drink at the legendary Foreign Correspondents Club.
Sofitel Pnom Penh Phokeethra (B)

Day 8 – Depart
Cambodia Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Meals: B


Optional Extend Cruise to Saigon
If you have more time then you can extend your cruise to Saigon

Day 8 - Cruise
Chua Doc After a comprehensive tour of Phom Penh, The Jayavarman will cast off and cruise the main Mekong Channel. Relax on the Sun Deck, get a massage in the Spa, or take part in the Vietnamese cooking class.
MRV The Jayavarman (B, L, D)

Day 9 - Cruise
Sa Dec The early birds will be treated to Thai Chi lessons on the Sun Deck. In the morning take a short excursion by trycicle and then visit the local market and surrounds.
MRV The Jayavarman (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Cruise
My Tho Today the cruise is among local sampans loaded with fruits and vegetables. You will cruise to the local islands and discover beautiful landscapes and observe the typical Mekong Delta rural life. These evergreen islands among the Mekong River still remain unknown to many people. Later board The Jayavarman for a relaxing evening cruise and a farewell dinner.
MRV The Jayavarman (B, L, D)

Day 11 - Cruise
Saigon Your cruise comes to a close as the ship winds its way to My Tho which is located 70km South of Saigon on the upper Mekong river in Vietnam. Disembark at around 9:00am and continue your journey to the buzzing city of Saigon.
MRV The Jayavarman (B, L, D)

Day 12 -  Depart
Saigon Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Meals (B)
 

 

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


Getting There There are no direct flights to Cambodia from the UK, but good connections are available from major Asian destinations. You can fly with Thai Airways to Bangkok, Malaysian Airlines to Kuala Lumpur or British Airways via Hong Kong. From there you can take the budget airline Air Asia or Dragon Air. The total journey time, excluding transit, is about 15 hours. From Phnom Penh you can take direct flights to Siem Reap, which now operates on daily basis. Direct one-hour flights are now also available from Bangkok.

When to go The ideal time to visit Cambodia is between November and February when it is cool and dry. In the beginning of March, the heat begins to build until April when it can be quite oppressive and uncomfortable. In May and June the southwestern monsoon brings a measure of relief and also high humidity. The wet season, lasts until October but it rarely rains all day. It generally rains short spurts mostly in the afternoon or evening. Although the wet season can be a low season for tourism it has its own advantages. It is when the Angkor complex is at its most beautiful, the vegetation is lush, the moats for full of water and there are less tourists so you can explore the temples in peace. 

Visa Tourist visas are required and can be obtained in advance or on arrival at the airport in Siem Reap. In the latter case, guests must provide a passport photo and US$20. Passports must be valid for at least six months from the arrival date and must have one entirely blank page for the visa. Guests are advised to check with their nearest Cambodian embassy or consulate.