Saigon to Siem Reap – Treasures of Vietnam & Cambodia Aboard The Jahan

Saigon to Siem Reap – Treasures of Vietnam & Cambodia Aboard The Jahan

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Floating markets, riverside villages, untamed jungles, and ornate temples are simply a few of the sights to behold along the mighty Mekong River, the lifeblood of Vietnam and Cambodia. In the 9th century, this river fueled the rise of the Khmer Empire, whose opulent Hindu and Buddhist temples continue to impress visitors, evidence of the advanced civilization that thrived in this remote part of the world.

Pricing from
$10,999
Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International River Voyages
Departure Dates
Oct 6, 2022 - Oct 17, 2022

SHIP

The Jahan
Appropriately named after the Indian emperor Shah Jahan, this ship recalls the marvelous vessels of British India. Its opulent decorations showcase the talents of local artisans, including woodworkers, weavers, and artists. The Jahan boasts 26 luxurious cabins on two decks, each with its own private balcony. Socialize with fellow passengers in the atmospheric East India Club, or enjoy a relaxing dip in the Jacuzzi on the Pool Deck. The ship’s five-star amenities include a fitness center, steam rooms, a range of dining venues, and an exceptional spa.

HOTELS

Hôtel des Arts Saigon – MGallery
This timeless property is as much an art museum as it is a five-star boutique hotel. Marvel at the owner’s personal collection of paintings and antiques as you wander through the elegant hallways. Lodge in spacious rooms with French colonial touches, walls adorned with period artwork, and custom furnishings that exemplify the finest Vietnamese craftsmanship. Room amenities include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, climate control, and free bottled water. Enjoy diverse dining options as well as a luxurious spa, fitness center, steam room, and outdoor swimming pool.

Park Hyatt Siem Reap
Only a 15-minute drive to magnificent Angkor Wat, Park Hyatt Siem Reap features 104 sleek and contemporary rooms, including 13 lavish suites. Admire its wonderful collection of modern and traditional Cambodian art, and delight in its indoor and outdoor pools and three dining options.

EXTENSIONS

OPTIONAL POSTLUDE IN LUANG PRABANG, LAOS
October 17-21, 2022
After an overnight stay in Siem Reap, fly to Luang Prabang, Laos, a UNESCO-protected historic town perched on a narrow peninsula at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers. On a walking tour starting at the Royal Palace, take in gilded temples, saffron-clad monks, faded colonial villas, and peaceful river scenery. Visit the town’s oldest temple, Wat Visoun, and cruise on a long boat to the famed Pak Ou Caves, home to 4,000 sacred Buddhist artworks. Meet local weavers in a small village, wander a bustling morning market, and tour the ethnic Laotian exhibitions at the Traditional Art and Ethnology Center.

Postlude Rate:
$1,699 per person, double rate
$2,399 single rate
Includes one night at the Park Hyatt Siem Reap and three nights at the Avani Luang Prabang Hotel with breakfast daily, one lunch, and three dinners. Sightseeing as noted.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

TOUR MAP

Mekong map

ITINERARY

  • day 1

    DEPARTURE

    Depart U.S. Overnight flights to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • day 2

    HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM

    Park Hyatt Saigon. Guests opting for the suggested flights will be met at the airport for the group transfer to the hotel. You may choose to spend an afternoon at leisure with a spa treatment at the hotel. You may also delight in optional afternoon tours beginning with a briefing at the U.S. Consulate (schedule pending), followed by special visits to the Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Vietnamese History, and the Presidential Palace.

  • day 3

    HO CHI MINH CITY / MY THO / EMBARK THE JAHAN / CAI BE

    Life in Saigon begins early. Depart the hotel at 5 a.m. for an enlightening look at how local Saigonese get their day started. Zigzag through local streets to reach the city’s largest flower market, Ho Thi Ky, in District 10. Catch the market’s hustle and bustle amid colorful flowers from all over the country, including roses, lotuses, lilies, daisies, and orchids. Continue to Tao Dan Park to watch or take part in some morning calisthenics, including the graceful movements of tai chi and other forms of exercise. End the morning with traditional Vietnamese coffee at a nearby café. After a brief return to the hotel, drive to My Tho for a late-morning embarkation aboard The Jahan. Lunch will be served aboard the ship as we begin our voyage upstream on the Mekong. Attend an introductory lecture before evening arrival in the charming town of Cai Be. Gather for a festive welcome dinner this evening.

  • day 4

    CAI BE / SA DEC / CHAU DOC

    The morning is the perfect time to observe the traditional floating market in Cai Be, deep in the heart of the Mekong Delta. Visit a rice workshop, board small local boats to explore the canals, and see farmers in the fields. In the afternoon, stroll through the lovely colonial town of Sa Dec, where French writer Marguerite Duras lived as a child. Alternatively, discover Binh Thanh Island, where local villagers make their living growing water hyacinths. The Jahan moors near Chau Doc tonight.

  • day 5

    CHAU DOC / PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

    A town with sizable Chinese, Kinh, and Khmer communities, Chau Doc boasts a diverse range of thrilling sights. Travel by xelois, a type of rickshaw, and small boats to see workshops, the local market, floating houses, and a fish farm. As you cruise this afternoon toward Phnom Penh, enjoy The Jahan’s amenities and attend a lecture at tea time. Arrive in Cambodia’s capital this evening.

  • day 6

    PHNOM PENH

    Explore this charming French colonial city and vibrant cultural hub. Discover the gleaming Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. Join a curator at the National Museum to browse its masterpieces of ancient Khmer art. After lunch, you may enjoy an optional visit to a textile designer or gallery. This evening, take a seat on the ship’s sun deck to watch a mesmerizing private apsara dance.

  • day 7

    ANGKOR BAN / KAMPONG CHAM

    On the banks of the Mekong, step off to experience age-old traditions in the village of Angkor Ban, with its wooden houses on stilts and colorful temples. After lunch, meet the children of a local school before continuing to hilltop Wat Hanchey, a pre-Angkorian temple complex with breathtaking views of the Mekong. We hope to meet with monks at their nearby monastery before returning to The Jahan.

  • day 8

    KOH OKNHA TEI / KAMPONG TRALACH

    Stop this morning at the island of Koh Oknha Tei to learn about the process of silk making, and visit workshops where this luxurious fiber is produced. Back on board, enjoy a presentation on the geography of the Mekong Delta and Tonlé Sap Lake before lunch. In the afternoon, admire the architecture and fading frescoes of the pagoda in the village of Kampong Tralach.

  • day 9

    KAMPONG CHHNANG / TONLÉ SAP LAKE

    In the area around Kampong Chhnang, most buildings are built on stilts above the water-rich soil. Visit a rural village that specializes in making Khmer-style pottery and explore some of the wetlands. During the afternoon, The Jahan continues along the narrow Tonlé River to vast Tonlé Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Asia. Attend a lecture before a festive farewell dinner this evening.

  • day 10

    TONLÉ SAP LAKE / SIEM REAP / DISEMBARK

    Continue crossing the impressive Tonlé Sap Lake during breakfast, then disembark in Siem Reap. An exploration of this fascinating area begins at the remarkably well-preserved temple of Banteay Srei. After lunch, visit Thommanon, an Angkor Wat period temple, and Ta Prohm, which has been entangled by the unfettered growth of trees around its structure. Check in a t the Park Hyatt Siem Reap in the late afternoon, and enjoy an evening at leisure.

  • day 11

    SIEM REAP

    Those who wish may rise early to experience the exquisite sunrise over the temples of Angkor (weather permitting). Discover magnificent Angkor Wat, the best-preserved of the area’s temples and the most spectacular of the Khmer temples. Learn about ongoing conservation efforts during a behind-the-scenes visit. Lunch is at leisure. This evening, attend a special private farewell dinner featuring traditional apsara dance and at a torch-lit temple.

  • day 12

    SIEM REAP / RETURN

    Enjoy a morning tour of the 9th-century “Roluos Group” of three temples that are the earliest Angkor sites open to the public. Lunch and the afternoon are free for additional exploration or relaxation. Rooms are reserved until departure. Following a light dinner, transfer to the airport for the overnight flights home.

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