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  Serenity cruise: 4 nights Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

Duration:      
 5 days/4 nights
Departure:      from Phnom Penh and vice versa                    
Destinations:  Phnom Penh, Kampong Cham, Kampong Chnang, Siemreap
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  Discover the authenic Mekong delta and cruise the river in comfort !


The majestic Jayavarman is considered the father in Heritage Line’s “family” of cruise ships. This vessel was named after Angkor’s most venerated king, who ruled from 1181 to 1218, and was a devout Buddhist...



About MV Jayavarman cruise & pictures of the boat --- > click here!

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Phnom Penh “Pearl of the East”

Day 2: Phnom Penh – Kampong Cham “Along The Mekong”

Day 3: Kampong Cham – Wat Hanchey “Monks and Hilltops”

Day 4: Kampong Cham – Kampong Chhnang “Waterworld”

Day 5: Tonle Sap – Siem Reap “Angkor Awaits”

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Phnom Penh “Pearl of the East”
Phnom Penh was once the Paris of the East. Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic charm and elegance. Embark the ship at 8.00h, then 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 cocktails 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 marvellous experience, dining in the open with the stars and the moon as our companions.
Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 2: Phnom Penh – Kampong Cham “Along The Mekong”
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 make 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. Travelers 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 3: Kampong Cham – Wat Hanchey “Monks and Hilltops”
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. Travelers 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 bank to swim in the teacoloured 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, we will have to maneuver a 2-kilometer rickety bamboo bridge. Our sense of balance lies in the balance!
Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight cruise to Kampong Chhnang

Day 4: Kampong Cham – Kampong Chhnang “Waterworld”
Before the sun peeks over the horizon, the cruiser sets sail towards Kampong Chhnang on the Tonle 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 River. Then we approach Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s “waterworld” where everything is on stilts balanced on 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 River. Your floating sanctuary will then cruise gently, in the afternoon, along the narrow and meandering Tonle Sap. In the evening, a sumptuous spread will be served. And for the big surprise – bring along your dance shoes and learn to jiggle the Cambodian way with our staff doubling up as dance instructors. (If you can’t dance, do not fret. Neither can our staff)
Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight in Kampong Chhnang.

Day 5: Tonle Sap – Siem Reap “Angkor Awaits”
This great lake dominates Cambodia and is the largest freshwater lake in Asia with abundant birdlife. This lake is so wide that one can not see its shores from the middle of the lake. Enjoy the stillness of the water and the quiet tranquility on the way to Siem Reap. The water level varies a great deal according to the time of the year and the amount of rainfall recorded. Thus, minor changes to the itinerary may occur during different seasons. Our Heritage Line cruise liner comes to an end as we reach this city of the fabled Angkor temple complex. We bid farewell to the cruise as our journey comes to a close. But the memories and the friendships made on board linger on for a lot longer. We will cross the Tonle Lake at dawn and at 9.00h, we will disembark at the Siem Reap Port for onward coach transfer to the drop off point in town.
Including Breakfast.


CRUISE PRICE: from 2,185 US$ per twin cabin

Cost inquiry: Click here

Include
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Accommodation in double/twin cabin
- Meals as per itinerary
- Group Shore-excursions
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Coffee and tea (jug) all day, Prosecco on arrival in cabin
- Tour guide services (English Speaking)
- Taxes, Fuel, River pilots
- Transfer from meeting point to embarkation point and from disembarkation point to drop off point.

Exclude
- International flights & departures taxes
- Port Taxes: US$ 65/ person
- Beverage
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses, tips and gratuities (suggested at US5$/pax/day)
- Cambodia visa (can be done on arrival quick and easy)
- Others not mentioned above


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Also see:

The Lost Civilization: 7 nights Saigon to Siem Reap
The Lost Civilization: 7 nights Siem Reap to Saigon
Pearl of the Orient: 3 nights Saigon to Phnom Penh

Pearl of the Orient: 3 nights Phnom Penh to Saigon


                                                                                                                          

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