From its city start in the Tibetan Plateau, The Mekong River winds
through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia before breaking into
tributaries into the Vietnam Mekong Delta. The glistening rice paddies,
tangled fruit orchards and floating fish farms of the delta all depend
on this river's bounty.
Heritage Line operates two luxurious
vessels on the thick lush delta: the fmother of our fleet, The Jayavarman, and
her sister, The Jahna. Custom ordered to evoke the stately elegance of
Indochina and the rich artistry of an Indian Maharaja's palace, these
craft combine old-world elegance with modern comfort.
Mekong Delta, Heritage Line's cruises explore the age-old ways of life
supported by this majestic river. Guests can ride bicycles through the
rice fields; sip homemade fruit liqueur in a pomello orchard; and quiet
riverside temples. With so much to see and learn, and so many ways to
relax, guests will feel both pampered and invigorated.
Vietnam is perhaps the only country to use the words "land" and "water" to mean "nation".
Crisscrossed by a myriad of waterways, the only way to experience the Mekong
Delta is by boat. Heritage Line's Cruises take you through Vietnam's
rural heartland to Cambodia's temple strewn capital. Options include the
seven-night Lost Civilization cruise; the three-or four-night Serenity
cruise; the three-night Pearl of the Oriental Cruise; and the two-night
Deep in the Delta cruise. Guests seeking privacy can opt for special
Day 1 - Saigon - My Tho - Cai Be
Bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of Saigon as we travel 70 kilometres south by land to My Tho to embark your boutique ship. We will be served a refreshing drinks and light lunch 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. Light lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner are included. Overnight in Cai Be.
Meal: Lunch, Dinner
Transport: Bus, Cruises/ Junk
Day 2 - Cai Be - Sa Dec - Chau Doc
Tai Chi lesson on the Sundeck.
Visit Cai Be’s boisterous and colourful floating market on a traditional sampan (a flat bottomed traditional Vietnamese wooden boat).
The cruise will halt intermittently to allow us to observe how rice paste, rice paper, rice cookies, rice pop, rice wine and coconut candies are made, enjoy local life along the canals on the way back 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 to visit an untouchable village.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. The ship will moor midstream overnight near Tan Chau.
Sightseeing in the morning will include the Killing Field outside Phnom Penh.
Visit the Genocide Museum, see the dazzling white and gold edifice of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, and witness exceptionally beautiful Khmer craft at the National Museum. We go back to the Ship by “cyclo” – traditional vehicle, after our museum visit.
The evening starts with a comprehensive lecture on Cambodia’s modern history.
BBQ dinner is served right after the lecture.
Apsara dance performance.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
We will depart before the break of dawn from Phnom Penh with a stop at a little known silk island community. We will then return to the ship and pass by the Mekong’s tranquil villages, exhilarating river life and sun-hardened fishermen on their shift boats.
We will tour the rural Angkor Ban village where time stands still. We are transported back a hundred years into an era unaffected 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.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. Overnight in Kampong Cham.
We will wake up in the early morning, to embark on a land journey to the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Travellers either take a motor-taxi or climb 303 steps to the top.
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. Lunch on-board.
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. Visit OBT project of Heritage Line and organisation for Basic Training.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. Overnight in Kampong Cham.
We approach Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s “Water World” where everything is on stilts balanced on water rich soil– it’s an awesome sight whilst practicing Tai Chi on the deck.
Here we take a minivan 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. The village has no electricity and has around 600 inhabitants.
We then return to the ship for lunch while cruising the narrow and meandering Tonle Sap River.
In the evening, a sumptuous spread will be served. And for the big entertainment - bring along your dance shoes and learn to jiggle the Cambodian way with our staff doubling up as dance instructors
The Tonle Sap (The Great Lake) is the flowing heart of Cambodia, giving love and life to this nation.
Enjoy the stillness of the water and the quiet tranquillity 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 an end. 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 09:00am, we will disembark at the Siem Reap Port for onward coach transfer to the drop off point in town.
Meal: Lunch, Breakfast
Transport: Cruises/ Junk, Shuttle Bus
Superior cabin, Daily breakfast,lunch,dinner, All entrance fees for mentioned visits, Transportation, Tour guide services (English speaking), Taxes, Fuel, River pilots, Port dues, Transfers in Saigon and Siem Reap.
Port tax per passenger of VND 1,365,000 (levied by Vietnamese Port authorities and port taxes appear on our invoice). Crew gratuities (168,000-210,000 per passenger/day are recommended)and fuel surcharges if any
Although it is our intention to operate the itinerary as detail proposal, we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that might occur. It may be neccessary to make some changes as a result of climatic conditions, alterations to cruise schedules or other operational factors.
Surcharg fee will be applied for single cabin: 1220$