Heritage Line Jayavarman- “Lost Civilization” Cruise – Mekong, Vietnam & Cambodia
You step out on to your private balcony, sipping your cocktail made with fruit from the land that envelops you. The sun sets gently and the charming countryside becomes a silhouette shining on the river.
The majestic Jayavarman was named after Angkor’s most venerated king, a devout Buddhist who ruled from 1181 to 1218.
Inspired by the serenity and artistry associated with this great Khmer monarch, Jayavarman’s design was also influenced by the French cruise liner Normandie, which launched in 1935. Travelling the Mekong between My Tho and Siem Reap, Cambodia, Jayavarman marries the art deco charm of 1930’s France with the romance of Indochina.
Thanks to its intricate woodcarvings, Khmer bas-reliefs and Vietnamese lacquer paintings, this impressive cruise ship resembles a floating art gallery and it expresses a lot of the local arts and culture.
With three-and-a-half decks, Jayavarman is as spacious as it is beautiful. Guests can admire Khmer artefacts in the Henry Mouhot Lounge, mingle in the Club 1930 Bar, dine in the elegant Indochine Dining Hall, and recharge with spa treatments in the Apsara Spa. A Jacuzzi pool is located on the top sun deck, which offers spectacular views of the passing delta.
Measuring 57.8 meters/190 feet from bow to stern, Jayavarman holds 27 elegantly decorated cabins:
11 Deluxe Staterooms with balcony are located on the upper deck.
The very warm tone of the cabin designed with dark weighty antique furniture or the hand made, rustic copper sink in the bathroom bring back the feeling of the 1930s Indochine lifestyle.
14 Superior Staterooms with balcony are on the main deck, appointed with wooden, white furniture supported by decent Asian ornaments and fine-art paintings on the walls and ceilings.
SIGNATURE SUITE “BAO DAI”
BAO DAI Signature Suite with private balcony is located on the upper deck.
A heavy royal (Bao Dai was a Vietnamese king) dark wood king bed dominates the room. Walls come in a soft saffron tone and are decorated with Vietnamese designed artefacts.
SIGNATURE SUITE “JAYAVARMAN”
The JAYAVARMAN Signature Suite with private is alo located on the upper deck and it’s dedicated to the Khmer culture.
The most stunning facility is the solid-wood and king-size four-poster bed with an impressive olive coloured gypsum artwork at the bed-head displaying an Apsara dancer.
AT A GLANCE
“HENRY MOUHOT” LOBBY LOUNGE
Named after the French archeologist who discovered the Angkor temple complex, the Henry Mouhot Lounge is the perfect place to curl up with a book or an e-book as.
The Lounge has a decidedly scholarly air about it – dark furniture with harmonious Asian fabrics, a fine smell of teak wood; white ceiling and rose-painted walls together with a bunch of stunning Khmer artefacts bring back memories of the past French Colonial era.
“CLUB 1930” FUNNEL BAR & LOUNGE
Club 1930 Bar and Funnel Lounge will transport you back to 30s and 40s.
The bar has a warm classical feel and the lounge is spacious and airy, just perfect to observe the passing landscape.
INDOCHINE DINING HALL
It is difficult not to be wowed by the Indochine Dining Hall with its natural lighting during day and romantic with its antique ceiling lights in the evening.
WELLNESS & SPA
THE APSARA BEAUTY AND WELLNESS SPA
The spa is tucked away in a quiet area at the front of the ship on the main deck and it’s designed to accommodate two guests at the same time.
Selected Asian spa treatments are available ranging from relaxing foot massage up to East Western fusions.
A mysterious body of water. Flowing through six countries in Asia. Giving love and life to millions. Received its fame by the legendary God King of ancient Cambodia, King Jayavarman VII, who linked hands with the waters of the Mekong to build the magnificent Angkor civilisation.
The Lost Civilisation Cruise includes two different routes, depending on the season and water level. You can find here the detailed program.
DAY 1 – Saigon – My Tho – Cai Be
DAY 2 – Cai Be – Sa Dec -Tan Chau
DAY 3 – Tan Chau – Border crossing – Phnom Penh
DAY 4 – Phnom Penh
DAY 5 (High Water Cruise) – Phnom Penh – Kampong Cham (Mekong)
DAY 5 (Low Water Cruise) – Phnom Penh – Kampong Chhnang (Tonle)
DAY 6 (High Water Cruise) – Kampong Cham (Mekong) – Kampong Chhnang (Tonle)
DAY 6 (Low Water Cruise) – Tonle River – Kampong Cham (Mekong)
DAY 7 (High Water Cruise) – Kampong Chhnang – Tonle Lake
DAY 7 (Low Water Cruise) – Kampong Cham (Mekong)
DAY 8 (High Water Cruise) – Tonle Lake – Siem Reap
DAY 8 (Low Water Cruise) – Kampong Cham (Mekong) – Siem Reap
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