Embark on a fascinating 8-day journey through Cambodia and Vietnam in a luxury riverboat for $2021 per person instead of the usual $2694.
Travel dates: July 8, 22; August 5,19, 2017
Other options: You can upgrade to a Deluxe State Room on the Upper Deck, also with balcony, for an additional $296.25.
An alternative 8-day Mekong cruise on board The Jahan -- sister-ship to The Jayavarman -- is available for $2091 per person on June 3,17; July 8,29; August 5,26; September 9,2017.
Book by December 9.
About the ship: "Over-the-top luxury in a style reminiscent of Indochine/French Colonial design" is how the official reviewer for CruiseCritic.com describes The Jayavarman, while previous passengers say "cruising the Mekong in his small ship is like being on the Orient Express except you are afloat". Each Superior Stateroom is individually decorated and features a balcony. This intimate ship features just 27 rooms and has a spa, a sun deck (where you can treat yourself to a traditional massage) and a 1930s-style restaurant.
About the cruise: You'll board your cruise in Siem Reap and begin your journey by experiencing Tonle Sap Lake's floating villages and bird life. On day two, a shore excursion will take you to see the Khmer-styled pottery at the Aundaung Russey village before cruising onto Kampong Cham. The following day, you'll set off for the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey before visiting Wat Nokor, a wat built within the ruins of an ancient temple, then cruising on towards Phnom Penh, where you will spend day four of the cruise. In the evening, there will be a traditional Khmer dance performance on board and a barbecue dinner. Sail on towards the Vietnamese border to and visit the town of Tan Chau to gain a fascinating insight into the local cultures. Next, you'll embark on a sampan tour of Binh Thanh Island before cruising onto Cai Be to explore the colourful floating market. On your final evening, there will be a farewell party. On day eight, you'll disembark in My Tho, and travel overland to Saigon, where you will join your transfer to the airport.
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