Siem Reap – Phnom Penh (or vice versa), 5 Days – 4 Nights
The best of rural Cambodia is offered with this cruise program. See the unseen, discover ancient per-Angkorian temples, relish the cordial smiles of the inhabitants of this region and feel emerges with the water landscape of the Tonle River. The Tonle is magical River and one important lifeline of the Mighty Mekong during the low water period.
The Jahan: Serenity Cruise - Cambodia Tours
Visiting Cities: Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham (Mekong) - Kampong Chhnang (Tonle) - Tonle Lake - Siem Reap
Phone: 0084 934 564 690
Number of Cabins: 26 rooms
Checkin time: 14:00
Checkout time: 12:00
Room rates: $ 758 - $ 2960
- CABIN INFO
Plying the slow, swirling waters of the Mekong, The Jahan is Heritage Line’s most romantic cruise liner. Considered the brother of The Jayavarman in Heritage Line’s “family” of cruise ships, this magnificent vessel was named after the Indian emperor Shah Jahan, who ruled the Mughal Empire from 1628 to 1658. A great patron of architecture and the arts, Shah Jahan oversaw the construction of many legendary sites, including India’s dazzling Red Fort, and the famed 777 gardens of Kashmir. This cultured monarch is a fitting namesake for The Jahan, which evokes the opulent vessels of British India. No expense has been spared in the interior or exterior decorations, which showcase the talents of local woodworkers, weavers and artists.
When guests aren’t relaxing in their luxurious cabins they can meet friends in the atmospheric East India Club; soak in the Jacuzzi on the Pool Deck; challenge a new friend to a game of chess in the Observatory Lounge; or enjoy a pampering massage in the Apsara Spa. With three decks, this vessel offers all the amenities of a fine resort, including a fitness center, steam rooms, a range of dining venues and an excellent spa. Stretching 70 meters/230 feet from bow to stern, The Jahan features 26 beautifully-designed cabins on two decks, each with its own private balcony.
Discover the bygone elegance of travel aboard the majestic Jahan. Just as Indian art and architecture influenced the Khmer and Cham cultures in the Mekong Delta, the stunning artistry of The Jahan will inspire you, as will the delta’s vibrant beauty.
Life aboard the Jahan will read much like a royal tale. As the rays of the morning sun glide across the balcony to your well-appointed room you will be gently rustled from your slumber. It feels like you were taken back to a time when royals slept in whimsical abodes and awoke by the glow of the balmy sun – the mysteries of the day are yet to unfold.
26 cabins (4 categories)
Viceroy Dining Hall
East India Club
The Raj of India Lobby Lounge
Gym and Steam Bath
Sundeck with Jacuzzi pool
Length / Width / Height 72m / 12,5 m / 9 m
Beam / Draft 12,8 m / 1,7 m
Gross tonnage 1400 tons
Cruising speed 11 nautical knots
Capacity / Cabins 52 passengers 26 cabins (four categories)
Water Reverse osmosis and UV water treatment plant, sewage treatment plant.
Safety Radio Comm., Radar, GPS, PA system, life jackets, life rafts, fire hydrants, flares and signals, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors in
each cabin, CO2 engine room fire fighting system.
HIGH WATER CRUISE: PHNOM PENH – SIEM REAP 5 DAYS/ 4 NIGHTS (UP STREAM)
The displayed program below is a sample of a 4-night upstream cruise between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap for high water cruises. Please contact our Travel Consultants for upstream low water cruises.Day 1: Phnom Penh
Welcome to Phnom Penh the once called Paris of the East. Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic charm and elegance. It is an amazing town to bespeak centuries of incredible history and culture which can still be felt at many street corners.
We start with a full sightseeing tour right after breakfast. By bus we visit the Killing Fields at the outskirts of the city and after the centrally located prison “S21”. Both historic sites display the sad and cruel chapter of Khmer history when once the Khmer Rouge ruled the country with terror and supression. Those places have merely changed much since the horrific time back in the early seventies and so it can be heart wrenching. There is the alternative to explore the city during the morning by your own pace individually before re-joining the group.
Lunch we take in a nice restaurant in town. Our exploration of Phnom Penh focuses afterwards on the fascinating cultural heritage of Phnom Penh. The golden edifice of the Royal Palace with its Silver Pagoda and the exceptional Khmer crafts at the National Museum are the afternoon highlights. The day trip ends with a “cyclo” ride back to the ship through the bustling streets of downtown Phnom Penh.
Take some rest in your spacious cabin or join other fellow passengers at the bar for some refreshing drinks before our capturing evening activities start:
It begins with a variety of cocktails served on the sun deck or at the open bar. We move to the lounge which is set up for a captivating lecture about Cambodian modern history, held by a professor of the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Definitely among the highlights of this cruise to receive knowledge out of first hand as our lecturer had a private relation to the former King of Cambodia and many other high ranking politician.
After the lecture a feast of barbecue dinner on the sun deck commences. The dinner is accompanied by an Apsara dance performance. You have to witness the brilliance and richness of this dance along with the soothing sounds of traditional music.
As the evening unwinds enjoy your supper with a good glass of wine and marvel at the skyline of Phnom Penh and the calming flow of the Tonle River.
Day 2: Phnom Penh – Kampong Cham (Mekong)
We depart before the break of dawn from Phnom Penh towards the small Angkor Ban village up the Mekong River. Wake up to the gentle cruise motion and get ready for breakfast in the dining room.
The Angkor Ban village is famous for its unspoiled community and beautiful, traditional houses. It feels like being transported back a hundred years into an era unaffected by modernity. Villagers characterize an unbridled warmth.
Back on board our staff is keen to show you the variety of traditional Khmer fashion. Lunch is served after this performance.
We cruise further up the Mekong to visit a local school to understand more about the education of the young Cambodian generation (the project is funded by an NGO). Those children here are always excited to show their skills in music and art and will bath you in smiles upon your applause. We continue the travel by road to the enchanting pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey (7th century). This small complex sits on a hill top right on the shore with breath-taking views on the Mekong.
Another temple on the way is the tiny, colorful monastery of Wat Nokor. Here we might get the chance to engage in a light banter with some of the monks living in the area.
Relax back on board until dinner is served. The boat moors mid-river near Kampong Cham.
Day 3: Kampong Cham (Mekong) – Kampong Chhnang (Tonle)
We sail downstream the Mekong during breakfast time and stop at the Island of Koh Oknha Tey. This spot in the middle of the Mekong owns its fame for the manufacturing of high class silk products.
By tuk tuk we explore the island with its workshops and learn how silk is processed from its source, provided by little silkworms, to a final top quality product made of original Cambodian silk.
Before lunch our expert guides offer a presentation about “Geography of the Mekong and Tonle Sap”.
After lunch a Monks’ blessing ceremony on board will deliver spirits and wishes for our health and prosperity for all.
The cruiser continues its journey, passing the confluence of Mekong and Tonle River towards Kampong Tralach. Gliding through leafy swaths of this jungle-like landscape we reach Kampong Tralach. Cacophonous children waive enthusiastically while bringing their livestock for a bath in the meandering river. Live to see all this life - which is so much different than ours - by a local ox cart ride.
The boat find its anchor spot later in the Tonle River near Kampong Chhnang allowing you to observe the interesting and close-by life on shore until dinner is served in the restaurant.
Day 4: Kampong Chhnang - Tonle Lake
Wake up early to witness this spectacular water-world in the break of down. Our morning Tai Chi class has the perfect backdrop today.
We are now at Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s “water world”, where everything is on sticks balanced on water rich soil. This is the most fascinating cruise part in Cambodia.
We take a local boat to the shore. With mini buses we head to a rural village nearby and go on a walking tour. Our guides introduce the village specialities – Khmer style pottery and the making of palm sugar. Definitely you should bring home some. Before returning to the boat we explore the local floating villages and wetlands of the region.
Back on board lunch is served as your floating sanctuary cruises gently along the narrow and meandering Tonle, towards the Great Tonle Lake. The river opens up to a vast “sea” - known as the biggest fresh water lake in Asia. This lake can only be crossed during high water season (approx. from End-July to Mid-November). Let your soul float and your eyes wander while the boat makes its way towards Siem Reap.
In the afternoon we serve a high tea at the bar and as the sun sets, our crew invites for a farewell event. Enjoy your dinner and some dance and music afterwards together with the crew.
The boat moors mid-like near Siem Reap.
Day 5: Tonle Lake - Siem Reap
The Tonle Sap (The Great Lake) is the flowing heart of Cambodia, giving love and life to millions of people. It has more fishes than any other lake in the world and is home to an incredible variety of birds, including rare – and endangered – feathered life.
Our cruise comes to an end. We get ready to disembark and take a local boat to the shore passing a vast floating community.
Around 09:00 o’clock, we disembark at the Siem Reap pier and bring you with a short transfer to the drop off point in the city center of Siem Reap.
We hope that you enjoyed this fascinating river same as our crew does every single time. Moreover we wish that you will take plenty of memories and friendships along with you that will linger with your stories of this amazing river - the Mighty Mekong.
HIGH WATER CRUISE: SIEM REAP – PHNOM PENH 4 DAYS/ 3 NIGHTS (DOWN STREAM)
The displayed program below is a sample of a 3-night downstream cruise between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh for high water cruises. Please contact our Travel Consultants for downstream low water cruises.Day 1: Siem Reap - Tonle River
We gather in the morning at our welcome lounge in Siem Reap. Relax with a drink as our staff collects your details for the boarding.
We bid farewell to the iconic sight of Angkor and travel a short distance to the pier at Tonle Lake. By local boat we transfer to our beautiful ship. While you check in to your prepared staterooms the ship sets sail and your fascinating journey on the Mighty Mekong can begin.
You have lunch on board while the vessel gently glides over Tonle Lake. The lake can only be crossed during high water season (approx. from August to mid-November). Let your soul float and your eyes wander while the boat makes its way across.
In the afternoon we serve a high tea at the bar. Enjoy your cruising day on board, relax on your balcony or relish a spa treatment before dinner.
Before dinner our expert guide offers a presentation about the "Geography of the Mekong and Tonle Sap".
The boat moors in the Tonle River. You can join our evening cinema session (offered every night) featuring selected classic movies.
Day 2: Kampong Chhnang - Kamp. Tralach - Kampong Cham
Wake up early to witness the spectacular scenery at the break of down. Our morning Tai Chi class has the perfect backdrop today. Breakfast buffet is served in the dining hall.
We are at Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s "water world", where everything is on sticks balanced on water rich soil. Perhaps this is the most fascinating cruise locale in Cambodia.
We take a local boat to the shore. With mini buses we head to a rural village nearby and go on a walking tour. Our guides introduce the village specialities – Khmer style pottery and the making of palm sugar. Definitely you should bring some home. Before returning to the boat we explore the local floating villages and wetlands of the region.
Back on board lunch is served while the cruise continues with a languid meander along the Tonle River towards Kampong Tralach. A Monks’ blessing ceremony on board delivers spirits and wishes for health and prosperity for all.
Gliding through leafy swaths of this jungle-like landscape we reach Kampong Tralach. Cacophonous children wave enthusiastically while bringing their livestock for a bath in the meandering river. We will stop at the “Green School” which is supported in part by Heritage Line. Travel to see all this life - which is so much different than ours - by a local ox cart ride.
Back on board we sail downstream, passing the confluence of Tonle and Mekong Rivers. The boat cruises overnight and you can enjoy dinner in the dining hall.
Day 3: Kampong Cham - Okhna Tey - Phnom Penh
After a sumptuous breakfast we stay on board to understand more about the education of the young Cambodian generation (NGO project). The children join us on board, always excited to show their skills in music and art. Be sure to be bathed in smiles upon your applause.
We leave the boat around 09:30am to arrive at the enchanting pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey (7th century). This small complex sits on a hill top right on the shore with breath-taking views on the Mekong.
After some refreshment back on the ship we serve lunch. During the afternoon our staff is keen to show you the va- riety of traditional Khmer fashion. Watch the riverbank life along the Mekong during our high tea as the ship proceeds to its next stop.
We arrive at the Island of Koh Oknha Tey. This spot in the middle of the Mekong owns its fame for the manufacturing of high class silk products. By tuk tuk we explore the island with its workshops and learn how silk is processed from its source, provided by little silkworms, to a final top quality product made of original Cambodian silk.
After some additional cruising time the boat arrives and docks at the pier of Phnom Penh. Feel free to have your first exploration by yourself after dinner. Stroll along the river promenade and watch the locals chit-chatting, selling odds and ends or have a drink in one of the numerous bars (kindly inform our crew once you are leaving the ship on your own).
Day 4: Phnom Penh
Welcome to Phnom Penh - the once called Paris of the East. Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic charm and elegance. It is an amazing town to bespeak centuries of incredible history and culture which can still be felt at many street corners.
After breakfast, check out and farwell the cruise.
- Entrance fees
- All cruises include group shore-excursions
- Transportation (transfers in Saigon and Siem Reap from/to the meeting point to/from embarkation/disembarkation point or vice versa)
- Tour guide services (English speaking)
- Taxes, fuel, river pilots, port dues
- Meals are included full board
- Drinking water, coffee/tea (from jug) is included all day
- Fruit juices are included in addition during breakfast.
- Port tax per passenger of 65 USD (levied by Port authorities and port taxes appear on cruise invoice).
- Crew gratuities (8 USD – 10 USD per passenger per day are recommended)
- Cambodian Visa (available on Upstream cruise only/ 37 USD)
Cancellation / Prepayment policyRates are per person per cabin based on double occupancy. Rates are in USD.
- Seasonal rate applies based on the embarkation date
- Peak season surcharge: 120 USD per person per cruise for cruises including Christmas
- Evening (24. December) or New Year’s Evening (31. December)
- Port tax surcharge: 65 USD per person (subject to change)
- General terms & conditions apply.
All 12 Superior Staterooms in bright tones with reddish wall and ceiling artworks are situated on the main deck and gracefully designed – with white wood furnishings and hand painted wall to ceiling decors. The 30sqm cabin has a large 4sqm private balcony and a queen size bed. The in-cabin bathroom features an out-sized shower and the lounge partition is inviting for a rest on a sofa with an all around river view. Four twin-bedded (convertible into double bed) rooms are available.
Amenities: Air conditioner, hot water kettle, ILLY espresso machine, balcony with 2 chairs and table, mini bar, hair dryer, internal phone, desk, chairs, luggage rack, bath robe, sun hat, binocular, hand fan, sandals, in-room safe, music and cabin sound system.
Located on the upper deck and with a total space of 30sqm, the Deluxe Staterooms are designed in a warm orange hue and filled with dark colonial furniture. Hand painted ornaments underline the Indian theme. There are a total of 8 Deluxe rooms on board, each with its own balcony (4sqm) and a queen size bed. Two twin-bedded (convertible into double bed) rooms are available.
Amenities: Air conditioner, Hot water kettle, ILLY espresso machine, balcony with 2 chairs and table, mini bar, hair dryer, in-house phone, desk, chairs, luggage rack, bath robe, sun hat, binocular, hand fan, sandals, in-room safe, music and cabin sound system.
Two Signature Suites are located on the main deck (36sqm in total, 5sqm balcony) and two sit in the front area of the upper deck (32sqm in total, 4sqm balcony). All four have a white-crème facade topped with hand-made marvelous indigo-blue Indian patterns, borders and ornaments which give the cabin a dignified appearance. The large wooden four-poster king bed is accompanied by a heavy treasure chest at the foot end to store your belongings.
Amenities: Air conditioner, hot water kettle, ILLY espresso machine, balcony with 2 chairs and table, mini bar, sun hat, binocular, hand fan, sandals, in-room safe, hair dryer, in-house phone, desk, chairs, sofa, luggage rack, bath robe, music and cabin sound system, LCD screen.
The Taj Suite
Our Indian Suite is peppered with designs and styles brought in from India. A feast for the eyes – dark wood with camel boned inlayed chairs, tables, cabinets, side tables and vanity case. The dining lounge, the extravagant solid camel bone sofa and the large majestic wooden bed offer you the full “Shah” feeling. This suite offers two private balconies (11sqm in total) – one with Jacuzzi.
Lord Byron Suite
Lord Byron is – as the name suggests – our British designed Suite. This cabin features a light decent mint green ambiance on the walls which are covered with British-Colonial paintings – all manually crafted. The furniture comes in hazelnut brown finishing and the extra large bathroom features an exquisite shower. Lord Byron has one large balcony (11sqm) including an outdoor Jacuzzi.
Amenities: Air conditioner, hot water kettle, ILLY espresso machine, balcony with 2 chairs and table, mini bar, hair dryer, in-house phone, desk, dining table, chairs, sofa, luggage rack, bath robe, sun hat, binocular, hand fan, sandals, in-room safe, music and cabin sound system, in-room movie system with LCD screen, outdoor Jacuzzi.