- Duration: 4-day
- Group size: 54 pax
- Itinerary: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap – Kampong Chhnang – Kampong Cham – Phnom Penh
Highlights of Jayavarman Cruise 4 days – Serenity Cruise
- Discovering the culture and history of Phnom Penh
- Admiring The Tonle Sap (The Great Lake) – the flowing heart of Cambodia
- Joining land journey to the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey – the most breath-taking views in Cambodia
Day 1: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap – Kampong Chhnang (L, D)
The Tonle Sap (The Great Lake) is the flowing heart of Cambodia, giving love and life to this nation. The Tonle Sap has more fish than any other lakes in the world and is a home to an incredible variety of birds, including rare – and endangered – feathered life.
At noon, we gather at the meeting point followed by a transfer to the boutique Ship. The ever-smiling crew welcomes us with unbridled warmth. A refreshing welcome drink awaits us followed by a buffet lunch on the Ship.
Then, it is a relaxing afternoon as the Ship glides along the water. Dinner is served at Dining Hall. Enjoy a spectacular experience on the Sundeck as we bathe in the glow of the moon and the radiance of the stars. The Ship will anchor midstream on the Tonle Sap river.
Day 2: Kampong Chhnang – Kampong Tralach – Kampong Cham (B, L, D)
Everyday, our journey will start with an invigorating Tai Chi lesson at the Sundeck just as the sun begins its slow rise. Coffee and tea awaits the early bird. Before dawn, the Ship sets sail across the Tonle River, we see spectacular marshland floating along the river banks of the Kampong Chhnang province.
The afternoon cruise continues with a languid meander along the Tonle Sap River. Here, the river is so narrow that we can be greeted by kids waving enthusiastically at us from the banks.
Follow a short bus trip to the see the Khmer-styled pottery. We then embark to see the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in the region before reaching Kampong Cham in the evening. Further down the river we take part in an ox cart rally in the afternoon before being introduced to the Heritage Line pro bono “literacy project”. Overnight in Kampong Cham.
Day 3: Kampong Cham – Wat Hanchey (B, L, D)
We will wake up in the early morning after an overnight cruising, truly energized to embark on a land journey to the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Travelers can either take a motor-taxi or climb 303 steps to the top. Located at the top of a hill overlooking the river, the temple 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.
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. Overnight midstream near Phnom Penh.
Day 4: Phnom Penh (B)
Your journey with the floating sanctuary has come to an end, but will not be forgotten. Disembark after breakfast and head into the city of Phnom Penh to further discover its culture and history.
- Entrance fees, transportation
- Taxes, fuel, river pilots, port dues
- English speaking tour guide services
- All cruises include group shore-excursions
- Phnom Penh port tax per passenger of 65 USD
- Fruit juices are included in addition during breakfast
- Drinking water, coffee/tea (from jug) is included all day
- Meals as indicated in itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Transfers in Saigon and Siem Reap from/to the meeting point to/from embarkation/disembarkation point or vice versa
What’s Not Included
- Fuel surcharges if any (see terms and conditions)
- Crew gratuities (8 USD per passenger/day are recommended)
- Cambodian Visa (available on Upstream cruise only/37 USD)
- Peak season surcharge at 173 USD per person for all cruises falling on New Year’s Eve and/or Christmas