||Sample upstream itinerary
Day 1: Saigon - My Tho - Cai Be
Embark boat and sail along the Mekong Delta from Saigon to My Tho, then on to Cai Be (a charming small town, famous for its Catholic French church and floating markets).
Day 2: Cai Be - Sa Dec - Tan Chau
Sunrise Tai Chi class. Go onshore to Cai Be to visit local workshops and learn about rice and coconut production. Sail on through the lush green canal network and watch farmers working in the fields. Upon arriving at Sa Dec, board a traditional sampan and sail to Binh Thanh island to visit a local village and learn about rattan making and chat with the village elders. Back on board, swim, have spa trearments or watch a presentation about 'Life on the Mekong Delta'. After dinner, a classic movie is shown in the cinema.
Day 3: Tan Chu, border crossing, Pnomh Penh
Visit Tan Chu, 'the Fish Capital', a slow-paced town near the Cambodian border with a sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer community. Explore by xelaoi (local taxi) and visit workshops, the local fish market and a floating fish farm. Back on board, cross the border into Cambodia and spend the afternoon at leisure on board. Traditional cookery classes are on offer, or you can visit the Captain's Bridge. The boat docks in Pnomh Penh and you are at leisure to go ashore and stroll along the river promenade.
Day 4: Phnom Penh
Visit the Killing Fields and the S21 prison - historic sites which display the horrors of the Khmer Rouge rule. Lunch at a restaurant in town then a tour of Phnom Penh, including the Royal Palace with its Silver Pagoda, and Khmer crafts at the National Museum. Take a cyclo ride back to the ship. In the evening, cocktails are served on the sun deck, followed by a lecture about Cambodian modern history by a professor of the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Dinner is a BBQ feast accompanied by an Apsara dance performance.
Day 5: Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham (Mekong)
Sail up the Mekong River to Angkor Ban, a small village famous for its unspoiled community and beautiful, traditional houses. Back on board, staff display a variety of traditional Khmer fashion. Later, visit a local NGO school and watch a musical display by the children. Travel by road to the enchanting pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey (7th century) and the tiny, colourful monastery of Wat Nokor, where we meet the monks.
Note: in low water levels, the itinerary will be altered to cruise from Phnom Penh to Kampong Chhang (Tonle)
Day 6: Kampong Cham - Kampong Chhnang
Sail to the island of Koh Oknha Tey, famed for the manufacture of high-class silk products. Explore by tuk-tuk and see each part of the process. Back on board enjoy a lecture - 'Geography of the Mekong and Tonle Sap' - then enjoy a monks' blessing ceremony on board. Later, we sail through the confluence of Mekong and Tonle River towards Kampong Tralach, watching local life as we go: children waving, locals riding ox carts, livestock bathing in the river.
Note: in low water levels, the itinerary will be altered to run from Kampong Chhang to Kampong Cham (Mekong)
Day 7: Kampong Chhnang - Tonle Lake
Sunrise Tai Chi class followed by a shore visit of Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s 'water world'. Visit a rural village to admire Khmer pottery and the making of palm sugar, then explore local floating villages and wetlands. Cross the Great Tonle Lake (the biggest freshwater lake in Asia, home to an incredible variety of birds) then sail to Siem Reap. High tea, music and a dance performance.
Note: in low water levels, the itinerary will be altered to offer visits to the enchanting pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey (7th century) and the tiny, colourful monastery of Wat Nokor, where we meet the monks, before returning to Kampong Cham.
Day 8: Siem Reap
Cruise ends at Tonle Sap pier. Short transfer into Siem Reap.
Note: in low water levels, a longer transfer will operate from Kampong Cham to Siem Reap (4-5 hours)
Accommodation, daily (group) shore-excursions as mentioned in the program, all entrance fees, transportation as mentioned in the program, transfers to/from the meeting point/ship, tour guide services (English speaking), taxes, fuel, river pilots, local anchorage fees, daily Tai Chi classes and onboard entertainment, sauna or steam bath (The Jahan only), welcome drink, breakfast – lunch - dinner (on full sailing days or as indicated in program), free flow of beverages - mineral water, soft drinks, juices, tea, coffee - at all times, free flow of local beer and house wine by glass during lunch and dinner, drinking water in cabin and during excursions, insurance (passenger liability), internet throughout the boat (subject to cellular network signal).