At a glance
13 Day stay & cruise on Jayavarman, Heritage Line from £2,395 pp incl. flights
Departure 20 December 2019 | Rivers and Temples of Cambodia
- Phnom Penh
- Tonlé Sap
- Kampong Cham
- Kampong Chhnang
- Kampong Tralach
- Siem Reap
All departures (20)
Rivers and Temples of Cambodia
Exclusive tailor-made fares
- Use of VIP airport lounge
- Flight to Phnom Penh
- Three nights accommodation at White Mansion Boutique hotel in a Junior Suite inc breakfast
- Overseas private transfers in air-conditioned vehicle
- Private tours as outlined in the itinerary
Includes on board:
- Accommodation in Superior Cabin
- Group shore excursions
- Tour guide services and entrance fees
- All meals on board
- Drinking water, teas, & coffees on board
- Transfers to and from the ship
Includes post cruise:
- Three nights accommodation at Shinta Mani Shack hotel in a Pool view room inc breakfast
- Private tours as outlined in the itinerary
- Overseas private transfers in air-conditioned vehicle
- Flight from Siem Reap to London
Itinerary shown is based on High Water and will differ slightly for Low Water, contact us for specifics. Also operates in reverse (Siem Reap to Phnom Penh) please contact us for departure dates.
- High Season fares from £2,735 pp (November to March)
- Low Season fares from £2,395 pp (June to September)
Explore the city of Phnom Penh before embarking on a fascinating river cruise along the Mekong on board the Jayavarman before arriving in Siem Reap to explore the temples of Angkor Wat.
Day by day itinerary
Fly overnight to Phnom Penh via Bangkok arriving the following day
On arrival in Phnom Penh, you will be met and transferred by private vehicle to the White Mansion boutique hotel for a three night stay in a Junior Suite on a B&B basis. The hotel is the former residence of the American Embassy in Phonm Penh and has a unique and charming character. Located in the heart of the city, the White Mansion is only a few steps away from all the major highlights.
Afternoon & evening at leisure.
After breakfast at the hotel, depart on a private full day tour to include visits to The National Library, Ralway Station, former Chamber of Commerce, Post Office, and Monument of the Independence. Then, visit the Champey Academy of Arts, a local professional and non-profit school in Phnom Penh working on Cambodian traditional performing arts, focusing on dance, music and drawing & painting.
After lunch (at own expense) meet your tour guide and depart for a “Khmer traditional dancing workshop”, by Cambodia Living Arts. You will get personal insight into the Khmer culture by experiencing Cambodian Traditional dance, dress up in traditional costumes, and interact with local artists.
Finally, visit the Russian Market (Phsa Toul Tom Pong), a lively outdoor market where you will find antiquities, silver and gold jewellery, gems, silk, kramars, stone and wood carvings, as well as T-Shirts, CDs and other souvenirs.
Return to the hotel.
Today is a day of leisure - relax at the hotel, in the Spa, or around the pool area. Alternatively, explore the city on your own or contact us for private touring ideas.
After breakfast at the hotel, meet your local tour guide for you tour and transfer to the ship - Jayavarman.
Start with a sight-seeing tour visiting the Killing Fields and prison “S21”. Both historic sites display the chapter of Khmer history when the Khmer Rouge ruled the country with terror and suppression. Those places have not changed much since this horrific time back in the early seventies and it can be heartbreaking. Alternatively, explore the city in the morning on your own before re-joining the group.
Enjoy lunch at a fine restaurant in town before visiting yhe golden edifice of the Royal Palace with its Silver Pagoda and the exceptional Khmer crafts at the National Museum.
The day trip ends with a “cyclo” ride through the bustling streets of downtown Phnom Penh to embark the Jayavarman.
Rest in your spacious cabin or join other fellow passengers at the bar for some refreshing drinks before the captivating evening activities start. Relax in the lounge which is set up for a lecture about Cambodian modern history, held by a professor of the Royal University of Phnom Penh.
After the lecture, a barbecue dinner feast on the sun deck commences, accompanied with an Apsara dance performance. As the evening unwinds, enjoy the night with a glass of wine and marvel at the skyline of Phnom Penh, and the calming flow of the Tonle River.
We depart before the break of dawn from Phnom Penh towards the Angkor Ban village on the Mekong River. Wake up to the gentle cruise motion and get ready for breakfast in the dining hall.
The Angkor Ban village is famous for its unspoiled community and beautiful, traditional houses. It feels like being transported back a hundred years ago into an era unaffected by modernity.
Back on board our staff is keen on showing you a variety of traditional Khmer fashion. Lunch is served afterwards.
We cruise further up the Mekong to visit a local school and understand more about the education of the young Cambodian generation.
We continue 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 over the Mekong. Another temple on the way is the tiny, colorful monastery of Wat Nokor. Here, we might get the chance to engage in light banter with some of the monks living in the area.
Back on board you are free to relax until dinner is served. The boat moors mid-river near Kampong Cham.
We sail downstream on the Mekong 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”.
The ship continues its journey, passing by the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Rivers towards Kampong Tralach. We will stop at the “Green School” which is partly supported by Heritage Line.
The boat finds its anchor spot in the Tonle River near Kam- pong Chhnang allowing you to observe the close-by river life until dinner is served in the dining hall.
Wake up early to witness the spectacular water-world of Kampong Chhnang, where everything is built on stilts. This is the most fascinating cruise part in Cambodia.
Take a local boat to the shore and board a mini bus to visit a rural village known for its Khmer style pottery and palm sugar, before exploring 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.
This lake can only be crossed during high water season (approx. from end-July to mid-November).
In the afternoon enjoy a High Tea at the bar and as the sun sets enjoy some dancing and music together with the crew before dinner is served.
Debark the ship and take your included transfer to your hotel in Siem Reap the Shinta Mani, for a three night stay on a B&B basis in a Pool View room.
Relax at the hotel.
As the roosters begin to crow, we journey out to the Mother of all temples, Angkor Wat, the most important religious monument in Cambodia, watching the sun rise over the triple towers of Angkor Wat in the soft light of the morning. After seeing Angkor Wat Sunrise temple, we return to the hotel for the breakfast.
After breakfast, you will visit Angkor Wat, the largest temple in the world, with a volume of stone equaling that of the Cheops pyramid in Egypt. It is unlike all the other Khmer temples in that it faces west, and is inspired by 12th Century Hinduism. Its symmetrical towers are stylized on the modern Cambodian flag. Conceived by Suryavarman II, Angkor Wat took an estimated 30 years to build. It is generally believed to have been a funeral temple for the king. It has been occupied continuously by Buddhist monks and is well preserved. Intricate bas-reliefs surround Angkor Wat on four sides.
This afternoon, you will visit to the monumental magnificence of Angkor Thom - last capital of the Khmers, with its Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the stunning Bayon temple. This 12th century masterpiece lies at the very centre of Angkor Thom and is an archaeological wonder of symmetry and grandeur. The exterior gallery walls have extensive bas-reliefs but the highlight is the “faces”, more than 200 of them, silent but with the famous half-smile playing on their lips. PJ de Beerski wrote of them; “godliness in the majesty and the size, mystery in the expression.
This morning, visit to Banteay Srei; the citadel of women - a tiny, enchanting temple, which is one of the jewels in this remarkable city. Built of red sandstone in the tenth century and dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, the carved male and female figures in the niches are exquisitely executed in both style and proportion. This is the most Indian of all the temples in Angkor and in the words of H.W. Ponder, is a fairy palace in the heart of an immense and mysterious forest.
Continue to Banteay Samre, located east of the East Baray. Built under Suryavarman II and Yasovarman II in the early 12th century, it is a Hindu temple in the Angkor Wat style. Named after the Samré, an ancient people of Indochina, the temple uses the same materials as the Banteay Srei.
This afternoon, we continue our exploration of Angkor’s impressive temple and city ruins, the temple of Ta Prohm; this is the only temple that was left to the jungle and largely in its natural state since its “re-discovery” of Angkor in the late 1800’s by French explorers. Surrounded by jungle, its labyrinth of stone hallways is overgrown with the roots and limbs of massive banyan trees, which envelop the stone like tentacles. It is one of the largest temples at Angkor, dedicated in 1186.
Continue to Preah Khan "The Sacred Sword", an extensive monastic complex covering over 56 hectares built by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a monastery and teaching complex. It is one of a group of temple complexes situated on a small 'Baray'. Visit to Neak Pean, unique because it is a sanctuary located in the centre of an artificial pond and surrounded by 4 points.
Check out of the hotel and take your private transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK via Bangkok, arriving the following day.
Sailing on Jayavarman
The majestic Jayavarman is considered the father in Heritage Line’s “family” of cruise ships. This vessel was named after Angkor’s most venerated king.