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5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
I'd chosen the cruise because I wanted to see life along the Mekong River, particularly with a view to photography. I was not disappointed with the Jayavarman experience. It's a beautiful boat and all of the arrangements ran like ... Read More
I'd chosen the cruise because I wanted to see life along the Mekong River, particularly with a view to photography. I was not disappointed with the Jayavarman experience. It's a beautiful boat and all of the arrangements ran like clockwork. It was great having a private balcony and also the choice of public areas if we wanted to chat with others. It was a sociable experience as we often shared a table at mealtimes, but there were tables for 2 if people did not feel like socialising. The staff could not have been more helpful - the young Cambodian girls were a delight, always smiling and welcoming. There was good variety of trips, demonstrating the history of the country and also the village life, which I found particularly interesting. I loved the variety of food and it was good to be able to eat salads and drink ice as we were reassured that all the water for washing and ice-making was bottled and safe. No-one was ill. It was an unforgettable trip! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
We wanted to experience the culture and beauty of Vietnam, Cambodia and the Mekong Delta; and what better way than on a beautiful river boat. The Jayavarman is just that. The staff was excellent and we were spoiled for the entire week. ... Read More
We wanted to experience the culture and beauty of Vietnam, Cambodia and the Mekong Delta; and what better way than on a beautiful river boat. The Jayavarman is just that. The staff was excellent and we were spoiled for the entire week. Nim, Panny and Makara were delightful. The cabin decor was elegant with adequate space, and a veranda with wonderful views. Amazing sunrises and sunsets. The ship's atmosphere was relaxing with a large open air deck to view the river and surrounding land. There areas to lounge or to socialize on the top 2 decks. The upper deck had chaise lounge chairs and a small pool. There were Tai Chi classes on the upper deck every morning. There is also a spa available for messages, manicures, pedicures, etc. WiFi was available at no extra charge, which was unexpected but nice to have. The food was excellent and abundant. Without previous notice, the chef catered to my husband's dietary needs of gluten free meals. He even prepared individual pastries and cakes. The dining hall was stylish and classically decorated. Service was great. The chef hosted a culinary class where the guest participated and learned several dishes including spring rolls. It was a lot of fun. Excursions were really interesting and very personal. We visited floating markets and small villages where we interacted with the local people; and learned about their way of life. The cultural experience was unforgettable. We visited the Killing Fields and the S21 Prison in Phnom Penh, an experience that won't soon be forgotten. We visited the Green School and the children were so excited and fun. Local families shared their homes and stories. I would definitely recommend the Heritage Line's Jayavarman cruise. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
After a week onboard, all six of us agreed that sailing from Siem Reap down the Mekong on the Jayavarman was a great decision. The cabins were much larger than we expected and particularly comfortable with a spacious ensuite. The ... Read More
After a week onboard, all six of us agreed that sailing from Siem Reap down the Mekong on the Jayavarman was a great decision. The cabins were much larger than we expected and particularly comfortable with a spacious ensuite. The diningroom and lounge areas were similarly spacious and well appointed. Couldn't fault the food, it was delicious, varied (every day) and more than enough (buffet breakfasts and lunch). The staff were wonderful and were almost the highlight of the trip. Maybe it was because we were an outgoing group of 3 couples but the staff were great fun, remembered names from Day 1 and were great fun. There were numerous opportunities for offshore experiences and things to do onboard. It was a lazy way to travel. We sailed in October, we gathered a quiet time because there were about 32 passengers onboard, a bit more than half. That was enough for us. A full cruise wouldn't have been as pleasant we believe. But all in all, a fabulous trip. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
Cruising the Mekong in his small ship is like being on the Orient Express except you are afloat. Cruising the Mekong is probably the best way to see the vibrancy, colour and rhythms of life that the Vietnamese and Cambodian people have ... Read More
Cruising the Mekong in his small ship is like being on the Orient Express except you are afloat. Cruising the Mekong is probably the best way to see the vibrancy, colour and rhythms of life that the Vietnamese and Cambodian people have been following for generations. Here you experience slices of life and photographic opportunities every minute to capture the essence of Vietnam and Cambodia. The activities and land trips are well spaced out with time to absorb each new experience. We never felt rushed or pressured. The staterooms are exquisitely furnished and finished and we all have private balconies, but the oldie worldie teak and cane, fresh flowers and rich fabrics cast you back to an older era. The staff are superb. Friendly and happy to share their stories. The guides who take you around the villages, fish farms,temples and give amazing talks at night are knowledgeable, passionate and happy to answer any questions. Tri our Cambodian guide was incredible as was our Vietnamese guide on the same trip. We taught them all Kiwi and Australian so it was bro this and bro that and a whole lot of fun and the food was exceptionally good with 9 staff in the kitchen and a good variety of Western and Asian food over the 8 days. Presents on the end of our beds each night added to the thrill of the journey. Read Less
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