Launched in 2011 the luxury cruise ship, the Jahan, brings river cruising into a new realm. The Jahan offers the service and amenities of a deluxe boutique hotel as she cruises through Cambodia and Vietnam along the mighty Mekong. The Jahan has been designed in a distinctive British Indian colonial style and boasts a range of accommodation, amenities and activities which is unmatched in the region. The 26 carefully designed staterooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows opening onto private balconies and signature activities during the Jahan’s fascinating cruises include a programme of educational lectures, transportation by ox cart, sampan, cyclo, bicycle and dinghy, Tai Chi classes, Khmer cookery classes, a pool deck barbecue and private dinners in the Observatory.
The Jahan, Heritage Lines latest cruise liner, takes cruising along the Mekong River to another level. This cruise liner only has 26 cabins but don’t be fooled by the small number. Each cabin is equipped with spacious private balconies, customized shore tours, and plenty of on-board services such as: spa, Tai Chi lessons, and its own pool. The Jahan offers exclusive and customized tours perfect for couples on a romantic getaway and small groups. Travel Mekong has allocation rights because it is in its opening year so you are guaranteed a spot aboard.
Life On Board
The atmospheric East India Club & Lounge resembles an old British-Indian gentlemen’s club, with inlaid furniture and Sanskrit carvings. The Observatory is an indoor lounge with panoramic windows, while the adjacent Sun Deck beckons with its pool. If you’re looking for peace and quiet and maybe a game of chess, the intimate lounge, positioned aft, will be your retreat.
The Raj of India Lobby Lounge is another nod to the days of colonial India, decorated in cream and gold and furnished with comfy sofas, armchairs and Indian lamps. It is also home to the reception desk and library.
On Board Dining
Meals are served in the Viceroy Dining Hall, where the chef will spoil you with creative Vietnamese and Cambodian culinary delights and international cuisine, incorporating fresh and natural ingredients in a mix of buffets and set menus. Alternatively, you can surprise your partner with a romantic candlelit dinner served in the Observatory Lounge. A daily highlight in the dining hall is the traditional afternoon tea.
Activities On The Jahan
Wake up early and welcome the day with a Tai Chi session on the deck while surveying the already-busy river. Soak up some rays on the open Top Deck beside the mosaic tiled pool and jacuzzi, or detox in the steam bath. The fitness room is equipped with several cardio machines if you wish to work out, or you can allow yourself to be pampered in the spa.
The on-board presentations and cultural seminars will fire you up for the adventures ahead, yet every day will bring new experiences. Your guides are happy to share their knowledge, so be sure to ask about anything that sparks your curiosity. When you return from your daily tours, you can deepen your experience with the dance shows, cooking demos, or movie nights before you retire to the privacy of your cabin.
If you’re looking for the romantic pleasure of a slow journey in opulent style, evoking the glory of the former British-India, the Jahan Cruise could well be the one for you.
Itinerary & Prices
|Premium Imperial Suite||$1,870||$3,179|
AM: Welcome on board The Jahan for your Mekong River adventure. After you have checked in, we invite you to a highlight of this cruise before we lift the anchor. The lounge is set up for an eye- and ear-catching lecture about modern Cambodian history, held by our friend and local expert, Mr. Jean-Michel – professor from the Royal University of Phnom Penh.
The lecture takes about one hour before we set sail southbound towards the Vietnamese border.
PM: The remainder of the day is at your disposal. You can turn into cruise mode and experience the relaxing influence of the cadence this mighty river emanates.
The afternoon is perfect for massages, relaxation on a terrace deck sunbed or private balcony kick-backs. You also may like to visit the bridge, as the captain always has a little story to share about “his” river. Or, if you are curious to learn more about Khmer gastronomy, join a culinary workshop to sharpen your knowledge about local cuisine.
Tan Chau, My An Hung & Sa Dec
AM: Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. Once arrived on-shore, we hop on “xelois” to see Tan Chau’s vibrant town-life. A “xeloi” is a local vehicle which is still used as a taxi in this area. Your personal xeloi driver slowly navigates through the streets to observe all the workshops, houses and shops while feeling the laid-back vibe of this place. We stop at the colourful, local market near one of the town’s temples. This is a great opportunity to interact with the vendors of this friendly town and try your hand at bargaining with them.
To see what Tan Chau is famous for, we board local boats and head to a floating fish farm. You are about to get an exclusive look into the world’s largest inland aquaculture industry. Each of the floating structures has netting hanging down into the water to enclose the fish, which are raised and fed on a daily basis. The region’s specialties are tilapia and the Basa catfish, or Pangasius, which is unique to the Mekong River basin and rapidly gaining popularity on the international seafood market.
PM: Back on board and before lunch is served, you may take a dip in the pool. After the meal, our expert guides offer a presentation about life in the Mekong Delta as the ship continues to My An Hung near Sa Dec province.
My An Hung Village is a wonderful example of a real local village in the Mekong Delta. Time stands still here and we receive wonderful insights into the private household of a local family and visit the seasonal vegetable fields to see what they are currently cultivating. We are invited to their house for a Vietnamese tea tasting. Vietnamese tea is often bitter, so locals sweeten it with honey, a regional delicacy also produced by our hosts. The family then presents a huge variety of fruits growing in the delta, freshly cut from the tree. And as an artist group performs a traditional, artistic dragon dance, we snack on these “vitamins bombs”.
The sun sets and the light now bathes everything in a golden hue. The surrounding natural beauty is a perfect backdrop for a riverbank gathering with cocktails and dancing with the crew in this remote, secluded location
Binh Thanh Island, Cai Be & My Tho
AM: This morning the vessel arrives at one of the larger islands in the vast stream of the Mekong, Binh Thanh Island. Several communities have settled here and make their living by growing water hyacinths.
We exclusively visit one of these untouched areas. By wandering through the village, we get a deep understanding of native life. One of the local artisans, for example, demonstrates the entire process of traditional mat making. You can try weaving yourself. We also meet a local elderly couple who share their story of living on this island. They are always happy to chit-chat with our guests.
PM: Back on the ship lunch is served and we sail towards Cai Be. Cai Be is a charming town which is famous for its Catholic French church and the manufacturing of traditional crafts and food products. The once enormous floating market of Cai Be gets smaller year by year since trading on the water is continually shifting towards modern markets. However, you can still see boat-to-boat trading of local goods, such as fruits and agricultural products and imagine what this must have looked like on a larger scale. We learn from our guide about the long-lasting trading culture and how each boat has a special marker to let buyers know what goods they are selling.
By local boat, we sail along the green canal network and watch the farmers working in the fields. A visit ashore of a workshop shows us the manufacturing of rice paste, rice paper, rice cookies and rice wine. Cai Be’s surrounding areas are covered by palm trees, which is why the region is also famous for the production of coconut candy.
Back on board our crew invites you to a farewell event and to enjoy some cheerful moments before dinner, including music and Cambodian dancing together with the team. Savour your final dinner aboard and relive the week’s adventures in your mind’s eye with a glass of wine at the open bar.
AM: Enjoy your last breakfast aboard your floating home. We disembark the ship after breakfast and take a bus transfer from My Tho to Saigon. It is only around 70 kilometres on the highway, and you arrive in Saigon by mid-morning.
We hope you enjoyed this fascinating river cruise, just as our crew does every single time. Moreover, take the enchanting memories and friendships along with you and share the stories of this amazing river – the Mighty Mekong.
CRUISES & LODGES
|2 – 3||30 m² / 323 ft²||Double / Twin|
The superior staterooms boast of everything luxury. It comes with air conditioning, an espresso machine, a minibar, and a hot water kettle. The spacious rooms are designed gracefully with hand-painted wall-to-ceiling decors and a private balcony for relaxing. The in-cabin bathroom has an out-sized shower.
|2 – 3||30 m² / 323 ft²||Queen / Twin|
The stateroom features interconnected cabins ideal for families and groups of friends. Each cabin comes with multiple features from a luggage rack, in-room safe, music and cabin system, inhouse phone, a sun hat, and desk and chairs.
|2||37 m² / 398 ft²||Double|
Guests can lounge on the balcony as they enjoy a few refreshments from the minibar in the signature suites. The rooms also feature large windows that allow natural light to flow in the room, plus private bathrooms equipped with all the basic amenities.
|2 – 3||66 m² / 710 ft²||Double|
Guests can enjoy these spacious suites that feature a private balcony with a jacuzzi as they enjoy the beautiful scenery. The room comes with butler service for all the guests’ needs. The stylish private bathrooms include bathrobes and a hairdryer.