Traveling the Mekong between My Tho, the entry gate to the Mekong Delta, and Siem Reap, Cambodia, the majestic 190-foot Jayavarman riverboat blends Vietnamese / French colonial charm and art-deco accents with the romance of Indochina. The ship has three-and-a-half spacious decks home to 27 elegant cabins, sophisticated bars and cosy lounges decorated with intricate wood carvings, Khmer bas-reliefs and Vietnamese lacquer paintings, akin to a floating art gallery.
The double and twin-bedded accommodation comprises two Signature and 11 Deluxe staterooms on the Upper Deck, plus 14 Superior staterooms on the Main Deck, each offering a minimum of 229sq-ft of living space with an en-suite bathroom. The floor-to-ceiling windows are an excellent source of light, while the full-size French balconies provide a delightful spot for observing the busy life of the Mekong. The two Signature Staterooms, the Bao Dai and the Jayavarman, proudly showcase their own identities for a truly sumptuous experience in the style of a grand old cruise liner.
Relaxing On Board
From the moment you step aboard, you will be made to feel at home and wherever you look, you will be reminded of the local arts and culture. Be wowed by the antique artifacts and local artwork in the rose-walled Henri Mouhot Lounge, named after the French archaeologist who discovered the Angkor temple complex. Here, dark furniture and harmonious Asian fabrics provide the perfect setting in which to relax or read a book among the Jayavarman’s Khymer treasures.
Prepare to be transported back to a bygone era in the Club 1930 Bar & Funnel Lounge with its warm classical ambiance, while you sink into a comfy cane chair or a dark-wood colonial style chaise longue. The library is well stocked with books, magazines, music, videos and games. A jacuzzi pool is located on the top sun deck, offering fabulous views of the passing delta, or you can indulge yourself with a relaxing foot massage or a romantic Asian spa treatment for two at the Apsara Beauty & Wellness Spa.
The impressive Indochine Dining Hall serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in air-conditioned comfort. You can look forward to delectable Vietnamese and Cambodian classics as well as international cuisine in a mix of fresh and creative buffets and set menus.
Activities And Entertainment
Itineraries feature lectures and educational workshops as well as entertainment. Learn the culinary delights of Khmer-Vietnamese cuisine at the cooking classes, watch a traditional Apsara dance performance, practice daily Tai Chi, enjoy food and drink tastings, cocktails on the sandbanks and on-board barbecues. Excursions are with English-speaking guides, who will take you on escorted bike rides and tours using private local transport.
Life Along The River
The Lower Mekong is well off the beaten track, and the luxurious Jayavarman cruise offers you the opportunity to explore the region’s finest scenery and peaceful beauty in comfort and style complemented by exceptional service. From floating villages to secluded mountain-top monasteries, these offbeat ports of call offer a glimpse into the daily life and culture of the friendly local people.