Cruise along the Mekong River aboard The Jahan to discover the wonders of Cambodia and Vietnam
The Mekong River is one of the most beautiful waterways in the world and is responsible for the livelihoods of many people in Southeast Asia. As the sun glints off the surface of the water, there is nothing better than slowly floating along the river on board the Jahan, known as Heritage Line’s
most romantic cruise liner. As you journey through silent waters, you will discover some of the most beautiful parts of Vietnam and Cambodia. The unique vantage point of your boat allows you to see the country in a way you would never be able to from land.
This glorious vessel is named after former Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, who ruled from 1628-58. During his time in power, he oversaw the construction of some of India’s most extravagant sites, including the Red Fort. As a great lover of architecture and art, the Jahan is a fitting name for this magnificent boat.
The boat itself is a wonder to behold with its gentle cream décor, complemented by wooden banisters and floor to ceiling windows that look out over the water. Of course, there are plenty of places where guests can relax on deck. The pool deck is a great place to soak up a bit of sunshine while you watch the world go by. If the sun gets too much, retire inside to the Observatory, where the vistas are equally impressive. The lavish interior certainly matches up to the boat’s sublime exterior and a glance at any of the cabins is more than enough proof of this. Rooms are bright and breezy with plenty of natural light to illuminate the stunning designs. Each of the 26 cabins has its own private balcony and a range of modern amenities to make sure guests want for nothing during their journey.
Guests can choose from a superior or deluxe stateroom, signature suite, Taj suite or the Lord Byron Suite. Infusing Asian and British colonial influences, the Lord Byron suite is the pièce de resistance aboard the Jahan. If you’re looking for untapped luxury then this might just be the room for you.
When passengers aren’t lounging in their luxurious living quarters, they are free to make use of the on board communal spaces. The lobby lounge is ideal for settling down for the evening with a book in or a friend. The calming, neutral colours that have been used to decorate the room are the perfect complement to the tranquil atmosphere. For passengers who want to stay active whilst aboard the ship, there is a fitness centre where you can work up a sweat. Once you’re done burning calories, head to the spa for some pampering. In the evening, nothing beats a drink or two with friend in the East India Club, a wonderful space that emulates British colonial opulence.
Vietnam and Cambodia are known for their fabulous cuisine and this is taken full advantage of by the Jahan’s chef. Every day, a fresh array of local delicacies is prepared for passengers. Get ready for a mouth-watering experience as exotic spices are expertly woven into each dish in an explosion of taste and colour. Jasmine, lemongrass and coconut are just some of the flavours that will soon become staples in your diet. You might be wondering where this majestic vessel will take you as you ply the waters of Southeast Asia. Well, no trip to Vietnam or Cambodia would be complete without taking a glance at their most important cities. Saigon, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap are just some of the places that the Jahan could take you.
While the bustling cities form the heart of these countries, their smaller villages are what keep the blood flowing. Tiny towns of weavers and artisans speckle the banks of the Mekong River and offer passengers an insight into authentic Vietnamese and Cambodian life. Watch the locals go about their business from the respectful distance of the river before disembarking and learning even more about this fascinating culture. Guests will have the chance to navigate the floating market of Cai Be; partake in rice workshops; and learn about the turbulent history of these two countries. Nothing is spared as you expand your understanding of Vietnam and Cambodia. You will touch on everything from the horrors of the Pol Pot regime to the wonders of traditional Khmer craftsmanship.
A cruise along the Mekong River in the Jahan presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to truly immerse yourself in a completely alien culture. Keep an open mind as you explore these foreign lands and make the most of everything they have to offer.
A visa is required for most foreign citizens traveling to Vietnam and Cambodia. More information about obtaining a tourist visa can be found by Contacting us, your local embassy, or your preferred travel visa service.