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The Lost Civilisation

8 day Mekong River Cruise - from £1675

Discover the essence of South East Asia with a cruise along the mighty Mekong River. Begin in the Cambodian town of Siem Reap with its world heritage temples, before cruising past remote communities, lush farmland and floating villages to the bustling Vietnamese city of Saigon.


  • Stay onboard the luxury Jayavarman
  • Killing Fields in Phnom Penh
  • Cai Be floating market
  • Buddhist blessing
  • Timeless river landscapes
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Siem Reap

Transfer by coach to your luxury river boat for the beginning of your seven night cruise. The Jayavarman has just 27 cabins and combines French-colonial elegance with Asian charm. Guests can enjoy a range of facilities including a plunge pool on the sundeck and a panoramic lounge.

Travel by road to Wat Hanchey which built in the 8th century, predates the Angkor temples. There is the opportunity to climb the steps for magnificent views, before returning to the ship for a monks blessing ceremony. Enjoy views of traditional river life as you cruise down the Mekong River. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner in the ship’s IndoChina Restaurant.

Meals: 1 Dinner

Day 2 - Kampong Cham and Oknha Tey

This morning you may like to try some Tai Chi on the sun deck as the ship sails towards the village of Angkor Ban where the locals live in traditional houses and pursue a lifestyle largely untouched by the modern world. After lunch back on board, sail to Oknha Tey which is an island in the middle of the Mekong River and renowned for its high class silk products. Explore the island by tuk tuk visiting a workshops to learn everything about silk; from how it is produced by worms, to the final luxury product.

Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 3 - Kampong Chhnang and Tralach

Embark at the bustling rural port of Kampong Chhnang for a small boat adventure of the wetlands including a visit a floating village. Back on the Jayavarman, cruise along the meandering Tonle River with a stop at Kampong Tralach to experience local transportation in an ox-cart. Continue to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital where the ship moors for the night.

Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 4 - Phnom Penh

A day exploring Phnom Penh with a visit to the opulent Royal Palace and the impressive Silver Pagoda. After lunch, join an excursion to the infamous Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum where millions suffered at the hands of the Khmer Rouge. After dinner there is free time to explore the city by night.

Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 5 - Mekong River

Enjoy a relaxing day on board as you head towards the Vietnamese border. Perhaps take in a fruit-carving demonstration by the ship’s chefs, or simply enjoy the ever changing river scenery. Arrive in the Vietnamese town of Chau Doc where the ship moors overnight.

Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 6 - Chau Doc

For early risers, there is an optional early morning visit to the bustling floating market of Chau Doc. After breakfast, venture ashore for a wonderful cycle tour of Chau Doc to visit the colourful market and ancient temple. In a small boat explore the tributaries and floating villages before returning to the ship for lunch. Later visit My An Hung Village and walk through a family’s farm to their house for tea. Back on board there is time to relax and socialise with your fellow passengers as you sail for Sa Dec.

Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 7 - Cai Be

This morning take a boat ride to Binh Thanh Island where you can interact with the local villagers who produce a variety of rattan goods. After lunch, visit the town of Cai Be, known for its floating market where you will see boats laden with fresh fruit and vegetables. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner as you head towards your final destination.

Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 8 - Mekong Delta

Today disembark The Jayavarman at the Mekong river-port city of My Tho and travel by coach to Saigon. Speak to your consultant about adding a few nights in this thriving city to discover its many attractions.

Meals: 1 Breakfast

8 day Mekong River Cruise - from £1675

With flights from £2298

We can also book The Jahan, sister ship to the Jayavarman. Please inquire for dates and prices.

Both the Jayavarman and the Jahan Lost Civilisation itineraries are available in the reverse direction.

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*Offer – 15% on bookings made by 15th September 2019 on the following departures:

Siem Reap to Saigon: 21st September
Saigon to Siem Reap: 31st August & 28th September

Siem Reap to Saigon: 22nd June, 14th September & 28th September
Saigon to Siem Reap: 27th July, 7th Sept & 21st September

Subject to availability, seasonal variations may apply. Available for both the Jayavarman boat and the sister boat, the Jahan. Price excludes gratuities and is based on travel from July-September. Itinerary on days 1-2 may vary due to water levels.

All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a cabin, and include meals where shown. Seasonal variations may apply, please call Freedom Destinations for more information and availability.


Your Cruising Experience

Explore Asia’s mighty waterways with their beautiful scenery and insight into local life. Enjoy private cabins, superb dining and plenty of on and off shore experiences.

Your cruise includes:

  • En suite air conditioned cabin
  • Private balcony
  • All meals
  • Port charges
  • House wine and local beer during lunch and dinner
  • Free flowing soft drinks, tea and coffee
  • Afternoon tea
  • Transfers to pier
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Entertainment
  • On-shore excursions


  • Dining room
  • Lobby Lounge
  • Club 1930 Funnel Bar
  • Sun deck
  • Plunge pool
  • Spa

Departure Dates:


Jul: 13 & 27
Aug: 10 & 24
Sep: 7 & 21
Oct: 5 & 19
Nov: 2, 16 & 30
Dec: 14 & 28


Jan: 11 & 25
Feb: 8 & 22
Mar: 7 & 21
Apr: 4 & 18
Jul: 18
Aug: 1, 15 & 29
Sep: 12 & 26
Oct: 10 & 24
Nov: 7 & 21
Dec: 5 & 19

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