Lost Civilisation, Cambodia
Lost Civilisation
Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Royal Palace, Phnom Penh
Lost Civilisation
Mekong Delta, Vietnam

The Lost Civilisation

8 day Mekong River Cruise - from £1459

With flights from £2079

Cruise along the mighty Mekong River from central Cambodia, past lush farmland, ancient temples and floating villages to it’s sprawling delta in southern Vietnam.


  • Travel aboard the stylish riverboat Jayavarman
  • Visit floating villages at Kampong Chhnang
  • Take an ox-cart ride to a local school
  • Learn the sad history at of the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng
  • Enjoy a boat ride to Binh Thanh Island and visit to Cai Be floating market
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Siem Reap

Transfer by coach from Siem Reap to Kampong Cham where your luxury river boat will be waiting 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.

This afternoon children from a local village will show off their music and dance skills on board, before a road trip to Wat Hanchey. Built in the 7th century, the temple predates Angkor and there is the opportunity to climb the steps for magnificent views.

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 & 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. Back on board there is a monks blessing ceremony wishing for health and prosperity.

After lunch, 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.

Some further cruising takes you to the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Rivers, before dropping anchor near Kampong Chhnang for the night.

Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 3 - Kampong Chhnang & 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. Your two wheeled vehicle takes you through back roads lined with rice paddies to a local school where the teacher will explain how the school runs.

Continue to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital where the ship moors for the night. You may like to explore by yourself after dinner and stroll along the promenade watching the locals go about their daily life.

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. Enjoy a cyclo ride through the streets and join the excursion to the infamous Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum where millions suffered at the hands of the Khmer Rouge.

This evening there is an open air gala featuring a barbeque feast, followed by a classic Apsara dance performance.

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

After breakfast, venture ashore at Tan Chau to explore the vibrant town by xeloi, a local form of taxi. Your driver will navigate through the streets to observe workshops, houses and shops before stopping at the market. Then board a boat to see the floating fish farm for which Tan Chau is famous for with its large nets suspended into the water.

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 £1459

With flights from £2079


Upgrade to The Jahan, sister ship to the Jayavarman from £249 per person. Please inquire for dates.

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

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Itinerary on days 1 and 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.


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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 and spa

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