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A River Journey on the Mekong (Jayavarman)

Private Travel | Cruises | Non-exclusive 14 Days & 12 Nights Lead-in price: £3495

Explore one of the world’s great rivers, passing small villages and sleepy temples that, being inaccessible by road, are well off the tourist trail. A river cruise is the ideal way to explore remote locations while retaining access to luxury accommodation. This journey can be taken either up or downstream, ending or beginning at the temples of Angkor.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Cruise in style on the Jayavarman luxury vessel
  • Uncover Vietnam War history in the Cu Chi tunnels
  • Visit remote villages, markets & local artisans along the Mekong river
  • Two full days to discover the Angkor temples, finishing with sunset over the site
  • Meet local artisans & visit village workshops
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Luxury Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)


Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City

Arrive and transfer to the Caravelle Hotel for 2 nights. (N)

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City

Morning tour of the Cu Chi tunnels, the underground network dug out by the Viet Cong. Return to Ho Chi Minh City for city tour. (B, L)

Day 4: Mekong cruise

Private transfer to My Tho to board the Jayavarman for a 7-night cruise to Siem Reap. Spend the afternoon navigating the waters of the Mekong delta towards Cai Be. (B, D)

Day 5: Cai Be • Binh Thanh island

In the morning, take a boat trip around Cai Be to see the floating market and explore the islands and orchards of the delta. In the afternoon, cruise to Sa Dec and enjoy a traditional sampan ride to Binh Thanh island, then continue to Tan Chau. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Tan Chau

Morning excursion to a local market and village that specialises in catfish farming. Return to the boat and continue upriver, crossing the border into Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Full-day tour of Phnom Penh, including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, the National Museum, the killing fields of Choeung Ek and the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide. Dinner is followed by a performance of traditional Apsara dance. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Angkor Ban & temples

Sail to the village of Angkor Ban to learn more about village life. Afterwards, visit the hilltop pre- Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey and enjoy the panoramic views of the Cambodian countryside. Continue to the temple of Wat Nokor. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Koh Oknha Tey

Sail downstream and stop at the island of Koh Oknha Tey, notable for its manufacture of high quality silk products. Afternoon cruise to the confluence of the Mekong and Tonlé rivers, then on to Kampong Tralach. Anchor later in the Tonlé river near Kampong Chhnang. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Kampong Chhnang • Tonlé Sap lake

Arrive in Kampong Chhnang, then take a local boat to the shore for a walking tour to see Khmer pottery and palm sugar production. Back on board, lunch is served as you cruise gently along the narrow and meandering Tonlé river into the vast Tonlé Sap lake. Farewell dinner and entertainment on board tonight. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Siem Reap

Early morning crossing of the huge Tonlé Sap lake. Disembark and board a shared coach transfer to Siem Reap. Arrive and take a private transfer to Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor for 3 nights. (B)

Day 12: Angkor temples

Full-day tour of the smaller temples of Angkor, including the Roluos Group, Banteay Srei, Preah Khan and Neak Pean. (B, L)

Day 13: Angkor Wat & Angkor Thom

This morning, explore picturesque Ta Phrom and Prasat Tanei where a light picnic breakfast is served. Continue to the jewel of the Khmer empire: Angkor Wat. In the afternoon, visit Angkor Thom, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. End the day with a visit to Bayon at sunset. (B)

Day 14: Fly home


Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Non-exclusive cruise:

When on board the cruise, the transfers and excursions relevant to that cruise are operated as a group with other passengers who may or may not be Cox & Kings clients.


The itinerary that is shown above is correct for times of high water in the region, typically from the end of July to mid-November. At other times of the year, water levels on Tonlé Sap are too low to navigate, meaning that the excursions above may be rearranged and, on day 11, a coach will transport passengers from Kampong Cham to Siem Reap.

The Jahan

The sister ship to the Jayavarman, the Jahan offers a luxury cruising experience, with 26 elegant cabins furnished in a distinctive British Indian colonial style. On board, facilities include the Viceroy dining hall, which serves western, Khmer and Vietnamese specialities; the Funnel Bar; a pool deck; a gym and steam bath. Signature services include high tea in the observatory, a cruise concierge desk and private shore excursions with a tour assistant.

Luxury tour:

Featuring some of the most luxurious accommodation throughout the tour. Prices are based on the standard category, unless indicated otherwise.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel:

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Luxury private tour accommodation

  • Park Hyatt Saigon
    Park Hyatt Saigon

    The Park Hyatt Saigon is the city's foremost luxury hotel, centrally located on Lam Son Square, near the Opera House and within walking distance of the city's shopping, entertainment and tourist attractions. Rooms and suites are decorated in an opulent French colonial style with wooden floors, separate work area, high-speed internet access and white marble bathroom with walk-in rain shower. The spacious Park Suite King rooms feature a separate living room area and wooden shutters that provide a warm residential ambience. The Xuan Spa offers private treatment rooms, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness studio. Diners can choose from two innovative restaurants, one serving Vietnamese seafood dishes and steak, the other offering an all-day Italian dining venue. Afternoon tea can be taken at The Park Lounge, while the martini bar is one of the city's top nightlife destinations. Features: 245 rooms, outdoor pool, fitness centre, spa, 2 restaurants, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: ...

  • La Residence d'Angkor, A Belmond Hotel, Siem Reap
    La Residence d'Angkor, A Belmond Hotel, Siem Reap

    Located by the river in the centre of Siem Reap, surrounded by majestic old trees, Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor is a charming place to relax and escape the heat. Airy rooms are furnished using dark woods with large bathrooms and balconies surrounding a large pool. The restaurant serves local and European food with an outdoor patio where you can enjoy a refreshing drink.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £3495 per person

High season from £4495 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

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