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Sail Date: August 2019
I have looked at this cruise line previously and when the travel agent suggested it we were very enthusiastic. Our cabin was beautifully appointed and the cabin staff were excellent at attending to our needs. Dining was ... Read More
I have looked at this cruise line previously and when the travel agent suggested it we were very enthusiastic. Our cabin was beautifully appointed and the cabin staff were excellent at attending to our needs. Dining was spectacular, every meal was a delight and the staff were professional and helpful while maintaining a real sense of humour. The onboard activities were very good and informative and the ashore activities gave us a real understanding of the Cambodian/Vietnam people and their culture. We were greatly moved by the past and modern history of both countries. The staff were excellent and attended to everything in a professional manner. I would like to mention staff individually by everyone was noteworthy. We were given a DVD of our time onboard at the end of the cruise that we will treasure and will share with family and friends. I would thoroughly recommend Heritage Line and The Jahan to anyone looking at cruising the Mekong River. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
Our travel agent recommended this cruise to us which traveled down the Mekong river from Cambodia to Vietnam. It was the highlight of a fantastic 21 days in Vietnam and Cambodia. The staff are absolutely fantastic with an amazing service ... Read More
Our travel agent recommended this cruise to us which traveled down the Mekong river from Cambodia to Vietnam. It was the highlight of a fantastic 21 days in Vietnam and Cambodia. The staff are absolutely fantastic with an amazing service ethic and extremely friendly. The cabins and other amenities are beautiful. The pool and bar area is a lovely place to relax and watch the world go by from.The food was beautiful and a good mix of cuisines. The service from the staff at meal times was impeccable. The highlight though was the shore excursions. Two each day, each and every one of them was unique and fascinating. We really got away from touristy places and cities and saw how the local, rural people really live. We saw schools, villages, temples, markets, fish farms etc and met and interacted with the locals and with the students at the schools that we visited. Each excursion was incredibly authentic and a real learning experience. I also really loved the fact that the Heritage Line actually supports the schools that we visited and it was good to be able to make a contribution to them also. I would thoroughly recommend this cruise to anyone who is interested in this part of the world. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
Second time we did this cruise and we wanted to show our son's family what it was like. The staff must be handpicked, everyone was like a friend. The food was to die for. My French daughter-in-law kept saying: "I have never ... Read More
Second time we did this cruise and we wanted to show our son's family what it was like. The staff must be handpicked, everyone was like a friend. The food was to die for. My French daughter-in-law kept saying: "I have never had this dish made to such perfection before!" Hope they can keep that chef. Entertainment pleasant and sometimes unusual; like the blessings performed by Buddhist priests. The excursions into the local villages were interesting, humorous and low key. School visits were especially appreciated - both by the children and the visitors. The little pool on deck was particularly nice to use in the heat. Don't be afraid to cruise during the summer months. We had one rain shower! You avoid the crowds everywhere and the ship was full of nice Australians and New Zealanders. We would probably not do this particular cruise again, but Heritage Line has more interesting cruises. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
This was a small boat cruise maximum 52 cabins. The cabins were beautiful with own balcony and bathroom , We traveled up the Mekong river from Vietnam to Cambodia. We had twice daily on shore excursions and got to explore and experience ... Read More
This was a small boat cruise maximum 52 cabins. The cabins were beautiful with own balcony and bathroom , We traveled up the Mekong river from Vietnam to Cambodia. We had twice daily on shore excursions and got to explore and experience the real river village life. The guides were brilliant and knowledgeable about their country . The crew and services on board were amazing. All our needs were more than taken care of. Tia Chi every morning on the deck was magical .. Scenery beautiful and neat to watch and enjoy the daily lives of the local people on the river. The food was amazing.offering both local and international dishes. The cooking demonstrations were fun, Spa offered a full range of services . The massages were so relaxing. wonderful. The pool and decks and lounges had beautiful comfortable furniture. We had a magical brilliant week Would definitely do it again. i Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
We were looking for a river cruise experience and the Heritage Line delivered via the Jahan and the Mekong River cruise from Ho Chi Minh City to Seim Reap. The group met at a lovely hotel in Ho Chi Minh City to conduct our check-in ... Read More
We were looking for a river cruise experience and the Heritage Line delivered via the Jahan and the Mekong River cruise from Ho Chi Minh City to Seim Reap. The group met at a lovely hotel in Ho Chi Minh City to conduct our check-in activities before heading upstairs for drinks and refreshments. A pleasant bus ride to the embarkation point followed although the sight of embarkation is a bit industrial and leaves a bit to be desired. The staff were wonderful from the beginning and that continued throughout the journey. I can't say enough about the quality of the staff aboard this vessel whether it be the sailors, the room attendants, chefs and food and beverage staff. They were all happy, cheerful, extremely helpful and above all else happy to engage with guests on conversation and stories about their life in both Vietnam and Cambodia. They were also interested in where we came from and we thoroughly enjoyed our conversations throughout the trip. The guides were exceptionally helpful on our morning and afternoon excursions and everything flowed smoothly and all activities went as planned. Keep in mind what is being offered is an opportunity to experience how the Vietnamese and Cambodian people live on the Mekong Delta and in some cases it is quite raw and confronting. Having opportunities to visit local schools as part of our excursions and interact with young children wishing to learn English was great fun. Visits to markets, pagodas, silk farms, pottery producers, rice and palm wine producers, floating markets, fish farms, weavers were some of the activities undertaken on excursions. Food on the Jahan was exceptional with both Western and local options available and again I cannot overemphasise how good the chefs and staff were in catering to those with food preferences and health issues. They certainly went above and beyond on this cruise. Bottled water was provided as part of the cruise fare and we were never wanting with drinking water during hot conditions weather on the ship or on excursions. Our cabin was spacious for two people and included a bedroom, sitting room as well as a normal sized bathroom. We also had a little balcony which we enjoyed for quiet moments as the ship was cruising. The ship is fitted out in colonial Indian style and there are a number of public spaces for watching the scenery go by such as the library/lounge as well as the forward observation room. The bar on the top deck has a wide selection and it was also a pleasant space to have a drink and watch the movements on the river. Early morning tai chi before breakfast was very relaxing for the early risers. Ultimately we were not able to sail all the way to Seim Reap because of low water levels at that time of year but this didn't come as a surprise as we were warned at the time of booking and again advised immediately prior to boarding that it was unlikely this could occur. A luxury bus was able to then take us from our point of disembarkation to Seim Reap in a couple of hours which in itself was a pleasant trip. Our final night involved a special dinner and concert from the staff and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Evening activities included presentations regarding local culture, geography and history as well as some cultural dances and movies. All of this allowed us to thoroughly enjoy the group of people whom we met on the ship and collectively enjoy a wonderful experience. We will certainly look at the Heritage line in future for other cruises they may offer. We highly recommend this cruise to others seeking a destination somewhat different to others on the cruise itinerary. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We are a group of 4 senior citizens and wanted to see Myanmar. We booked this cruise after looking at The Pandaws and others. We wanted something that felt Asian in design but was full service and luxurious. It was EVEN BETTER than we ... Read More
We are a group of 4 senior citizens and wanted to see Myanmar. We booked this cruise after looking at The Pandaws and others. We wanted something that felt Asian in design but was full service and luxurious. It was EVEN BETTER than we could have imagined. The rooms were spacious and finished in teak and lovely weavings and linens. The crew was about 3 crew to 1 of us. They treated us like Kings. My husband gets tired and has some mobility problems. They assigned 2 personal guides to him to literally help him up Pagodas with an arm on each side--no extra charge. The food was delicious and the service was "over-the top". I don't generally take the time to write reviews, but this cruise deserves to be highlighted. After the cruise we returned to Yangon for a couple days and next to Angkor Wat, but the Belmond Governor's Residence--5 star--is really yukky compared to the cruise we just came off of. Thanks Heritage Cruise Line. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
I have always wanted to cruise the Mekong and this boat came to my attention. This boat is out of this world, the rooms are beautiful, the food is magnificent, the breakfast and lunch are self served with something for everyone, the ... Read More
I have always wanted to cruise the Mekong and this boat came to my attention. This boat is out of this world, the rooms are beautiful, the food is magnificent, the breakfast and lunch are self served with something for everyone, the evening meal is waiter service with a good selection of starters, main course and desert. The service is 2nd to none, staff cannot do enough for you and are always smiling and happy the daily tours are well put together and the guides are perfectly appointed for the Campuchia/Cambodia start to the Vietnam My Tho, their knowledge is amazing and the command of the English language is very very good. I cannot recommend this cruise enough, you want for nothing. My thanks need to go to everyone of the staff on board and Mom, Phanne, Bora, Jerry, Wa & Sarif to name only 6 of the 40 staff looking after about 30 of us. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
I loved this so much, I want to do one they offer in a different location. The website really does not sell the boat or the experience. The boat is beautiful, about 8 years old and well maintained. Everything feels luxurious. I was ... Read More
I loved this so much, I want to do one they offer in a different location. The website really does not sell the boat or the experience. The boat is beautiful, about 8 years old and well maintained. Everything feels luxurious. I was travelling in low season, so there were only 23 guests (out of total 52) and 40 staff! The food was exceptional (and safe!) - and local to where we were travelling. The staff were always prepared to make changes to whatever you wanted, however. House wine was served foc with meals - I didn’t much like it, so ordered a bottle to suit my choice. But if you were happy with local wine/beer, you are in luck! Good cocktail menu in the bar - I had mango daiquiri. Chop one fresh mango, add 2 shots bacardi, blitz... and serve! There is a lovely small pool on deck - perfect for cooling off in. And the spa had two full-time therapists with a reasonably sized menu, but at AMAZING value. Recommended! The best bit about this cruise are the curated expeditions - all included in the cost. We got to see so much about the real lives and culture of the locals, going to their homes, trying their food, seeing their way of life, travelling the way they do (ox cart, cyclo, tuktuk!) What they don’t tell you, and should, is that you are being followed by a photographer who is recording everything - and you get a FREE CD at the end with all your memories! Bargain! There is free WIFI on board, BUT it is very poor in places, so be warned. Drove me mad. If you need WIFI to survive, buy a sim in both Cambodia and Vietnam - won’t cost you much, and will save your sanity. In Phnom Penh there was a lecture from a University lecturer. Go. He is highly entertaining, and very interesting, on modern Cambodian history. Sounds dry... but one of the highlights. One of the lowlights (in low season) is the transfer from Siem Reap to the port by bus - which took us c. 4 1/2 hours. Yes, it’s boring (there is a comfort break). But the coach is great, and there is WIFI!!! So psyche yourself up and go with the flow... I would suggest not a cruise for kids - no entertainment, all cutural stuff. Also not for those who are less able - as you will be leaping on/off moving boats, in and out of awkward vehicles etc. If mobility is an issue, you don’t like stairs, one to avoid. I went as a single female traveler (age 50) and loved it. Felt completely safe at all times. The other guests were really friendly - left me alone when I wanted it, chatted when I didn’t. I was the only Brit on board - the majority Aussie, with a sprinkling of US, Swedish, Spanish. I regularly just sat on the deck - dozing, reading, listening to music via headphones, just watching the scenery drift past. Incredibly relaxing. In fact, perfect and romantic for a honeymoon?..... This exceeded all my expectations. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We joined the ship in Mandalay at 9am, just on sailing time, even though we did not know this (note for ship - better information to agents re boarding time, or maybe a suggestion would be to start the voyage the night before at a hotel to ... Read More
We joined the ship in Mandalay at 9am, just on sailing time, even though we did not know this (note for ship - better information to agents re boarding time, or maybe a suggestion would be to start the voyage the night before at a hotel to ensure all guests are there and make it on board - Rupar Mandalar Hotel would be perfect). From the moment we were on board, everything was just wonderful. The ship layout and our cabin (junior suite) was as per the photos, spacious and lovely. The welcome flowers and the champagne in the cabin to toast our sailing was what turned out to be the excellent and ever present attention to detail that was the hallmark of the whole 11 nights/12 days on board. The staff service was superb, the shore excursions interesting, not too long, nor arduous, very safe and most enjoyable (note - a certain level of mobility is desirable on this cruise and cruise ship - no lifts but only 3 easy levels of decks to move between and some river banks and walks were a bit on the steep or rocky side. Whenever this happened the crew were there with an amazing level of support, friendly hands to guide up and down slopes and everybody felt well cared for). The Chindwin was a fabulous choice - 11 nights of graciously sailing back into time, where you can really unwind and relax. This part of Myanmar is some 50 years behind say the countryside in Thailand. It is subsistence farming with bullock drays, small villages, poor but happy people. What was fun was these people took as many photos of us (they may be poor but they all have smart phones) as we took of them. Tourists on the Chindwin are still relatively new and few and far between, as even the Anawahtra can only get up to Homalin on 2 voyages a year. The river is the lifeblood and we were on it. The Chindwin experience is different from the Mekong, Yangste or anything close to Europe (and we have done all these river cruises in high class vessels). So what made this cruise better than those in our opinion? Well apart from the stops at yet another Buddhist pagoda temple with "shoes off" requirements (bit like another church in Europe), the ship itself was so relaxing from the reasonably sized pool on the top deck to cool down after a hot shore excursion whilst you watch the world go by as we journeyed on, to the open area bar and lounge which was enjoyed as a meeting place from sunrise to long past sunset. The pool was serviced with drinks with the added nice touch of cold fruit satay sticks, the bar for drinks at any time and complimentary all day cappacino. It also served afternoon tea and was a popular WiFi point. The passenger care and thoughtfulness permeated, always with a smile. From welcome back on board cold fruit drinks and cold towels, to cleaning your shoes after every trip ashore, to little gifts on your bed each night which reflected the charms and culture of the Myanmar countryside we were sailing through, to the staff - always there, but never intrusive, the whole trip was a joy to be part of. Nothing was too much trouble, in fact the ship added to the itinerary whenever possible with a quick hour ashore here or there, to see the local village we were moored near if we arrived at our overnight anchorage early. We sadly left the ship in Bagan on day 12, having moored there overnight and spent half the last day being taken to the Ananda Temple and then a sunset pagoda which we precariously climbed up to witness the sun set over the most amazing landscape of temples, which was truly surreal. This afternoon was also good for a familiarisation of Bagan for those of us staying on for a day or so, which we would recommend – 2 nights extra is enough to catch a balloon ride as well – we hit 9 temples/pagodas in all including the ones we visited with the ship – all great, all different, visited a high end lacquer shop (Moes – can recommend), visited the local market and had a lovely lunch on the river. The ship organised a driver for us from the ship to our hotel and we used him for the additional 2 days – you need a driver in Bagan – the ship’s contact was half the price of our hotel!! Again thank you Anawahtra. Note re Bagan hotels – New Bagan versus Old Bagan - as you need to drive to get to the sights and nowhere is too far, choose the hotel that appeals most, location from what we saw does not really matter. Finer Anawahtra details: • We did not sail after 6pm and it was anchors up most mornings at 6am. • We moored mid river most nights and had a pilot boat with us to guide us and serve as our shore tender. • The cabins are all lovely with internal size, balcony size, bathroom size and amenity and being the major differences. The Royal Suites (2) have a series of well appointed rooms, plus bathroom and outdoor spa and worth the upgrade if you can. The Executive Suite (2) is basically the same as the Junior Suite and not worth the additional tariff over the Junior Suite in our opinion. The Junior Suite (only 3) is worth the extra cost over the normal cabins for the additional seating area, king bed, bathroom with separate Wow factor bath and shower, complimentary laundry, mini bar and 2 spa massages and a spacious balcony with 2 loungers. Having said that the normal cabins are more spacious than most cruise lines and very comfortable with a good layout affording 2 windows and a small balcony with chair. • For those with a suite your laundry was included and for those in other cabins, you had 4 pieces of laundry per cabin complimentary each night – such a bonus when it is hot and many changes of clothes are desirable throughout the day. • For those of you who are ethically minded, the Anawahtra carries a doctor and nurse on this trip. She served the passengers if required (nobody got sick nor injured on our trip) and on 3 occasions she went ahead and had an open (free) clinic for the villagers providing medicines, schooling materials and in one village – life jackets). This service and goods were donated by the ship as part of their social responsibility – the ship did not seek donations from the passengers to cover this service, which is not the same on many other cruise lines. . Re social responsibility and safety and "should you go" - we tossed this up and decided we had paid so we would go. As it turned out we saw not a semblance of trouble, the people are beautiful and need us and our tourist dollars. By withdrawing tourism support is not going to solve any of their issues. • Food to be honest was not five star quality but it was better than fair. There was plenty of it with breakfast and lunch buffets (Asian and Western food) and a la carte 4 course dinners with several choices. Generous amounts of wine (Chilean) and beer (not sure of the brand) was served complimentary at lunch and dinner for all. • Mosquitoes – you read A LOT about them in Myanmar. We had no issues with mosquitoes on the ship even though the folding doors in the bar area were always open full width bringing the outside scenery close and personal – maybe mooring mid river away from foliage is the answer. However, every time we went ashore we were given mosquito spray to use (plus sunscreen, water bottles and golf umbrellas (for sun, rain on one occasion, or a walking stick for some). In summary, cannot speak more highly of our Anawahtra cruise, cheers to the Captain, Leo and Win plus our guides and all the crew. We absolutely loved it all. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
I'd chosen the cruise because I wanted to see life along the Mekong River, particularly with a view to photography. I was not disappointed with the Jayavarman experience. It's a beautiful boat and all of the arrangements ran ... Read More
I'd chosen the cruise because I wanted to see life along the Mekong River, particularly with a view to photography. I was not disappointed with the Jayavarman experience. It's a beautiful boat and all of the arrangements ran like clockwork. It was great having a private balcony and also the choice of public areas if we wanted to chat with others. It was a sociable experience as we often shared a table at mealtimes, but there were tables for 2 if people did not feel like socialising. The staff could not have been more helpful - the young Cambodian girls were a delight, always smiling and welcoming. There was good variety of trips, demonstrating the history of the country and also the village life, which I found particularly interesting. I loved the variety of food and it was good to be able to eat salads and drink ice as we were reassured that all the water for washing and ice-making was bottled and safe. No-one was ill. It was an unforgettable trip! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
We wanted to experience the culture and beauty of Vietnam, Cambodia and the Mekong Delta; and what better way than on a beautiful river boat. The Jayavarman is just that. The staff was excellent and we were spoiled for the entire week. ... Read More
We wanted to experience the culture and beauty of Vietnam, Cambodia and the Mekong Delta; and what better way than on a beautiful river boat. The Jayavarman is just that. The staff was excellent and we were spoiled for the entire week. Nim, Panny and Makara were delightful. The cabin decor was elegant with adequate space, and a veranda with wonderful views. Amazing sunrises and sunsets. The ship's atmosphere was relaxing with a large open air deck to view the river and surrounding land. There areas to lounge or to socialize on the top 2 decks. The upper deck had chaise lounge chairs and a small pool. There were Tai Chi classes on the upper deck every morning. There is also a spa available for messages, manicures, pedicures, etc. WiFi was available at no extra charge, which was unexpected but nice to have. The food was excellent and abundant. Without previous notice, the chef catered to my husband's dietary needs of gluten free meals. He even prepared individual pastries and cakes. The dining hall was stylish and classically decorated. Service was great. The chef hosted a culinary class where the guest participated and learned several dishes including spring rolls. It was a lot of fun. Excursions were really interesting and very personal. We visited floating markets and small villages where we interacted with the local people; and learned about their way of life. The cultural experience was unforgettable. We visited the Killing Fields and the S21 Prison in Phnom Penh, an experience that won't soon be forgotten. We visited the Green School and the children were so excited and fun. Local families shared their homes and stories. I would definitely recommend the Heritage Line's Jayavarman cruise. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
After a week onboard, all six of us agreed that sailing from Siem Reap down the Mekong on the Jayavarman was a great decision. The cabins were much larger than we expected and particularly comfortable with a spacious ensuite. The ... Read More
After a week onboard, all six of us agreed that sailing from Siem Reap down the Mekong on the Jayavarman was a great decision. The cabins were much larger than we expected and particularly comfortable with a spacious ensuite. The diningroom and lounge areas were similarly spacious and well appointed. Couldn't fault the food, it was delicious, varied (every day) and more than enough (buffet breakfasts and lunch). The staff were wonderful and were almost the highlight of the trip. Maybe it was because we were an outgoing group of 3 couples but the staff were great fun, remembered names from Day 1 and were great fun. There were numerous opportunities for offshore experiences and things to do onboard. It was a lazy way to travel. We sailed in October, we gathered a quiet time because there were about 32 passengers onboard, a bit more than half. That was enough for us. A full cruise wouldn't have been as pleasant we believe. But all in all, a fabulous trip. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
Cruising the Mekong in his small ship is like being on the Orient Express except you are afloat. Cruising the Mekong is probably the best way to see the vibrancy, colour and rhythms of life that the Vietnamese and Cambodian people have ... Read More
Cruising the Mekong in his small ship is like being on the Orient Express except you are afloat. Cruising the Mekong is probably the best way to see the vibrancy, colour and rhythms of life that the Vietnamese and Cambodian people have been following for generations. Here you experience slices of life and photographic opportunities every minute to capture the essence of Vietnam and Cambodia. The activities and land trips are well spaced out with time to absorb each new experience. We never felt rushed or pressured. The staterooms are exquisitely furnished and finished and we all have private balconies, but the oldie worldie teak and cane, fresh flowers and rich fabrics cast you back to an older era. The staff are superb. Friendly and happy to share their stories. The guides who take you around the villages, fish farms,temples and give amazing talks at night are knowledgeable, passionate and happy to answer any questions. Tri our Cambodian guide was incredible as was our Vietnamese guide on the same trip. We taught them all Kiwi and Australian so it was bro this and bro that and a whole lot of fun and the food was exceptionally good with 9 staff in the kitchen and a good variety of Western and Asian food over the 8 days. Presents on the end of our beds each night added to the thrill of the journey. Read Less
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