The Jahan, Pearl of the Orient Downstream ex Phnom Penh to My Tho (Saigon) – 03 Nov 2021

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Heritage Line was founded in 2008 and provides luxurious cruise journeys on the Mekong River between Vietnam and Cambodia. The company is la Swiss-Vietnamese Joint Venture and located in Saigon – now called Ho Chi Minh City.

As the sun slowly sets…Step out on to your private balcony…sip on your drink and become part of the river life unfolding around you.

Start your day on the Mekong with Thai Chi lessons on the Sun Deck. Or bathe in the rays of dawn shining through your balcony as you lay in bed. A journey full of reverberating sights, colors and sounds awaits you.

Whether it is a refreshing sundowner drink at the lounge or a pampering time at the “Apsara” beauty salon, this is a time for reflection and relaxation.

When night falls, dancers perform and dinner is served. The ship changes hue at night and the staff emerge the following morning in their exquisite Cambodian traditional outfit.

or Stateroom is 30m2 on the Upper Deck with balcony.


All cabins Feature
•All cabins with audio entertainment system
•Bedside controls including AC, light and music
•Hot water kettle (Tea) and Espresso machine (Pads)
•Floor to ceiling sliding door’s
•4.5m2 balcony with 2 chairs and table
•Mini bar, hair dryer, beauty mirror, vintage phone, desk, chairs, sofa, luggage rack, 2-door wardrobe

Deluxe Stateroom is 30m2 on the Upper Deck with balcony.

All cabins Feature
•All cabins with audio entertainment system
•Bedside controls including AC, light and music
•Hot water kettle (Tea) and Espresso machine (Pads)
•Floor to ceiling sliding door’s
•4.5m2 balcony with 2 chairs and table
•Mini bar, hair dryer, beauty mirror, vintage phone, desk, chairs, sofa, luggage rack, 2-door wardrobe

Signature Stateroom
Signature Stateroom is 32m2 on the Upper Deck with balcony and 35m2 on the Main Deck with balcony.

The inclusions for Signature staterooms are (concept):

•Complimentary mini bar (daily replenished with your favorite drinks, chosen from the drinks menu)
•Balcony breakfast or in-suite dining
•Daily free laundry service
•Daily newspaper delivered to the room
•VIP turndown gifts
•Book gift: A pictorial Journey on the Jahan (or comparable gift)
•1 Private candle light dinner at the exclusively reserved observatory
•Butler service including:
•Draw a scented whirlpool bath
•Polish and condition your shoes
•Prepare and pack/unpack luggage
•Replenish your in-suite bar and preferred beverages
•Suggest and serve breakfast orders for in-room breakfast
•2 Days of free spa
•Welcome fruit basket

Suite stateroom is 51m2 located on the Upper Deck with balcony.

The inclusions for Suite staterooms are (concept):

•Complimentary mini bar (daily replenished with your favorite drinks, chosen from the drinks menu)
•Balcony breakfast or in-suite dining
•Daily free laundry service
•Daily newspaper delivered to the room
•VIP turndown gift
•Book gift: A pictorial Journey on the Jahan(or comparable gift)
•1 Private candle light dinner at the exclusively reserved observatory
•Butler service including:
•Draw a scented whirlpool bath
•Polish and condition your shoes
•Prepare and pack/unpack luggage
•Replenish your in-suite bar and preferred beverages
•Suggest and serve breakfast orders for in-room breakfast
•2 Days of free spa
•Welcome fruit basket

Advanced extras for Suite staterooms:
Included VIP services for Signature & Suite passenger:

•8 days of free spa
•Daily fruit basket
•Praline/nougat bouquet

Jahan - Main Deck

Jahan - Upper Deck

Jahan - Terrace Deck

Plying the slow, swirling waters of the Mekong, The Jahan is Heritage Line’s most romantic cruise liner. Considered the brother of The Jayavarman in Heritage Line’s “family” of cruise ships, this magnificent vessel was named after the Indian emperor Shah Jahan, who ruled the Mughal Empire from 1628 to 1658. A great patron of architecture and the arts, Shah Jahan oversaw the construction of many legendary sites, including India’s dazzling Red Fort, and the famed 777 gardens of Kashmir. This cultured monarch is a fitting namesake for The Jahan, which evokes the opulent vessels of British India. No expense has been spared in the interior or exterior decorations, which showcase the talents of local woodworkers, weavers and artists.

When guests aren’t relaxing in their luxurious cabins they can meet friends in the atmospheric East India Club; soak in the Jacuzzi on the Pool Deck; challenge a new friend to a game of chess in the Observatory Lounge; or enjoy a pampering massage in the Apsara Spa. With three decks, this vessel offers all the amenities of a fine resort, including a fitness center, steam rooms, a range of dining venues and an excellent spa. Stretching 70 meters from bow to stern, The Jahan features 26 beautifully-designed cabins on two decks, each with its own private balcony.

Discover the bygone elegance of travel aboard the majestic Jahan. Just as Indian art and architecture influenced the Khmer and Cham cultures in the Mekong Delta, the stunning artistry of The Jahan will inspire you, as will the delta’s vibrant beauty.

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 72 metres
  • Tonnage: 1400
  • Maiden Voyage: 2011
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 52
  • Crew Nationality: Cambodian & Vietnamese
  • Ship Registration: Vietnam

Ship Facilities

  • Lobby Lounge
  • Sun Deck
  • Boutique
  • Observatory
  • Wifi Library with Laptops, Ipods, DVD Players, Infomedia Kiosk
  • Plunge Pool
  • Aspara Spa
  • Funnel Bar
  • Dining Room
  • Gym and Steam Bath


Cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
03 Nov '21
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
03 Nov '21
Tan Chau, Vietnam
04 Nov '21
Tan Chau, Vietnam
04 Nov '21
Sa Dec, Vietnam
05 Nov '21
Cai Bei, Cambodia
05 Nov '21
My Tho, South Vietnam
06 Nov '21
My Tho, South Vietnam

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

3 Night Cruise sailing from Phnom Penh to My Tho aboard The Jahan.

(NOTE: Itinerary below is for the High Water programme. For details of Low Water programme please check at time of enquiry/booking)

Day 1 Phnom Penh – Border Crossing – Tan Chau
Welcome on board with Heritage Line for your Mekong River adventure. After you have checked in, we invite you to a highlight of this cruise before we lift the anchor. The lounge is set up for an eye- and ear-catching lecture about modern Cambodian history, held by our friend and local expert, Mr. Jean-Michel, professor from the Royal University of Phnom Penh. He has studied the subject extensively and is more than happy to share his first-hand knowledge and surprising insights. The lecture takes about one hour before we set sail southbound towards the Vietnamese border.

The rest of the morning and the whole afternoon is at your own disposal. From now on here, you can turn into cruise mode and hopefully experiences the relaxing influence of the cadence this mighty river emanates. The afternoon is perfect for massages, relaxation on a terrace deck sunbed or private balcony kick-backs. Conjure up a spell to merge with the river and float into a state of mild bliss.

You also may like to visit the bridge, as the captain always has a little story to share about “his” river. Or, if you are curious to learn more about Khmer gastronomy, join a culinary workshop to sharpen your knowledge about local cuisine.

As you sip drinks and nibble on treats during afternoon tea, we approach the border and finally arrive in Vietnam. From here it is just a short distance to Tan Chau, a pleasant, slow-paced border town with a sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer community. We moor near the city with views on the riverbanks.

Day 2 Tan Chau – My An Hung – Sa Dec
Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam.

Once arrived on-shore, we hop on “xelois” to see Tan Chau’s vibrant town-life. A “xeloi” is a local vehicle which is still used as a taxi in this area. Your personal xeloi driver slowly navigates through the streets to observe all the workshops, houses and shops while feeling the laid-back vibe of this place. We stop at the colourful, local market near one of the town’s temples. This is a great opportunity to interact with the vendors of this friendly town and try your hand at bargaining with them.

To see what Tan Chau is famous for, we board local boats and head to a floating fish farm. You are about to get an exclusive look into the world’s largest inland aquaculture industry. Each of the floating structures has netting hanging down into the water to enclose the fish, which are raised and fed on a daily basis. The region’s specialties are tilapia and the Basa catfish, or Pangasius, which is unique to the Mekong River basin and rapidly gaining popularity on the international seafood market.

Back on board and before lunch is served, you may take a dip in the pool. After the meal, our expert guides offer a presentation about life in the Mekong Delta as the ship continues to My An Hung near Sa Dec province.

My An Hung Village is a wonderful example of a real local village in the Mekong Delta. Time stands still here and we receive wonderful insights into the private household of a local family and visit the seasonal vegetable fields to see what they are currently cultivating. We are invited to their house for a Vietnamese tea tasting. Vietnamese tea is often bitter, so locals sweeten it with honey, a regional delicacy also produced by our hosts. The family then presents a huge variety of fruits growing in the delta, freshly cut from the tree. And as an artist group performs a traditional, artistic dragon dance, we snack on these “vitamins bombs”.

The sun sets and the light now bathes everything in a golden hue. The surrounding natural beauty is a perfect backdrop for a riverbank gathering with cocktails and dancing with the crew in this remote, secluded location.

Day 3 Binh Thanh Island – Cai Be – My Tho
This morning the vessel arrives at one of the larger islands in the vast stream of the Mekong, Binh Thanh Island. Several communities have settled here and make their living by growing water hyacinths.

We exclusively visit one of these untouched areas. By wandering through the village, we get a deep understanding of native life. One of the local artisans, for example, demonstrates the entire process of traditional mat making. You can try weaving yourself. We also meet a local elderly couple who share their story of living on this island. They are always happy to chit-chat with our guests.

Back on the ship lunch is served and we sail towards Cai Be. Cai Be is a charming town which is famous for its Catholic French church and the manufacturing of traditional crafts and food products. The once enormous floating market of Cai Be gets smaller year by year since trading on the water is continually shifting towards modern markets. However, you can still see boat-to-boat trading of local goods, such as fruits and agricultural products and imagine what this must have looked like on a larger scale. We learn from our guide about the long-lasting trading culture and how each boat has a special marker to let buyers know what goods they are selling.

By local boat, we sail along the green canal network and watch the farmers working in the fields. A visit ashore of a workshop shows us the manufacturing of rice paste, rice paper, rice cookies and rice wine. Cai Be’s surrounding areas are covered by palm trees, which is why the region is also famous for the production of coconut candy.

Back on board our crew invites you to a farewell event and to enjoy some cheerful moments before dinner, including music and Cambodian dancing together with the team. Savour your final dinner aboard and relive the week’s adventures in your mind’s eye with a glass of wine at the open bar.

Day 4 My Tho – Saigon
Enjoy your last breakfast aboard your floating home. We disembark the ship after breakfast and take a bus transfer from My Tho to Saigon. It is only around 70 kilometres on the highway, and you arrive in Saigon by mid-morning.

We hope you enjoyed this fascinating river cruise, just as our crew does every single time. Moreover, take the enchanting memories and friendships along with you and share the stories of this amazing river – the Mighty Mekong.

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