Heralding a new era in boutique cruising on the Mekong River, The Jayavarman, the most luxurious vessel in Indochina, is now operating a full schedule of cruise itineraries between Vietnam and Cambodia following its launch last December.
Operating between its home port of My Tho, a short drive from Ho Chi Minh City, and Cambodia's Siem Reap, the jump off point for the famous Angkor Temples, those wishing to immerse themselves in the region's unique culture in the lap of luxury can now choose from a medley of distinct itineraries.
These include an eight-day program linking My Tho with Siem Reap, and vice versa.
For those who prefer a shorter voyage, options include a four-day/three-night program showcasing the Vietnamese section of the river and a five-day/four-night cruise sailing between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.
Daily shore excursions offer passengers the opportunity to engage with local communities. These include early morning visits to fishing villages and an outing to a rural school in Kampong Cham.
On board experiences range from lectures on local agriculture and culture through to a hands-on cooking demonstration of Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisine.
Optional activities while in Phnom Penh include a detailed account of the Khmer Rouge period given by a local professor and a traditional 'Apsara dance' performance with cocktails.
The cruises also provide The Jayavarman's passengers with a chance to help Cambodian children by donating to the Cambodia Literacy Project which is sponsored by The Jayavarman's company Heritage Line.
The Jayavarman's Chief Operating Officer Matt Masson, said forward bookings for 2010 were looking very positive with many high season departures (October - December) filling up quickly however there was still some availability throughout the low season.