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Mekong river cruises with Reviews on tripadvisor

posted Jun 13, 2019, 7:13 PM by Long Quoc Tran   [ updated Jun 13, 2019, 7:57 PM ]

Want to do a mekong river cruise, seems alot of companies to choose. Can any one recomend one they found to be fantastic all the way please?

Question from member nickname trishwhite from Melbourne, Australia on Tripadvisor Forum

The replies from other Tripadvisor Members, recommendations are for:
- Cai Be Princess / Song Xanh Sampan (my prefer choice)
- Mekong Eyes
- Bassac.

Review from TripAdvisor nickname TravellersT00
Melbourne, Australia
My husband and I recently completed the Pandaw cruise from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh city. The crew were all lovely and attentive, however, we and several others on the same cruise, thought that it was far too expensive for what we got. The food was good, but not really reflective of local cuisines, the day trips were very limited, a few hours on about 4 days, and geared towards handing out to favoured places and telling us not to give money at other non favoured places. 1 day's changed events were to a tour of the boat! Ridiculous when you could do this any time, and we'd have preferred to actually be taken to shore to look around the town. We did the same tour of kilns, ricepaper making, etc, they were good and it would have been great to have more of this sort of thing. Overall, we're telling other friends who want to do the trip to save their money and once in Asia, do some day trips where you'd get to see and do more at much better prices! Once you are in any of the main towns on the Mekong it seems they all had links to shorter and cheaper cruises.

HOWEVER, please note that Cai Be Princess, Song Xanh, Mekong Eyes or Bassac are all small boats to do excursions in a small area of operation. The operators would offer you 1 night or 2 nights in Can Tho or Cai Be in Vietnam only

The Pandaw is good. However, this day we introduce a new product: the Jahan Cruise

  • Number of cabins: 26
  • Standard: 4 star
  • Port of call : Saigon - Can Tho- Chau Doc- Phnom Penh- Siem Reap

Fascinating shore programs of JAHAN cruises

— privatized, or in a small group, allow for the discovery of a more exotic Indo-china. For luxury relaxed adventure’ travelers with a passion to explore the un-known at their own pace, the worlds cultural heritage and hinterland and experience it in rare ways

Discover fascinating Cambodia and Vietnam along the mighty Mekong.  "The Lost Civilization" upstream cruise and "Pearl of the Orient" down-stream cruise for 8 days and 7 nights connecting bustling Ho Chi Minh City with Siem Reap, home of the magnificent Angkor Wat temple.




Mekong River Cruise from Vietnam to Cambodia

posted Jun 13, 2019, 6:54 PM by Long Quoc Tran   [ updated Jun 13, 2019, 7:10 PM ]

Cruising from Vietnam to Cambodia via Mekong River: Jahan classic route is from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) in Vietnam to Siem Reap in Cambodia. With this you see the best of Indochina, from the French colonial cities of Saigon and Phnom Penh to the World Heritage Site of Angkor with its amazing Khmer temples.
The Jahan ship pass through a richly varying riverscape from the vast Mekong Delta with Can Tho floating markets, Chau Doc bustling trading towns and vibrant river life to the silence of the Cambodian Mekong river with its delightful rural life.
You will explore the Tonle River to the edge of the Tonle Lake and spend a couple of days tinkering in Phnom Penh, with its temples, palaces, museums and buzzing night life not to mention shopping.
Perhaps the most exciting moment of this voyage is a visit to the Dolphin grounds at Stuc Treng. Only we can go there because of the special shallow draft design of Jahan river cruise ships.

We would like to give you a popular route:

The Lost Civilization: from Vietnam to Cambodia, 8 days 7 nights on R.V Jahan Cruise

Crusing on Mekong River from Saigon to Siem Reap, with stopover on Mekong Delta, Border Town Chau Doc and Tan Chau, Phnom Penh on Jayavarman Ship

Hotline contacts

posted Jun 7, 2019, 7:32 PM by Long Quoc Tran   [ updated Jun 7, 2019, 7:32 PM ]

JAHAN SHIP EMERGENCY CONTACTS

RAKSMEY (Mr.), Smey: 
- Mobile in Cambodia: +855(0)12288631
- Mobile in Vietnam: +84(0)837776570

HUPPE (Mr.), Brian:
- Mobile in Cambodia: +855(0)16661954
- Mobile in Vietnam: +84(0)889846599

Hotline of Operations at Renaissance Riverside hotel
BUI (Ms.), Hoa: +84966288290

JAYAVARMAN SHIP EMERGENCY CONTACTS

SUTRISNADI (Mr.), Sentot:
Mobile in Vietnam: +84 (0) 989544834
Mobile in Cambodia: +855 (0) 12494991

CAGAMPANG (Mr.), Orlando
Mobile in Vietnam: +84 (0) 348804253
Mobile in Cambodia: +855 (0) 11300050

LAND OPERATION
BUI (Ms.), Hoa
Hotline of Operations at Renaissance Riverside hotel
BUI (Ms.), Hoa: +84966288290

Jahan Cruise - a Partner of Traveller Made

posted May 16, 2019, 6:46 PM by Long Quoc Tran   [ updated May 16, 2019, 6:51 PM ]

The Jahan is officially becoming a member of Traveller Made. To become a Partner of Traveller Made- Partners are travel industry suppliers in hospitality, air transport, yachting and destination management.

Traveller Made is a network of luxury travel designers dedicated to providing unique and exclusive bespoke journeys to travellers looking for different and original experiences, requiring skilled and knowledgeable advisors who are committed to fully servicing their clients.

Network
The Traveller Made® network community gathers agencies selected by-invitation-only.

Luxury travel designer community, Traveller Made, may be just five years old, but in that time the network has carved out the reputation as being the highest suite booking group in the world. The brainchild of Frenchman Quentin Desurmont, Traveller Made is a network that’s on the charge. With more than 360 members spanning a third of the world’s countries, the company has eyes for continued growth in the United States, Latin America and Australia, where it currently has only a handful of agencies.

Consumer research among affluent travellers has shown that whilst luxury travel consumption was growing steadily, the only reliable industry response to this need was provided by a few travel agencies.
These travel agencies have innovated in the process of creating on-demand and tailor-made holidays and by managing close consumer relationships. These travel agencies are usually small-sized, as they gather between 5 and 30 experienced travel designers with a high professional standard, which gives them the ability to provide the best level of service within the travel industry.

Traveller Made is a network community which aims at:

1/ Significantly increasing the awareness of a new way of creating holidays
2/ Providing Member Agencies with the best shared practices within the industry.

By choosing Traveller Made® Member Agencies, travellers have the assurance to entrust experienced and committed travel professionals with the design of their dream holidays.

TRAVELLER MADE IN VIETNAM

MORE INFORMATION

Update 1st February 2019 for Visa on board Jahan

posted Feb 12, 2019, 11:58 PM by Long Quoc Tran

Please be most updated about e-visas in both Vietnam and Cambodia for border crossing on river as below:

1. Cambodia visa (upstream cruise): e-visa is NOT accepted for border crossing on river.
2. Vietnam visa (downstream cruise): there are 03 ways to apply Vietnam visa:

Option 1:  Obtain Vietnam visa at Vietnam embassy in Phnom Penh. 

In case guest does not have Vietnam visa upon arrival:
-          For cruise Siem Reap to Saigon, our on-board colleague(s) will help proceed at Vietnam embassy in Phnom Penh as usual, visa fee is at USD75 per pax/ 30 days/ single  entry. Guest is required to provide 01 passport photo (4x6 cm) and original passport.
-          For cruise Phnom Penh to Saigon, guest is required to provide 01 passport photo (4x6 cm) and original passport 1 day prior cruising date. Our on-board colleague(s) will contact guest via their hotel in Phnom Penh to collect required documents.

Option 2: Have an invitation letter and obtain visa at border
-          In case guest has invitation letter, our on-board colleague(s) will assist get visa at border. Invitation letter MUST BE ORIGINAL and mention the right entry port: Vinh Xuong or Song Tien port. Guest has to pay stamping fee at USD35 per pax/ 30 days/ single  entry.

Option 3: Obtain e-visa
Vietnam e-visa is valid for border crossing on river. Guest can obtain e-visa via link: https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/web/guest/trang-chu-ttdt.

Note:
·         Port of entry MUST BE Song Tien Landport
·         E-visa is applicable for 30 days/ single entry ONLY
·         Attached file is list of countries can be applied for Vietnam E-visa

Thanks for reading this update from Jahan cruise sales

Gourmet Voyage & Wellness Cruises 2018

posted Jan 2, 2018, 6:46 AM by Long Quoc Tran   [ updated Jan 21, 2018, 8:10 PM ]

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Heritage Line has crafted four special river voyages on selected departures in 2018 paired with two wonderful themes – Gourmet and Wellness. Both cruises are tailor-made themed and with very special activities offered by the professional culinary and wellness experts. Two cruises each are offered on The Jahan (Mekong)

The Gourmet Voyage on the Mekong river, welcomes UK Master Chef finalist Sara Danesin Medio.

For the two Wellness Cruises to host an experienced wellness expert from Germany. Marion Meidlinger has not only broad expertise in yoga and meditation, she also lives passionately a life focusing on healthy diet. She owns advanced certificates on this subject and will share her knowledge in special nutrition (herbs and spices) with the guests.

All theme cruises offer special include benefits. Please review all details here.


Heritage Line offers a fantastic gourmet themed cruise along the Mekong River

GOURMET Cruise | Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (upstream) | 5 Days – 4 Nights

Heritage Line offers a marvelous wellness themed cruise along the Mekong River
WELLNESS Cruise | Siem Reap – Saigon (downstream) | 8 Days – 7 Nights

Off season periods in 2018

posted Jan 2, 2018, 6:28 AM by Long Quoc Tran   [ updated Jan 21, 2018, 8:11 PM ]

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The off season (not in operation) periods in 2018 for Jahan and Jayavarman Ships

Jahan: off from 5th May 2018 until 16th Jun 2018
Jayavarman: off from 28th April 2018 until 6th July 2018

For the availability of Jahan Ship, kindly click on below link (Jahan Availability 2018)
For the availablity of Jayavarman Ship, kindly click on the link (Jayavarman Availability 2018)

To book the ship cruises on Mekong River, contact First Choice at:
Email: info@jahancruises.com 
Microsoft Live Mail: jahancruises@outlook.com
Tel: +84912217448. 
Office in Hanoi: 18/32 Chua Ha, Cau Giay, Hanoi, Vietnam

Contact us for more information about off season 2018

Money, Dams and Power on Mekong River

posted Mar 12, 2017, 12:54 AM by Long Quoc Tran   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 7:10 PM ]

Mekong change
Further upstream in Laos the high mountains and steep canyons dictate river flows and this is also changing rapidly with the government in Vientiane relentless in its push for hydro-power development.

Damming the main stream of the region's longest river is a contentious point. Environmentalists are bitterly opposed to dam construction, a key plank in the Lao government's plan to turn their impoverished, landlocked country into "the battery of Asia".

It wants to sell hydro-electricity into neighbouring countries through construction of 11 dams across the mainstream of the Mekong River with another 123 dams to be built along the river's tributaries. 

Laos has just announced the go ahead of its third mainstream dam, at Pak Beng in the north and has tried to allay concerns over traditional fish breeding patterns, arguing fish by-passes would enable fish migration to continue upstream for spawning. Scientists, however, are not convinced.

Anna Green, Chief Executive Officer for ANZ Bank in Laos said infrastructure investment, manufacturing and tourism would figure prominently in driving economic growth in the region over the coming years but countries located along the Mekong would rely on hydro-power to maintain their growth numbers.

“Whilst there are good reasons why NGOs have taken issue with hydro-power development on the Mekong, the political reality is that governments of the region continue to see hydro-power as a clean and sustainable way to develop their natural resources,” she said.

“For that reason we can expect to see more development activity in this space in the near term.”

Green said the involvement of the Mekong River Commission (MRC), which was heavily restructured in 2016 after years of mismanagement, could assist in ensuring development is undertaken in compliance with international best practice standards.

“Increasingly governments of the region are recognizing the need to manage their natural resources responsibly and there is a growing understanding of the impact that their immediate decisions about damming will have on the life of their resources and their availability for future generations,”she said.

MEKONG RIVER CRUISE
Our expert cruise consultants are available to answer any queries you may have about travelling the Mekong River and the Jahan cruise ship. Call +84912217448 and we can assist with all of your travel needs.

Explore Jahan Cruise fleet and discover details about the eco ships, deck plan, staterooms and on board entertainment. Visit JahanCruises.com for more information

Changing streams on the Mekong River

posted Mar 12, 2017, 12:51 AM by Long Quoc Tran   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 5:22 AM ]

Mekong Change
The use of the Mekong River is changing rapidly. Aquaculture and fish farming are now among the high growth industries, offering employment and better standards of living, but at the expense of traditional fishermen who have plied these waters for centuries.
It's a significant shift which fishermen say has resulted primarily from a sharp decline of natural fish stocks in the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB) – a change welcomed by many who relish the prospect of an end to the back breaking work of fishing from rickety samphans under a harsh tropical sun.

Fishermen routinely caught between 100 to 300 kilograms of fish a day when casting their nets 10 to 15 years ago.

Then, fish stocks were near their highest levels as three decades of war came to an end. Today, they say their daily catches have been reduced to between five and 15 kilograms.

Overfishing, illegal fishing with electric nets, drought, increased demand and higher salinisation levels blamed on climate change have all played a part. Many fishermen however believe it is the upstream dams in Laos and China responsible for the disappearing catch.

“Fish are getting rarer, day by day, especially over the last two years and I think it is because of the changing weather, heavier rains plus the dam construction,” said No Isa, a 37 year-old fisherman, and spokesman for the local fishing community here.

Not all agree but his view is common in the fishing community.

OPPORTUNITY COSTS

About 70 million people in the LMB depend on the Mekong River for their food security, 10 million more than two decades ago, amid a wealth of development ranging from petrochemicals and tourism to dam construction and sand dredging.

Dredging too can be controversial if there is flouting of local environmental laws or the forced removal of too many people from their traditional lands.

But sand is still eagerly sought by countries such as Singapore for construction and Cambodia sits in an alluvial plain. The island-state has spent millions since exports from Cambodia resumed with the arrival of post-war reconstruction, a substantial contribution to government coffers.

David Totten, Director of Emerging Markets Consulting (EMC) said measuring the value of the Mekong River “in the strict sense” had to be achieved through “opportunity costs” -what it costs to replace what it currently provides. It's a measurement complicated by traditional values.

“That’s the issue facing Cambodia,” he said. “Basically a lot of poor people fishing in it, watering livestock in it, and growing crops in the land it fertilises.”

Totten said the Mekong River was also the source of much needed irrigation water and provided transportation for rice, cassava and other foodstuffs, including fish, even sturgeon breeding for the harvesting of caviar in the upper Mekong tributaries in Vietnam.

But within the LMB – the size of France and Germany during the wet season – increased demand for fish is resulting in a phenomenon scientists call fishing down: when large fish are depleted to the point they are replaced by once-discarded smaller fish.

With supply incapable of keeping up with post-war growth, aquaculture is emerging as a key industry, helping to offset losses among fishing families.

According to the fisheries newsletter, Catch and Culture, growth rates for aquaculture in the LMB are three times faster than the global total.

It valued the Mekong River fish catch in 2015 at $US5.8 billion, up from $US4.8 billion in 2010 and less than $US1 billion in 2003. The total fish harvest from the Mekong River and LMB was valued at $US11 billion in 2015.

Comparative figures for previous years and 2016 were not available.

Chinese firms are prominent here due to a lack of clean rivers in China. China Ocean Fishing Holding Ltd is negotiating a $US100 million aquaculture project in Cambodia that would include fish farms, a feed mill and a processing plant.

Norwegian group Vitamar wants to build a $US23 million dollar fish farm in the southern port town Sihanoukville while the Japanese International Cooperation Agency has its own plans for a fish breeding program and a research centre in Phnom Penh.

But business can also be fickle.

“Some months are good, some months are not so good,” said Sok Chanty, 40, who turned to fish farming as traditional fish stocks fell. He provides baby fish reared in ponds for restaurants.

“Still it's much better than the alternative. Fishing in the Mekong is physically tough and it hurts as you get older,” he said. “Why would you do that when the returns are so small?”

For those reasons world aquaculture production is expected to surpass the production of traditional fish catches by 2023 and that should help re-orientate food security and improve the lives of millions in the LMB, who still live a traditional hand-to-mouth existence.

For other details on the Mekong River, please contact sales at jahancruises@outlook.com 

Take a look around the excellent on-board Jahan facilities, see desk plans, webcams and explore what's on offer onboard each of the world class cruise ship fleet.

Optional private excursion in Cai Be

posted May 7, 2016, 3:26 AM by Long Quoc Tran   [ updated Jan 21, 2018, 8:12 PM ]

jahan cruise
Net fishing and private chef markets tours in Cai Be for the Jahan and Jayavarman passengers

Schedule:
- Upstream (Day 2): 8:15- 10:30 A.M.
- Downstream: not available

Programe:
- For 01 to 06 passengers only
- Private tour guide from Jahan throughout
- Private boat from the ship to small canal to see fisherman net fishing. Guest may try fishing (30 minutes)
- Private boat to floating market, our chef will assist guests with shopping and purchased items will be prepared for them onboard (30 minutes)
- Private boat to the local market, our chef will assist guests with shopping and purcased items will be prepared for them onboard (1 hour)
- Private boat back to the ship (15 minutes)

SERVICES: private boat transfer, private guide, chef assistance, fishing activity, drinking water, sight seeing

PRICE:
- 1 person: US$ 135
- 2 persons: US$ 70/person
- 3 persons: US$ 58/person
- 4 persons: US$ 54/person
- 5 persons: US$ 37/person
- 6 persons: US$ 35/person

- Prices listed are for English speaking guides
- For French, German or Spanish speaking guides a surcharge of US$ 20 will apply (per group)
- Advance booking required and non-English speaking guides are subject to availability

Add-ons to standard itinerary:
- Private guide throughout
- Private boat transfer round trip
- Net fishing
- Market tours with Chef

Deletion from standard itinerary
- Rice factory Group guided tour

Contact the cruise sales at info@jahancruises.com for further information on Jahan & Jayavarman

JAHAN CRUISE
Take advantage of our promotion code DJC-12 on Jahan Luxury River Cruise and top 5-star hotels in Siem Reap and Saigon. You will stay 2 nights in Siem Reap and and 2 nights in Saigon

Explore all of the Mekong Cruise ships. Pick a cruise ship and hop aboard for an incredible vacation. Find out about Mekong ship details, activities on board, dining options, deck plans and much more at JahanCruises.Com

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