Travel the Mekong River aboard The Jahan, a riverboat built in 2011 that accommodates, at capacity, 48 guests in 22 outside-facing staterooms and two suites, each with a private balcony.
The season for Cambodia and Vietnam is January through April, although departure dates may vary from year to year.
On board public areas
A choice of public areas is available for all guests. Some areas, such as the restaurant, are listed here, but there is more information about meals in Life Aboard. The top of the ship features a restaurant and bar and a small pool. The lounge, located on the upper deck, has a library, full service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations. It is the center of the expedition community, where we gather for talks and daily Recap. The observatory is another gathering place, where guests mingle with staff to watch the beautiful countryside glide past. At the discretion of the ship's officers, guests are welcome on the bridge to meet the captain and officers, and to learn about navigation. And the ship offers any number of places to pass time enjoyably alone, or with a small group.
Heating & air-conditioning
The ship is fully climate controlled, either heated or air conditioned, depending on the outside temperature.
Email and internet access are available onboard. Your personal email and internet may be accessed from your own device in your cabin or in one of many wifi areas aboard, at no additional charge. There is also a laptop aboard that guests may borrow. Please note that service is apt to be intermittent and slow along the Mekong.
Laundry and pressing services are available for an additional charge. There is no dry cleaning.
For the comfort of all our guests, smoking is permitted only in designated outdoor areas.
Each cabin has its own thermostat, allowing you to control the temperature (heating or air conditioning) in your cabin.
All cabins are outside-facing, and have glass doors and private balconies for enjoying the scenery along the Mekong River and its tributaries.
We supply conditioning shampoo, body wash, and body lotion. If you choose to bring your own shampoo and/or conditioner, we recommend that you bring biodegradable products.
Hair dryers are available in each bathroom.
Beverages and snacks
Each cabin has a tea kettle and espresso machine, along with a mini bar.
DVD and iPod players are available upon request. There are 240-volt outlets (standard European) in each cabin, using the round two-prong French-style plug. These are appropriate for laptops, battery chargers, digital cameras, video cameras, hair dryers, and most other uses. U.S. appliances that run only on 110 volts require a voltage converter.
Your cabin is equipped with a safe deposit box, though we recommend that you leave jewelry and other valuables at home. All passports are kept throughout the duration of the voyage by the ship’s staff.
The menu is international, with a focus on the outstanding and distinctive cuisines of Vietnam and Cambodia. You'll even have a chance to learn traditional cooking methods if you choose. Our chefs use fresh, local ingredients acquired along our route. An array of fresh fruits and delicious, fresh juices are key components of the breakfast buffet. There are fish or meat choices at every meal, and our chef will happily accommodate vegan or other special diet requests. Pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres are served in the lounge at daily Recap.
Throughout your expedition, there is no need for formal clothing, unless you’re inspired to do so. The onboard atmosphere is casual and comfortable, and so is the dress code.
Coffee, soft drinks, tea, and hot chocolate are available throughout the day as are light snacks.
Yes. A wide variety of select alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available at no additional charge throughout your voyage.
In cities where motor coaches used by tour groups would never flow through the clogged city centers, we’ll travel as local residents do: by tuk-tuk (motorized taxi) to Angkor Wat, and seated in a cyclo (bicycle taxi) while riding through Phnom Penh. Local boats will ferry us along the Tonle Sap River to see the floating houses and visit the shops along the riverbanks.
You'll walk directly off the ship when it is docked, and occasionally we'll reach the shore using small local boats.
The vast majority of sailing on The Jahan is done during daylight hours between excursions. On some occassions it might be necessary for the ship to drop guests off in one place and then pick them up in another after they are finished exploring. Only rarely, if at all, will the ship sail at night.
Your expedition team, which accompanies all your explorations off the ship, is key to your experience. The Jahan's expedition staff consists of a veteran Lindblad-National Geographic expedition leader, historian, and naturalist, along with regional experts along our route. Skilled local guides help us explore Angkor, Saigon, and Phnom Penh. With extensive regional knowledge, these professionals will share the legends and souls of these fantastic sites.
Your expedition team not only accompanies all your explorations off the ship, they also give engaging talks and informal presentations on board. The state-of-the art lounge is equipped with facilities for films, slideshows, and presentations. Naturalists will share their knowledge and add insight to all you see and do. On select departures, Global Perspectives guest speakers will add depth, knowledge, and relevancy to your understanding of the region. Our National Geographic Photographer shares their images and offer one-to-one critiques for those who are interested in participating.
This is an expedition tradition, as much a part of the expedition as visiting temples, cities, and villages. Recaps are generally held each evening in the lounge prior to dinner and include informal presentations by the staff and a lively review of the day’s events involving both staff and guests. At the conclusion of Recap, your expedition leader will review the activity options for the next day.
Most of the service staff onboard speak English well, and others well enough to communicate ideas. Your Vietnamese and Cambodian guides speak fluent English. You'll find that everyone does their best to communicate and their warmth and understanding of your needs tends to overcome any difficulties with language.
Yes, there is a small fitness room on the main deck with a treadmill, stationary bicycle and elliptical trainer. Morning Tai Chi classes are offered on the terrace deck.
Exploring the world can be a powerful restorative tonic. To that end, we offer you options to tap into your own personal wellness goals and help you rejuvenate as best we can. Apsara Spa, on the terrace deck, offers a range of massage treatments, plus face, hand, and foot treatments, all available by appointment. The spa is also equipped with a steam room. To complement your wellness and relaxation goals, morning Tai Chi classes are offered on the terrace deck.
We think family travel can be a rewarding and enriching experience for all generations. Children who are over 7 years old are warmly welcome aboard The Jahan.
We trust that you know your children and grandchildren best, so please consider that this is a cultural expedition, with time spent in temples, villages, and museums, and there are few opportunities to run around and play.
A minor consent form must be signed by the parents or parent not traveling with the child. It is also suggested that the legal guardian of the child sign and have notarized a letter of consent to travel with their knowledge.
Prior to your departure date, we will provide you with a list of port contacts and phone numbers, indicating how you can be reached in case of emergency.
Email and Internet access are available onboard. Your personal email and Internet may be accessed from your own device in your cabin or in one of many Wi-Fi areas aboard, at no additional charge. There is also a laptop aboard that guests may borrow. Please note that service is apt to be intermittent and slow along the Mekong.
No vaccinations are currently required for travel to Cambodia or Vietnam if you travel there directly from the United States. If you are not traveling directly from the United States, please contact the CDC for specific information regarding travel to Cambodia or Vietnam from other countries. The CDC recommends that the normal routine vaccines should be up to date: Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR Vaccine), Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTP Vaccine) and Polio vaccine, and also recommends vaccination again Hepatitis A & B. According to the CDC, in most places on our itinerary the risk of malaria is low, but you may wish to consider asking your doctor to prescribe anti-malarial medication.
Yes, it is mandatory that you and your doctor complete and return a required three-part General Medical Information Form prior to departure so that our ship’s physician is fully aware of your medical conditions (i.e. diabetes, pregnancy) and will be better able to care for you should an emergency arise.
Seasickness is not typically an issue along the Mekong Delta. The water is generally flat, although there is a constant current. Those prone to motion discomfort may wish to bring some preventative medicine; please check with your personal physician for recommendations.
Yes, you will need a passport that is valid for at least six months after the end of your expedition.
Visa policies are subject to change without notice.
If you are a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you will need visas for both Cambodia and Vietnam.
If your journey begins in Cambodia, you may obtain a Cambodia visa in advance or upon arrival at the airport in Siem Reap. You must obtain a visa for Vietnam in advance of your expedition. The Vietnam “e-visa” system cannot be used since e-visas are not issued for our port of entry on the Mekong River.
If your journey will begin in Vietnam, you need to get a Vietnam visa in advance. Your Cambodian visa will be obtained by shipboard staff during the border crossing from Vietnam to Cambodia.
The shipboard currency is the British Pound (GBP) and any items for sale are listed as such. Any purchases onboard the ship may be paid in cash (GBP or USD) or by credit card (American Express, Visa and MasterCard). Personal checks and travelers' checks cannot be accepted.
The national currencies of Cambodia and Vietnam are the riel and the dong, respectively. USD is widely accepted in Cambodia and can be obtained at ATMs in that country. Only the Vietnamese dong can be used in Vietnam. You'll be able to exchange small amounts of money with the ship and at banks in the cities you visit, as well as at ATMs in certain locations.
Visa, Mastercard and American Express are accepted aboard The Jahan and in major shops and hotels in the bigger cities on your trip. Credit cards are rarely, if at all, accepted in rural areas and local currency may be necessary. Bring USD (clean and crisp, with no tears, rips, creases, or marks) in small denominations for use in Cambodia and for exchange along the way in Vietnam.
All gratuities to service staff ashore as well as to the crew of The Jahan are included in your expedition cost.
That’s a personal choice. Note, you will be able to use credit cards and personal checks aboard. Unfortunately, we are unable to cash personal checks or traveler's checks for cash on board.
Often, the most memorable events are those that are unplanned. That’s why every Lindblad-National Geographic itinerary has flexibility built into the schedule. Once in the destination city, village or historic site, considerable time is left open for exploring. To get a sense of what these adventurous, open-ended days are like, spend some time reading our Daily Expedition Reports. You can read the top ten or browse our archives, looking at the destination and time of year that most interests you.
Between January and April, The average air temperature in Saigon is between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The average air temperature in Cambodia is between 80 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
This can be a physically challenging journey, and is not recommended for anyone with serious difficulty walking. There are temples with many steps that have no railings, and there are often cobblestone walkways. You need to be able to walk a mile or two on uneven terrain unassisted. One can still accompany the group on outings and wait while the rest of the group ventures onward. Since you are traveling to a remote area without access to sophisticated medical facilities you must not join this expedition if you have a life-threatening condition.
Yes, guests are welcome to visit the bridge to meet our officers and captain and learn about navigation and the extensive equipment located on the bridge.
Lindblad Expedition costs are all-inclusive:
- All ship and hotel accommodations
- All meals aboard ship and most meals ashore except when an itinerary provides an "at your leisure" morning, afternoon, or evening.
- A selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks onboard are included in the price of your expedition.
- Tips, taxes, port charges, and service charges.
- All shore excursions and sightseeing, entrance fees, special access permits.
- Transfers to and from group flights
- Tuk-tuk (motorized taxi), cyclo (bicycle taxi), and local boat rides
- Services of our expedition team
- International airfare is always shown as a separate cost since many of our travelers prefer to use frequent flyer miles.
There are never hidden charges, like port charges. Of course, you’ll want to check carefully the inclusions for the journey you’ve selected, but you can rest assured there will be nothing hidden. Activities and shore excursions are included in the cost of every Lindblad Expedition. We don't want you to miss out on anything. Many cruise lines charge you extra, often hundreds of dollars, to see the sites that prompted you to book in the first place. With Lindblad, all activities and sightseeing are included-from guided hikes to kayaking. You'll always have the freedom to pick and choose activities as your day unfolds. After all, these are not scheduled tours, these are expeditions. Everyone is different—every day is different.
Cambodia and Vietnam are 11 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Transfers are included for all guests between the group airports and group hotels, any day or time, provided we have your flight information.
Yes, The Jahan has a small pool on the terrace deck.
Our style is always informal. The relaxed atmosphere of every journey, a Lindblad-National Geographic expedition hallmark, is something our travelers tell us they particularly enjoy. There is never a need for fancy clothing, so our recommendations on your travel wardrobe are all about comfort, practicality, and the conditions in the region you're exploring, which are hot and humid.
As you can imagine, the wrong footwear can ruin your travel plans. Good walking shoes such as sneakers or other comfortable shoes are essential.
It is actually recommended that guests should *not* give gifts to the children. Villages to stay as uninfluenced as possible by the tourist trade, and bringing these sorts of gifts only encourages begging.
Gratuities are included in the cost of your journey. However, if you are so inclined, feel free to give a small tip directly to a driver or someone else who has provided a service to you. Keep in mind this is entirely optional and at your discretion.