As we approach the end of August and the height of the Lower Mekong’s rainy season, we are also nearing the end of Heritage Line Jayavarman and The Jahan’s low-water cruise itineraries. Some interesting facts about low water season:

  • The world’s longest bamboo bridge in Kampong Cham is rebuilt every year during the dry season, beginning in November, until it is swept away by the rushing waters of the Mekong in May.
The Koh Paen Bamboo Bridge

The Koh Paen Bamboo Bridge

 

  • The houses of Kampong Chhnang seem to be standing taller on their wooden stilts as water levels recede.

 

  • Tonle Sap lake shrinks to just 1/6 of its maximum size during low water season, and water levels can range from 1m to a whopping 10m depending on the monsoon rains.
Extent of the Tonle Sap lake and river

Extent of the Tonle Sap lake and river depending on season (credit: Mkummu, Wikipedia commons)

 

Our embarkation point in Siem Reap varies depending on water level. See our Lower Mekong Embarkation Guide for more details.

Journey Route Duration Embarkation/Disembarkation Point
The Lost Civilization Siem Reap to Saigon (or vice versa) 7 nights High water: The ship is able to sail Tonle Sap and dock directly at Siem Reap pier

Low water: Transfer to/from Siem Reap to Kampong Cham via bus

Serenity Cruise Siem Reap to Phnom Penh (or vice versa) 3 (downstream only) or 4 nights High water: The ship is able to sail Tonle Sap and dock directly at Siem Reap pier

Low water: Transfer to/from Siem Reap to Kampong Cham via bus

Pearl of the Orient Phnom Penh to Saigon (or vice versa) 3 nights Unaffected by water levels

 

Stay tuned for an announcement regarding a change from low-water to high-water programs in late August to early September!

Save up to 15% on select 4-night Serenity Cruise departures from 2019-2021 (Short Cruise Promotion Flyer), or benefit from a 5% Early Bird discount for all journeys booked at least 180 days before departure date.

Last minute Summer 2019 bookings can also benefit from 15% on 7-night and 4-night journeys on departures until 28 September 2019.

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