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.

There are several significant highlights regarding our low-water excursions:

  • 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

 

  • Downstream voyages have the opportunity to visit the unspoiled community and beautiful, traditional houses of Angkor Ban, Cambodia (unavailable for high-water, downstream voyages).
Residents from the charming village of Angkor Ban, Cambodia

Residents from the charming village of Angkor Ban, Cambodia

 

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

Houses of Kampong Chhnang standing on wooden stilts

 

  • And finally, due to low water levels, our vessels are unable to fully navigate the Tonle Sap Lake. Instead, we take a guided bus trip over land from the town of Kampong Cham to Siem Reap (or vice versa).

 

The following journeys on the lower Mekong River are affected by water levels:

Journey Route Duration Affected by water levels?
The Lost Civilization Siem Reap to Saigon (or vice versa) 7 nights Only the Cambodian portion (Siem Reap to Phnom Penh)
Serenity Siem Reap to Phnom Penh (or vice versa) 3 (downstream only) or 4 nights Yes
Pearl of the Orient Phnom Penh to Saigon (or vice versa) 3 nights No

 

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

 

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