We offer a variety of Asian, fusion and Western fare, always prepared with fresh local ingredients as well as fine imported products. Our multi-course dinner menus come with a variety of possibilities each course – all changed daily with new culinary delights. Always available are vegetarian options. We also can cater any other dietary request, from vegan to gluten free and more.
One who loves buffets will be delighted aboard Jayavarman. Our breakfast and lunch buffets offer a large variety of culinary discovery. For breakfast all the hardy standards are complemented with daily changing special dishes. Good coffee is a must, and so is fresh baked bread. The lunch spreads feature a plentiful selection of plates with no repeats throughout the entire trip. All is cooked fresh in our galley, and next to the main courses are a starter and a dessert corner.
All our buffets come alive with our live cooking station. There are the classic dishes such as freshly prepared omelets or mouthwatering soup – the all-time favourite morning dish of the region. The live station during our lunch buffet features a new and special dish every day, and among the offerings are freshly prepared carveries and local specialties served by our head chef.
Our bartenders are known as experimental practitioners and have created some very tasty concoctions. The bar is well equipped and can cater every wish that goes beyond a classic margarita or a well-deserved gin and tonic. But once in a blue moon, you should try the signature cocktail carefully crafted by the bar man and aptly named the ‘Jayavarman Kiss’.
Once during the Mekong voyage, we transform the sun deck into an extravagant culinary place to be. The open-air barbecue station plays the key role of our gala dinner, and our chefs grill all kinds of finest meats, sausages, fish, squids, etc. – all accompanied by a variety of side stations to enjoy a wonderful evening. The gala evening includes also entertainment in the form of an exquisite Khmer Apsara dance performance.
Served every day at the open air terrace bar & lounge is an Afternoon Tea with complimentary biscuits, cookies, tea and coffee.
As each of our staterooms and suites has a private balcony, we encourage guests to opt one time for a balcony breakfast and observe the early morning Mekong river life. Almost all items we serve at the large buffet can be ordered to your room. To serve breakfast at your requested time, you just have to fill out the menu the night before and hang it on your door handle. Our eager staff takes care of the rest for you.
Wines from all around the world are found on our vast wine list. Be it a Sauvignon blanc from the Bordeaux region of France or a wonderfully balanced merlot from Chile – We cooperate closely with professional wine sommeliers to keep our wine list expansive.
Of course, travelling in tropical regions brings to the table heaps of fruits. We let you try most of them in our special fruit tasting in the Mekong Delta (downstream itineraries)
As another culinary highlight, we invite passengers once during the complete 7-Night cruise to a grand British High Tea to indulge in various treats.
An informative and engrossing lecture is presented by a French expatriate professor who has lived and taught in Cambodia for decades. He imparts historical and first-hand knowledge chronicling Cambodian modern history, dating from pre-war to the present. The lecture is followed by a Q&A which is always a lively affair and a highlight of the cruise.
After a full day of fascinating excursions on land nothing feels more surreal than the enactment of the engravings seen of the Cambodian temples on board. It will be a very unique evening with “celestial dancers”. The Apsaras are not only captivating the spectators with their dance, they are also gracefully telling stories that are deeply rooted in Hindu and Buddhist mythology.
Each evening the comfy indoor lounge becomes a “Floating Cinema”. We arrange the seating, prepare some nibbles, and dim the lights. Top documentaries or all-time classic films are on display for your viewing pleasure. Settle in with a glass of wine in a truly unique surrounding and enjoy the show.
The bridge, or wheelhouse, is always open for a visit, and deckhands who are safely navigating us along the entire trip welcome you and answer any questions you may have about cruising on the mighty Mekong.
Our local tour guides host educational lectures about the countries we are traveling through. In addition, join a fun and informative “fashion show” in which the guide explains local costumes being modelled by the staff.
A hands-on and educational cooking class gives in depth insights into the ingredients used in preparation of both Vietnamese and Khmer signature dishes. Our chefs take pride in imparting their skills and knowledge to their audience. A picturesque and detailed cooking book of many local dishes is a wonderful give-away to cook at home and remember your special trip.
An experience to remember is the traditional monk blessing. Local monks come on board to perform a very spiritual ceremony. Get to know the details of this long lasting tradition and enjoy this unique and divine practice aboard.
Everybody “abandons ship” for a festive gathering on the river’s edge. Tasty snacks and cocktails, music and games! Let’s see who are the better dancers amongst staff and guests during this highpoint on every cruise.
Time for goodbye does not need to be a sad occasion. Though the staff will genuinely miss their new friends, they are eager to mingle and make some fun memories. Raise your glass in the champagne toast to kick off the party! Your new onboard family is happy to teach you how to dance Khmer style.
The ship has a little library, well-stocked with some good reads of novels, photo books, beautiful coffee table books, magazines and newspapers. On hand are also various board games.
The boutique shop features a carefully selected choice of local articles which one usually would not find easily in markets or shops in Vietnam or Cambodia - Be it high class silk, handcrafted products or just some nice keepsakes to remember this trip along one of the most exciting rivers on the planet.
Start the day in the fresh morning air surrounded by the river with the Tai Chi class. Asia’s ancient form of mental and physical exercise is a perfect eye-opener before a relaxing breakfast. Each morning we offer a session in a new locale and unique setting – a daily inspiring and also meditative experience.
Our friendly staff goes the extra distance to complete your onboard experience. Before long, they will surprise you by remembering your name and welcoming you as a member of the Heritage Line family – They take pleasure in delighting you! And we are sure you will have some lifetime memories of our crew and their charming personalities.
You would like to start the day tomorrow with a balcony breakfast? “Not a problem at all, madam. I will be serve it on time right to your room. Please just help me to fill out the menu and simply leave it on the door handle. I’ll get it later and see you tomorrow morning. Any special requests – just let me know”.
For our top-suite guests, a dedicated butler is complimentary with this upper room category. It is nice to always have someone on hand and eager to please!
We operate small ships in terms of room capacity, but at the same time we pay detailed attention to providing a spacious and cosy living atmospheres in public areas. Enjoy some laid-back time with a good read in the library’s sofa-lounge corner. Aboard Jayavarman guests can always find a nice hideaway spot.
Bring your postcard to the post office, arrange a transfer to the airport, pack and ship a purchased souvenir, or book a post-cruise tour – our staff are multi-faceted concierges and more than happy to assist.
Our onboard staff is trained and certified for first aid and life saving techniques. We also have very good connections with doctors and hospitals and in case of an emergency – which, of course, we hope never happens – we have protocols in place for the safety of our passengers.