Heritage Line Cruises
Jayavarman Jayavarman

The Jayavarman is named after Angkor’s most venerated king. Apt, for a regal cruiser with such a revered and stately presence on the great Mekong River.

Outwardly you might think that the majestic lines of the Jayavarman owe more to the architecture of France’s Art Deco period than to the fantastic Angkor temples of Ta Prohm, Preah Khan and Bayon, which King Jayavarman built around the turn of the 13th century. But step aboard and you will be surrounded by the culture of the country through which you will be cruising. Ornate wood, carved by local craftsmen, Khmer bas-reliefs and artefacts and Vietnamese lacquer paintings give you the impression of being aboard a floating art gallery. An art gallery with the luxury and comforts of a top class hotel!

So when you’re not leaning on the ship’s rail watching the tide of life ebbing and flowing along the mighty Mekong – the fishermen working hard at their nets, the children waving from waterside villages, the picturesque working junks and floating markets – you can find yourself being pampered in the Apsara Spa. Or drinking in the sights, along with a cocktail, in the Club 1930 Funnel Bar and Lounge. Or swimming and lazing on the sun deck in a bubbling Jacuzzi. Or sitting down to a feast of local specialities in the (rather grand) Indochine Dining Hall. The old king would have been pleased.

Jayavarman, at a glance

  • Stately and purpose-built river cruiser combining the art of Khmer and Vietnam with the style of Art Deco France
  • Choice of 27 gracefully decorated staterooms in three different sizes, arranged over the Jayavarman's two decks
  • Swimming pool and sun deck with Jacuzzi and superb views of the passing countryside
  • Apsara Spa with pampering and massage treatments
  • Famously welcoming staff providing unrivalled service
  • Fascinating shore excursions and cultural activities
  • Indochine Dining Hall and Club 1930 Funnel Bar and Lounge
  • Henry Mouhot Lobby Lounge with boutique
  • On-board entertainment includes Buddhist rituals, cookery classes and boat tours

Click here to download deck plans and specific suite details

Also see The Jahan, part of the Heritage Line fleet. 

Where will the Jayavarman take you?

  • 8 Days / 7 Nights - THE LOST CIVILIZATION - a classic Mekong river cruise combining places rarely visited with opulent world heritage sites
  • 5 Days / 4 Nights - SERENITY CRUISE - see the best of rural Cambodia's green landscapes, ancient temples and smiling faces all off the beaten track
  • 4 Days / 3 Nights - SERENITY CRUISE - journey from Siem Reap and head into the city of Phnom Penh to further discover its culture and history
  • 4 Days / 3 Nights - PEARL OF THE ORIENT - a cruise for those with less time on their hands, connecting the Pearl of the Orient with the Paris of the East
  • Although we bothered Lydia on several occasions over small matters, she was always patient and very helpful. The whole organisation from Heathrow and back was seamless and first class. Game watching on this trip surpassed all that we had seen before in the one trip. Our thanks to Ultimate yet again

    Colin & Wendy Crawford October 2013


  • 24/7 emergency contact
  • Established for 25 years
  • ATOL, ABTA, IATA protected


  • First-hand experience to every destination
  • Only the best guides and local partners used
  • All holidays designed to suit individual needs


  • 70% repeat and referral business
  • Support local charities world-wide
  • Access to senior directors 24/7