In dock in Phnom Penh, The Jayavarman cruise ship The Jayavarman
luxury cruise ship was in port today so I decided on a visit to give it the once over in comparison to the other cruise ships on offer between Saigon and Phnom Penh and beyond. It compares very favourably with the larger RV La Marguerite, which plies the same route and which has 46 cabins compared to the Jayavarman's 26, which includes two state rooms. Named after the great Khmer king of the 12th century, each of its cabin has a balcony, good cabin space, nice sized bathrooms, air-con and all mod cons, except tv's. The public areas are equally spacious and breezy, with restaurants and bars and a spa. I've seen both boats up close and had a good feeling about the Jayavarman, I liked the decor though maybe its the name that resonates with me (yes, I'm easily pleased). Most of the staff are Khmer and the boat has been operational since the back end of last year. They plan to add a jacuzzi pool next season, the Marguerite already has a substantial whirlpool, which will be a welcome addition. Most of the clientele to-date have been Americans, Aussies or German/Swiss. Cruises are not a cheap way to see a country but for some, they are the only way to go.
The Bao Dai suite stateroom, one of two suites on-board A view of the deluxe stateroom aboard the Jayavarman Each room has its own balcony to enjoy the view and eat breakfast The Henry Mouhot Lounge on-board The Jayavarman