Monday, May 26, 2014

Mekong Journeys - The Floating Life

From its icy start in the Tibetan Plateau, the Mekong River winds through China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia before breaking into tributaries in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. 

                                                        

The glistening rice paddies, tangled fruit orchards and floating fish farms of the delta all depend on this river’s bounty. First Choice operates two luxurious vessels in this lush delta: the father of our fleet, The Jayavarman, and his brother, The Jahan. Custom-ordered to evoke the stately elegance of Indochine and the rich artistry of an Indian Maharaja’s palace, these craft combine old-world elegance with modern comfort. In the Mekong Delta, First Choice cruises explore the age-old ways of life supported by this majestic river. Guests can ride bicycles through the rice fields; sip homemade fruit liqueur in a pomello orchard; and quiet riverside temples. With so much to see and learn, and so many ways to relax, guests will feel both pampered and invigorated. Vietnam is perhaps the only country to use the words “land” and “water” to mean “nation”. Crisscrossed by myriad waterways, the only way to experience the Mekong Delta is by boat. First Choice cruises take you through Vietnam’s rural heartland to Cambodia’s temple-strewn capital. Options include the seven-night Lost Civilization cruise; the three- or four-night Serenity cruise; the three-night Pearl of the Orient cruise; and the two-night Deep in the Delta cruise. Guests seeking privacy can opt for special tailor-made excursions.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Private Transfer - Airport to/from Saigon Center - 1 way

Why you should go
  • Relax before departure with a private one way transfer from Tan Son Nhat Airport to/from Ho Chi Minh city center

Highlights
  • Transportation one way in a Private Air-Conditioned Vehicle

Price
Number of persons 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Total Price in USD 30 30 35 40 40 45 45 45

Inclusions
  • One Way Transfer in Air Conditioned Vehicle

Exclusions
  • Optional Gratuities
  • English-Speaking Tour Guide (Optional for Surcharge of $20 USD Per Way)


Description
  • Take a safe and comfortable one-way transfer from Tan Son Nhat airport to/from Ho Chi Minh City center in an air-conditioned vehicle.

Itinerary
  • Our services provide the following options:
- 4 seater car
- 7 seater car
- 16 seater van
- 35 seater bus
- 45 seater bus
  • With slogan "simply your best local friend", we can accommodate your needs. Our vehicles are always kept clean and ready in any time. In addition, our drivers are professional enough to take care of you on the way to your hotels and our staff will always be available to provide any information you need.
  • We are proud that as a tour operator we still can provide the best transportation services like many other transportation providers. Furthermore, we support our online clients an overview of land before they arrive in Vietnam.


Redemption Instructions
  • You MUST contact JAHAN at 0084-982278908 at least 48 hours before your tour date in order to reconfirm your reservation and arrange your pick-up. Please give your name and specify that you booked your tour with Jahan
  • Failure to call will result in a "no show" reservation which will not be eligible for refund.
  • On the day of the tour, please be ready at least 10 minutes before your scheduled pick-up

Private Tay Ninh- Cu Chi Tour

Why you should go
Learn about a grim period in Vietnam history through the Cu Chi tunnels

Highlights
Tayninh Holy See
Cu Chi Tunnels

Price
 Number of persons 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
 Total price in USD 140 150 160 170 190 198 210 220 228 240 248

Inclusions
Transfer in Air Conditioned Vehicles
English-Speaking Guide
Admission Fee

Exclusions
Personal Expenses
Drinks
Accommodation and Visa Arrangement
Gratuities
Lunch(upon request)

Description
Our day will begin with a visit to Tayninh, the centre of Caodaism, a local sect of Buddhism founded by a Vietnamese countryman in the early 20th century. Arriving at noontime, we will have the chance to join the daily solemn ceremony at the temple of Cao Dai, called the Tayninh Holy See. On the way back to Saigon, we stop to visit Cu Chi Tunnels, one of the few remaining monuments of the fierce Vietnam War. You can even crawl through a part of the tunnel to experience Vietnamese guerrilla life. You will be able to enjoy your lunch in Tayninh (upon request), or on the journey back to Saigon.

Redemption Instructions
You MUST contact JAHAN at 0084-982278908 at least 48 hours before your tour date in order to reconfirm your reservation and arrange your pick-up. Please give your name and specify that you booked your tour with Jahan
Failure to call will result in a "no show" reservation which will not be eligible for refund.
On the day of the tour, please be ready at least 10 minutes before your scheduled pick-up

Private Saigon and Cu Chi Tour

Why you should go
  • Visit the highlights of the bustling Ho Chi Minh city and see history at the Cu Chi tunnel

Highlights
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Thien Hau pagoda
  • China town
  • Big Market
  • Cu Chi Tunnels
Price
 Number of persons 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
 Total price in USD 145 155 165 195 210 225 235 245 270 280 290
Inclusions
  • Land transfer in air conditioned vehicle
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fee

Exclusions
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks
  • Accommodation
  • Visa arrangement
  • Gratuities


Description
  • We start the tour from the colonial-style Post Office and then proceed to Notre Dame Cathedral. Next, we visit Thien Hau pagoda and a specific feature that does not exist in any other city of Vietnam - a bustling Chinatown, where every board is in two languages - Chinese and Vietnamese, and so are the communication languages of the inhabitants. In the centre of this exciting area is a grandiose market : "Cho Lon", i.e. The Big Market. A lot of Chinese living in this quarter have obtained great trading success with their know-how, wisdom and energy.

  • After lunch in Saigon (at your own expense), head northwest to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, one of the very few remaining monuments to the Vietnam War. Beneath the ground lie 200 km of tunnels, dug by hand and inhabited by the forces of the Vietnamese guerillas during the conflict. At its peak, prior to the Tet Offensive in 1968, the tunnel complex was base to almost 10,000 troops. To this day, it remains one of the most impressive examples of how fierce the war was. Return to Saigon in late afternoon. End of tour.

Redemption Instructions
  • You MUST contact JAHAN at 0084-982278908 at least 48 hours before your tour date in order to reconfirm your reservation and arrange your pick-up. Please give your name and specify that you booked your tour with Jahan
  • Failure to call will result in a "no show" reservation which will not be eligible for refund.
  • On the day of the tour, please be ready at least 10 minutes before your scheduled pick-up

Private dinner cruise on Saigon River

Why you should go
  • Enjoy a dinner cruise that highlights the beauty of Saigon at night

Highlights
  • Dinner Cruise
  • See Saigon at Night
Price
 Number of persons 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
 Total price in USD 81 100 130 160 190 220 250 280305 345 375

Inclusions
  • Transfer to/from Hotel to the Dinner Cruise
  • Dinner with Vietnamese Food

Exclusions
  • Personal Expense
  • Drinks
  • Accommodation and Visa Arrangement
  • Gratuities

Description
  • Our tour guide picks you up and transfers you to the river, where you will board a small vessel for a romantic dinner cruise, which highlights the beauty of Saigon at night. The ends with a comfortable drive back to your hotel, where you can relax and mull over your new memories.

Itinerary
  • Saigon River is important to Ho Chi Minh City as it is the main water supply as well as the host of Saigon Port, which a total cargo volume load/outloaded of more than 35 million metric tons in 2006.
  • Enjoy dinner in a spacious floating restaurant on Saigon River. Observe the city whilst enjoying the grand, sparkling view of the city is a special privilege.
  • After pick-up by the tour guide and transfer to the cruise’s wharf, you will experience a romantic dinner on board. The boat will slowly float along the Saigon River while we enjoy a cool evening on the flow, looking over the city with its dazzling lights in a tranquil, totally relaxing ambience.
  • Transportation back to your hotel in the late evening is included. End of our service.


Redemption Instructions
  • You MUST contact JAHAN at 0084-982278908 at least 48 hours before your tour date in order to reconfirm your reservation and arrange your pick-up. Please give your name and specify that you booked your tour with Jahan
  • Failure to call will result in a "no show" reservation which will not be eligible for refund.
  • On the day of the tour, please be ready at least 10 minutes before your scheduled pick-up

Private - Ho Chi Minh City Full Day

Why you should go
  • Explore one of the most bustling cities in Vietnam on this exciting full day tour

Highlights
  • See the highlights of Ho Chi Minh City including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Post Office, and Reunification Palace
  • Visit the "China Town" of Saigon and living quarters of its Chinese-originated inhabitants
  • Feel the activity of the colorful Binh Tay Market
  • Take a peek inside Thien Hau Pagoda, a famous Chinese temple

Price
 Number of persons 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
 Total price in USD 100 105 110130 135 140 145 150 175 180 185

Inclusions
  • Land Transfer In Air-Con Vehicles
  • English-Speaking Guide
  • Admission Fee
Exclusions
  • Personal Expenses
  • Drink
  • Accommodation and Visa Arrangement
  • Gratituies

Description
  • We start our tour at the Post Office, built in French in colonial-style, and then head to the Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877 and 1883 as the major seat of the Catholic religion in modern Vietnam. Opposite this famous site is a remarkable building: the Reunification Palace - built to commemorate the end of the American War in Vietnam, it is now a museum and a grand hall for solemn receptions. 

  • We stop by the “China town” of Saigon, to see the extensive living quarters of the Chinese-originated inhabitants. Here you will see the bustling Binh Tay market and numerous Chinese temples. We can sneak a peek inside the marvelous Thien Hau Pagoda, one of the most famous temples in this district. Finally, we end our trip at a lacquer workshop.

Redemption Instructions
  • You MUST contact JAHAN at 0084-982278908 at least 48 hours before your tour date in order to reconfirm your reservation and arrange your pick-up. Please give your name and specify that you booked your tour with Jahan
  • Failure to call will result in a "no show" reservation which will not be eligible for refund.
  • On the day of the tour, please be ready at least 10 minutes before your scheduled pick-up

Cooking Class in Ho Chi Minh City

Why you should go
  • Visit an exciting local market and learn to cook fresh local cuisine!

cooking class saigon

Highlights
  • Cook and Enjoy Local Foods
  • Duration: 4 hours

cooking class saigon

Description
  • You may consider joining a cooking class in the morning held at Ho Chi Minh City’s Cookery Centre. You’ll learn how to cook traditional Vietnamese dishes representative of all three regions in Vietnam.

spring rolls in saigon cooking classes

Price
 Number of persons 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
 Total price in USD 86 170 258344 360 390 430 460 490 525 568

Inclusions
  • Transfer in an Air Conditioned Vehicle to and From the Hotel
  • Cooking Class Package with Meal

Exclusions
  • Personal Expenses
  • Drinks
  • Accommodation and Visa Arrangement
  • Gratuities



Itinerary
  • Pick-up at the hotel by the car or taxi arranged by the cooking class. Together with our cook-instructor or an assistant, we will come to the nearest market and buy some fresh ingredients upon his guideline. Back to the restaurant to prepare for the processing. After prepare and cook by ourselves, we will enjoy a lunch including some dishes we just have made. Back to the hotel early afternoon.

Redemption Instructions
  • You MUST contact JAHAN at 0084-982278908 at least 48 hours before your tour date in order to reconfirm your reservation and arrange your pick-up. Please give your name and specify that you booked your tour with Jahan
  • Failure to call will result in a "no show" reservation which will not be eligible for refund.
  • On the day of the tour, please be ready at least 10 minutes before your scheduled pick-up

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Itineraries on Mekong River


The River Cruise
From its icy start in the Tibetan Plateau, the Mekong River winds through China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia before breaking into tributaries in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta.

The glistening rice paddies, tangled fruit orchards and floating fish farms of the delta all depend on this river’s bounty. First Choice operates two luxurious vessels in this lush delta: the father of our fleet, The Jayavarman, and his brother, The Jahan. Custom-ordered to evoke the stately elegance of Indochine and the rich artistry of an Indian Maharaja’s palace, these craft combine old-world elegance with modern comfort. In the Mekong Delta, First Choice cruises explore the age-old ways of life supported by this majestic river. Guests can ride bicycles through the rice fields; sip homemade fruit liqueur in a pomello orchard; and quiet riverside temples. With so much to see and learn, and so many ways to relax, guests will feel both pampered and invigorated. Vietnam is perhaps the only country to use the words “land” and “water” to mean “nation”. Crisscrossed by myriad waterways, the only way to experience the Mekong Delta is by boat. First Choice cruises take you through Vietnam’s rural heartland to Cambodia’s temple-strewn capital. Options include the seven-night Lost Civilization cruise; the three- or four-night Serenity cruise; the three-night Pearl of the Orient cruise; and the two-night Deep in the Delta cruise. Guests seeking privacy can opt for special tailor-made excursions.

Fascinating shore programs of JAHAN cruises

— privatized, or in a small group, allow for the discovery of a more exotic Indo-china. For luxury relaxed adventure’ travelers with a passion to explore the un-known at their own pace, the worlds cultural heritage and hinterland and experience it in rare ways

Discover fascinating Cambodia and Vietnam along the mighty Mekong.  "The Lost Civilization" upstream cruise and "Pearl of the Orient" down-stream cruise for 8 days and 7 nights connecting bustling Ho Chi Minh City with Siem Reap, home of the magnificent Angkor Wat temple.

“One of the most alluring aspects of travelling to this region is the fact that we get to see and interact with people who still live according to their ancient traditions” - Elizabeth Emile

  • First boutique style river cruise liner
  • Distinctive British Indian colonial theme design
  • Cruise concierge desk and private shore excursions with a tour assistant
  • Largest balcony staterooms on Indo-china’s waterways 30—50m2
  • A floating sanctuary for couples and small groups
  • A floating sanctuary for couples and small groups
  • Highest staff-cabin

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SIGNATURE ACTIVITIES

  • Helping Hands — Healing Hearts
  • Educational & Lecture-Club: art, social, hu-manitarian, ethnology
  • Mode of transport: Ox cart, cyclo, sampan, bicycle, dinghy
  • Khmer cooking class
  • Early Bird Tai Chi class
  • Gymnasium, steam bath and pool deck
  • Pool deck barbeque dinner
  • Private dinner at the Observatory

Public Guest Areas 
– Relaxed Elegance, Colonial Style
―British East India Company‖ colonial theme cruise liner
  • Lobby Lounge, Reception, Observatory, Boutique, Spa
  • Wifi library with laptops, Ipods, DVD players, Infomedia-
  • Kiosk
  • Pool deck, gymnasium and steam bath
  • Food & Beverage Outlets:
  • Private Balcony Prosecco-Breakfast
  • High Tea at the Observatory
  • Funnel Bar with Sundowner drinks and snacks a la carte
  • Viceroy dining hall with Western cuisine, also enjoy Khmer
  • and Vietnamese specialties
  • Barbeque at the Pool Deck
  • Private dinner at the Observatory

Life on board- RV Shin Arahan

As the sun slowly sets...Step out on to your private balcony...sip on your drink and become part of the river life unfolding around you.

The Veritable Hosts

Shin Arahan is renowned for being a peerless host on water. They are personal. They are specially arranged to suit your palate, your adventurous spirit, your whims and fancies and at times, your need for privacy
You are made to feel at home. A home that is as warm as it is exquisite. Private breakfast can be served to your staterooms or whilst sitting under a shade on the sun deck in the rising morning sun.
Comprehensive menus are created to leave you wishing for more. Single Spa and massage hideaways allow you to feel the complete Southeast Asian touch. Unique lounges of wonderful splendour fitted with cosy and antique furnishings re-create that homely feeling, reminiscent of babies snuggled on their mother’s lap in the living room. But most importantly, Shin Arahan creates intimate bonds and friendships. You will likely be welcomed as a family member. The crew, who are kindred spirits, are keen to ensure your experience remains indelibly etched in your memory. With a genuine smile.
They remember your preferences and tastes. And as mentioned before - they remember your names.

Some facts and features of the Shin Arahan Cruises


Built: 2013
Vessels Registry: Vietnam
Type of Vessel: River and sea going vessel (20 nautical miles)
Length: 58 m
Beam: 11 m
Draft: 1.6 m
Decks: 4 - Main Deck, Upper Deck, Terrace Deck, Sun Deck
Gross tonnage: 700 tons
Cruising speed: 10 nautical knots

Find here the tours on RV Shin Arahan

More information at: http://www.jahancruises.com/ships/rv-shin-arahan/facts-features

Deluxe Stateroom- RV Shin Arahan

Located on the Upper Deck with a balcony. Each Deluxe Stateroom is decorated in a unique Burmese way. Shin Arahan paddle steamer on the Irrawaddy
All eight deluxe cabins stand at attention on the upper deck – with just a short walk to the grand lounge and its ample reception area.

Superior Stateroom- Jayavarman Cruise


Located on the main deck, the 14 Superior Staterooms (4 twin, 10 double) come with in-room bathrooms. The large floor to ceiling panoramic glass doors open to the balcony (5sqm). Measuring a total space of 21sqm (incl. balcony), the Superiors are appointed with wooden, white furniture design supported by decent Asian ornaments and fine-art paintings on the walls and ceilings.

Fact

Number of cabins: 14
Size: 21 sqm
Standard: 4 star
Deck: Main Deck
Balcony: Yes


















Fact
Number of cabins: 14
Size: 21 sqm
Standard: 4 star
Deck: Main Deck
Balcony: Yes
Pictures

Sundeck- Jayavarman Cruise

Sundeck

Sun Deck on Jayavarman Cruises: Unwind and relieve yourself from worldly tensions, by getting a classic Vietnamese massage, as you gaze at the stars, while the South Eastern sun rays create warmth and comfort around you.

Jayavarman Cruises: Unwind and relieve yourself from worldly tensions, by getting a classic Vietnamese massage, as you gaze at the stars, while the South Eastern sun rays create warmth and comfort around you.

More information at: http://www.jahancruises.com/ships/rv-jayavarman/sundeck


Signature Stateroom


Located as well on the Upper Deck, with its own balcony. This Royal Junior Suite has its own unique identity and character. Experience that home away from home satisfaction.

Overview
Number of cabins: 02
Standard: 4 star
Deck: Upper deck
Size: 27 sqm
Balcony: yes
Design
Bed type: Double/ Twin
Theme: Dedicated to the Khmer culture

Design

The designers took ample pains in ensuring that the Signature Staterooms have its own identity. There are two Signatures available – the Bao Dai and the Jayavarman – both sitting on the upper deck. The Jayavarman is a 27sqm large cabin including a 3sqm balcony. This Signature cabin is dedicated to the Khmer culture. The most stunning facility is the solid wood and king-size four-poster bed with an impressive olive coloured gypsum artwork at the bed-head displaying an Apsara dancer.

Deck Plan of Jayavarman Cruises on Mekong River



Sun Deck

1.1 Sun beds
1.2 Massage parlor, shower & day bed

Terrace Deck

2.1 "Indochine" indoor restaurant
2.2 "Club 1930" Funnel Bar & Lounge terrace
2.3 Wheelhouse & observation platform


Upper Deck

3.1 Deluxe Cabins
3.2 Signature Cabins
3.3 "Henry Mouhot" lounge,
observatory & library
3.4 "L'extreme Orient" boutique shop


Main Deck

4.1 Superior Cabins & balcony
4.2 "Apsara" Beauty & Wellness Spa
4.3 Crew area 


Accommodation


14 Superior Staterooms - Main Deck 

* 21 m² incl. balcony
* Bedroom with Twin beds 85 x 200 cm that can be converted to a King Size bed

11 Deluxe Staterooms - Upper Deck 

* 24 m² incl. balcony
* Bedroom with King Size beds (8 staterooms) or Twin beds (3 staterooms)
* Third berth availability
* 4 staterooms with adjoining capabilities

2 Signature Staterooms - Upper Deck

* 26 m² incl. balcony
* 2 differently themed suites
* Bedroom with a King Size bed 180 x 200 cm
* Interconnectable to Deluxe Stateroom
* Bathroom with double vanity, glass shower cabin & Jacuzzi

More information at: http://www.jahancruises.com/ships/rv-jayavarman/deck-plan