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Jahan: Cruise the Mekong River in style
The riverboat Jahan is appointed in grand style, with large, gracious staterooms and luxurious touches. Built in 2011 from the ground up, it is without question the finest ship on Southeast Asia's Mekong River, with a relaxed elegance in the ship’s public spaces and in the accommodations.
Jahan, chartered by Lindblad Expeditions, accommodates 48 guests in 24 cabins, including two suites. Every cabin on the ship has a balcony, and the suites each have a private Jacuzzi. At 230 feet long with four decks, she is an expansive ship with public areas where passengers can gather to watch life along the riverbank, with everyone sharing in the experience.
Where Jahan sails
On board Jahan
Jahan's public spaces include a covered, open-air observatory, open bow and small pool on the top deck. The dining room easily accommodates all guests at once for a single seating, and the large lounge is the heart of the ship, where passengers and crew gather each evening for a tradition called Recap. While the ship is upscale, life aboard is casual in every regard, and there is no need for formal clothing. And you’ll find shipboard services like laundry make packing and traveling more convenient.
Dining: A taste of the region
Meal are a voyage of discovery — a window on the region you’re exploring. The menu is international, with a focus on outstanding Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisines. All food served aboard is fresh, local and delicious, and there is a broad range of daily choices. Breakfast and lunch are generally buffet service, while the dining room accommodates all guests at a single seating.
During lunch and dinner your expedition leader, cultural experts and any guest speakers aboard will join you for meals, and during breakfast they often sit together to plan the logistics of the exciting day ahead.
Every cabin is air-conditioned with a thermostat. Cabins feature a mix of twin- and queen-size beds; mention your preference at booking. In every room you’ll find modern, stylish facilities, including a minibar with refrigerator. Soft-hued woods and colonial-style furnishings offer an ageless feel, a time that harks back to the golden age of ship travel.
Bedding is luxurious cotton, and when you return from exploring you’ll find an attentive hotel staff has made up your room. Each cabin bathroom is stocked with shampoo, shower gel and lotion. Hair dryers are also available. If you would like your suitcase to be stored for you, simply let one of the hotel staff know. Reusable water bottles are available, and a pitcher of water is placed in your cabin each day.
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