Monday, November 16, 2009

Cruising along the Mekong River in Style - Gorgeous Asian Chinoise Style Rooms

One of the countries I really love visiting in my travels
is Vietnam. Vietnam is still beginning to open up and
isn't to the point where it's over developed yet. It still
retains much of it's essence and unique blend of Asian
with French influences.

I think cruising is one of the loveliest ways to see a place
or country and what better way to do it than to do it in
luxury and style!

This boat is called The Jayavarman and it is run by
the Heritage Line. As you can see, the staterooms on
this little ship are completely luxurious and unlike
any staterooms I've seen before on a ship. It looks
like a high end hotel room instead of being on a

Each stateroom has a balcony with a table and
two chairs to lounge in while gazing at the scenery.

Even the bathroom has distinct
Chinese styled cabinets and doors.

They really did a fantastic job with blending modern
luxury with traditional Chinese and Asian aesthetics.

The wood work in the rooms are just amazing.

At dusk, the the lighting and the
scenery are romantic and peaceful.

The cruise either departs from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
and proceeds upstream to Siem Reap in Cambodia or the
other way from Siem Reap downstream to Saigon. I still
prefer the name Saigon to Ho Chi Minh City. Saigon is so
much prettier.

There were no photos of the suite but I
thought this was a gorgeous rendering.

The open deck on top looks even better with daybeds,
gorgeous coffee tables and billowing curtains.

What you saw above was the deluxe room, this is the
superior room (or what you would call a standard room.)
Even the standard room is quite gorgeous. Take a look
out the window in this photo. Amazing isn't it?

I love the panels of plants and birds used
as a headboard in these staterooms.

It's tea time.

If you plan to decorate any of your rooms in Chinoise style,
hopefully this post has given you some great ideas on how
to blend modern luxuries with a more traditional asian look.

Wouldn't I love to be cruising down the Mekong in this boat...