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Mekong cruise Siemreap to Saigon by RV La Marguerite 8 days -
Destination: Siemreap - Kampong Chnang - Kampong Cham - Phnompenh – Border crossing -Tan Chau – Sadec - Caibe – My tho – Saigon
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Tour code: MCC23
 

Boat description:

       RV La Marguerite cruise

                        Restaurant

                       Sun Deck

                          Stateroom

                       Sadec Suite

                 Indochina Suite

La Marguerite, a 46 room French colonial style vessel that recalls the elegance of the Art Nouveau period in Paris, raises the bar of river cruising in the Mekong Delta. She offers an unparalleled cruise experience between Saigon and Siem Reap. The dining experiences add sparks to a personalized river adventure while the carefully researched excursions to cultural destinations allows for passion revival.
The Concept  
A holistic and creative cruise. Perfect for connoisseurs, family vacation, friendship bond building, RV La Marguerite also stimulates the mind and enriches your physical well being. Its unique concept sets it apart from the rest. This 8 days 7 nights cruise offers a distinctive way of experiencing the Mekong through the passion of Marguerite Duras. The guided tours to historic and cultural sites, local attractions, museums and galleries are developed to enrich personal experience, enriching lives passion and inspiration.

Cruise Features:

Length : 71.6m
Main length: 65.6m
Width: 12.5 m
Depth: 1.8 m
Free Board: 1.5 m
Air Draft: 9.65 m
Engines: 2 x 700 h/p (Yanmar)
Generator: 2 x 320 Kva Cat (USA)

Crew: 38 (International)
Passenger cabins: 46
Passenger berths: 92
Registry : VIRES S1
Home port: Saigon
Build in Vietnam: July 2009
Ship Design: Colonial
Interior Design: Boutique

Deck Plan:
 
Mekong Deck (Lower Deck):  8 Staterooms each measuring 21m2 (226ft2) & Business Center.
Tonle Deck (Main deck):  16 Staterooms each measuring 21m2 (226ft2) with fixed window and balcony, Mekong Restaurant measuring 196m2 (2110 ft2), Reception Area.
Saigon Deck (Upper deck):  14 Staterooms each measuring 21m2 (226 ft2) with fixed window and balcony, Saigon Lounge & Panoramic Lounge measuring 230m2 (2476 ft2).
Sadeck Deck (Sun deck ) : 6 Sadec Suites each measuring 27m2 (284ft2), 2 Indochina Suites each measuring 42m2 (443ft2), Sundeck Bar & Whirlpool measuring 275m2 (2960ft2), Gift Shop, Treatment Spa, Gym.

Cabin:
Stateroom :
  Twin beds form into double bed placings. The cabins are equipped with air-conditioning, wardrobe, writing desk, sofa, mini-bar, safe box, in-house telephone, bathroom & shower, hairdryer, in-house television, kimono and slippers. Each cabin measures 21m2 (226ft2).
Sadec Suite:   King size bed, long sofa, bathroom with bathtub and separate shower. The cabins are equipped with air-conditioning, wardrobe, writing desk, sofa, mini-bar, safe box, in-house telephone, hairdryer, in-house television, kimono and slippers. Each cabin measures 27m2 (290ft2).
Indochina Suite:   King size bed, bathroom with Jacuzzi and separate shower and private balcony. The cabins are equipped with air-conditioning, wardrobe, writing desk, sofa, mini-bar, safe box, in-house telephone, hairdryer, in-house television, kimono and slippers. Each cabin measures 42m2 (452ft2).

Fine Dining
 
Mekong Restaurant: With attention-grabbing and legendary dishes stealing the limelight, it's easy to forget that the restaurant is a fine-dining establishment that also offers international cuisine from French, traditional and Vietnamese-Cambodia fusion where service is of the utmost importance. The restaurant is also a showcase for Marguerite Duras' passion for exploring multi sensory dining, and the effects of smell, taste and texture and sound on the palate, senses, memory and emotions. A gourmet wine list to pair with your culinary journey.
 
Saigon Lounge: Indulge in a splendid afternoons and evenings with a variety of soothing and relaxing chill out music. The Saigon Lounge gently sets the mood for sophisticated tastes and discerning palates.
 
The Panoramic Lounge is set right in front of the vessel and one could see the panoramic views of the Mekong River thus allowing the travelers to revel in the beauty of the countryside. The Panoramic Lounge allows one to quieten the mind, and opens all the five senses necessary for the reviving the passion for everyday living.
 
Sun deck & Pool:  pool where you'll find refreshing and invigorating concoctions and snacks that are created and served using the freshest ingredients that are made from scratch daily. You can sip to your heart's content with relaxing views of the Mekong Delta.
 
Spa Service:
The spa onboard RV La Marguerite is a sanctuary - a refuge from the hurried pace of modern life with its pristine and exquisitely colonial and Zen vibe, an ideal environment in which to explore the remarkable restorative powers of quiet repose, personal attention and total indulgence on the mind, on the body, and on the soul.
 
Emergancy & Safety:
Smoke detectors are placed in all cabins and public places through RV La Marguerite. Emergency lighting and generator, fire hydrants and fire hoses, fire extinguishers and life jackets are carefully selected for your comfort and safety.
RV La Marguerite follows strict control of food handling related to the receipt, storage, processing, display, packaging & transportation are strictly adhered to for your total enjoyment and safety.
All crew members of the RV La Marguerite are trained in both emergency and non-emergency First Aid.
 
Pre & Post Excursions at every port of call:
The sound of traditional Vietnamese music, the scent of the morning markets, the sight of traditional French colonial buildings in Hanoi, the amazing workmanship of the tailors in Hoi An and the thrill of the find at UNESCO World Heritage Site Halong Bay simply makes Vietnam one of the world’s most attractive destination. Call us and let us design special creative and inspirational cultural tours for your pre or post river cruise.
 

Itinerary:

HIGH WATER CRUISE ITINERARY FROM JULY TO NOVEMBER
 
Day 1: Embarkation - Siem Reap - Kampong Chhnang ( L,D )

Register cruise from 11:00 - 12:00 at Le Meridien Angkor. Transfer by coach to the jetty and take a 30-minute motorboat to Indochina Sails’ ship, passing floating fishing villages from Siem Reap through Tonle Sap Lake.  Embark the ship 13:00. Welcome drink served in Saigon Lounge. Attend a short briefing followed by a lunch served in Mekong restaurant at 13:30. Captain raises the anchor and cruises towards Kampong Chhnang.  The great lake dominates Cambodia and is over 150 km in length. Along the way, enjoy a scenic view of the wild lives while passing through inspirational floating villages. Join the Cruise Manager at Saigon Lounge for safety demonstration and briefing at 18:00. Enjoy Captain’s Cocktails afterwards and adjourn to the first gourmet dinner onboard with fellow travelers. The boat moors overnight at the Mouth of the Lake.
 
Day 2: Kampong Chhnang ( B, L,D )
 Kampong Chhnang is a busy rural port town with bustling markets. Mooring mid-stream, take a truly wonderful motorboat excursion into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the river. Here a stunning variety of birdlife may be seen, and of considerable interest are local life and floating village. Return to the boat and cast off towards Kampong Cham. Attend lecture on “Cambodia - The Past & Present” in Saigon Lounge in the afternoon as the ship sails to Kampong Cham. Cocktail hour starts from 18:00 to 19:00. Join Cruise Manager on daily briefing at 18:30. Enjoy your dinner at 19:00. After dinner, catch movie “The Killing Fields” in the Saigon Lounge.Ship sails to Kampong Cham overnight.
 
 
Day 3: Wat Hanchey – Kampong Cham ( B, L,D )
Breakfast serve from 7:00 to 9:00. At 8:30, follow guides and explore Wat Hanchey, a hilltop pagoda overlooking the Mekong. Dating back to the 8th century, these ancient brick structures characterize the architecture of the Chenla Empire, which predated the glories of Angkor. On top of the hill, you will enjoy the beautiful panoramic view over the Mekong River. Return to the boat at 10:30 and cast off for Kampong Cham around 11:00. Enjoy lunch from 12:30 to 14:00. At 12:30, arrive at Kampong Cham. Afternoon touring departs by bus at 14:30. The upland regions near Kampong Cham are rich in timbers, including Ceylon ironwood, rosewood, bean trees, teak, and rubber trees. Visit 12th century Angkorian temple of Wat Nokor and Eco village. Come back to the ship at 17:30. Ship sets sail to Phnom Penh afterward. Cocktail hour starts from 18:30 to 19:30 in the Saigon Lounge. Dinner at 19:30. After dinner, join Cruise Manager for a Nasty Quiz game in the Lounge.Ship .Arrives Phnom Penh around midnight and get alongside with the port.

Day 4: Phnom Penh ( B, L,D )
A busy day with many interesting sightseeing and activities.In the morning, sightsee Phnom Penh by bus. Visit Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda and the National Museum where outstanding Khmer crafts are exhibited. Afternoon excursion facilitates understanding of a crucial part of the Cambodia’s history: the Khmer Rouge’s grim Toul Sleng (S21 detention center) and the Killing Fields. (For a free and easy afternoon, please inform Ship Purser). Cocktail hours start from 18:30 to 19:30. Dinner is served from 19:30 to 21:00. After dinner, join the Khmer folk dances and songs at the Saigon Lounge. Before midnight, opt to chill in one the bars located across the road from the pier
 
Day 5: Phnom Penh - Border Crossing - Tan Chau ( B, L,D )    
 Enjoy a hearty breakfast as the ship departs for border. Cast off for a day cruising the main Mekong channel, an international shipping route. Join the towels folding demonstration from the Houskeeping Staff in the Saigon Lounge. In the afternoon Fruits carving and Vietnamese fresh spring rolls demonstration by our Executive Chef at Saigon Lounge, while the border formalities are carried out.  Arrive in Tan Chau - the first Vietnamese town on the Mekong River. Enjoy folk performance of the Mekong Delta songs and music in Saigon Lounge. The boat moors safely at the riverbanks. 
 
Day 6: Tan Chau - Sadec ( B, L,D )
Today’s highlight is a visit of Tan Chau - a small town untouched by tourism. In the morning, excursion starts with sightseeing by local boats, navigating narrow channels to visit an evergreen island. Chance to visit floating fish farm and travels along the tiny tributaries where slit houses are haphazardly leaning on each other. Afterwards, go ashore and tour the town on rickshaw (Xe Loi). Visit rattan mats and slippers making factories. In the afternoon, cruise downstream to Sa Dec. Join the lecture on-board theme “Vietnam - The Past & Present”. The ship arrives in Sadec during dinner time and moors midstream overnight. Cocktails and briefing at Saigon Lounge at 18:30. After dinner, watch in-house movie “The Lover” in the cabin or join the crew show at the lounge.
 
Day 7: Sadec - Cai Be ( B, L, D )
After the breakfast follow guides to the hometown of Marguerite Duras’ lover, Sadec, a quaint little city. Visit the old house of Huynh Thuy Le’s, partake in the bantering of local markets along the paved river banks, pagoda and the Fujian Temple, build and donated to the city by Le’s family. Pass by the homes of Marguerite Duras from across the riverbanks. In the afternoon, take a local boat for the afternoon excursion to Cai Be. Go ashore to visit the French Gothic Cathedral and colorful port area, with its colonial buildings, delightful flower gardens. Explore the island, visit Mr. Kiet’s house and aquaint with the life in the Mekong delta. Return to the boat for preparation for farewell cocktails cocktail at 19:00 and the Farewell Dinner at 19:30.
 
Day 8: Disembarkation - My Tho – Saigon ( B )
After breakfast, bid farewell to crew and disembark at My Tho Port at 08:30. Take 2 hours bus drive to Saigon. Arrive at Sofitel Plaza Saigon around 10:30.
        
LOW WATER CRUISE ITINERARY FROM DECEMBER TO MAY
 
From approximately December to May, water level in Tonle Sap Lake is shallow restricting the boat’s access through Kampong Chhnang, the only waterway to the Tonle Sap Lake. Hence, alternative route from Prek K’dam to Siem Reap is arranged. The program changes for DAY 1.
 
Day 1: Embarkation - Siem Reap - Prek K’dam ( L,D )
Embark the ship at Prek Kdam. Register cruise from 7:30 -8:15 at Le Meridien Angkor. At 8:30, transfer by coach to Prek K’dam with a stop at Kampong Thom. The coach rides take approximately about 5 and a half hour. Scheduled time of embarkation is 13:30. Short briefing and welcome drink served in Saigon Lounge before lunch in Mekong restaurant. Cabins are ready for check-in after lunch. Captain raises the anchor and cruises towards Kampong Tralach. Join the Cruise Director at Saigon Lounge for safety demonstration and briefing at 18:00, followed by Captain’s Cocktail. Welcome Dinner at 19:00. Enjoy the first gourmet dinner onboard with fellow travelers. Pianist entertains from 21:00 to 23:00 in Saigon Lounge. Moor midstream overnight.
 
From late of March toward May, the water level is more shallow restrict the boat reach to Kampong Cham. Hence, the alternative initinerary with the ports of call Oudong, Kampong Tralach in Cambodia, and Vinh long, Xeo quyt in Vietnam sides is arranged.
 

Cost in USD per person, based on sharing double cabin on boat

Travel date

31 Oct.2010 – 12 Mar.2011

26Sep.2010 – 30 Oct. 2010

13 Mar. 2011 -23 Apr. 2011

24 Apr. 2011 -28 May 2011

Mekong Stateroom

Lower Deck

1975

1472

1370

Tonle Stateroom

Main Deck

2162

1587

1490

Saigon Stateroom

Upper Deck

2349

1700

1600

Sadec Suite

Sun Deck

2575

1887

1760

Indochina Suite

Sun Deck

2949

2110

2000

 

Cruise includes:
8 days La Marguerite cruise as stated above
English / French speaking guide on board
Transfers as stated in the itinerary.
Meals as indicated in the itinerary  (B= breakfast; L=Lunch; D = Dinner)
Mineral water, tea during breakfast
Admission fees and permits where applicable
Government taxes and Service Charge

Cruise excludes:
Visa  in Vietnam
Visa in Cambodia
Travel insurance
Other personal expenses

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