Day 1: Phnom Penh
Level of Difficulty: 0
Embarkation at 11:30 for port clearance, lunch at noon and check into cabin at 14:00. At 14:30, take motor coach/bus to
visit the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng (S21) detention center. Excursion ends around 17:30. Shopping is optional. Dinner is served from 19:30 to 21:00. After dinner, a special Cambodia performance awaits at the Saigon Lounge. The performance will starts at 21:15 and ends at 22:00.
What you will see:Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng (S21) detention center
Day 2: Phnom Penh - Tan Chau
Time of Excursion: 10:30 to 12:00
Length of Tour: 1 hour 30 minutes
Level of Difficulty: 2
Summary of Excursion: At 7:00, enjoy a hearty breakfast as the ship departs for border. En route, stop at Preak Dach
Village, a jungle village to visit fruit orchards from 10:30 to 12:00. Continue towards the border as lunch buffet is being served from 12:30 to 14:00. Between 14:00 and 17:30, border formalities are being carried out. The border in Cambodia is Ka Orm Samnor and Vietnam is Song Tien. At 17:45, depart for Tan Chau. Enjoy themed dinner from 19:30 to 21:00.
What you will see: Jungle village, fruit orchards
Day 3: Tan Chau - Sa Dec
Time of Excursion: 9:00 to 12:00
Length of Tour: 3 hours
Level of Difficulty: 1 - 2
Summary of Excursion: Rise and dressed for a wonderful breakfast served from 7:00 to 8:30. At 9:00, transfers to small boats visit a floating fish farm and navigates along the tiny tribunals where slit houses are haphazardly leaning on one another. Go ashore and make a city tours on Xe Loi. Stop and visit silk making factory, rattan mats and slippers making factory. At 11:30, return to the boat and prepare for lunch. At 12:30, cast off for Sadec. Lunch is served from 12:30 to 14:00. At 16:00 to 16:45, a cultural forum on Vietnam. Dinner at 18:30 to 19:30 followed by a culturally enriching ethnic dance performance. At 21:00, arrive in Sadec and moored midstream overnight.
What you will see: Silk making, stilt houses on canals, floating fish farms, rattan mats and slippers making factory
Day 4: Sa Dec - Cua Tieu
Time of Excursion: 9:00 to 12:00, 14:45 to 17:15
Length of Tour: 5 hours 30 minutes
Level of Difficulty: 2
Summary of Excursion: Breakfast served from 7:00 to 8:30. At 9:00, follow guides to the hometown of Marguerite Duras’ lover, quaint little city. Visit the old house of Huynh Thuy Le’s "The Lovers Museum", 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. You will pass by the homes of Marguerite Duras from across the riverbanks and also visit the school where Margeurite's mom taught. Back to the boat at 12:00. Lunch served from 12:30 to 14:00. At 12:15, depart for Cai Be and at 15:30, the boat sails towards Cua Tieu. Explore the hidden treasures through the canals on riverboats and partake in afternoon bantering with floating markets vendors before going ashore to visit traditional candies making factory and rice paper mills. Return to the boat for briefing at around 16:30 before adjourning to the restaurant for a grand farewell dinner and drinks from 19:30 to 21:00.
What you will see: Cai Be Floating market, rice paper village, coconut candies home factory, boat ride in the canals, ancient House, local market, the School, Pagoda, Fujian Temple
Day 5: Saigon
At 2:00, the boat sails towards Saigon. Breakfast served from 7:00 to 8:30. Bid farewells to crew and disembark with guides. Arrive at Sofitel Plaza Saigon around 11:00.
A holistic and creative cruise is perfect for connoisseurs, family vacation, friendship bond building, RV La Marguerite also stimulates the mind and enriches your physical well being. RV La Marguerite's unique concept sets it apart from the rest. This 8 days - 7 nights cruise offers you 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 your personal experience, making you alive with passion and inspiration.
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/div (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
Accommodation & Interiors
The contemporary interiors incorporate colonial French details and ornaments, local artifacts and Mekong styled furniture to replicate a true colonial feel set in premier and luxurious comforts.
Mekong Deck (Lower Deck): 8 Staterooms each measuring 19.7m2 (212 sq. ft) with fixed window, no balcony Business Center
Tonle Deck (Main deck): 16 Staterooms each measuring 19.7m2 (212 sq. ft) with fixed window and balcony Mekong Restaurant measuring 196m2 Gift Shop at Reception Area
Saigon Deck (Upper deck): 14 Staterooms each measuring 19.7m2 (212 sq. ft) with fixed window and balcony Saigon Lounge, Panoramic Lounge measuring 230m2.
Sadeck Deck (Sun deck): 6 Sadec Suites each measuring 26.4m2 2 Indochina Suites each measuring 41.2m2 Sundeck Bar & Whirlpool measuring 275m2
State Room: 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, hot & cold water, hairdryer, in-house television, kimono and slippers. Each cabin measures 19.7m2.
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, bathroom & shower, hot & cold water, hairdryer, in-house television, kimono and slippers. Each cabin measures 26.4m2.
Indocina Suites: 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, bathroom & shower, hot & cold water, hairdryer, in-house television, kimono and slippers. Each cabin measures 41.2m2.
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.