Day 1: Saigon - Soai Rap
Level of Difficulty: 0
Summary of Excursion: Register for cruise from 10:30 to 12:00 at Sofitel Plaza Saigon Hotel. At 12:00, take motor coach transfer to Saigon Port. At 12:15, embark onto the luxurious vessel where iced mineral water and cold towels will be served. At 13:00, proceed to the Mekong Restaurant for a tasty buffet lunch. Lunch ends at 15:00. The captain will commence port formalities from 12:30 to 15:00. Thereafter, the purser will distribute your cabins keys at 15:00. At 15:15, the captain raises the anchor, sound the horns and sails leisurely towards Soai Rap, 10 kilometers from the river mouth. At 18:00, adjourn to the Saigon Lounge for briefing. At 19:30, proceed to the Mekong Restaurant and enjoy the first dinner onboard. Dinner ends at 21:00. The boat sails towards Cai Be around 1:00. What you will see: Pockets of river villages, children playing in the river, mothers preparing for early dinners along the Mekong
Day 2: Soai Rap - Sa Dec
Time of Excursion: 10:30 to 12:30, 16:00 to 18:00
Length of Tour: 4 hours
Level of Difficulty: 1 - 2
Summary of Excursion: At 7:30, a hearty breakfast will be served as the journey continues towards Cai Be, scheduled to arrive around 10:00. At 10:30, get ready for the first excursion. Explore the hidden treasures through the canals on riverboats and partake in late morning bantering with floating markets vendors before going ashore to visit traditional candies making factory and rice paper mills. Return to boat for lunch at 12:30. Lunch from 13:00 to 15:00. At 13:00, depart for Sadec, hometown of Marguerite Duras’ lover. At 16:00, follow the guide to this quaint city. Visit the old house of Huynh Thuy Le’s now known as The Lovers Museum, local markets along the paved riverbanks, the ancient Pagoda and the Chinese deities at the Fujian Temple. Pass by the school where Marguerite's mother's taught and view the home of Marguerite from across the riverbank. The excursion ends at 18:00. At 18:30 to 19:30, cultural dancers take center stage at Saigon Lounge. At 19:30, proceed to the restaurant for themed dinner. Dinner ends at 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, Marguerite's home and school, Pagoda, Fujian Temple
Day 3: Tan Chau - Phnom Penh
Time of Excursion: 8:30 to 11:30
Length of Tour: 3 hours
Level of Difficulty: 1
Summary of Excursion: At 2:00, the boat arrives in Tan Chau, a remote small town on the main Mekong River. Rise and dressed for a wonderful breakfast served from 7:00 to 8:30. At 8:30, transfers to small boats, visit a floating fish farm and navigate along the tiny tribunals where slit houses are haphazardly leaning on one another. Go ashore and make a city tours on Xe Loi where stops will be made at traditional silk making factory and rattan mats and slippers making factory. At 11:30, return to the boat and prepare for lunch. At 12:00, cast off for the Vietnamese/Cambodian borders for port and immigration formalities. The border in Vietnam is Song Tien and the border in Cambodia is Ka Orm Samnor. Lunch is served from 12:30 to 14:00. At 14:00, commence border‐crossing procedures. At 17:45, start the second part of the journey into Cambodia and heads towards Phnom Penh. Dinner is served from 19:30 to 21:00. Enjoy the first night in Cambodia. What you will see: Silk making, stilt houses on canals, floating fish farms, rattan mats and slippers making factory
Day 4: Phnom Penh
Dock midstream near Phnom Penh Port around 2:00. At 7:00, the boat will continue to sail towards Phnom Penh Port around 7:30. Breakfast will be served from 7:00 to 8:30. Disembark at Phnom Penh Port (near the Post Office) after immigration is completed. Disembarkation expected to be around 10:30.
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/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
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.