La Marguerite Cruise from Siem Reap to Saigon 8 Days

Tour Highlights

Siem Reap -Tonle Lake - Kampong Chhnang - Kampong Tralach - Oudong - Chong Koh - Phnom Penh - Boder Crossing - Tan Chau - Sa Dec - Cai Be - Saigon

Tour code: VBT-MCT70
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..
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Itinerary

Day 1: Embarkation - Siem Reap - Kampong Chhnang (L, D)

Register between 7:00 - 7:45 at Le Meridien Angkor. At 8:00, transfer by coach to Prek K’dam with a stop en route at Kampong Thom. The coach ride takes approximately about 5 hours and a half. Embark the ship in PrekK'dam at 13:30. Short briefing and welcome drink served in Saigon Lounge. Lunch onboard at 13:45. Cabins are ready for check-in after lunch. Captain raises the anchor and cruises towards Kampong Chnang province. Join the safety briefing at Saigon Lounge at 18:00 followed by the Captain's Welcome Cocktails. Enjoy the first gourmet dinner onboard with fellow travelers at 19:00. Pianist entertains from 21:00 to 23:00 in Saigon Lounge. Moor midstream overnight in Tonle River.

Day 2: Kampong Chhnang - Kampong Tralach - Oudong (B, L, D)

Kampong Chhnang is a busy rural port town with bustling markets. Mooring mid-stream, we make 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. Go back to the boat and cast off towards Kampong Tralach. Attend lecture on Cambodia - The Past & Present in Saigon Lounge. Our vessel moors at Kampong Tralach. Today’s afternoon tour starts with a 20-minute ox-cart ride from the riverbank. Traveling through countryside and a small village on a dusty road, past rice fields and amused locals. We end the ox-cart ride at the beautiful Vihara belonging to Wat Kapong Tralach Pleu. Visit to pagodas. Our buses are there and we travel about 45 minutes to Oudong Between 1618 and 1866 Oudong was the capital of Cambodia. On the top of Phnom Oudong there is series of stupas and shrines in a variety of conditions. However we do not climb the hill as we visit Oudong Buddhist Monastery. We will attend the Buddhist blessing ceremony, visit Buddhist meditation center. After the visit we take a bus ride back to our ship at Prek K’dam, which is only 10 km from Oudong. Our ship will sails towards little known village Chong Koh passing by Phnom Penh and dock midstream near Chong Koh. After dinner, you can join the movie show “Killing Fields” at the Saigon Lounge.

Day 3: Chong Koh - Phnom Penh (B, L, D)

After breakfast we go spend time in Chong Koh silk weaving village for a morning walk at leisure. Back on board at 10:30 as the ship sets sail toward the capital Phnom Penh. The capital of Cambodia retains its French charm. The city has several impressive wats, including Wat Ounalom, Wat Phnom and the newly-painted Wat Lang Ka. Pride of place goes to the Royal Palace and to the spectacular Silver Pagoda, one of the few places in Cambodia where artefacts embodying the brilliance and richness of Khmer culture were preserved by the Khmer Rouge. At 15:00 a walking tour to Wat Phnom to give you an orientation of Phnom Penh’s downtown. Cocktails and briefing hour followed by a dinner. After dinner, a special Khmer folk performance awaits at the Saigon Lounge. After the performance you can explore Phnom Penh by night by yourself.

Day 4: Phnom Penh (B, L, D)

In the morning, we will have a sightseeing by bus in Phnom Penh. Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda and the National Museum with outstanding displays of the Khmer crafts will be the places that you will visit. Places where you visit in the afternoon will help you know more about a part of Cambodia’s history: the Khmer Rouge’s grim Toul Sleng (S21 detention center) and the Killing Field. If you want to spend more free time for yourself shopping or taking a tour around the city instead, please inform to the Ship Purser. Cocktail hours from 18:30 to 19:30. Dinner is served from 19:30 to 21:00. After dinner you can hang out in the bars many of which are located just opposite the dock.

Day 5: Phnom Penh - Border Crossing - Tan Chau (B, L, D)

Enjoy a hearty breakfast as the ships departs for border. We cast off for a day cruising the main Mekong channel, an international shipping route. Leisure in the morning, in the afternoon Cooking Class peformed by our Executive Chef at Saigon Lounge, while the border formalities are going on. We arrive in Tan Chau - the first Vietnamese town on the Mekong River. Join us in the crewshow in Saigon Lounge. Our vessel moors safely at the river bank.

Day 6: Tan Chau - Sa ec (B, L, D)

Today will truly be a highlight with a visit of Tan Chau - a small town untouched by tourism. Morning excursion will be really interesting, start with a sightseeing by local boats, navigate narrow channels to visit an evergreen island. You will have a chance to visit floating fish farm and travel along the tiny tributaries where slit houses are haphazardly leaning on one another. Then you will go ashore and have a tour around the town on rickshaw (Xe Loi). Then we will visit a rattan mats and slippers making factories. In the afternoon, we cruise downstream all the way to Sa Dec. Join us to the lecture on-board theme “Vietnam - The Past & Present". The ship arrives in Sadec during dinner and moors midstream for overnight. Cocktails and briefing at Saigon Lounge. After dinner join the Mekong folklore performance in the Saigon Lounge.

Day 7: Sa Dec - Cai Be (B, L, D)

After the breakfast follow guides to the hometown of Marguerite Duras’ lover, quaint little city. Visit the old house of Huynh Thuy Le’s, partake in the bantering of local markets along the paved riverbanks. After that, take a 45-minute boat ride to the meeting point in Dong Thap Fruit Market to take a 30-minute bus ride to Xeo Quyt. Back to the ship in Cai Be for lunch. In the afternoon, we take a local boat for our afternoon excursion to Cai Be. We go ashore to visit the French Gothic Cathedral, coconut candy factory, rice paper and pop rice factory. Return to the boat and preparation for farewell cocktails and dinner.

Day 8: Disembarkation - My Tho - Saigon (B)

After breakfast bid farewells to crew and disembark at My Tho Port at 08:30. We take 2 hours bus drive to Saigon. Arrive at Sofitel Plaza Saigon around 10:00.
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Trip Included

  • Entrance fees
  • Transportation and English-speaking tour guides’ services
  • Taxes, fuel, pilot, port dues, passenger levies, full board during the itinerary
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinners, daily breakfast, lunch and dinner including local beers, local brand spirits and local wines served during meals; coffee, selection of teas, selection of herbal infusions, local mineral water, local canned soft drinks served free through the day.
  • Transfers between the ship and the to meeting points at the start and end of the voyage.

Trip Excluded

  • International flights
  • All visa costs
  • Imported beverages such as wines, premium beer, premium spirits and liqueurs, imported mineral waters, espressos and cappuccinos at bar
  • Gratuities, laundry, shop purchases and other personal expenses.
Cruise Information

The concept

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.

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/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.

Deck Plan:

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

Cabins:

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.

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.
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