Day 1: Phnom Penh
Level of Difficulty: 0
Embark the vessel around 15:00. Check into cabin at 15:15. Enjoy reception with hotel manager and purser around 16:00 to 16:30. At 18:30 to 19:30, meet guide for briefing. 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 21:00 and ends at 22:00.
Day 2: Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham
Time of Excursion: 9:30 to 11: 16:00 to 17:30
Length of Tour: 3 hours
Level of Difficulty: 1 - 2
Summary of Customized Excursion: At 7:00, the ship sails towards Kampong Cham and breakfast is served from 7:30 to 9:00. Arrive at Chong Koh Village at 9:00. Pack excursion gear and visit Chong Koh Silk Weaving Factory from 9:30 to 11:00. At 11:15, the boat sails towards Peam Chi Kang. Lunch is served at 12:30 to 14:00. At 16:30, arrive at Peam Chi Kang. Visit the Peam Chi Kang Village, the Wat/Monastry and its schools from 16:00 to 17:30. At 18:30, join guides for briefing. The boat will depart for Kampong Cham at 17:45. Another wonderful themed dinner is served from 19:30 to 21:00. At 21:30, arrive at Kampong Cham.
What you will see: Chong Koh Silk Weaving Factory, Peam Chi Kang Village, Wat and its schools
Day 3: Kampong Cham - Phnom Penh
Time of Excursion: 9:15 to 11:30, 14:30 to 18:00
Length of Tour: 5 hours 45 minutes
Level of Difficulty: 2 - 3
Summary of Excursion: RV La Marguerite will sails towards Wat Hanchey at 6:00. Breakfast from 7:00 to 8:30. At 9:15, follow guides and explore Wat Hanchey, a hilltop pagoda overlooking the Mekong. At 11:45, return to the boat and cast off for Kampong Cham around 12:00. Enjoy lunch from 12:30 to 14:00. At 14:00, arrive at Kampong Cham. Go ashore from 14:30 to 18:00. 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.
What you will see: Wat Hanchey, 12th century Angkorian temple of Wat Nokor, Eco village
High Water Level
Day 4: Phnom Penh - Kampong Chhnang
Time of Excursion: 10:30 to 12:30
Length of Tour: 2 hours
Level of Difficulty: 1
Summary of Excursion: At midnight, sail from Phnom Penh arriving Prek Kdam at 3:00. Breakfast served from 7:30 to
9:00. By 11:00, arrive at Kampong Chhnang and visit Kampong Chhnang. Enjoy a quintessential river excursion through the floating houses to get a glimpse of the local lifestyles in the Tonle Sap River. Moor safely along the banks and go ashore for leisurely walk through the city and perhaps find a good bargain at the market. At 12:30 return to the boat and enjoy lunch from 13:00 to 14:30. At 16:00 to 17:00, have a cultural forum on Cambodia at Saigon Lounge. Farewell dinner & cocktail from 19:30 to 21:00. Spend the night in the middle of Tonle Sap Lake.
What you will see: River excursion, floating villages, Tonle Sap River, local markets
Day 5: Siem Reap
At 5:00, depart for Siem Reap and enjoy breakfast onboard from 7:00 to 8:30. At 9:00, reach Siem Reap. Bid farewells to the crew and guides and disembark around 9:30. Take local boats and arrive at local jetty approximately 5 to 6 km away
from the middle of the lake. Transfer to motor coach/bus to Le Meridien Angkor Hotel at around 10:30.
Low Water Level
Day 4: Phnom Penh - Kampong Chhnang
Time of Excursion: 14:00 to 16:00
Length of Tour: 2 hours
Level of Difficulty: 1
Summary of Excursion: At midnight, sail from Phnom Penh arriving Kampong Chhnang around 7:00. Breakfast served from 7:30 to 9:00. Lunch is served from 12:30 to 13:30. By 13:30, arrive at Kampong Chhnang and guides will show you Kampong Chhnang onboard local boats from 14:00 to 16:00. Enjoy a quintessential river excursion through the floating houses to get a glimpse of the local lifestyles in the Tonle Sap River. Moor safely along the banks and go ashore and enjoy a leisurely walk through the city and walk around local market. At 16:15 return to the boat. At 17:00 to 18:00, attend cultural forum on Cambodia at Saigon Lounge. Farewell dinner and drinks from 19:30 to 21:00. Enjoy the night’s stay in Prek Kdam.
What you will see: River excursion, floating, Tonle Sap River, local markets
Day 5: Siem Reap
Early breakfast onboard from 6:00 to 7:00. Bid farewells to the crew and disembark with guide at 7:00. Transfer by
motor coach/bus for Siem Reap. Arrive at Le Meridien Angkor Hotel at 12:30.
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/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.