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Upstream Cruise Saigon To Siem Reap
Upstream Cruise Saigon To Siem Reap

Upstream Cruise Saigon To Siem Reap

8 days
Rv La Marguerite Cruise
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Good For: Perfect for connoisseurs, family vacation, friendship bond building, RV La Marguerite also stimulates the mind and enriches your physical well being 
The 92 passenger La Marguerite boasts colonial design with boutique interior décor. Tasteful staterooms and suites are fully equipped and possess outside balconies. The ship’s public area includes a restaurant, Saigon lounge, panoramic lounge, fitness center, spa and sundeck with outdoor swimming pool. The eight day itinerary connecting Saigon and Siem Reap with short guided tours to visit major historical and cultural attractions along the way will enrich personal experience. La Marguerite will be the name to remember, guaranteeing a truly exceptional discovery of the sights, sounds of the picturesque Mekong. 

Passenger Cabins and fact sheet
• Passenger cabins: 46
• Passenger berths: 92
• Length: 71.6m
• Main length: 65.6m
• Width: 12.5m
• Depth : 1.8m
• Free Board : 1.5m
• Air Draft: 9.65m
• Engines: 2 x 700 h/p (Yanmar)
• Generator: 2 x 320 Kva Cat (USA)
• Crew: 38 (International)
• Registry: VIRES S1
• Home port: Saigon
• Build in Vietnam: July 2009
• Ship Design: Colonial
• Interior Design: Boutique

Cabin Types and facilities

Mekong Stateroom
Number of Cabins : 8 cabins
Bed Type : Double or Twin beds
Area: 19 sq. m or 226 sq. f
Location: Cabin Lower Deck 

Tonle Stateroom
Number of Cabins : 8 cabins
Bed Type : Double or Twin beds
Area : 19.7 M2
Locate : Cabin Lower Deck

Saigon Stateroom
Number of Cabins : 8 cabins
Bed Type : Double or Twin beds
Area : 19.7 M2
Locate: Cabin Lower Deck
Number of Cabins: 14 cabins
Bed Type: Double or Twin beds 
Area: 19.7 sq.m or 226 sq.f
Location: Cabin upper Deck 
Sadec Suite
Number of Cabins : 6 cabins
Bed Type : King size bed 
Area : 26.4 sq.m or  279.86 sq.f
Location : Sun Deck 
Features : Long sofa, bathroom with bathtub and separate shower, hairdryer 
Indochina Suite
Number of Cabins : 2 cabins
Bed Type : King size bed 
Area: 42 sq.m or 452 sq.f
Location : Sun Deck 
Features : Jacuzzi and separate shower and private balcony, hairdryer 
All cabins include
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

Restaurant & meals

The La Marguerite features a main restaurant which serves Asian and Western. Meals are prepared by local chefs and consist of Western cuisine as well as Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisine. Breakfast is served buffet style each morning. For lunch, selections include salads, soups, hot entrées and desserts. Dinner is a multi-course meal with a selection of entrées. Free –flowing wine and beer are included with every lunch and dinner on board. Complimentary house brand spirits and soft drinks are also included throughout your cruise.

Wine & Dine Mekong Restaurant
Paired legendary European cuisine, traditional and Vietnamese-Cambodia fusion highlights Marguerite Duras’ passion for exploring multi-sensory dining. A culinary celebration of aromatic taste and texture adds pleasure to the palate, senses, memory and emotions. All meals are served at this restaurant.
International Breakfast
Selection of Freshly Baked Breads, Eggs, Cereals, Meats, Cold Cuts and Asian Delights
International Buffet Set Lunch
Selection of Starters, Salads, Soups, Main Courses, Cheeses, Desserts

La Marguerite Themed Dinner
Selection of Starters, Salads, Soups, Main Courses consisting of International Savoir-faire & Vietnamese/Cambodian Creation, Cheeses, Desserts
NB: Food & Beverages Menu Subject to Changes
RV La Marguerite Cruise Saigon Lounge and Bar:
Saigon Lounge and relaxing chill out music
Saigon Lounge: Indulge in a splendid afternoons and evenings with a variety of soothing and relaxing chill out music. Panoramic Lounge: 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
Saigon Lounge and relaxing chill out music Saigon Lounge: Indulge in a splendid afternoons and evenings with a variety of soothing and relaxing chill out music. Panoramic Lounge: 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


All meals accompanied by local beers, local spirits and soft drinks.

Services & Entertainment

Onboard laundry, Bakery, Fully equipped galley and refrigeration storages, Air-conditioning in all inside areas, restaurant, bar, library, gym and spa
Smoke Detector in all cabin and Public places, Emergency lighting and generator, fire pump, hydrants and hoses, fire extinguisher, life jacket for all on board and life raft.
Treatment plants for desalination, de-sedimentation and purification using UV and osmosis.
Micro biotic treatment plants
Intriguing & Insightful Lectures:
During your Mekong River cruise, local guides and historians will come aboard to deliver fascinating lectures that you’re able to attend as you choose. Learn about the golden age of Cambodia during the Angkor period, which will enrich your appreciation of the fabled temples of the ancient Khmer empire. Local customs, beliefs and traditions are also unearthed, adding valuable commentary to the places you’ll visit.
Magical Musical Performances On Board:
On selected evenings, the Saigon Lounge & Bar converts into an atmospheric theatre that hosts a diverse program of musical entertainment that offers an amazing glimpse into the cultures of the region. Throughout the entire cruise, a pianist will be quietly playing soothing local music as well as some old favourites.
Peaceful Movie Nights in Your Suite & the Saigon Lounge:
Each night presents the opportunity to relax and watch a film on your flat-screen television in the comfort of your suite. In addition to a huge catalogue of the latest box-office movies available to borrow on DVD, you’re able to enjoy movies and documentaries that are based on the very regions you visit.
Traditional & Interactive Evening of Khmer Dance:
During an entertaining evening of song and dance, you’ll enjoy a traditional Khmer folk performance and listen to a range of charming music that’s local to the Mekong region. The folk dancers wear clothes of the people they are portraying, such as Chams, hill tribes, farmers, and peasants. This evening is all about you getting involved – you can even join in the dance if you wish.
Cooking Class & Fruit-carving Demonstration:
Decorative food is a very important part of Vietnamese food culture, as presentation is all-important. Onboard, enjoy a detailed fruit-carving demonstration by the ship’s executive chef, and delight in the secrets of making the region’s most famous delicacy – Vietnamese Spring Rolls.
RV La Marguerite Cruise 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.
RV La Marguerite Cruise Sun deck & Pool:
Enjoy the sun by the dipping pool where you'll find refreshing and invigorating concoctions and snacks that are created and served using the freshest ingredients. You can sip to your heart's content with relaxing views of the Mekong Delta.

Launch 2011
Day 1: Embarkation - My Tho - Cai Be (Meals: L,D)
Register between 11:00 to 12:00 at Sofitel Saigon Plaza Hotel. Transfer overland by motor coach to My Tho port for embarkation aboard the Indochina Sails’ ship for the journey from the Mekong Delta to Holy Angkor. Embark ship at 13:30. Welcome drinks served in Saigon Lounge. Short briefing is conducted before adjourning for lunch in Mekong restaurant. The cabins are ready for check-in after lunch. After port clearance formalities, captain raises the anchor and cruises towards Cai Be. Join the Cruise Director at Saigon Lounge for safety demonstration and briefing at 18:00, followed by Captain’s Cocktails. Enjoy the first gourmet dinner onboard with fellow travelers. Enjoy folk performances of the Mekong Delta from 21:00 to 21:45 in Saigon Lounge The ship moors overnight midstream at Cai Be.
Day 2: Cai Be – Vinh Long (Meals: B,L,D)
After breakfast take a morning junk trip around Cai Be. See floating market, go ashore to visit French Gothic Cathedral and colorful port area, filled with colonial buildings, delightful flower gardens and local rice paper manufacturers. Return to the boat at noon. After enjoying lunch while ship sails toward Vinh Long – the second largest city on the Mekong Delta. In the afternoon, take a short boat ride to get ashore for a walking tour of Vinh Long and visit a bustling market. Return to the ship at 17:00. Cocktail and briefing with Cruise Director at 18:00. After dinner, ship sails to Sadec and arrives Sadec around 23:00. The ship moors overnight midstream at Sadec.
Day 3: Sa Dec – Tan Chau (Meals: B,L,D)
This morning, follow guides to the hometown of Marguerite Duras’ lover, Sadec, a quaint little city. Visit the old house of Huynh Thuy Le, partake in the bantering of local markets along the paved river banks, pagoda and the Fujian Temple, build and donated to the city by the late Le family. Pass by the home of Marguerite Duras from across the riverbanks. Re-board ship at 11:00 for lunch. After that, ship sets sail to Tan Chau. In the afternoon, Vietnamese tour guides will give a lecture about Vietnam – the Past and the Present in the Saigon Lounge at 16:00. Cocktails and briefing at 18:00 followed by dinner at 19:00. Ship arrives at Tan Chau around 18:30. After dinner, join the crew show in the Saigon Lounge. More music, more dancing afterwards. Tonight the ship moors midstream at Tan Chau.
Day 4: Tan Chau - Border Crossing (Meals: B,L,D)
Today’s highlight is a visit of Tan Chau - a small town untouched by tourism. In the morning, the 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 (XeLoi). Visit rattan mats and slippers making factories. Return to the ship and enjoy lunch while the ship departs for border. In the afternoon, enjoy Fruits Carving and Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls demonstration by Executive Chef at Saigon Lounge. Border formalities are carried out concurrently. Cocktail hour from 18:00 – 19:00, dinner at 19:00. After dinner catch movie “The Killing Fields” in the Saigon Lounge. In the evening, sail overnight up the broad Mekong River, an international shipping route and moor mid-stream just outside of Phnom Penh.
Day 5: Phnom Penh (Meals: 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 ToulSleng (S21 detention center) and the Killing Fields. (For a free and easy afternoon, please inform Cruise Manager). Cocktail hours are served from 18:00 to 19:00. 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 6: Chong Koh – Oudong – Kampong Tralach (Meals: B,L,D)
Early in the morning the ship sails towards little known village Chong Koh. After breakfast, take leisurely morning stroll through Chong Koh silk weaving village. Visit a school, some home workshops manufacturing traditional silk and cotton handicrafts and buy some local products. Return to the ship at 10:00.Enjoy a hearty lunch onboard at 12:30 as the ship sails to PrekK’dam.Interesting afternoon tour starts with a bus ride to visit Oudong – the second capital city of Cambodia. Visit a Buddhist Center here and join a blessing. After that, take another bus ride to Kampong Tralach, see Kampong TralachPleu temple and take a 20-minute ox-cart ride back to the ship. Re-board ship in Kampong Tralach. Ship sails to Kampong Chhnang afterwards. Cocktail hour from 18:00 to 19:00, dinner is served at 19:00. After dinner, join together in the Saigon Lounge with Cruise Director for a “Nasty Quiz” night. Ship arrives at Kampong Chhnangaround 23:00 and moors midstream overnight.
Day 7: Kampong Chhnang – Prek K’dam (Meals: 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 Tonle Lake. The great lake dominates Cambodia and is over 150 km in length. Here bird life is profuse, and from the middle of the lake one cannot even see the shores. There is a great stillness and tranquility as the boat sails past floating fishing villages. Enjoy the great afternoon views to the boat cruise over the lake. Time for packing and prepare for Farewell Cocktail this evening. The ship moors overnight near Siem Reap.
Day 8: Disembarkation – Prek K’dam (Meals: B)
Enjoy breakfast onboard. Bid farewell to the crew and guides. Disembark around 8:30 and take motorized boats to local jetty approximately 5 to 6 km away from the middle of the lake. Transfer by motor coach to Le Meridien Angkor Hotel. Arrive at hotel at 10:00.
8 days programPackage PricesPackage Prices 
Cabin TypesClassic CClassic BClaissc AJunior SuiteSuiteClassic CClassic BClaissc AJunior SuiteSuite
Price$3,898$3,447$4,947$4,347$5,097$3,898$3,447$4,947$5,397$6,297Book a pack

What's included

  • Accommodation in double/twin cabin
  • Entrance fees
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Full board meals as itinerary including local beers, local brand spirits and local wines served during meals, coffee, selection of herbal infusions, local mineral water, local canned soft drinks served through all day.
  • Taxes, fuel, pilot, port dues, passenger levies.
  • Transfer from the ship to the drop off point in Saigon at the end of the voyage.
  • A meeting point and drop off point shall be decided by Indochina Sails; transfer to/from these meetings, currently set as Le Meridien Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap and Sofitel Plaza Saigon Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, to/from the ship is Indochina Sails responsibility.

What's excluded

  • International flights & departures taxes
  • Beverages such as wines, premium spirits and liquers, imported mineral waters, espressos and cappucinos at bar.
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
  • Vietnam & Cambodia visa arrangements
  • Fuel surcharges if there is any
  • Bank transfer fees & credit card service fees
  • Other not mentioned above
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