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Rv La Marguerite Cruise

Downstream Siem Reap To Saigon

8 days
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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.
 
MENU:
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

Beverage

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

Services & Entertainment

Amenities:
Onboard laundry, Bakery, Fully equipped galley and refrigeration storages, Air-conditioning in all inside areas, restaurant, bar, library, gym and spa
Safety:
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.
Water:
Treatment plants for desalination, de-sedimentation and purification using UV and osmosis.
Sewage:
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 – Siem Reap – Prek K’dam (Meals: L,D)
Register between 11:00 - 12:00 at Le Meridien Angkor. Transfer by coach to the jetty and take a 30-minute motorboat to La Marguerite ship, passing floating fishing villages from Siem Reap through Tonle Sap Lake.
Embark the ship 13:00. Welcome drink served in Saigon Lounge. Attend a short briefing followed by a lunch served in Mekong restaurant at 13:30. Captain raises the anchor and cruises towards Kampong Chhnang. The great lake dominates Cambodia and is over 150 km in length. Along the way, enjoy a scenic view of the wild lives while passing through inspirational floating villages.
Join the Cruise Manager at Saigon Lounge for safety demonstration and briefing at 18:00. Enjoy Captain’s Cocktails afterwards and adjourn to the first gourmet dinner onboard with fellow travelers. The boat moors overnight at Kampong Chhnang.
Day 2: Kampong Chhnang – Kampong Tralach – Oudong (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. Enjoy a stunning variety of birdlife, and of considerable interest are local life and floating village, see numerous great fish traps, some over a half-mile long. Return to the boat and attend lecture on “Cambodia - The Past & Present” in Saigon Lounge while the shipcasts off towards Kampong Tralach. An afternoon tour includes an oxcart ride from the riverbank through the countryside to the beautiful Kampong Tralach Pleu. Then board a motor coach to Oudong, the former capital city of Cambodia, where you will tour the Buddhist Monastery. After the visit, take another 15-minute coach back to the ship and embark at Prek K’dam. Cocktail hour starts from 18:00 to 19:00. Join Cruise Manager on daily briefing beforeenjoying your dinner at 19:00. Catch the movie night with “The Killing Fields” shown in the Saigon Lounge after dinner. Ship sails towards Chong Koh Village and moors midstream overnight.
Day 3: Chong Koh – Phnom Penh (Meals: B,L,D)
This morning we visit Chong Koh – a silk weaving village located in the middle of the Mekong River. After breakfast, take leisurely morning stroll through this 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.Ship sets sail to Phnom Penh – the capital of Cambodia afterwards. An afternoon walking tour provides an orientation to this spectacular city and free time for shopping or exploring the city yourself. Return to the vessel for cocktail hour starts from 18:00 to 19:00 in the Saigon Lounge. Dinner at 19:00. After dinner, enjoy the nightlife in Phnom Penh. Ship docks overnight at Phnom Penh port.
Day 4: Phnom Penh (Meals: B,L,D)
Today is a busy day with many interesting sightseeing and activities. In the morning, sight-see 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 Toul Sleng (S21 detention center) and the Killing Fields. (For a free and easy afternoon, please inform Cruise Director). Cocktail hour starts from 18:00 to 19:00. Dinner is served from 19:00 to 21:00. After dinner, join the Khmer folklore dances at the Saigon Lounge. Before midnight, opt to chill in one the bars located across the road from the pier. Ship docks overnight at Phnom Penh port.
Day 5: Phnom Penh – Border Crossing – Tan Chau (Meals: B,L,D)
Enjoy a hearty breakfast as the ship departs for border. Cast off for a day cruising the main Mekong channel, an international shipping route. Join the “Towels and napkins folding demonstration” from the Housekeeping and Restaurant Staff in the Saigon Lounge. In the afternoon, join the cooking class with fruits carving and Vietnamese fresh spring rolls demonstration by our Executive Chef at Saigon Lounge, while the border formalities are carried out. Arrive at Tan Chau in the evening - the first Vietnamese town on the Mekong River. Join the crew-members after dinner for a nice surprise in the Lounge. The boat moors safely at the riverbanks.
Day 6: Tan Chau – Sadec (Meals: B,L,D)
Today’s highlight is a visit of Tan Chau - a small town untouched by tourism. In the morning, 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. In the afternoon, cruise downstream to Sa Dec. Join the lecture on-board theme “Vietnam - The Past & Present”. The ship arrives in Sadec around 18:30 and moors midstream overnight. Cocktails and briefing at Saigon Lounge at 18:00. After dinner, watch in-house movie “The Lover” in the cabin or enjoy the beautiful music from the on-board pianist.
Day 7: Sadec – Xeo Quyt – Cai Be (Meals: B,L,D)
In the morning, board a local boat for Sadec passing floating markets as your boat maneuvers through the river’s channels. Once ashore, you will tour Sadec, noteworthy as the town where the French writer Marguerite Duras spent many years during her childhood. Visit a local market and the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Duras’ Chinese paramour, which is now a small museum. Afterwards, take a 1-hour bus ride from Sadec to Xeo Quyt, used as a base during the French and U.S war and now an important ecological site, with its jungle overgrowth. Meet and re-board the ship in Cai Be. After lunch onboard, a local boat will take you to Cai Be’s floating market. Go ashore to visit the rice paper and coconut candy workshops. After that, visit a typical old house in the Mekong Delta; take a short walk through the big garden. Return to the boat and prepare for Farewell cocktail at 18:00. Enjoy a gourmet Farewell Dinner at 19:00. Ship moors midstream in Cai Be.
Day 8: Disembarkation – My Tho – Saigon (Meals: B)
Your cruise comes to an end as the ship arrives at My Tho Port. Breakfast from 6:30 to 8:00, followed by a motor coach transfer to Saigon at 8:30. As the capital of the French colony of Cochichina, Saigon was known as “Paris of Orient”. Today, Vietnam’s largest city is an industrial, cultural and educational hub, but still retains vestiges of its colonial past.
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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