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RV La Marguerite Cruise Up-Downstream

RV La Marguerite Cruise in Mekong DeltaA holistic and creative cruise. Perfect for connoisseurs, family vacation, friendship bond building, RV La Marguerite also stimulates the mind and enriches your physical well being. Its unique concept sets it apart from the rest. This 8 days 7 nights cruise offers 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 personal experience, enriching lives passion and inspiration.

Rv La Marguerite Cruise Upstream

Rv La Marguerite Cruise in Mekong Delta River

 

Day 1: Embarkation - My Tho - Cai Be.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Rv La Marguerite Cruise Downstream

Day 1: Embarkation – Siem Reap – Prek K’dam.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sophisticated & Intimate
River cruising through the Mekong Delta on RV La Marguerite is a sophisticated and intimate journey filled with sightseeing, excursions and learnings along the inland waterways.

Life in the Slow Lane
River cruising along the Mekong at a gentle pace and soaking up the scenery enriches one's life experience. An antidote to the pressures of modern day living. Perfect for all gourmet lovers and culture seekers.

Onboard Experience
Marguerite Duras, born Marguerite Donnadieu on 4 April 1914, focused on the lives of her characters in the novels. We design our cruise program to evoke the same emotion and passions.

Culture Tourism Seekers
A heroic & holistic journey through time, RV La Marguerite, the first in South East Asia, will revive our mental well being and reconnect passion with daily lives.

Ying & Yang
The concept of ying & yang describes how seemingly opposing forces are bound together, intertwined and interdependent in the natural world. We experience the Ying of the Mekong as the moonlight casts a soft shadow onto the tranquil river; and experience the Yang of the Mekong as the flowing river explodes into a charged stream filled with a myriad of activities.

Green Tourism
RV La Marguerite operates in such a way as to harmonize with the natural environment by building and constructing composting wastewater treatment facilities.

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