RV La Marguerite is a boutique river ship with provides an intimate and comfortable setting for a cruise along the Mekong River. Setting sail with a guest to staff ratio of 2:1, the ship offers superior service and a personalised experience where you'll soon feel at home. The luxurious and stylish interior is inspired by the colonial era with an added contemporary edge. The sophisticated design and facilities ensure you'll have a relaxing and thrilling experience. There's exquisite dining, elegant social areas, an indulgent spa, and a spacious sun deck. The suites are conveniently designed with comfort in mind and offer a luxurious feel.
The Mekong Restaurant is air-conditioned and boasts panoramic sea views. The restaurant serves delicious local and international cuisine which is freshly prepared by the skilled chef on board. Enjoy complimentary wine served with lunch and dinner.
The Saigon Lounge and Bar serves has an extensive drinks menu which serves local beer, spirits and soft drinks. Sip on your refreshing drink as you engage with other guests, or take your drink into the Panoramic Lounge for spectacular views. Up on the sun deck, the bar serves a range of drink options for you to enjoy as you lounge in the sun.
Spend your days relaxing on the sun deck; top up your tan, watch out at the picturesque scenery, or take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool. Take the relaxation inside to the comfortable spa, or pump up the temp in the fitness centre. Take out a book from the on-board library or buy your souvenirs in the gift shop. Enjoy entertainment on stage in the Saigon Lounge for fun-filled evenings.
Days 1 to 3: UK to Siem Reap
Fly from your selected UK airport to Siem Reap and be transferred to Shinta Mani Shack for a three-night stay.
Day 4: Siem Reap to Prek K'dam
Check out of your hotel today and be transferred to the port in Prek K'dam to embark RV La Marguerite for your Mekong River cruise. The unique charms of the Mekong can be discovered in this stunning region with its greenery springing up throughout the riverbank and floating villages. Indulge in your first dinner on board this evening.
Day 5: Kampong Chhnang to Kamping Tralach to Oudong
Travel to the former royal capital Oudong to enjoy a traditional Buddhist blessing, which is guaranteed to be a memorable highlight of your cruise. Perhaps take an ox-cart ride, coined the 'Khmer limousine', to see how the locals live their everyday life in rural Cambodia. Next, take part in a small boat expedition of the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang and after this fun advance on to Kampong Tralach.
Day 6: Koh Chen to Phnom Penh
Visit some of the home workshops today in Koh Chen, which display the intricate handmade goods. It can be said that the soul of Koh Chen Village is its clay and silver craft items. With over 40 family-run shops, a wide variety of silver bowls, dishes, plates, vases, and unique boxes shaped like animals can be purchased here. Carry on your journey towards Phnom Penh, known as the vibrant capital of Cambodia.
Day 7: Phnom Penh
Take time today to explore the Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, which references one of the darkest moments of the 20th century. Look forward to an afternoon tour and visit the Royal Palace and see the Silver Pagoda. Perhaps admire the Emerald Buddha carved from baccarat crystal. Once you've enjoyed a tasty dinner; step out for an evening stroll around the capital.
Day 8: Tan Chau
You'll spend the day back on board the ship as she cruises to the Vietnamese border. This afternoon you may wish to attend a fruit-carving demonstration held by the ship's chef while the border formalities are sorted and you cross into Vietnam. Watch a documentary tonight about Pol Pot as your ship sails towards the quaint Vietnamese town of Tan Chau.
Day 9: Tan Chau to Sa Dec
After you've indulged in a generous breakfast; travel by a tiny boat along the Mekong's tiny tributaries observing the stilt house villages en-route. Go ashore for a tour of Tan Chau, known as one of the biggest silk-weaving centres of Vietnam. Perhaps visit the interesting local artisan workshops to learn more about the history of this craft.
Day 10: Sa Dec to Cai Be
Enjoy a boat ride to reach the stunning colonial town of Sa Dec for an insightful tour. You'll visit Huynh Thuy Le's old house, once the lover of French writer Marguerite Duras. Following a delicious lunch; step aboard a local boat as it makes its way to Cai Be to see the French Gothic cathedral. Venture ashore to visit a local rice paper manufacturer to learn the steps of making rice paper. Afterwards, visit a coconut candy factory to see what goes into creating the tasty local treat. Enjoy a final dinner on board this evening.
Days 11 - 12: Ho Chi Minh City
Disembark the ship at My Tho Port and be transferred to Ho Chi Minh City for a two-night stay at Fusion Suites Saigon.
Days 13: Ho Chi Minh City to UK
Check out of your hotel today and be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK.