Description & Location
The Mekong River Cruise is one of the incredible and exciting river journeys, cruising on the Mekong river from Saigon up to Siem Reap, an 8 day historical voyage of colonial Indochina, much of which is relatively untouched. Departing from either Saigon going north, or from Siem Reap heading south, travellers will experience the full spectrum of culture and life on the Mekong Delta, as well as excursions to cultural and historical sites throughout Vietnam and Cambodia. Whilst there are many cruise options for the Mekong, we at Chic Locations are delighted to be partners with RV La Marguerite, a 46 cabin vessel that has raised the standard of river travel along the Mekong Delta. Elegant, with old world charm.
The inspiration behind ‘La Marguerite’ is directly derived from the famous French writer, Marguerite Duras, who was born in Saigon and was captivated by the beauty of the Mekong and its people. As a teenager she had an affair with a Chinese man, a passionate experience that inspired her to write many of her memoirs, including the bestselling novel L’Amant, translated into English as The Lover, and later made into a hugely enjoyable and thought provoking film that rivals ‘Indochine’ for capturing the style and mood of the region. The experience on board RV La Marguerite Duras will emulate the travel experience of the French colonial era with carefully selected interior furnishings and artifacts.
Facilities and Activities
Facilities on board include an elegant restaurant, spa, small gym, library. Sundeck and dipping pool. All meals and excursions are included. The itinerary might vary depending on the season and the water levels, but essentially departures are each Sunday, going south to north twice monthly and vice versa every alternate Sunday.
Mekong River Cruise
Day One: from Saigon – Embark at 12.00 noon, and depart early afternoon.
Day Two: Visit Cai Be, and then to Sa Dec where Marguerite Duras spent most of her childhood, and was the main setting for the film ‘The Lover’. Overnight at Tan Chau.
Day Three: Cross the border into Cambodia, and continue to the capital city, Phnom Pehn.
Day Four: Full day tour of the city, with the option of including the historical yet macabre Killing Fields museum.
Day Five: Continue to Chong Koh, stopping at Peam Chi Kang Village before berthing for the night at Kampong Cham.
Day Six: Visit Wat Nokor and overnight aside the eco village of Cheungkok, with its many pagodas and shrines.
Day Seven: Cruise along the Tonle River which links the vast Tonle lake to the Mekong, stopping overnight At Kampong Chhnang, a bustling market port town.
Day Eight: Tonle lake is over 120 miles long and is a dominating feature of Northern Cambodia and is an astounding ecological environment with a profuse bird and fish life. Depending on water levels, you either continue into the port at Siem Reap, or transfer by coach from Prek Kdam by road into Siem Reap where the cruise arrangments terminate.
Although you can continue by air to Bangkok probably in the evening, we recommend you take the opportunity to spend three nights in Siem Reap, allocating a least a day to visit the famous temples of Angkor. In Saigon we suggest the Park Hyatt hotel. The cruise can also be easily combined with any of our arrangements in Vietnam, including one of the fantastic beach resorts.