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Enjoy a Ha Long Bay Cruise & local culture.

Explore the wonders of Vietnam and Cambodia with Travelmarvel. Cruise for seven nights along the Mekong River; embark on an extended two-night cruise on spectacular junk in Ha Long Bay; take a rickshaw ride through Hanoi. View complete itinerary

Trip code: VTMR16
Duration: 16 days
Accommodation: Premium Hotels & Deluxe River Ships
Journey: Hanoi to Siem Reap
Meals included: 37

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Hanoi

On arrival in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Like a Local – enjoy a special Welcome Dinner at KOTO on Van Mieu. KOTO stands for ‘know one, teach one’, and gives disadvantaged youth the opportunity to train at its culinary school.
Stay: Two Nights: Hanoi, Mövenpick Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Hanoi

Take in the iconic sights of Hanoi on a guided sightseeing tour, including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and historic Ba Dinh Square. Like a Local - take an afternoon rickshaw ride through the bustling streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Later this evening, explore the city and enjoy dinner at your leisure.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 3. Hanoi, Ha Long Bay

After breakfast, travel to the World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay. Here, transfer to a traditional wooden junk for your journey on the beautiful bay. Enjoy a Welcome Drink as you set off to sail among thousands of spectacular limestone islets. Have lunch on board passing Chicken Rock and Ti Top Island. Visit Dark and Bright Lagoon by bamboo boat. Back on board this evening, enjoy dinner and a range of entertainment options before retiring to your cabin for the night.
Stay: Two Nights: Bhaya Cruises Junk
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Ha Long Bay

Enjoy the luxury of a full day sailing in this captivating region of Vietnam. You will relish the opportunity to stop at islands to explore, relax on the beach and go swimming in the picturesque waters. Explore Surprise Cave, one of the biggest caves in Ha Long Bay with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Ha Long Bay, Ho Chi Minh City

Enjoy breakfast, absorbing the majestic scenery followed by a visit to Ti Top Island. Dock back at Ha Long and transfer to Hanoi for your included flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Stay: Two Nights: Grand Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City

This morning take a step back in time and revisit the military history of the area. Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, built by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the Vietnam War. Part of a larger network, the tunnels were used by Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots during combat. They also served as communication and supply routes, hospitals, weapons caches and living quarters for numerous guerrilla fighters.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 7. Ho Chi Minh City, Embark Cruise

Drive to My Tho Port and board your river ship for a relaxing journey aboard the luxurious RV La Marguerite. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner on board.
Stay: Seven Nights: RV La Marguerite
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Cai Be, Sa Dec

A local boat will take you to the river-land town of Cai Be today. Visit floating markets, then cruise to Sa Dec, where French writer Marguerite Duras met her Vietnamese-Chinese lover, Huynh Thuy Le. Tour Huynh Thuy Le’s old house. Later, visit a local brick factory and a Cao Dai Temple.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 9. Tan Chau, Border Crossing

Transfer to a small boat for a journey along the tiny tributaries that snake around Tan Chau, step ashore for a rickshaw tour and visit a local island, lush with greenery. Spend the rest of today on board your luxurious river ship. Perhaps take in a fruit-carving demonstration while you cross the border into Cambodia. Continue cruising overnight to Phnom Penh.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 10. Phnom Penh

This morning embark on a moving excursion to the infamous Killing Fields, before visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, located on the site of the Khmer Rouge’s notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). Here, you’ll learn of the atrocities inflicted upon Cambodians during Pol Pot’s regime in the mid-to-late 1970s. Later this afternoon, take in Phnom Penh’s river promenade as your ship nears the capital. After lunch on board, disembark and tour the Royal Palace. Afterwards, head to the Silver Pagoda.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 11. Phnom Penh, Koh Chen

Enjoy time at leisure in Phnom Penh. Later today, cruise to Koh Chen, a village specialising in the manufacture of copperware.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 12. Oudong, Kampong Tralach

Disembark in Prek K’dam and travel by coach to Oudong. Like a Local -visit the monastery for a Buddhist blessing. Afterwards, continue to Kampong Tralach to visit Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu. Like a Local - enjoy an ox-cart ride.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 13. Kampong Chhnang

Enjoy a boat excursion into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang, then cast off towards Prek K’dam. Tonight, enjoy a superb dinner.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 14. Disembark Ship at Prek K’dam, Siem Reap, Angkor

Disembark your ship in Prek K’dam and transfer to Siem Reap. Later, visit the temple Bayon. Special Stay - Shinta Mani Resort.
Stay: Two Nights: Siem Reap, Shinta Mani Resort
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 15. Angkor, Siem Reap

Like a Local - in Siem Reap, meet underprivileged children who are supported by the organisation Opportunities of Development thru Art (ODA). Enjoy sunset over Angkor Wat before a Farewell Dinner.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 16. Depart Siem Reap

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Dine at KOTO Van Mieu
  • Take a rickshaw ride in Hanoi
  • Stay two nights on a Bhaya Cruises premium junk on Ha Long Bay
  • Stay at the historic Grand Hotel Saigon
  • Receive a Buddhist blessing in Oudong
  • Enjoy an ox-cart ride in Kampong Tralach
  • Relax at Siem Reap’s iconic Shinta Mani Resort
  • Visit underprivileged children at Siem Reap’s ODA

Map

Photos

Embark on a spectacular river cruise through Vietnam & Cambodia.

Click for larger version

Included Experiences

  • Eight days cruising the Lower Mekong
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director
  • Airport transfers, port charges and tipping
  • Flights within Vietnam (as per itinerary)
  • 37 fine meals - 15 full breakfasts, 10 lunches and 12 dinners
  • International wine, local beer and spirits included with lunch and dinner onboard your Lower Mekong cruise
  • Soft drink included at all times during your Lower Mekong cruise

Suite Floor and Ship Plan

RV La Marguerite

On board the RV La Marguerite, we appreciate that our guests have differing requirements. With this in mind, a versatile range of accommodation options is on offer. See ship deck plans for RV La Marguerite here.

Technical Data

Launched: 2009, Decks: 4, Length: 71.6m, Cabins: 46, Crew: 43.

Suite Floor Plans


Enjoy the comfort of your standard suite.



Relax and unwind in your Deluxe Balcony Suite.

Deluxe Balcony Suite (Cat. B & A, 226 sq. ft.) 
These elegant suites offer conservatory-style sun lounges adjoining your private French Balcony.

See suite plans for Deluxe Balcony Suite, Category B & A here.



Enjoy the facilities of your Sadec Balcony Suite.





Relax and unwind in your Indochina Balcony Suite.

Indochina Balcony Suite (Cat. Indochina, 443 sq. ft.) 
These suites are the most luxurious onboard, featuring a large balcony terrace with table and chair and a decadent whirlpool tub.


* Please note ship and suite floor plans are indicative only.

Additional Information

Enhance Your Journey - Touring

In the following locations Hanoi, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City ( Saigon)  Travelmarvel provides further opportunity to pursue your special interests and enhance your holiday to Asia with a range of Optional Experiences. Learn more about enhancing your journey here.

Select Experiences must be booked on board your tour/cruise and cannot be pre-booked. Minimum and maximum numbers may apply. Prices available in application.

Enhance Your Journey - Dining

Satisfy your personal tastes throughout your journey with this diverse range of optional dining experiences in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Siem Reap. Learn more about enhancing your dining experiences here.

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices include port charges, gratuities and sundries
  • Disruptions to cruising and itinerary arrangements may occur
  • During high water season from August − mid December, guests will journey along Tonle Sap from Kampong Chhnang and disembark RV La Marguerite at Siem Reap
  • Prices are for land, cruise and flights as specified only

Enjoy a Ha Long Bay Cruise & local culture.

17 days, 38 meals. Discover the ancient sites of Cambodia and the delectable cuisine of Vietnam on this incredible journey. View complete itinerary

Trip code: VTMR16
Duration: 16 days
Accommodation: Premium Hotels & Deluxe River Ships
Journey: Hanoi to Siem Reap
Meals included: 37

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Hanoi

On arrival in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Like a Local – enjoy a special Welcome Dinner at KOTO on Van Mieu. KOTO stands for ‘know one, teach one’, and gives disadvantaged youth the opportunity to train at its culinary school.
Stay: Two Nights: Hanoi, Mövenpick Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Hanoi

Take in the iconic sights of Hanoi on a guided sightseeing tour, including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and historic Ba Dinh Square. Like a Local - take an afternoon rickshaw ride through the bustling streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Later this evening, explore the city and enjoy dinner at your leisure.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 3. Hanoi, Ha Long Bay

After breakfast, travel to the World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay. Here, transfer to a traditional wooden junk for your journey on the beautiful bay. Enjoy a Welcome Drink as you set off to sail among thousands of spectacular limestone islets. Have lunch on board passing Chicken Rock and Ti Top Island. Visit Dark and Bright Lagoon by bamboo boat. Back on board this evening, enjoy dinner and a range of entertainment options before retiring to your cabin for the night.
Stay: Two Nights: Bhaya Cruises Junk
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Ha Long Bay

Enjoy the luxury of a full day sailing in this captivating region of Vietnam. You will relish the opportunity to stop at islands to explore, relax on the beach and go swimming in the picturesque waters. Explore Surprise Cave, one of the biggest caves in Ha Long Bay with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Ha Long Bay, Ho Chi Minh City

Enjoy breakfast, absorbing the majestic scenery followed by a visit to Ti Top Island. Dock back at Ha Long and transfer to Hanoi for your included flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Stay: Two nights: Ho Chi Minh City, Fusion Suites Saigon
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City

This morning take a step back in time and revisit the military history of the area. Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, built by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the Vietnam War. Part of a larger network, the tunnels were used by Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots during combat. They also served as communication and supply routes, hospitals, weapons caches and living quarters for numerous guerrilla fighters.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 7. Ho Chi Minh City, Embark Cruise

Drive to My Tho Port and board your river ship for a relaxing journey aboard the luxurious RV La Marguerite. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner on board.
Stay: Seven Nights: RV La Marguerite
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Cai Be, Sa Dec

A local boat will take you to the river-land town of Cai Be today. Visit floating markets, then cruise to Sa Dec, where French writer Marguerite Duras met her Vietnamese-Chinese lover, Huynh Thuy Le. Tour Huynh Thuy Le’s old house. Later, visit a local brick factory and a Cao Dai Temple.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 9. Tan Chau, Border Crossing

Transfer to a small boat for a journey along the tiny tributaries that snake around Tan Chau, step ashore for a rickshaw tour and visit a local island, lush with greenery. Spend the rest of today on board your luxurious river ship. Perhaps take in a fruit-carving demonstration while you cross the border into Cambodia. Continue cruising overnight to Phnom Penh.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 10. Phnom Penh

This morning embark on a moving excursion to the infamous Killing Fields, before visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, located on the site of the Khmer Rouge’s notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). Here, you’ll learn of the atrocities inflicted upon Cambodians during Pol Pot’s regime in the mid-to-late 1970s. Later this afternoon, take in Phnom Penh’s river promenade as your ship nears the capital. After lunch on board, disembark and tour the Royal Palace. Afterwards, head to the Silver Pagoda.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 11. Phnom Penh, Koh Chen

Enjoy time at leisure in Phnom Penh. Later today, cruise to Koh Chen, a village specialising in the manufacture of copperware.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 12. Oudong, Kampong Tralach

Disembark in Prek K’dam and travel by coach to Oudong. Like a Local -visit the monastery for a Buddhist blessing. Afterwards, continue to Kampong Tralach to visit Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu. Like a Local - enjoy an ox-cart ride.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 13. Kampong Chhnang

Enjoy a boat excursion into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang, then cast off towards Prek K’dam. Tonight, enjoy a superb dinner.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 14. Disembark Ship at Prek K’dam, Siem Reap, Angkor

Disembark your ship in Prek K’dam and transfer to Siem Reap. Later, visit the temple Bayon. Special Stay - Shinta Mani Resort.
Stay: Two Nights: Siem Reap, Shinta Mani Resort
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 15. Angkor, Siem Reap

Like a Local - in Siem Reap, meet underprivileged children who are supported by the organisation Opportunities of Development thru Art (ODA). Enjoy sunset over Angkor Wat before a Farewell Dinner.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 16. Depart Siem Reap

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Dine at KOTO Van Mieu
  • Take a rickshaw ride in Hanoi
  • Stay two nights on a Bhaya Cruises premium junk on Ha Long Bay
  • Stay at the historic Grand Hotel Saigon
  • Receive a Buddhist blessing in Oudong
  • Enjoy an ox-cart ride in Kampong Tralach
  • Relax at Siem Reap’s iconic Shinta Mani Resort
  • Visit underprivileged children at Siem Reap’s ODA

Map

Photos

Embark on a spectacular river cruise through Vietnam & Cambodia.

Click for larger version

Included Experiences

  • Eight days cruising the Lower Mekong
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director
  • Airport transfers, port charges and tipping
  • Flights within Vietnam (as per itinerary)
  • 37 fine meals - 15 full breakfasts, 10 lunches and 12 dinners
  • International wine, local beer and spirits included with lunch and dinner onboard your Lower Mekong cruise
  • Soft drink included at all times during your Lower Mekong cruise

Suite Floor and Ship Plan

RV La Marguerite

On board the RV La Marguerite, we appreciate that our guests have differing requirements. With this in mind, a versatile range of accommodation options is on offer. See ship deck plans for RV La Marguerite here.

Technical Data

Launched: 2009, Decks: 4, Length: 71.6m, Cabins: 46, Crew: 43.

Suite Floor Plans


Enjoy the comfort of your standard suite.



Relax and unwind in your Deluxe Balcony Suite.

Deluxe Balcony Suite (Cat. B & A, 226 sq. ft.) 
These elegant suites offer conservatory-style sun lounges adjoining your private French Balcony.

See suite plans for Deluxe Balcony Suite, Category B & A here.



Enjoy the facilities of your Sadec Balcony Suite.





Relax and unwind in your Indochina Balcony Suite.

Indochina Balcony Suite (Cat. Indochina, 443 sq. ft.) 
These suites are the most luxurious onboard, featuring a large balcony terrace with table and chair and a decadent whirlpool tub.


* Please note ship and suite floor plans are indicative only.

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices include port charges, gratuities and sundries
  • Disruptions to cruising and itinerary arrangements may occur
  • During high water season from August − mid December, guests will journey along Tonle Sap from Kampong Chhnang and disembark RV La Marguerite at Siem Reap
  • Prices are for land, cruise and flights as specified only

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