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Indochine I

A stylish and spacious ship offering comfortable Mekong river cruises through Vietnam and Cambodia.

Overview

The 167-ft RV Indochine I cruise ship offers stylish cruises along the calm waters of the Mekong through the most iconic and fascinating parts of Vietnam and Cambodia. Having started out life as a freighter working up and down the Tonlé Sap lake and Mekong River, she continues to follow a similar route, but has now swapped her cargo for discerning travelers seeking comfortable exploration of this remarkable region, having been fully and tastefully refurbished in a colonial style.

Life On Board

The vessels spacious social areas and cozy cabins have all been exquisitely fitted-out with Cambodian tropical hardwoods and palm wood, blended into a decorative finish, and boasts details such as woven straw panelling and lotus-shaped silk light fittings to complete the look of authenticity. When retiring to said cabins you’ll be comforted with premium mattresses and quality linens, and enjoy their large panoramic windows which provide privileged views of the passing riparian scenery.

The expansive lounge on the sundeck together with its neighboring bar forms the hubs for socializing on board, where you can enjoy movies, cultural performances, educational talks, and numerous other cultural activities. The large sundeck is fitted with sun beds enabling you to relax, enjoy the surrounding landscapes and watch the daily activities of life along the river unfold. There is also a boutique library and conference & meeting facilities. Cooking classes and tours of the ship are also available.

The dining room, with its large panoramic picture windows, is located to the rear of the Upper Deck. All meals are served in a single seating. A local executive chef heads an experienced culinary team, and while catering to the Western palate, meals are a combination of Vietnamese, Asian and Western cuisine utilizing local produce and fish to provide the freshest of ingredients. Breakfast and lunch is served buffet style, and there is a set menu for dinner. Specially-tailored light menus are available, as well as an extensive wine list with premium wines and liquor. Tea, coffee, drinking water and all non-alcoholic beverages are free of charge.

Excursions

From stilted villages and floating markets to temples, local schools and secluded mountain-top monasteries, the wide array of offbeat ports of call offer a glimpse into the daily life and culture of the friendly local people, ensuring that you’ll be able to truly immerse yourself in the different places you visit along this historic river. Indeed, your guides are recruited from the local communities and will be able to answer all of your questions about Mekong life from their very own first-hand experiences. You’ll also be able to partake in other activities include fishing and swimming.

Perfect for couples, families and groups of friends, an RV Indochine cruise offers you the opportunity to explore the region’s finest scenery and peaceful beauty in comfort and style, complemented by exceptional service.

Itineraries & Prices

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11-Day UP
11-Day DOWN

11 Day - Mekong Delta to the Temples of Angkor (Upstream)

Embarkation

AM: Program depending on your time of arrival in Ho Chi Minh City. Program as follow if your flight lands beetween 6am and 11am:

Built by the French in 1859, at the beginning of the colonial era, Ho Chi Minh City has retained some of its French atmosphere which characterises it. We will tour the city: Reunification palace, Notre Dame cathedral and Central Post office. Lunch in a local restaurant between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m..

PM: We’ll visit Cholon, the Chinese-influenced section of the city, including its hectic market. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail, have dinner and spend the night on board.

Indochine l's Mekong Delta to the Temples of Angkor (Upstream) - Day 1 - Temples of Angkor Sculpture
Location
Ho Chi Minh City
Day
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Cu Chi Tunnels

AM: We’ll leave by coach for the Cu Chi tunnels, an immense network of underground tunnels that were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches.

PM: Lunch will be served on board. Visit the Museum of Vietnamese History. We’ll then set out to cross the very narrow Cho Gao Canal. Night on board.

Indochine l's Mekong Delta to the Temples of Angkor (Upstream) - Day 2 - Thoai Ngoc Hau Tomb
Location
Ho Chi Minh City
Day
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Cho Gao, My Tho & Sa Dec

AM: We continue our cruise to My Tho along the magnificent Chao Gao Canal. Visit of a bee farm and enjoy some honey tea and exotic fruit.

PM: After lunch, we’ll discover a brick and pottery factory as well as a traditional factory producing puffed riced, rice-paper wrappers used to make nems, and rice alcohol. Night on board.

Indochine l's Mekong Delta to the Temples of Angkor (Upstream) - Day 3 - Salon Area
Location
Mekong River
Day
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Sa Dec, Chau Doc

AM: Visit of Sa Dec and discovery of the local market and visit the former house of Huynh Thuy Le, the man who Marguerite Duras based her book The Lover on.

PM: We’ll return on board our ship and have lunch. Sailing towards Cambodia. Night on board.

Indochine l's Mekong Delta to the Temples of Angkor (Upstream) - Day 4 - Temples of Angkor
Location
Mekong River
Day
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Chau Doc, Phnom Penh

AM: Breakfast on board. Located on the border between Cambodia and Vietnam, the prosperous city of Chau Doc has developed around fish and fish farming. We’ll pay a visit to the Ba Chua Xu Temple and the Tay An Pagoda.

PM: Lunch on board. Arrival in the evening in Phnom Penh. Dinner on board. We'll remain in port overnight.

Indochine l's Mekong Delta to the Temples of Angkor (Upstream) - Day 5 - Local people
Location
Mekong River
Day
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Phnom Penh

AM: We’ll enjoy a tour of the fabulous Royal Palace, one of the most impressive examples of Cambodian architecture, and its Silver Pagoda. Onward to visit the National Museum.

PM: After lunch in town, you can pay a visit to the Tuol Svay Prey School, a former detention, torture, and execution center run by the Khmer Rouge during the civil war. Afterwards, enjoy some free time at the market. As we get back on board, we will enjoy an Apsara dance show. Dinner and overnight on board, in the port of Phnom Penh. Free evening.

Indochine l's Mekong Delta to the Temples of Angkor (Upstream) - Day 6 - Tonle Sap River view
Location
Mekong River
Day
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Koh Chen, Kampong Tralach & Kampong Chhnang

AM: Visit of Koh Chen, a small village where craftspeople specialize in silver and copper work.

PM: After lunch, we will visit the beautiful Vihara at the Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. To access the pagoda we need to cross the village of Kampong Tralach in ox carts, moving along a small road that runs perpendicular to the river in the middle of magnificent rice fields. Our ship will remain anchored overnight.

Indochine l's Mekong Delta to the Temples of Angkor (Upstream) - Day 7 - A corner in Phnom Penh
Location
Mekong River
Day
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Tonle Lake

AM: Visit of Kampong Chhnang, one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonle Sap. Here they also have many fish farms. The region is best known for its fine traditional pottery which is a major source of revenue for the entire country. Tasting of some local products.

PM: Lunch, then continue our cruise to lake Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia which forms the heart of the hydraulic system of the Mekong. Cocktail and gala dinner tonight. Our ship will remain anchored overnight.

Note on crossing Tonle Sap Lake: During the high-water season, usually from August to the end of November, the crossing will be done on your ship. In the low-water season, from December to February, the crossing will be done on high-speed boats (approximately 4 hours). In the very low-water season, from approximately February to April, the transfer from Siem Reap to Koh Chen to join your ship will be done in an air-conditioned coach (approximately 5 hours).

Indochine l's Mekong Delta to the Temples of Angkor (Upstream) - Day 8 - Kampong Chhnang
Location
Tonle Sap River
Day
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Disembarkation

AM: We spend the morning cruising. Disembarkation, and lunch.

PM: Visit of the famous temple of Angkor Wat, a masterpiece of Khmer architecture. This is the most famous and most imposing of all the monuments in Angkor. Enjoy a stroll through the Angkor Night Market. Dinner and overnight in hotel (Accommodations will be at either a 4-star or 5-star hotel according to the cruise you choose).

Indochine l's Mekong Delta to the Temples of Angkor (Upstream) - Day 9 - Local Artist in Kampong Chhnang
Location
Siem Reap
Day
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Siem Reap

AM: Visit of the temple at Ta Prohm. Today nature has taken over the site and the result is stunning: trees spring out from the temple buildings and thick roots now cover the temple.

PM: This afternoon we explore Angkor Thom, have a wander in the heart of the ancient Royal palace where the sanctuary of Phimeanakas is located, then we visit the terrace of the Elephants and the terrace of the Leper King. Lunch. Visit of the temple at Banteay Srei, which means "the citadel of women”. Dinner. Then, enjoy a show with Phare, the Cambodian circus. Overnight in the hotel.

Indochine l's Mekong Delta to the Temples of Angkor (Upstream) - Day 10 - Terrace Area
Location
Siem Reap
Day
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Siem Reap

AM: Visit of the "Senteurs d'Angkor” (or perfume workshop), where they make candles, soaps and prepare spices. Afterwards, we visit the workshops of the "Artisans d'Angkor”, where young Cambodians are trained in the art of traditional wood carving and stonework based on long-standing Khmer craftwork traditions.

PM: Lunch in the hotel. We’ll bid you farewell at approximately 2:00 p.m.

Indochine l's Mekong Delta to the Temples of Angkor (Upstream) - Day 11 - Angkor Temples
Location
Siem Reap
Day
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11 Day - Temples of Angkor to the Mekong Delta (Downstream)

Siem Reap

Your program will begin according to your time of arrival in Siem Reap. If your flight arrives between 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., your program will be: Accommodations will be at either a 4-star or 5-star hotel according to the cruise you choose. Lunch will be served at the hotel between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and you’ll be able to check into your room at 2 p.m.

PM: This afternoon, we’ll visit the Senteurs d'Angkor: a diverse collection of silk and carvings, as well as a superb range of traditional beauty products and spices, all made locally. We’ll also visit Artisans Angkor, which states its goal as "the ambitious belief that it is possible to revive ancient Cambodian arts & crafts while improving the lives of thousands of people living in rural areas." Enjoy a stroll through the Angkor Night Market. We’ll have dinner and spend the night at the hotel.

Indochine l's Temples of Angkor to the Mekong Delta (Downstream) - Day 1 - Vinh Trang Town
Location
Siem Reap
Day
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Siem Reap

AM: We’ll explore Angkor Thom, the monumental temple of Bayon—famous for its towers and 172 faces of Avalokitesvara, and Ta Prohm.

PM: After lunch in town, we’ll leave for a visit of Banteay Srei. This evening, we’ll have dinner in a restaurant in town before ending the day with Phare, the Cambodian circus, and spending the night at the hotel.

Indochine l's Temples of Angkor to the Mekong Delta (Downstream) - Day 2 - Buffet Area
Location
Siem Reap
Day
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Embarkation

AM: We'll visit the Angkor Wat temple: the epitome of Khmer architectural art. It is the largest religious monument in the world and an architectural masterpiece. Lunch will be served at the hotel.

PM: In the early afternoon, you’ll be transferred from the hotel to the ship. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail and have dinner on board.

Indochine l's Temples of Angkor to the Mekong Delta (Downstream) - Day 3 - Inside an Angkor Temple
Location
Siem Reap - Tonle Sap Lake
Day
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Tonle Sap Lake, Kampong Chhnang & Kampong Tralach

AM: Enjoy breakfast as we cruise across the lake.

PM: After lunch, we’ll visit Kampong Chhnang, one of the largest fishing ports on Tonle Sap Lake. Fish farming is abundant here. The region is also known for its traditional pottery combining ancient knowledge with modern techniques—Chhnang itself means "pot." We'll enjoy a tasting of regional products before returning on board and beginning to cruise to Kampong Tralach. We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.

Note on crossing Tonle Sap Lake: During the high-water season, usually from August to the end of November, the crossing will be done on your ship. In the low-water season, from December to February, the crossing will be done on high-speed boats (approximately 4 hours). In the very low-water season, from approximately February to April, the transfer from Siem Reap to Koh Chen to join your ship will be done in an air-conditioned coach (approximately 5 hours).

Indochine l's Temples of Angkor to the Mekong Delta (Downstream) - Day 4 - Siem Reap Night Market
Location
Mekong River
Day
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Kampong Tralach, Koh Chen & Phnom Penh

AM: We will set out to visit the beautiful Vihara at the Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. To access the pagoda we need to cross the village of Kampong Tralach in ox carts, moving along a small road that runs perpendicular to the river in the middle of magnificent rice fields.

PM: After lunch, we'll arrive in Koh Chen. You can explore this small village where craftspeople specialize in silver and copper work. After returning on board, we'll spend the afternoon cruising towards Phnom Penh, arriving in the early evening. Enjoy a brief tour of the area by "tuk-tuk," the easiest way to get around the city. We’ll return to the ship and enjoy a performance of classical Khmer dancing and music and have dinner.

Indochine l's Temples of Angkor to the Mekong Delta (Downstream) - Day 5 - Tonle Sap River Life
Location
Mekong River
Day
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Phnom Penh

AM: We’ll enjoy a tour of the fabulous Royal Palace, one of the most impressive examples of Cambodian architecture, and its Silver Pagoda. Onward to visit the National Museum.

PM: After lunch in town, you can pay a visit to the Tuol Svay Prey School, a former detention, torture, and execution center run by the Khmer Rouge during the civil war. Afterwards, enjoy some free time at the market. We'll return on board for dinner in the evening and start sailing towards Vietnam.

Indochine l's Temples of Angkor to the Mekong Delta (Downstream) - Day 6 - Sundeck
Location
Mekong River
Day
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Chau Doc, Sa Dec

AM: Located on the border between Cambodia and Vietnam, the prosperous city of Chau Doc has developed around fish and fish farming. We’ll pay a visit to the Ba Chua Xu Temple and the Tay An Pagoda.

PM: Once we are back on board, we’ll begin to cruise toward Sa Dec. We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.

Indochine l's Temples of Angkor to the Mekong Delta (Downstream) - Day 7 - A young monk
Location
Mekong River
Day
7 / 11

Sa Dec, Vinh Long & Cai Be

AM: Once we arrive in Sa Dec, discover the local market and visit the former house of Huynh Thuy Le, the man who Marguerite Duras based her book The Lover on.

PM: We’ll have lunch on board and cruise to Vinh Long. We’ll set out in smaller boats and travel through canals and orchards before arriving in Cai Be. We’ll discover a brick and pottery factory as well as a traditional factory producing puffed riced, rice-paper wrappers used to make nems, and rice alcohol. We’ll return on board our ship and begin to cruise. We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.

Indochine l's Temples of Angkor to the Mekong Delta (Downstream) - Day 8 - Angkor Temples
Location
Mekong River
Day
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My Tho, Ho Chi Minh City

AM: We'll visit a bee farm and enjoy some honey tea and exotic fruit. We'll then take a ride in small sampans along the canal lined with mangrove palms.

PM: Lunch will be served on board. We’ll then set out to cross the very narrow Chao Gao Canal, heading for Ho Chi Minh City. We’ll have dinner and remain in port overnight.

Indochine l's Temples of Angkor to the Mekong Delta (Downstream) - Day 9 - Local People
Location
Mekong River
Day
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Ho Chi Minh City

AM: Ho Chi Minh City was heavily influenced by French colonialism in the 19th century. We’ll enjoy a tour of the city to see the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Saigon Central Post Office, and visit the Museum of Vietnamese History.

PM: Lunch will be served on board. In the afternoon, we’ll leave by coach for the Cu Chi tunnels, an immense network of underground tunnels that were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches. After our excursion, we'll return onboard our ship. Tonight we’ll have our farewell cocktail and dinner. We'll remain in port overnight.

Indochine l's Temples of Angkor to the Mekong Delta (Downstream) - Day 10 - Local Artists in Kampong Chhnang
Location
Ho Chi Minh City
Day
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Disembarkation

AM: Enjoy breakfast on board before disembarking. We’ll spend the morning visiting Cholon, the Chinese-influenced section of the city, including its hectic market.

PM: After lunch in town, we’ll bid you farewell at approximately 2:00 p.m. Please do not book your flight before 5:00 p.m.

Indochine l's Temples of Angkor to the Mekong Delta (Downstream) - Day 11 - Sundeck at Sunset
Location
Ho Chi Minh City
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Accommodations

Social Areas

Buffet
Side Deck
Lounge
Restaurant
Salon
Sun Deck
Sun Deck
Terrace
Breakfast onboard buffet style
Sunset seen from the ship
Sofas onbaord
Dining table onbaord
Lounge onboard
Sun Deck
Sun loungers on the deck
Terrace onboard

Suites & Cabins

Indochine l - Main Deck Cabin
14 Cabins

Main Deck Cabin

Guests
2
Size
16 sq m / 172 sq ft
Beds
Queen or Twin Beds

The Main Deck's 14 comfortable, air-conditioned cabins are bright and airy, featuring two large illuminating picture windows and ample closet space. There is a safe, dressing and bedside tables, between which beds can be configured as twin or queen. The ensuite facilities include a partitioned shower area, and for your convenience plump bathrobes, towels, sandals and a hairdryer are provided. The two rearmost cabins do have an extra couple of square feet room, but are closer to the engine room. 

Indochine l - Upper Deck Cabin
10 Cabins

Upper Deck Cabin

Guests
2
Size
16 sq m / 172 sq ft
Beds
Queen or Twin Beds

The Upper Deck's cabins boast the same furnishings and amenities, but have a more privileged, elevated view. As with the Main Deck cabins, all are river facing with a door that opens onto the outside deck. Nostalgic black-and-white photos adorn the walls and there is extensive use of dark woods throughout, with bamboo panelling and lotus-shaped lampshades to give a colonial cabin-feel.

Technical Information

Deck Plan

Features

  • Cabins with balconies
  • Air conditioning
  • Lecture room
  • Hot showers
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details