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Lan Diep

An elegant riverboat adorned in exotic wood inspired by the Mekong’s ancient boatbuilding tradition.

Overview

Built in 2007 and inspired by the Mekong’s ancient tradition of riverboat building, the 44-guest RV Lan Diep is an elegant, colonial-style riverboat with classical lines and charming wooden accents that create an enticing ambiance of comfortable adventure.

Life On Board

Her 22 cabins, split over two of the vessel’s three decks, are well appointed with generous amounts of wardrobe space and under-bed storage, ensuite wetroom-style bathrooms, and large panoramic river-view windows and doors that lead out onto the boat’s promenade – an outdoor covered walking area/terrace – that serves as a common balcony.

Exquisitely fitted-out with Cambodian tropical hardwoods and palm wood for a decorative finish and an authentic feel, the refined rooms suitably double up as relaxing retreats after a day of adventure, with their individually-controlled air-conditioning, plump premium mattresses laden with quality linens and two varieties of pillow, not to mention the cozy complimentary slippers and robe de chambres.

Indeed, while aboard the RV Lan Diep, guests can find all the services and facilities of a luxury hotel, including wifi in all public areas, and more. Join a variety of enthralling lectures about the region’s rich cultural heritage and fascinating riverine lifestyle, kick back with one of the classics from the library, simply relax in the comforts of your cabin, or enjoy the nightly entertainment and relaxing refreshments of the Lounge/Bar on Sun Deck.

Inviting Public Areas

With its privileged views, open and covered seating areas with loungers and chairs, and popular viewing area to the bow, the Sun Deck is the focal point of all social activity aboard the ship, and it is here that guests can borrow books and games from the library, or enjoy an array of enriching activities, from cultural performances by local performers and movie nights, to language classes and educational talks.

Elsewhere on board, there is a small shop for souvenirs and essentials in the Lobby, and a restaurant to the aft of the Upper Deck, where the local executive chef and his team serve authentic Eastern and Western dishes – including traditional Cambodian and Vietnamese specialities – all prepared with fresh locally-sourced ingredients. Breakfast and lunch is served in a semi-buffet style and the multi-course dinners are seated. Passengers can also choose a specially-tailored light menu which is available upon request.

If you get hungry outside of these times, freshly-baked bread and snacks are also available upon request, and if you fancy trying your hand at making some of the local delicacies for yourself, cooking classes are also available.

Magical Mekong Adventures

The Lan Diep offers remarkable 9 and 11-day cruises from Saigon to Siem Reap, via Phnom Penh, and vice-versa, allowing guests to experience a true taste of life on the magical Mekong in both Vietnam on its bustling delta, and in Cambodia along its more tranquil stretches.

Itineraries include highlights such as Ho Chi Minh’s Reunification palace and Notre Dame cathedral, bustling Cai Be floating market, Phnom Penh’s Royal palace, an oxcart ride through Kampong Tralach village, and exploration of Tonlé Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia.

Another great highlight of these itineraries is the fact that the ship docks right in Saigon itself, so there are no uncomfortable overland transfers to consider, and instead, thanks to its shallow 6 ft draft, guests get to cruise along the beautiful Cho Gao Canal to My Tho, famed for its fruit orchards and islands.

On each voyage there are many complimentary events such as the Welcome Cocktail, Farewell Reception, and Captain’s Farewell Gala Dinner, but after so much excitement and adventure, you are sure to be reluctant to say goodbye to the charming Lan Diep and her friendly crew.

Itineraries & Prices

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9-Day UP
11-Day DOWN
11-Day UP

9 Day - Mekong Delta to Siem Riep

itinerary map

Embarkation

Meet at the Liberty Central Riverside Hotel restaurant between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon, we will tour the city: Reunification Palace, Notre Dame cathedral, and Central Post office. We’ll visit Cholon, the Chinese-influenced section of the city, including its hectic market and Ba Thien Hau Pagoda dedicated to the sea goddess Mazu. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail, have dinner and spend the night on board downtown.  

Lan Diep - Mekong Delta to Siem Riep - Day 1
Location
Ho Chi Minh City
Day
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HO CHI MINH CITY

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

Lan Diep - Mekong Delta to Siem Riep - Day 2
Location
Ho Chi Minh City
Day
2 / 9

CHAO GAO - MY THO - VINH LONG - CAI BE

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. Lunch on board. 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.

Lan Diep - Mekong Delta to Siem Riep - Day 3
Location
Chao Gao Canal
Day
3 / 9

SA DEC

Visit the former house of Huynh Thuy Le, the man who Marguerite Duras based her book The Lover on. After our excursion, enjoy some free time in Sa Dec. We’ll return on board our ship and have lunch. Sailing towards Cambodia. Night on board. 

Lan Diep - Mekong Delta to Siem Riep - Day 4
Location
Sa Dec
Day
4 / 9

CHAU DOC - PHNOM PENH

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

Lan Diep - Mekong Delta to Siem Riep - Day 5
Location
Chau Doc
Day
5 / 9

PHNOM PENH

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. After lunch in town, you can pay a visit to the Tuol Svay Prey School, former detention, torture, and execution center run by the Khmer Rouge during the civil war. Afterward, 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.

Lan Diep - Mekong Delta to Siem Riep - Day 6
Location
Phnom Penh
Day
6 / 9

KOH CHEN - KAMPONG TRALACH

Visit of Koh Chen, a small village where craftspeople specialize in silver and copper work. Lunch on board. Visit of 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.

Lan Diep - Mekong Delta to Siem Riep - Day 7
Location
Koh Chen - Kampong Tralach
Day
7 / 9

KAMPONG CHHNANG - TONLE SAP LAKE

Visit of Kampong Chhnang, one of the largest fishing ports on Tonle Sap Lake. 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. Lunch on board. We'll then continue our cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, 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.

Lan Diep - Mekong Delta to Siem Riep - Day 8
Location
Tonle Sap Lake
Day
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Disembarkation

Transfer to downtown Siem Reap. End of our services around 12:00 p.m.

Please do not book your flight before 3:00 p.m.



Lan Diep - Mekong Delta to Siem Riep - Day 9
Location
Siem Reap
Day
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11 Day - Temple of Angkor to Mekong Delta

itinerary map

Embarkation

Your program will begin according to your time of arrival. If your flight arrives between 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., your program will be: 

Lunch will be served at the hotel. After, we’ll visit the mysterious Beng Mealea temple, whose ruins were once utterly consumed by jungle. The temple was built in the 12th century and used the same floor plan as Angkor Wat. We’ll have dinner in the city and spend the night at a four-star hotel.

Lan Diep - Temple of Angkor to Mekong Delta - Day 1
Location
Siem Reap
Day
1 / 11

SIEM REAP - ANGKOR TEMPLES

This morning, we’ll tour Ta Prohm and Angkor Thom. Stroll through the grounds of the former Royal Palace, and discover the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. We’ll have lunch in the city before visiting the Senteurs d'Angkor, a local business with a diverse collection of silk and carvings, as well as a superb range of traditional beauty products and spices, all made locally. We’ll end the day with Phare, the Cambodian circus, and spend the night at the hotel.

Lan Diep - Temple of Angkor to Mekong Delta - Day 2
Location
Angkor
Day
2 / 11

SIEM REAP - TONLE SAP LAKE

We’ll visit the Angkor Wat temple: the epitome of Khmer architectural art and the most famous and imposing of all the monuments in Angkor. Lunch will be served at the hotel. After, you’ll be transferred to your ship. Our crew will welcome you and help you get comfortably settled into your cabins. We’ll have dinner and formally meet our crew. Our ship will remain anchored overnight.

Lan Diep - Temple of Angkor to Mekong Delta - Day 3
Location
Tonle Sap Lake
Day
3 / 11

TONLE SAP LAKE - KAMPONG CHHNANG

We’ll spend the morning crossing Tonle Sap Lake. We’ll enjoy lunch on board before visiting Kampong Chhnang, one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonle Sap. 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 also enjoy a tasting of regional products before returning on board and beginning to cruise to Kampong Tralach. Our ship will remain anchored overnight.

Lan Diep - Temple of Angkor to Mekong Delta - Day 4
Location
Kampong Chhnang
Day
4 / 11

KAMPONG TRALACH - KOH CHEN - PHNOM PENH

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. We’ll enjoy lunch on board before exploring the small village of Koh Chen, where craftspeople specialize in silver and copper work. After our tour, we’ll return on board and begin to cruise to Phnom Penh. Once we arrive, 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. Our ship will remain overnight in Phnom Penh.

Lan Diep - Temple of Angkor to Mekong Delta - Day 5
Location
Koh Chen
Day
5 / 11

PHNOM PENH

We’ll enjoy a tour of the fabulous Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, which is inlaid with more than 5,000 silver tiles. After, join us for a visit to the National Museum of Cambodia. We’ll have lunch in the city. In the afternoon, 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. After our tour, we’ll return on board and begin to cruise to Vietnam. Our ship will be anchored overnight.

Lan Diep - Temple of Angkor to Mekong Delta - Day 6
Location
Royal Palace
Day
6 / 11

CHAU DOC

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. Lunch on board. We’ll begin to cruise toward Sa Dec. We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.

Lan Diep - Temple of Angkor to Mekong Delta - Day 7
Location
Chau Doc
Day
7 / 11

SA DEC - VINH LONG - CAI BE

Visit the former house of Huynh Thuy Le, the man who Marguerite Duras based her book The Lover on. After our excursion, enjoy some free time in Sa Dec. 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.

Lan Diep - Temple of Angkor to Mekong Delta - Day 8
Location
Cai Be
Day
8 / 11

MY THO - HO CHI MINH CITY (FORMERLY SAIGON)

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 and have a glimpse of villagers going about their daily lives. We’ll enjoy lunch on board and then set out to cross the very narrow canal, heading for Ho Chi Minh City and spending the night on the ship, which will remain moored in central Ho Chi Minh City. 

Lan Diep - Temple of Angkor to Mekong Delta - Day 9
Location
My Tho
Day
9 / 11

HO CHI MINH CITY

Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, is the most populous city in Vietnam. We’ll enjoy a tour of the city to see the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Saigon Central Post Office. After, join us for a visit to the Museum of Vietnamese History. Lunch will be served on board. We’ll leave by coach for the Cu Chi tunnels, an immense network of underground tunnels that were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War. After our excursion, we’ll return to the ship. Tonight, we’ll have our farewell cocktail and dinner and spend the night at the port.

Lan Diep - Temple of Angkor to Mekong Delta - Day 10
Location
Ho Chi Minh City
Day
10 / 11

Disembarkation

Enjoy breakfast on board this morning. After you disembark from the ship, we’ll head to Cholon, the Chinese-influenced section of the city.

We’ll enjoy lunch and we’ll bid you farewell at approximately 2:00 p.m. Please do not book your flight before 5:00 p.m.

Lan Diep - Temple of Angkor to Mekong Delta - Day 11
Location
Ho Chi Minh City
Day
11 / 11
1 / 11

11 Day - Mekong Delta to Temple of Angkor

itinerary map

Embarkation

Meet at the Liberty Central Riverside Hotel restaurant between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon, a tour of the city to see the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Saigon Central Post Office. Next, we’ll head to Cholon, the Chinese-influenced section of the city, to tour its hectic market and the Thien Hau temple. You’ll then be transferred to our ship. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. We'll have dinner and spend the night on the ship, which will remain moored.

Lan Diep - Mekong Delta to Temple of Angkor - Day 1
Location
Ho Chi Minh City
Day
1 / 11

HO CHI MINH CITY

We’ll leave by coach for the Cu Chi tunnels, an immense network of underground tunnels that were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War. After lunch, join us for a visit to the Museum of Vietnamese History. We’ll then begin to cruise to the splendid Cho Gao canal. We’ll spend the night on board.

Lan Diep - Mekong Delta to Temple of Angkor - Day 2
Location
Ho Chi Minh City
Day
2 / 11

CHAO GAO - MY THO - VINH LONG - CAI BE

During our passage through the Cho Gao Canal, you’ll discover the daily life in Vietnam—organized around fishing, farming, and transport. In My Tho, 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. After lunch on board, we’ll visit Vinh Long, located in the middle of the Delta region between two of the Mekong’s distributaries. We’ll discover a brick and pottery factory, a fruit-tree nursery, puffed riced, rice-paper wrappers, and rice alcohol.* We’ll spend the night on board.

Lan Diep - Mekong Delta to Temple of Angkor - Day 3
Location
Vinh Long
Day
3 / 11

SA DEC

Visit the former house of Huynh Thuy Le, the man who Marguerite Duras based her book The Lover on. After our excursion, enjoy some free time in Sa Dec. We’ll return on board and cast off as you sit down to lunch. Our ship will begin to cruise to Cambodia. We’ll spend the night on board.

Lan Diep - Mekong Delta to Temple of Angkor - Day 4
Location
Sa Dec
Day
4 / 11

CHAU DOC - PHNOM PENH

After breakfast and our arrival in Chau Doc, we’ll visit a local fish farm, the Ba Chua Xu Temple, and the Tay An Pagoda. We’ll enjoy lunch on board and arrive in Phnom Penh in the evening. We’ll enjoy dinner on board this evening. Set out on a brief tour of the area by "tuk-tuk," the easiest way to get around the city. We’ll remain in port overnight.

Lan Diep - Mekong Delta to Temple of Angkor - Day 5
Location
Chau Doc
Day
5 / 11

PHNOM PENH

We’ll enjoy a tour of the fabulous Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, which is inlaid with more than 5,000 silver tiles. After, join us for a visit to the National Museum of Cambodia. We’ll have lunch in the city. In the afternoon, 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 to the ship and enjoy a performance of classical Khmer dancing and music. We’ll have dinner on board and remain in port overnight. The rest of the evening is yours to do as you please.

Lan Diep - Mekong Delta to Temple of Angkor - Day 6
Location
Phnom Penh
Day
6 / 11

KOH CHEN - KAMPONG TRALACH

Once we arrive in Koh Chen, you can explore this small village where craftspeople specialize in silver and copper work. Enjoy lunch on board. We’ll head to Kampong Tralach 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. Our ship will remain anchored overnight.

Lan Diep - Mekong Delta to Temple of Angkor - Day 7
Location
Koh Chen - Kampong Tralach
Day
7 / 11

KAMPONG CHHNANG - LAKE TONLE

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 also enjoy a tasting of regional products. Enjoy lunch on board. We’ll cruise to Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. Tonight, we’ll have our final cocktail and dinner on the ship. Our ship will remain anchored overnight.

Lan Diep - Mekong Delta to Temple of Angkor - Day 8
Location
Kampong Chhnang
Day
8 / 11

SIEM REAP - ANGKOR TEMPLES

We’ll spend the morning cruising the river before disembarking and having lunch on shore. After, we'll visit the Angkor Wat temple: the epitome of Khmer architectural art and the most famous and 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).

Lan Diep - Mekong Delta to Temple of Angkor - Day 9
Location
Siem Reap-Angkor Temple
Day
9 / 11

SIEM REAP - ANGKOR TEMPLES

This morning, we’ll visit the mysterious Beng Mealea temple, whose ruins were once utterly consumed by jungle. The temple was built in the 12th century and used the same floor plan as Angkor Wat. We’ll have lunch in the city. We’ll visit the Senteurs d'Angkor, a local business with 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 a silk farm to learn about the complex process of creating the luxurious fabric. We’ll end the day with Phare, the Cambodian circus, and spend the night at the hotel.

Lan Diep - Mekong Delta to Temple of Angkor - Day 10
Location
Beng Mealea Temple
Day
10 / 11

Disembarkation

This morning, we’ll tour Ta Prohm, a Cambodian temple dedicated to the family of Jayavarman VII. We’ll then explore Angkor Thom. Stroll through the grounds of the former Royal Palace and discover the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. Lunch will be served at the hotel.

We’ll bid you farewell at approximately 2:00 p.m. Please do not book your flight before 5:00 p.m.

Lan Diep - Mekong Delta to Temple of Angkor - Day 11
Location
Siem Reap - Angkor Temples
Day
11 / 11
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Accommodations

Social Areas

Bar
Lounge
Outdoor Dining
Recreation Deck
Restaurant
Sun Deck

Suites & Cabins

Lan Diep - Main Deck Cabin
12 Cabins

Main Deck Cabin

Guests
2
Size
16 sq m / 172 sq feet
Beds
Double / Twin

On the Main Deck of the Lan Diep cruise, there are 12 cabins measuring a roomy 16 square meters each. All cabins and bathrooms are tastefully decorated and comfortably furnished, and include a dressing table and ample storage. Slip on your fluffy complimentary slippers and robe de chambre and enjoy great views along the river from large panoramic windows. Your bed can be double or twin as desired.


Lan Diep - Upper Deck Cabin
10 Cabins

Upper Deck Cabin

Guests
2
Size
16 sq m / 172 sq feet
Beds
Double / Twin

All ten of the Upper Deck cabins aboard Lan Diep are spacious, measuring 16 square meters in size, and afford guests ample storage and modern comforts. Chill out with stunning views over the river from the large panoramic window, doze in the dreamy comforts of your premium mattress beds, and freshen up from the days activities in your ensuite bathroom with luxurious branded toiletries. The twin beds can be configured as a double if desired.

Technical Information

Deck Plan

Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Lecture room
  • WIFI available
  • Souvenir shop
  • Hot showers