L'Amant Cruise (By L'Amant Cruise)

L'Amant Cruise
From~US$ 379
No. of cabin: 12      
Route: Classic Route
Highlights: Our inspiration came from the “Golden Age”, an era of the early 20th century, so often depicted by famous authors, such as Marguerite Duras who spent her early childhood in Sa Dec City in the midst of the Mekong Delta, and whose writings were evoked by the sophistication of the past. Starts in / Finishes in: Ho Chi Minh City/Ho Chi Minh City

Overview

Planned to comfortably welcome groups and individuals for a memorable voyage through the mythical Mekong Delta and its myriad of streams,the remarkable design of the boat allows it to sail up to the Gulf of Siam. Along this unique journey, exclusively offered by Phoenix Cruises, you will discover the daily life of the river bank inhabitants of the largest river of South East Asia, where farming are the means of livelihood of millions of people. You will also uncover areas renowned for their rich water resources and natural coastlines, where pirates, now peaceful fishermen, used to reign with terror for centuries.

Once on board, L’Amant classic 1930's style will enchant you by its traditional decoration with carved wood and lustrous brass, as well as the refined and discreetly modern comfort, for an unequaled cruising experience.
 
A Colonial Style
L’Amant combines traditional boat-building with modern comfort and can accommodate up to 24 passengers in its 12 cabins to cruise the Mekong in luxury. Measuring 39 m long by 7 m wide, L'Amant cruiser was built in a colonial style. The vessel offers a large restaurant, a bar and a sundeck where passengers will be captivated by the serenity and the beauty of nature throughout the journey.


Ship specifications
Lengh Overall: 39m
Beam: 7m30
Draft: 1m40
Passengers: 24 persons
Crew: 18 persons
Speed: 10 knots
 
Accommodation
Number of cabins: 12 (on Upper Deck and Main Deck)
Cabin size: 16 m2
Bedding: King size bed or Twin beds

Air - Conditioning: your cabin is equipped with its own centralized air-conditioning unit which can be adjusted for your comfort. Note that the River breeze is worth trying at night! For energy conservation, please do not leave your air-conditioner on while windows are opened.

Each cabin is equipped and decorated in a delicate style. All the cabins are fitted with a wardrobe, a centralised individually controlled air-conditioning, a private balcony, a large glass sliding door dressed with curtains, a bathroom with toilets, shower and hair-dryer. All equiped with 220V sockets.
Maximum capacity: 24 people
 
Restaurant and Bar
The restaurant offers buffets and à la carte gourmet menus in an elegant atmosphere.  The wine list will please the amateurs and delight the connoisseurs with its outstanding selections of grand cru.
 
Excursion and Services
L’Amant proposes exceptional services for an unequaled cruising experience, sailing from the Mekong Delta to the white sandy beaches of the Gulf of Thailand. Along this unique journey, you will discover the authentic life of the Mekong region inhabitants and unveil its colorful sceneries.

Your daily schedule
When moored you are welcome to come and go from the ship as much as you like. Group shore excursions are organized by the ship crew and you will be accompanied by a guide. All guides services are provided in English. Please contact us for guides in other languages.
Every effort will be made to ensure that the published itinerary is followed as closely as possible. However, considering uncertain water level, weather conditions and other local constraints, all schedules and itineraries may be subject to alterations and delays at short notice. Guests are requested to remain patient and flexible as the river and sea conditions may modify the journey.
All passengers have the choice to either join a group excursion ashore or stay aboard and enjoy the relaxing fresh air of the open lounge or the comfort of the air-conditioned areas.

Our smoking policy

For your safety and comfort, we are operating a strictly non-smoking policy indoors. Smoking is allowed for the outside areas only such as the Sundeck and your cabin balcony.

Emergency Procedures
The ship is fitted with modern smoke detectors and fire alarms, extinguishers and water hose. Lifesaving equipments are all IMO/SOLAS certified. Safety instructions are located in every cabin and public access.
Life Jackets are kept in your wardrobe and also in the main public areas. In the event of an emergency, each passenger is requested to proceed at once to the muster stations indicated with signs to await instructions. There will be an Emergency Drill during your voyage.

On Board Bills
Except for organized evening cocktails and other events, you will be asked to sign a bill for all items ordered at the sundeck bar. A statement of account in Vietnam Dong VND and in US$ will be presented on the last day aboard for settlement.

Meals on Board
Generally, we serve breakfast and lunch buffets. Dinner is served at the tables with à la carte menu. We offer a blend of flavored Asian recipes and refined Western cuisine accompanied by a rich wine list. Season fruits, fresh vegetables and vegetarian dishes are always available. Special diets may be catered with advance notification and agreement.

Water, Towels and Electrical Appli
The ship's water supply during the journey comes from ashore facilities. This water is treated to be suitable for washing and brushing teeth but is not potable. Bottled mineral water is provided for drinking, free of charge. To save water, towels will only be changed if they are placed off the towel rack.
The ship is equipped with 220 volts, with European and American standard sockets. Other types of electrical adaptors are available upon request. Hairdryers are installed in all cabins.

Laundry
A laundry bag is provided for your laundry needs and the laundry list is to be found on the desk. Your laundry is collected each morning when your room is made up and will be returned to you the following day.
Please leave your items in the bag provided and fill up the laundry list.

Security and Mini-Safe Box
When in port, a 24-hour security watch is on duty on the vessel gangplank and only passengers and authorized crew are allowed to board. Keep your cabin door locked when you are out and leave the key at the lobby reception when going ashore.
All cabins have a combination type safe box.
However, the company cannot be held liable for loss of money, jewelry or other valuable items from the ship or whilst on an excursion.

Intercom
An Intercom system is installed in your cabin. On board calls can be made from your cabin to other cabin or to the ship's on board services. Wake-up call can be requested at any time.
Please advise the Purser the night before.

Additional Information
Shuttle Bus service: Meeting point at the Lobby of Caravelle hotel in Saigon at 09.30 AM
Check-in: At Noon
Check-out: At Noon
Guide on board: English, French speaking

3-day Trip

Route: Saigon - Cai Be - Sa Dec - Saigon All rates are quoted per person.

Regular departures on Monday – Wednesday – Friday

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - Cai Be - Vinh Long - Sa Dec
Meeting point is at 09h30 at the lobby of the Caravelle Hotel. Coach transfer to Cai Be in the very heart of the Mekong Delta. On arrival, embark on board L’AMANT and enjoy a delectable lunch and get acquainted with the crew, while the vessel starts its way to Vinh Long.

In the early afternoon, embark on a small boat for a journey towards An Binh islands. On arrival, continue the tour by bicycle to visit Tien Chau ancient pagoda and discover the everyday life in the Mekong Delta. Continue to visit a traditional house and enjoy some mouth-watering tropical fruits. Then tour on a small boat along the canals and stop at a fruit garden.
Anchorage near Sa Dec. Welcome dinner and overnight on board of L’AMANT.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Sa Dec - Cai Be
After breakfast, visit Sa Dec, the old-fashioned town, famous for its flowers and bonsai plants, and where the French Writer Marguerite Duras spent her childhood. Stop to visit the ancient house of Huynh Thuy Le, the “house of the Chinese” described in Marguerite Duras’novel L’AMANT, before heading to a Chinese temple and stopping at the tomb of L’AMANT. Finally, pass-by the school where Margerite’s mother has taught as well as the house where she used to live with her children. On the way back, stroll through the lively market streets of this fascinating town.
Return on board for lunch.

During the afternoon you will enjoy a cooking demonstration - an interesting way to learn about the local ingredients and how to cook one of the typical Vietnamese traditional dishes and Mekong fruits tasting or just relax on the sun deck while the boat cruise to Cai Be.

Farewell dinner and overnight on board of L’AMANT.

Note: the school is closed during Tet (Vietnamese New Year festival) and other public holidays.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Cai Be - Ho Chi Minh City
After breakfast on board, checking-out (08h00) and embarking on a local sampan boat and sail through the Cai Be’s floating market and taking the rowing boat through the numerous arroyos and be captivated by the serenity of the Mekong Delta. Visit an ancient colonial house and a rice popcorn factory and taste the local specialties.

After the visit, head back to Ho Chi Minh City by coach. Arrive at Caravelle Hotel at around 13h00. End of our services.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices Include:
• Transfer from Saigon to the port of embarkation in Cai Be and return from Cai Be to Ho Chi Minh City by coach.
• Accommodation in single/ double cabin with full board meals as mentioned on the program (breakfast/ lunch/ dinner).
• English or French speaking guide (other languages on request with supplement)
• All visits and excursions mentioned.
• Passenger, Crew and Boat Insurances
• Port dues & Government tax VAT at 10%.
Prices Exclude:
• Entry visa to Vietnam and Cambodia
• International flights and airport taxes.
• Travel Insurances.
• Drinks, tips and other personal expenses or services not mentioned on the program.

Transportation services
• For private round trip transfers Ho Chi Minh City – Can Tho (Cai Be): 157 USD/4seat car, 172USD/7 seat car, 179USD/16 seat car.

Special Conditions for Children
• Infant below 4 years old can share the cabin with their parents without extra charge but baby cot is not available (no extra bedding).
• Child from 4 to 12 years old must solely occupy a berth with 30% discount from adult tariff.

5-day Trip

Route: Saigon - Phnom Penh All rates are quoted per person. Please note the tour is on request only with a minimum of 6 passengers.
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh - My Tho - Ben Tre - Cai Be
Meeting point is at 10h30 at the lobby of the Caravelle Hotel. Then, drive through to My Tho - the gateway to the Mekong Delta. On arrival, embark on board L’AMANT and enjoy a delectable lunch while getting acquainted with the crew.

In the afternoon, board a river-boat to explore the hidden treasures of the Xep canal and islands, full of tropical fruit gardens. An exciting ride on a carriage drawn by small horses awaits you for a stroll through fascinating farming villages. Enjoy the tasty fruits and tea with natural honey. Then continue your journey on a sampan boat through the canals before getting back on board of L’AMANT. Welcome dinner and overnight on board.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Cai Be - Vinh Long - Sa Dec
After breakfast, embarking on a local sampan boat and sail through the Cai Be’s floating market and taking the rowing boat through the numerous arroyos and be captivated by the serenity of the Mekong Delta. Visit an ancient colonial house and a rice popcorn factory and taste the local specialties. Return on board of L’AMANT for lunch.

In the early afternoon, embark on a small boat for a journey towards An Binh islands. On arrival, continue the tour by bicycle to visit Tien Chau ancient pagoda and discover the everyday life in the Mekong Delta. Continue to visit a traditional house and enjoy some mouth-watering tropical fruits. Then tour on a small boat along the canals and stop at a fruit garden.

Anchorage near Sa Dec. Dinner and overnight on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Day 3: Sa Dec - Near Chau Doc
After breakfast, visit Sa Dec, the old-fashioned town, famous for its flowers and bonsai plants, and where the French Writer Marguerite Duras spent her childhood. Stop to visit the ancient house of Huynh Thuy Le, the “house of the Chinese” described in Marguerite Duras’novel L’AMANT, before heading to a Chinese temple and stopping at the tomb of L’AMANT. Finally, pass-by the school where Margerite’s mother has taught as well as the house where she used to live with her children. On the way back, stroll through the lively market streets of this fascinating town.

Return on board for lunch while sailing to Chau Doc. During the afternoon you can enjoy a cooking demonstration and Mekong fruit tasting or just relax on the sun deck. Anchorage on the way to Chau Doc. Dinner and overnight on board

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Day 4: Chau Doc
In the morning, take a small boat to explore the fascinating floating market of Chau Doc, the border city with Cambodia. Here, early in the morning, tens of sampans gather to trade fruits and vegetables in a surprising ambiance. Head to a floating fishing farm where thousands of fishes are breed for export and visit a mosque in a Cham village.

In the afternoon, visit Sam Mountain, a popular pilgrimage site where you will find a large number of Chinese, Cham and Khmer temples. Farewell dinner and overnight on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
Day 5: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh
After breakfast, disembark and depart to the Cambodian border by a speed boat, go through the customs formalities and continue your cruise to Phnom Penh arriving by early afternoon.
End of our services.

Meals: Breakfast
Prices Include:
• Transfer from Saigon to the port of embarkation in My Tho by coach.
• Transfer from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh by speed boat.
• Accommodation in single/ double cabin with full board meals (breakfast/ lunch/ dinner).
• English or French speaking guide (other languages on request with supplement)
• All visits and excursions mentioned
• Passenger, Crew and Boat Insurances
• Port dues & Government tax VAT at 10%

Prices Exclude:
• Entry visa to Vietnam and Cambodia
• International flights and airport taxes.
• Travel Insurances.
• Drinks, tips and other personal expenses or services not mentioned on the program.

Special Conditions for Children
• Infant below 4 years old can share the cabin with their parents without extra charge but baby cot is not available (no extra bedding).
• Child from 4 to 12 years old must solely occupy a berth with 30% discount from adult tariff.

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