Value World Tours Announces New Vessel

Indochine to sail the Mekong River

By: Marissa Tinloy

Value World Tours announced the construction of its latest river cruise vessel, the RV Indochine, a colonial-style ship designed to sail the Mekong River between Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, and Siem Reap, Cambodia.

The vessel, which is scheduled for completion in July, combines antiquated nostalgia with cutting-edge technology in order to provide a comfortable “soft adventure voyage.” On Oct. 10, the Indochine will embark on its inaugural journey with passengers onboard.

The new ship, which is enhanced with Burmese teakwood, features a French-influenced sit-down restaurant, an upper-deck lounge and bar and a full-length sun deck. Moreover, with a maximum capacity of just 48 passengers, all 22 of the vessel’s air-conditioned cabins include large out-facing windows, beds that convert from twin to double size and private bathrooms.

Accompanying the ship’s inauguration, Value World Tours has designed a 14-day package that includes both land and cruise exploration. The tour, which starts at $2,499 per person, provides a variety of sightseeing opportunities in and around the cities of Ho Chi Minh and Siem Reap, as well as daily shore excursions along the Mekong River.

In Ho Chi Minh, the package includes one night at a five-star hotel, visits to the Vietnam War Cu Chi tunnels and Notre Dame Cathedral and a rickshaw ride to a Chinese market. During the 10 days on the river, the package’s shore destinations include a snake farm, a floating market and the Tay An Pagoda. In Siem Reap, the package provides tours to many ancient temples, including the world-famous UNESCO Heritage Site of Angkor Wat. English-speaking guides lead all of the sightseeing.

For $3499 per person, the 14-day package expands to include airfare from certain U.S. gateway cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. Additionally, Value World Tours offers a 10-day Indochine cruise, starting at $1,999 per person. Certain taxes and fees are not included.

Reservations can now be made for cruises departing October 2008 through March 2009.