By Anne Kalosh.
CroisiEurope’s brand-new INDOCHINE II for the Mekong River mingles colonial-era styling with contemporary details and the latest technologies.
Catering to the French market, as well as a growing international clientele including North Americans, INDOCHINE II will sail 11-day cruises between Siem Reap, Cambodia, and Hô-Chi-Minh, Vietnam, via Phnom Penh. The vessel’s shallow draft (1.6 meters/five feet) allows it to venture further into Tonlé Lake than many other boats.
Carrying 62 passengers served by 29 crew, INDOCHINE II has 31 cabins that are a roomy 22 square meters/237 square feet each, including a four-square-meter/43-square-foot balcony.
The panoramic viewing salon/bar with glazed-glass windows faces forward while the spacious restaurant is located in the stern. The top deck houses a swimming pool, bar and al fresco lounge. There’s a massage room on the main deck.
The custom-built INDOCHINE II is inspired by the style of the commercial craft sailing the Mekong. It has colonial-era decoration that echoes the past and modern details that create an elegant, current look.
The Vietnamese shipyard worked with Stirling Design International of Nantes, France. The noted yacht architecture firm’s projects have included CroisiEurope’s LOIRE PRINCESSE and ocean-going ships for Ponant.
INDOCHINE II employs modern technologies and the latest generation low-emission engines plus a bow thruster to help it navigate the narrow channels linking Hô-Chi-Minh with the Mekong. The air conditioning and ventilation systems employ the latest technologies, too.
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