Cruise ship Lan Diep: built in Vietnam on Toum Tiou model. The Lan Diep was launch at the end of 2007. Longer and wider than the Toum Tiou, 50m long and 10m wide this river boat will have 22 cabins (only 10 on the Toum Tiou) spacious and air-conditioned, with a luxurious finish.
Wood cover, in a colonial style, this river boat is fit out with a metallic hull. The Lan Diep will cruise between Saigon and Siem Reap, via Phnom Penh.
This traditional locally built boat started out as a freighter with a metal hull and a capacity of 150 tons, with two large but low-ceiling decks in order to maximize storage space. Like all ships of this type, it went up and down the Tonle Sap and Mekong, stopping at Siem Reap, Kompong Cham, Kratie and Stung Treng.
We stayed as close as we could to the original line of the ship, because we wanted to retain its slightly curved and elegant lines.
The Toum Tiou measures 38 meters long and 7 meters wide in the middle. It has 10 rooms in all (3.3m x 2.5m), 4 on the main deck and 6 on the upper deck, each air-conditioned and with a bathroom (2.5m x 1.4m) including toilet, shower and sink. The water on board is taken from the river, passed through a powerful filtration system and chlorinated in the final step of the treatment.
In order to make the best possible use of the common areas from the standpoint of both size and variety we have installed a library-reading room on the lower deck. There is also a covered space at the front of the middle deck, a restaurant to the rear anda half-covered sundeck on top.