City-based firm embarks on river cruise in Laos

The Apple Tree Group, a French-owned, Ho Chi Minh City-based company, launched the dinner cruise Nava Mekong along the river in Laos’ Luang Prabang earlier this month.

A corner of the Nava Mekong boat (Photo: courtesy of Apple Tree Group)

The cruise is a service of the Villa Maly Hotel, owned and operated by Apple Tree, in the north central city of Laos.

The ship embarks daily at 5:30 pm, motors downstream to a nearby traditional village for dinner and music, and returns at 9 pm. Widened at the beam to accommodate 10 four-top tables, the traditional Lao river boat also embarks at 10:30 am for a four-hour lunch cruise.

Through April, the Nava charges US$30 for dinner and $35 for lunch. For those who stay two nights at the Villa Maly, the cruise is complimentary.

The hotel opened in October last year.

In related news, the Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report selected La Residence Hotel & Spa in Hue, a property of the Apple Tree Group, as one of the two hotels in Asia in the January 2009 issue.

The issue writes, “As well as one of the liveliest and most colorful markets in Southeast Asia, Hue contains an array of handsome French Colonial architecture. La Residence is housed within the former governor’s mansion and is now a superb small hotel.”

“Set beside the Perfume River, it is a handsome white structure, with two new wings embracing a central garden and exceptionally inviting pool. The interior of the hotel has been refurbished in an art deco style. Many of the 122 rooms and suites offer fine views of the river.”

The Hideaway Report claims it is a privately published newsletter dedicated to the discovery of peaceful vacation retreats for the sophisticated traveler.

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By Tuong Thuy

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