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Toum Tiou Cruise Tour Vietnam Cambodia 8 Days

Upstream: Saigon - My Tho - Vinh Long - Cai Be - Sa Dec - Chau Doc - Phnom Penh - Kampong Tralach - Kampong Chhnang - Chnok Tru - Siem Reap (Angkor)

Downstream: Siem Reap (Angkor) - Chnok Tru - Kampong Chhnang - Kampong Tralach - Phnom Penh - Kam Somnaar - Chau Doc - Sa Dec - Vinh Long - Cai Be - My Tho - Saigon

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Day 1: Saigon - My Tho

15:45 Toum Tiou is open for embarking. 16:00 Clearance of departure formalities. 16:30 Departure for My Tho, security briefing. 19:00 Welcome drink and info meeting about cruise, crew introduction. Welcome dinner. Overnight onboard.

Day 2: My Tho - Cai Be - Vinh Long

07:00 Departure of the boat early in the morning. Breakfast during navigation on the marvelous canal of Cho Gao. 12:00 Arrival at My Tho - Toum Tiou drops anchor on river in the proximity of Thoi Son Island. On the banks of a northern arm of the Mekong, My Tho, which translates as "fragrant herb", where tourists come to discover the beauty of the delta. It's a quiet, prosperous city of about 100,000 inhabitants, famous for its many fruit orchards, gardens and the huge rice fields that surround it. The climate is warm and pleasant year round. The surrounding countryside is home to one of the most luxuriant gardens of Vietnam, with its coconut palms, banana and mango trees. Local boats are coming alongside Toum Tiou to pick up passengers and transfer to the mainland. Departure for Vinh Trang Pagoda by car - Short panoramic tour of My Tho town on the way, stop for a visit of My Tho market. Return at the pier - Passengers cruise on the river to Thoi Son Island by local boat to visit the island, explore local people’s daily life and enjoy locally seasonal fruits. Lunch on board. 18:00 Passengers re-embark Toum Tiou and leaves My Tho for Cai Be. Dinner and leisure on board. 20:30 Toum Tiou drops anchor at Cai Be.

Day 3: Cai Be - Vinh Long - Sa Dec

07:30 Local boats are coming alongside Toum Tiou, picking up the passengers and cruise around Cai Be Floating market. Continuing for Vinh Long - a brick and pottery factory, the Binh Hoa Phuoc Islet Nursery of Fruit Trees as well a typical house and a show room of traditional farming tools. Vinh Long, which translates as "Majestic Dragon", is right in the middle of the delta, between two arms of the Mekong. The soil of Vinh Long is enriched by silt deposits, making it ideal for growing mandarins and other citrus fruits. Life is organized around the water. Houses on stilts, hawkers in boats, hundreds of small craft crisscross in all directions. The hospitality of the locals makes it a tourist destination par excellence. 10:30 Return on the Toum Tiou, departure for Sa Dec. Lunch during navigation. 13:00 Arrival at Sa Dec, Toum Tiou drops anchor on the river. 14:00 Sa Dec - Short panoramic tour and transfer to Trung Vuong primary school. Continuing to Kien An Cung Pagoda. Stroll around Sa Dec Market along Sa Dec River bank. This small city of 30,000 inhabitants is fascinating in its unspoiled authenticity and undisturbed by tourists. It provides a glimpse of the delta where a few colonial houses still remain, including the "Chinaman's house" (from Duras' novel "The Lover", also made into a movie). 16:30 Passengers re-embark; Toum Tiou leaves Sa Dec, dinner whilst navigation on board. 20:30 Drop Anchor.

Day 4: Chau Doc

07:30 Breakfast during navigation to Chau Doc. 09:00 Departure for fish raising rafts and Cham minority village by local boat. Return to the Victoria. If the timing is allowing it, watch of the sunset on the Sam Mountain which peaks at 237 meters. Its well-known Buddhist sanctuaries offer an unobstructed view over the mosaic of glistening rice paddies below. To the left is Cambodia, the flow of the Mekong on the horizon breaks into an infinity of silver ribbons. Visit on the way of the Lady Chua Xu temple and Tay An Pagoda. 12:00 Lunch at Victoria hotel. Facilities include internet access. Departure from Chau Doc after lunch. 15:00 Arrival at Cambodian border, formalities conducted on boat. 23:00 Arrival at Phnom Penh.

Day 5: Phnom Penh

07:00 Breakfast, 08:00 Half-day city sightseeing tour including the Royal Palace, Wat Phnom and the National Museum. 12.00 Lunch in a local restaurant. 13:30 Departure for the Tuol Sleng Museum, old center of detention, of torture and execution between 1975 and 1979. The visit of this place is essential to understand what could be the fatal madness perpetrated by the Khmer Rouges. Visit Russian market. 19:00 Local group performs on board traditional “APSARA” show for 45 minutes. Dinner on board.

Day 6: Phnom Penh - Kompong Tralach

07:30 Breakfast, Morning is free for exploration on own. Suggestions can be made up on the interest of passengers. FCC,Russian market, other boutiques (antiques), etc. 12:00 The Toum Tiou leaves Phnom Penh for Kompong Tralach. Lunch during navigation. 16:00 Arrival at Kampong Tralach to visit its wonderful Vihara belonging to Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. To get to it, we cross Kampong Tralach Krom village along a small road perpendicular to the river, crossing some gorgeous stretches of emerald rice paddy as we leave the river behind. The Vihara dates back to early last century. It was probably built on an older site, as indicated by the latérite foundations, and is home to some outstanding mural paintings. These, however, are starting to suffer from weathering. They remain one of the last survivors of cultural destruction that continues unabated due to widespread indifference. Standing by itself in the middle of rice fields, it is a modest pagoda that receives very few visitors. Its isolation may well be its undoing, as was the case for Wat Tani Pagoda in the province of Kampot. 18:00 Passengers re-embark. The Toum Tiou drops anchor few miles away. Diner and overnight on board.

Day 7: Kampong Chnang - Chnok Tru

07:00 Departure of the Toum Tiou early in the morning. Sail to Kampong Chnang. Breakfast during navigation. 08:00 Arrival to Kampong Chnang. Located some 56 miles from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonlé Sap. Fish farming is also widely practiced in the area. The area is famous for its pottery ware, unchanged in style for centuries, which is produced in sufficient quantities to supply the entire country? And not to be overlooked are the products of the Thnot tree (sugar palm - a real national symbol) that abounds in the area: a mellow tasting, caramel-colored sugar sold in large cakes and palm wine. 11:30 Passengers re-embark the Toum Tiou. Lunch on board on the way to Chnok Tru. 14:00 Arrival at Chnok Tru. Local boats are coming along the Toum Tiou and picking passengers for the visit of the biggest floating village on the Tonlé Sap River. 17:00 Passengers re-embark. The Toum Tiou stays overnight in the proximity of Chnok Tru. 19:30 Farewell cocktail (1 glass of local liquor or juice) with Master of Ship & Cruise Manager Captain’s farewell dinner. Overnight on board.

Day 8: Chnok Tru - Siem Reap

Departure of the Toum Tiou early in the morning. Time to pack and relax a half a day by crossing the Tonlé Sap Lake. 11:00 Arrival at Phnom Krom pier (~5 miles from Siem Reap).
 
At the end of the low water period, (around late March to June) the water level may not allow anymore speedboats to cross the lake. In this case, passengers will be transferred by our convenience from/to Siem Reap by land or river way. (~5-6 hour).
Price per person in $US
Cabin Single Double
RV Toum Tiou 2405 1540
RV Toum Tiou 2 2525 1525

Included

  • Accommodation in double cabin, Full board (water, tea, coffee included)
  • Mentioned visits, French or English speaking guide on board
  • Transfer in Siem Reap from/to FCC Angkor Hotel ONLY

Excluded

  • Transfers at departure/arrival port
  • Bar fees, Visas, Personal expenses and personal insurance

Day 1: Siem Reap - Chnok Tru

High water - from July to December
13:30 Meeting in front of FCC hotel in Siem Reap. Transfer by local tour agent for Phnom Krom boat-pier. Transfer from the pier by local boat to the Toum Tiou. 14:30 Check-in at the boat docked near Phnom Krom in Siem Reap. Security briefing. Cruise towards Chnok Tru. 19:00 Welcome drink and info meeting about cruise, crew introduction during navigation. Welcome dinner. Overnight onboard.
 
Low water - from January to June
13:30 Meeting in front of FCC hotel in Siem Reap. Transfer to Phnom Krom pier. Crossing the Tonlé Sap Lake with chartered speedboat for meeting the Toum Tiou II anchored near Chnok Tru. 18:30 Welcome on board of the Toum Tiou II. Security briefing. 19:00 Welcome drink and info meeting about cruise, crew introduction. Welcome dinner. Overnight onboard.
 
** From March it might not be possible to visit Floating village depending on the water level. At the end of the low water period (around end of March to June), the water level may not allow the speedboat to cross the lake. In this case, passengers will be transferred by our convenience from/to Siem Reap by land (~5-6 hour).

Day 2: Chnok Tru - Kompong Chnang

07:00 Breakfast on board. 08:00 Local boats are coming along the Toum Tiou and picking passengers for the visit of the biggest floating village on the Tonlé Sap River. 10:00 Passengers re-embark the Toum Tiou. Lunch on board on the way to Kampong Chnang. 14:30 Arrival to Kampong Chnang. Located some 56 miles from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonlé Sap. Fish farming is also widely practiced in the area. The area is famous for its pottery ware, unchanged in style for centuries, which is produced in sufficient quantities to supply the entire country. And not to be overlooked are the products of the Thnot tree (sugar palm - a real national symbol) that abounds in the area: a mellow tasting, caramel-colored sugar sold in large cakes and palm wine. 18:00 Passengers re-embark. The Toum Tiou drops anchor few miles away. 19:00 Dinner and overnight onboard.

Day 3: Kompong Tralach - Phnom Penh

07:45 Departure of the Toum Tiou early in the morning. Sail to Kampong Tralach, breakfast during navigation. 08:30 Arrival at Kampong Tralach to visit its wonderful Vihara belonging to Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. To get to it, we cross Kampong Tralach Krom village along a small road perpendicular to the river, crossing some gorgeous stretches of emerald rice paddy as we leave the river behind. The Vihara dates back to early last century. It was probably built on an older site, as indicated by the latérite foundations, and is home to some outstanding mural paintings. These, however, are starting to suffer from weathering. They remain one of the last survivors of cultural destruction that continues unabated due to widespread indifference. Standing by itself in the middle of rice fields, it is a modest pagoda that receives very few visitors. Its isolation may well be its undoing, as was the case last May for Wat Tani Pagoda in the province of Kampot. 10:30 Passengers re-embark the Toum Tiou. Lunch on board on the way to Phnom Penh. 14:00 Arrival in Phnom Penh. - Tuol Sleng Museum, old center of detention, of torture and. execution between 1975 and 1979. The visit of this place is essential to understand what could be the fatal madness perpetrated by the Khmer Rouges. Visit Russian market after museum. 17:00 Return to the boat. 19:00 Local group performs on board traditional “APSARA” show for 45 minutes. Dinner onboard.

Day 4: Phnom Penh

08:00 Breakfast, departure for the Half -day city sightseeing tour including the Royal Palace and the National Museum. 12.00 Return to Phnom Penh, lunch in a local restaurant. 13:00 Balance of the day free exploration on own. Suggestions can be made up on the interest of passengers. FCC, Russian market, other boutiques (antiques), etc. 18:00 Departure for the Vietnamese border, dinner onboard.

Day 5: Navigation to Chau Doc

08:00 Breakfast on board.Toum Tiou arrives at Immigration check point in Kaam Samnaar. Clearance of departure formalities (2 to 4 hours). 12:00 Arrival at Victoria Hotel Chau Doc jetty. Lunch in hotel, internet facilities available. Located to the north at the beginning of Mekong's famous delta, Chau Doc straddles both banks of the Mekong which fans out to the dimensions of a river mouth here. Floating fish farms have sprung up everywhere. Bamboo fish drying racks are set up a meter above the water's surface. The bourgeoning downtown area features some charmingly rustic colonial buildings, squeezed in by the marketplace - the colorful, vibrant heart of the city. As always, these busy parts of town, despite their sometimes strong odors, offer wonderful photo opportunities...14:30 Short panoramic tour of the city. This is the perfect timing to discover the effervescence of the local market. Back to the pier, departure for fish raising rafts and Cham minority village by local boat. 18:00 Toum Tiou leaves Chau Doc for Sa Dec. Dinner during navigation.

Day 6: Sa Dec - Vinh Long

07:30 Breakfast during navigation. 09:00 Arrival at Sa Dec - Short panoramic tour of Sa Dec and transfer by bus to Trung Vuong primary school. Continuing to Kien An Cung Pagoda. Stroll around Sa Dec Market along Sa Dec River bank. This small city of 30,000 inhabitants is fascinating in its unspoiled authenticity and undisturbed by tourists. It provides a glimpse of the delta where a few colonial houses still remain, including the "Chinaman's house" (from Duras'novel "The Lover", also made into a movie). 12:00 Return to the boat, for lunch. Departure for Vinh Long. 14:30 Arrival at Vinh Long, local boats pick up passengers for visiting a brick and pottery factory, the Binh Hoa Phuoc Islet Nursery of Fruit Trees as well a typical house and a show room of traditional farming tools. Vinh Long, which translates as "Majestic Dragon", is right in the middle of the delta, between two arms of the Mekong. The soil of Vinh Long is enriched by silt deposits, making it ideal for growing mandarins and other citrus fruits. Life is organized around the water. Houses on stilts, hawkers in boats, hundreds of small craft crisscross in all directions. The hospitality of the locals makes it a tourist destination par excellence. Departure for Cai Be Floating Market - going across the Mekong River en route. 18:30 Passengers re-embark at Cai Be, Toum Tiou leaves Cai Be for My Tho, dinner during navigation. Arrival at My Tho - Toum Tiou drops anchor on river in the proximity of Thoi Son Island.

Day 7: Cai Be - My Tho

08.00 Local boats come alongside Toum Tiou to pick up passengers and transfer to the mainland. Departure for Vinh Trang Pagoda by car - Short panoramic tour of My Tho town on the way. On the banks of a northern arm of the Mekong, My Tho, which translates as "fragrant herb", where tourists come to discover the beauty of the delta. It's a quiet, prosperous city of about 100,000 inhabitants, famous for its many fruit orchards, gardens and the huge rice fields that surround it. The climate is warm and pleasant year round. The surrounding countryside is home to one of the most luxuriant gardens of Vietnam, with its coconut palms, banana and mango trees. 11:30 Return at the pier - you will cruise on the river to Thoi Son Island by local boat to visit the island, explore local people’s daily life and enjoy locally seasonal fruits. 12:30 Re-embarking the Toum Tiou that leaves My Tho for Saigon. Lunch and leisure on board while navigating on the marvelous canal of Cho Gao. 19:00 Farewell cocktail (1 glass of local liquor or juice) with Master of Ship & Cruise Manager. Captain’s farewell dinner. Toum Tiou drops anchor on river en route. Overnight on board.

Day 8: My Tho - Saigon

07:00 Departure for Saigon, breakfast and leisure on board.11:00 Toum Tiou arrives at Saigon port.
Price per person in $US
Cabin Single Double
RV Toum Tiou 2405 1540
RV Toum Tiou 2 2525 1525

Included

  • Accommodation in double cabin, Full board (water, tea, coffee included)
  • Mentioned visits, French or English speaking guide on board
  • Transfer in Siem Reap from/to FCC Angkor Hotel ONLY

Excluded

  • Transfers at departure/arrival port
  • Bar fees, Visas, Personal expenses and personal insurance

The Ship

The only true cruising vessel that can sail from Siem Reap to Saigon in safety and comfort.

Toum Tiou’s steel hull and sleek low draft make it the only true vessel that sails the Mekong. Toum Tiou and its sister vessel, Toum Tiou II, are the only ships which can sail from the Siem Reap pier to Saigon’s harbor. With other vessels, passengers have to disembark mid-river and continue on land. Here’s another plus: Toum Tiou’s low draft allows it access to the remotest of villages and to gently hug the river line, affording passengers priceless views of people, flora and fauna – hardly touched by modernity. Toum Tiou was custom built for passenger privacy, intimacy, comfort and safety. Toum Tiou has 10 cosy double cabins; each with a private lounge area, air conditioning, hi-fi system, and en suite bathroom with hot / cold private shower.

Amenities

Cabin & Stay

  • 10 cabins - 4 upper deck/6 lower deck
  • Approximately 130 square feet/ with exquisitely fitted out with Cambodian tropical hardwoods, palm wood and straw woven into a decorative finish for a delightful authentic look/TT1 was fully refurbished in 2013 and boasts of silk shaped lotus light fittings to complete the look of authenticity
  • Large panoramic window giving you a clear view of the river
  • Bathrooms with branded fittings in an exotic natural wood surrounding
  • In room slippers and robe de chambre
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and drinking water
  • Large screen television in lounge showing movies nightly. DVD player and selection of internationally acclaimed movies are available. Also available are classic Asian and International board games and books
  • Electric mini safe
  • In-room airconditioning
  • Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows
  • Premium mattresses
  • All beds can be converted to twin or double bed arrangements
  • Welcome flower arrangement
  • Make-up mirrors in cabin and bathroom
  • Multi-configuration plugs
  • Large closet space and under-bed storage
  • Hair dryer
  • Turndown service
  • Laundry service in Phnom Penh
  • All days snacks at the bar
  • Postcard mailing upon request

Culinery Delights

  • Local executive chef heading an experienced international culinary team
  • Semi-buffet breakfast, Semi-buffet lunch, and seated theme dinners
  • Specially-tailored light menus avaiable
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and drinking water
  • Extensive wine list with premium wines and liquors available
  • On board cultural performances, educational talks, cooking classes, and tours of ships and destinations
  • Welcome Drink on arrival
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Farewell Reception
  • Local and Vietnamese cuisine and special captain's farewell dinners
  • Nightly entertainment at the saloon bar
  • Sundeck bar
  • 24-hour hospitality bar
  • Fresh breads and bakery upon request

Public areas

  • A dainty shop selling local fares
  • Exihilarating lecture on board
  • Library with classic literature
  • Wireless internet in all public areas

Complimentary Excursions

  • Admissions
  • Buffing your footwear after each excursion
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Cold towel service after excursions
  • Welcome back drink after each excursion
  • Maximum 24 guests per guide on all excursions
  • Deluxe sampans with cold towel service, fresh fruit, and tea/coffee
  • Spacious coach on all excursions (maximum of 20 passengers per coach)
  • The TT1 vessel was refitted in 2012
  • First-aid trained assistant to guide to follow on all tours and excursions

Your well-being

  • All crew have first-aid training
  • Fire alarm system in all cabins, public areas and back areas
  • Fire fighting system in all ship areas
  • Expert marine superintendant on-board
  • 24-hours security
  • Highest standards of hygiene on-board
  • Full insurance with reputable international marine companies

Services

Captain; First Officer; Chief Engineer; 1st Engineer; Electrician; Ship manager; Housekeeping; Dining; Bar keeper; Chefs; Massage therapist; Local tour guides; English and French speaking guides.

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