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Toum Tiou - Toum Tiou II Cruise

Category: Mekong Delta Cruises

Duration: 3, 6 & 8 days

Depart From: Ho Chi Minh City Return To: Siem Reap

Price from 1119 $US

Option 1: Phnom Penh - Siem Riep

 

Day 1 - Phnom Penh to Koh Chen / Oudong

The Toum Tiou II is all revved up, spruced up, and ready for you at the Phnom Penh Port.

Enjoy a magnificent lunch as the ship cruises to Kôh Chen (Chinese Island). We arrive at Kôh Chen, a small village of whose inhabitants specialize in silver and copper smiting. They produce ornamental items, including delicately engraved tropical fruit which are used in traditional ceremonies or at weddings. You will be able to catch a glimpse of the distant hills of Cambodia's ancient capital – Oudong - and its royal stupas when you are a few kilometers away from the ferry.

Passengers return to the Toum Tiou II. We depart Kôh Chen for Kampong Tralach. Toum Tiou II drops anchor close to village.

 

Day 2 - Kampong Tralach to Kampong Chhnnang

Enjoy a hearty breakfast as we depart for Kampong Tralach to visit its wonderful Vihara. To reach this magnificent edifice, we cross Kampong Tralach Krom village along a small road perpendicular to the river, walk along some gorgeous stretches of emerald rice paddy as we leave the river behind. Passengers return to the Toum Tiou II. A delicious lunch awaits you as you cruise to Kampong Chnang. We arrive at 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. Kampong Chhang is famous for fish farming and pottery ware. And not to be overlooked are the products of the Thnot tree - a mellow tasting, caramel-colored sugar sold in large cakes and palm wine - that grows abundantly in the area. We return to Toum Tiou II. We cruise gently towards the Tonle Sap Lake. Toum Tiou II drops anchor overnight at the entrance of the Grand Lake Tonle Sap. A mouth-watering dinner is served and the cruise ship moors overnight.

 

Day 3 - Chnok Tru to Siem Reap

Breakfast is served as we cruise to Siem Reap, home to the magnificent Angkor Wat.

 

High water (July – December) to visit Chnok Tru

We arrive at Chnok Tru via local boats. We visit local attractions such as a school, an ice factory, churches, pagodas, a pigsty, repair shops and a police station – all floating on water.

Passengers return to the Toum Tiou II.

Pack your bags and savour a delectable lunch as the ship cruises past the Tonle Sap. Spa. We arrive at Phnom Krom pier (~5 miles from Siem Reap)

 

Low water (Jan to June) to visit the floating village

We arrive at Chnok Tru via local boats. We visit local attractions such as a school, an ice factory, churches, pagodas, a pigsty, repair shops and a police station – all floating on water. the Toum Tiou II. Lunch is served on board.

Pack your bags and savour a delectable lunch as the ship cruises past the Tonle Sap. Spa. We arrive at Phnom Krom pier (~5 miles from Siem Reap)

 

** Towards the end of March, it is impossible to visit Floating village.

Arrival to Phnom Krom, pier of Siem Reap, transfer to city. Arrival to FCC Hotel, the final destination point of our trip.

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).

 

 

Option 2: Siem Riep - Phnom Penh

 

Day 1 - Siem Reap to Chnok Tru

We gather in front of the FCC hotel in Siem Reap

 

High water (July – December): We transfer to Phnom Krom, the Siem Reap pier. Transfer by local boats to the Toum Tiou II. A delicious lunch is served on board as we cruise past the Tonle Sap Lake.

We arrive at the floating village of Chnok Trou, where the Toum Tiou II moors for the night.

 

Low water (Jan to June): Enjoy a sumptuous Khmer lunch at a local restaurant Passengers cross the Tonle Spa Lake via speedboat.

We arrive at the Chnok Trou floating village. We board the Toum Tiou II. The ship anchors for the night.

 

Enjoy a refreshing welcome drink and a briefing about the cruise. Meet our energetic crew who you will soon call friends. Toum Tiou boards overnight.

** From March to June, visits to the Floating village will depend on the water level.**

**Speedboats may not be allowed to cross the lake during the low water level period (March to June 2017). Hence, passengers will be transported via riverboats or by van to/from Siem Reap. (5-6 hours).**

 

Day 2 - Kampong Chhnnang to Kampong Tralach

After a hearty breakfast to kick-start the day, we travel by local boats to the floating village. We visit local attractions such as a school, an ice factory, churches, pagodas, a pigsty, repair shops and a police station – all floating on water

We return to the Toum Tiou II. We enjoy a sumptuous lunch while cruising to Kampong Chnang.

We arrive at 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. Kampong Chhang is famous for fish farming and pottery ware. And not to be overlooked are the products of the Thnot tree - a mellow tasting, caramel-colored sugar sold in large cakes and palm wine - that grows abundantly in the area.

We return to Toum Tiou II. We cruise gently towards to Kampong Tralach. The boat drops anchor close to the village. A mouth-watering dinner is served and the cruise ship moors overnight.

 

Day 3 - Kampong Tralach – Koh Chen / Oudong – Phnom Penh

Enjoy a hearty breakfast as we depart for Kampong Tralach to visit its wonderful Vihara. To reach this magnificent edifice, we cross Kampong Tralach Krom village along a small road perpendicular to the river, walk along some gorgeous stretches of emerald rice paddy as we leave the river behind. We return to the Toum Tiou II. We lunch while cruising to Koh Chen. We arrive at Kôh Chen, a small village of whose inhabitants specialize in silver and copper smiting. They produce ornamental items, including delicately engraved tropical fruit which are used in traditional ceremonies or at weddings. You will be able to catch a glimpse of the distant hills of Cambodia's ancient capital – Oudong – and its royal stupas when you are a few kilometers away from the ferry.

We return to the Toum Tiou II. We arrive in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia.

Option 1: Sai Gon - Phnom Penh

 

Day 1 - Saigon – My Tho

The Toum Tiou II is all revved up, spruced up, and ready for you at Saigon Port.

Savour a refreshing welcome drink and enjoy a sumptuous dinner as local musicians play traditional Khmer tunes on board. The ship moors overnight.

 

Day 2 - My Tho – Cai Be

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board before local boats are sent to the Toum Tiou II to pick you up for transfer to the mainland.

We depart for Vinh Trang pagoda by car, followed by a short panoramic tour of My Tho town. My Tho - which means fragrant herb in Vietnamese - draws thousands of tourists who are eager to embrace the untouched beauty of the Delta. It is a prosperous city of about 100,000 inhabitants, famous for its myriad fruit orchards, gardens and vast rice fields. The climate is warm and pleasant throughout the year. The surrounding countryside is home to one of the most luxuriant gardens of Vietnam, encircled by coconut palms and banana and mango trees.

We then return to the piers as local boats take us on a leisurely cruise to Thoi Son island. Here, we are able to quaff the rustic life of the local inhabitants, enjoy local fruits and to be one with the people.

We re-embark to Toum Tiou 2 before cruising to Cai Be. The vessel moors overnight.

 

Day 3 - Cai Be – Vinh Long – Sa Dec

After a leisurely breakfast, local boats are sent to the Toum Tiou 2 to pick you up for a delightful cruise around Cai Be Floating Market. We continue cruising and we stop at Vinh Long - a brick and pottery factory and the Binh Hoa Phuoc Islet Nursery of Fruit Trees. We visit a typical local dwelling and a show room of traditional farming tools.

Vinh Long – Vietnamese for Majestic Dragon- sits merrily in the middle of the delta, protected by the 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 here centers on water. Houses are hoisted precariously on stilts that are planted onto the banks of the river. Hawkers peddle knick knacks from boats. Hundreds of small boats travel the river daily. The unbridled warmth of the locals makes this a destination par excellence.

We return to the Toum Tiou II before departing for Sa Dec. We are served a lovely lunch during our cruise.

Upon arrival, we are given a short tour of Sa Dec and then we transfer to Trung Vuong primary school. We then continue our cruise to the Kien An Cung Pagoda.

We stroll around the bustling Sa Dec Market. The small city of Sa Dec of 30,000 inhabitants is fascinating in its unspoiled beauty authenticity.

 

Day 4 - Chau Doc

We depart early for Chau Doc. Breakfast is served during navigation. We arrive at Chau Doc slightly after lunch time. We arrive at Chau Doc. Local boats ferry us to visit fist rafts and the Cham village, a minority ethnic group.

Chau Doc is a remote border town and cultural melting pot of Chinese, Cham and Khmer communities. The city is situated at the intersection of a tributary linking the Bassac and the Mekong River. What Chau Doc lacks in size, it makes up in colours. Lots of it. Vivid and vibrant. Even its store fronts are painted in warm pastel shades. We are taken on a short panoramic tour of the city. This is the perfect opportunity to feel throbbing vibration of the local markets.

We return to Toum Tiou II slightly after sunset before being served dinner on board. The vessel moors overnight. Return to the boat after sunset.

 

Day 5 - Chau Doc – Border – Phnom Penh

Toum Tiou II leaves early for Vinh Xuong (Vietnamese border) and breakfast during navigation. Here, the boat docks for a while for cross- border formalities. Toum Tiou II then cruises for Cambodia. Lunch is served on-board. It is time for leisure on-board as the vessels cruises the whole afternoon. As night approaches, it is time to bid farewell. Enjoy a farewell cocktail with the Master of the ship and Cruise Manager. Enjoy a specially designed captain’s farewell dinner as you prepare for your last night on board. Toum Tiou II moors overnight.

 

Day 6 - Phnom Penh

After a hearty breakfast, you will visit Kampong Tralach. We visit the spectacular Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda at Kampong Tralach before returning to Toum Tiou II. The vessels cruises towards Phnom Penh, the bustling capital city of Cambodia. It’s time to pack and prepare to disembark. We arrive in Phnom Penh and we bid adieu to the wonderful Toum Tiou II team.

 

 

Option 2: Phnom Penh - Sai Gon

 

Day 1 - Phnom Penh - Kampong Tralach

The Toum Tiou II is all revved up, spruced up, and ready for you at the Phnom Penh Port.

Enjoy a sumptuous lunch as the ship cruises to Kampong Tralach to visit its wonderful Vihara.

To reach this magnificent edifice, we cross Kampong Tralach Krom village along a small road perpendicular to the river, walk along some gorgeous stretches of emerald rice paddy as we leave the river behind.

We return to Toum Tiou II. We cruise gently towards Koh Chen (Chinese island). A mouth-watering dinner is served and the cruise ship moors overnight.

 

Day 2 - Koh Chen/Oudong – Phnom Penh – Border

We arrive at Kôh Chen, a small village whose inhabitants specialize in silver and copper smiting. They produce ornamental items, including delicately engraved tropical fruit which are used in traditional ceremonies or at weddings. You will be able to catch a glimpse of the distant hills of Cambodia's ancient capital – Oudong – and its royal stupas when you are a few kilometers away from the ferry.

We return to the Toum Tiou II. We cruise towards Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, while lunch is served onboard.

Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, you are free to explore this vibrant city. Dinner is served on board and the Toum Tiou 11 moors overnight.

 

Day 3 - Border – Chau Doc

Breakfast is served on board as the Toum Tiou II crosses the border to Chau Doc.

Chau Doc is a remote border town and cultural melting pot of Chinese, Cham and Khmer communities. The city is situated at the intersection of a tributary linking the Bassac and the Mekong River. What Chau Doc lacks in size, it makes up in colours. Lots of it. Vivid and vibrant. Even its store fronts are painted in warm pastel shades. We are taken on a short panoramic tour of the city. This is the perfect opportunity to feel the throbbing vibration of the local markets.

The Toum Tiou II then cruises towards Sa Dec. Toum Tiou II moors overnight.

 

Day 4 - Sa Dec – Vinh Long

A hearty breakfast is served on board before arrival at Sa Dec. Local boats are sent to the Toum Tiou to pick you up for a delightful cruise around Sa Dec.

We continue cruising and we stop at Vinh Long - a brick and pottery factory and the Binh Hoa Phuoc Islet Nursery of Fruit Trees. We visit a typical local dwelling and a show room of traditional farming tools.

Vinh Long – Vietnamese for Majestic Dragon- sits merrily in the middle of the delta, protected by the 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 here centers on water. Houses are hoisted precariously on stilts that are planted onto the banks of the river. Hawkers peddle knick knacks from boats. Hundreds of small boats travel the river daily. The unbridled warmth of the locals makes this a destination par excellence.

Passengers re-embark the Toum Tiou II which then cruises for My Tho. A delectable dinner is served during navigation. We arrive at My Tho. The Toum Tiou II moors for the night near Thoi Son Island.

 

Day 5 - Cai Be – My Tho

Local boats are sent to the Toum Tiou II for a short transfer to the mainland and a short panoramic tour of My Tho. My Tho - which means fragrant herb in Vietnamese - draws thousands of tourists who are eager to embrace the untouched beauty of the Delta. It is a prosperous city of about 100,000 inhabitants, famous for its myriad fruit orchards, gardens and vast rice fields. The climate is warm and pleasant throughout the year. The surrounding countryside is home to one of the most luxuriant gardens of Vietnam, encircled by coconut palms and banana and mango trees.

We return to the Toum Tiou II and we then cruise towards Saigon. A sumptuous farewell dinner is served and the Toum Tiou II moors overnight.

 

Day 6 - My Tho - Saigon

The Toum Tiou II departs for Saigon. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board before arriving at Saigon Port.

Option 1: Sai Gon - Siem Riep

 

Day 1 - Saigon to My Tho

The Toum Tiou is all revved up, spruced up, and ready for you.The Toum Tiou departs for My Tho. Enjoy a refreshing welcome drink and a briefing on the cruise.

 

Day 2 - My Tho - Cai Be – Vinh Long

The Toum Tiou departs at the break of dawn. Begin the day with a sumptuous breakfast whilst the Toum Tiou navigates – delicately - the marvelous canal of Cho Gao. We arrive at My Tho. Toum Tiou drops anchor close to the Thoi Son Island on the banks of a northern arm of the Mekong. My Tho which means fragrant herb and draws thousands of tourists who are eager to embrace the untouched beauty of the Delta. It is a prosperous city of about 100,000 inhabitants, famous for its myriad fruit orchards, gardens and vast rice fields. The climate is warm and pleasant throughout the year. The surrounding countryside is home to one of the most luxuriant gardens of Vietnam, encircled by coconut palms and banana and mango trees.

Local boats are sent to the Toum Tiou to pick you up for transfer to the mainland.

We embark on a short panoramic tour of My Tho town, stopping halfway for a visit to the colourful market. We return to the pier and we cruise by local boat to Dragon Island where were quaff the everyday life of the local denizens.

Passengers re-embark Toum Tiou. The cruise ship leave My Tho for Cai Be. A special lunch spread is served. Toum Tiou drops anchor at Cai Be. Local boats are sent to the Toum Tiou to pick you up for a delightful cruise around Cai Be Floating Market.

We continue cruising and we stop at Vinh Long - a brick and pottery factory and the Binh Hoa Phuoc Islet Nursery of Fruit Trees. We visit a typical local dwelling and a show room of traditional farming tools.

Vinh Long – Vietnamese for Majestic Dragon- sits merrily in the middle of the delta, protected by the 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 here centers on water. Houses are hoisted precariously on stilts that are planted onto the banks of the river. Hawkers peddle knick knacks from boats. Hundreds of small boats travel the river daily. The unbridled warmth of the locals makes this a destination par excellence. We return to the Toum Tiou. We depart for Sa Dec. We arrive at Sa Dec. Toum Tiou drops anchor. A delectable dinner awaits us..

 

Day 3 - Sa Dec to Chau Doc

The day begins with a sumptuous breakfast. A short tour of Sa Dec and then we transfer to Trung Vuong primary school. We then continue our cruise to the Kien An Cung Pagoda.

We stroll around the bustling Sa Dec Market. The small city of Sa Dec of 30,000 inhabitants is fascinating in its unspoiled beauty and authenticity. We retun to the Toum Tiou and we leave for Chau Doc. Lunch is served on board. We arrive at Chau Doc. Local boats ferry us to visit rafts and the Cham village, a minority ethnic group of both Vietnam and Cambodia.

If times permits, we will be able to drink in the spectacular 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. Midway, we visit the Lady Chua Xu temple and Tay An Pagoda. We return to the Tuom Tiou. Dinner is served onboard. The cruise ships moors overnight.

 

Day 4 - Vinh Xuong Border to Phnom Penh Cambodia

Toum Tiou leaves at the break of dawn for Vinh Xuong (Vietnamese border). Breakfast is served. We arrive at the Vinh Xuong check-point. We depart for Phnom Penh. Lunch is served. We arrive in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. Guests are free to explore this erstwhile Paris of the East.

 

Day 5 - Phnom Penh

Breakfast is served. We visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Russian Market. We return to the Toum Tiou. Lunch is served on board. It is now free and easy leisure time. We suggest that you visit the notorious Toul Sleng torture centre. We return to Toum Tiou. Be entertained by the graceful dancers of the traditional APSARA” show whilst you enjoy dinner.

 

Day 6 - Phnom Penh - Koh Chen – Kampong Tralach

Breakfast is served. We cruise to Koh Chen, a cosy village of craftsmen who specialise in making silver souvenir items. We return to the cruise ship. The Toum Tiou leaves Koh Chen for Kompong Tralach. Lunch is served on board. We visit the spectacular Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda at Kampong Tralach. We return to Toum Tiou. Dinner is served and the cruise ship moors overnight.

 

Day 7 - Kampong Chhnnang to Chnok Tru

The Toum Tiou sails for Kampong Chhnang. We arrive at Kampong Chhnang. Located some 56 miles from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chhnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonlé Sap. Kampong Chhnang is famous for fish farming and pottery ware. And not to be overlooked are the products of the Thnot tree - a mellow tasting, caramel-colored sugar sold in large cakes and palm wine - that grows abundantly in the area.

 

Day 8 - Chnok Tru to Siem Reap

The Toum Tiou departs early in the morning. Time to Pack your bags and chill as the ship cruises past the Tonle Spa. We arrive at Phnom Krom pier (~5 miles from Siem Reap).

 

 

Option 2: Siem Riep - Sai Gon

 

Day 1 - Siem Reap

We gather at the FCC. We transfer to Phnom Krom, the Siem Reap pier. Transfer by local boats to the Toum Tiou II.

 

Day 2 - Chnok Tru to Kampong Chhnnang

We are served breakfast on board before we visit Chnok Tru where we will tour a floating village

Here, an entire village – churches, houses and schools – sits merrily on stilts in water. We return to Toum Tiou II before setting sail for Kampong Chhnang.

After breakfast, we head off to Kampong Chhnang. Kampong Chhnang is renown for its fine clay pottery. In fact, its name in Khmer means Port of Pottery. Kampong Chhnang is a tranquil province lined with sugar-palm trees and paddy fields which disappear into the horizon in delightful puffs of gold and green.

We return to Toum Tiou II. We cruise to the spectacular Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda at Kampong Tralach. We return to Toum Tiou II. Dinner is served and the cruise ship moors overnight.

 

Day 3 - Kampong Tralach – Koh Chen – Phnom Penh

Breakfast is served. We cruise to the spectacular Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda at Kampong Tralach. Lunch is served on board. During the long cruise, be entertained by the graceful dancers of the traditional APSARA” show. We return to the cruise ship. The Toum Tiou II leaves for Phnom Penh, the bustling capital of Cambodia. Guests are free to explore this erstwhile Pearl of the East for the balance of the day.

 

Day 4 - Phnom Penh Cambodia

Breakfast is served. We visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Russian Market. We return to the Toum Tiou II. Lunch is served on board. It is now free and easy leisure time. We suggest that you visit the notorious Toul Sleng torture centre. We return to Toum Tiou.

 

Day 5 - Kaam Samnar Border to Sa Dec

Toum Tiou II leaves at the break of dawn for the Kaam Samnar border (Vietnamese border). Breakfast is served. We arrive at the check-point. After formalities, we depart for Sa Dec.

Dinner is server on board. The vessel moors overnight.

 

6 - Sa Dec to Vinh Long

After breakfast, local boats are sent to the Toum Tiou to pick you up for a delightful cruise around Sa Dec. We return to Toum Tiou II.

After lunch, we cruise to Vinh Long- a brick and pottery factory and the Binh Hoa Phuoc Islet Nursery of Fruit Trees. We visit a typical local dwelling and a show room of traditional farming tools. Vinh Long – Vietnamese for Majestic Dragon- sits merrily in the middle of the delta, protected by the 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 here centers on water. Houses are hoisted precariously on stilts that are planted onto the banks of the river. Hawkers peddle knick knacks from boats. Hundreds of small boats travel the river daily. The unbridled warmth of the locals makes this a destination par excellence. Toum Tiou II cruises towards Cai Be for a short panoramic. We, then, sail to My Tho where we moor overnight.

 

Day 7 - Cai Be to My Tho

After breakfast, local boats are sent to the Toum Tiou II for a short transfer to the mainland and a short panoramic tour of My Tho. My Tho - which means fragrant herb in Vietnamese - draws thousands of tourists who are eager to embrace the untouched beauty of the Delta. It is a prosperous city of about 100,000 inhabitants, famous for its myriad fruit orchards, gardens and vast rice fields. The climate is warm and pleasant throughout the year. The surrounding countryside is home to one of the most luxuriant gardens of Vietnam, encircled by coconut palms and banana and mango trees.

We return to the Toum Tiou II and we then cruise towards Saigon. A sumptuous farewell dinner is served and the Toum Tiou II moors overnight.

 

Day 8 - My Tho To Saigon

After breakfast, the Toum Tiou II departs for Saigon. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board before arriving at Saigon Port.

 

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