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Mekong Cruise Cambodia

MCC10: Siemreap - Saigon 8 days by Toum Tiou boat

Destination: Siem reap – Kompong chnang – Phnompenh – Chau doc – Vinh long – Caibe – My tho – Ho chi minh
Starts in: Siem reap
Ends in: Ho Chi Minh City
Duration: 8D-7N
Tour code: MCC10

Siemreap - Saigon 8 days by Toum Tiou boat

Boat description:
  
                   Toum Tiou II Cruise                                         Toum Tiou II cabin                                 Toum Tiou I Double Cabin

                Toum Tiou I Twin Cabin                                           Toum Tiou II                                          Toum Tiou II bathroom

               Toum Tiou II Restaurant                                Toum Tiou II Sundeck                                         Toum Tiou II Crew

RV TOUM TIOU I
 
• Built in 2002
• Length : 38m
• Width :  7m
• Draft: 1.7m
• Engine Power: 315 HP
• Speed 9 Knots
• 15 crew
• Bar, lounge, sundeck, open-air restaurant
 
Cabin
•10 cabins/20 passengers
• Upper Deck Cabin : 6 cabins ( 3.3m x 2.5m )
• Main Deck Cabin : 4 cabins ( 3.3m x 2.5m )
• Cabin features:  Hot water, Hair-dryer, Individual controller air-conditioning , Shower, Toilet, Complimentary Drinking Water, Mini bar, Slippers, Wardrobe, Safety Equipment and Life Vests, Safety box, En-suite Bathroom, Beauty mirror
 
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.
 
The deck
 
 
Built in the traditional style, the Toum Tiou was christened in 2002 on the river at Phnom Penh, the first Cambodian cruise boat with international standard accommodation.
Fully-paneled in wood, with charm and comfort in mind, we designed it in keeping with the local style. Modestly sized and with the safety of a steel hull, its low draft makes possible an access to the smallest and remotest of villages. With the tasteful decoration of a bygone era, the Toum Tiou has 10 cozy double cabins with private shower, a large lounge area, a panoramic viewing space to the front, a half-covered bar-restaurant to the rear and a roof patio. Air conditioning, hi-fi system and library are provided.
The captain, ship hands, hostesses, cooks and purser are discreet and inconspicuous in the performance of their duties.

RV TOUM TIOU II
 
Built in 2008
•14 cabins/28 passengers
• Length: 38m
• Width : 8m
• Draft: 1.4m
•Engine Power: 450 HP
•Speed: 11 Knots
•17 crew
•Bar, sundeck, closed restaurant, laundry
 
 
Cabin
•14 cabins/28 passengers
• Upper Deck Cabin : 6 cabins
• Main Deck Cabin : 8 cabins
• Cabin features:  Hot water, Hair-dryer, Individual controller air-conditioning , Shower, Toilet, Complimentary Drinking Water, Mini bar, Slippers, Wardrobe, Safety Equipment and Life Vests, Safety box, En-suite Bathroom, Beauty mirror
 
 
 
The deck
Toum Tiou 2 has 14 cozy cabins following the colonial style of her mother, Toum Tiou. Each cabin is built with noble wood in an elegant style, has its own A/C, hot water shower, security safe and a large window for spectacular view of the nature. Public areas like a panoramic, open restaurant which is matchless on the River and a spacious sun deck also add to be facilities of the boat. Toum Tiou 2’s kitchen is famous for its variety of Asian food and smiley cooks. Toum Tiou 2’s equipment also contains a powerful filtration/chlorination system for water safety. Laundry service is also available onboard.
During cruises TTII offers full board with Asian/Western food, daily excursions, free coffee and tea and uniterrapted sailing with spectacular view of the Mekong nature.

Departure schedule

Cruise Aug. 2014 Sep.2014 Oct. 2014 Nov. 2014 Dec. 2014 Jan. 2015 Feb. 2015 Mar. 2015
Toum Tiou I 2 & 17   1 & 16  15 & 30 15 & 30   13 & 28  
Toum Tiou II   1 & 16 1 & 17 1 1 5 & 26 10 3& 18

Cost in USD per cabin , valid until  30 Sep. 2015

Toum Tiou I

Cabin Type Double cabin Single Cabin
Upper cabin 3140 2484
Main Cabin 3040 2400
 
Toum Tiou II  
 
Cabin Type Double Cabin Single cabin
Upper cabin 3220 2550
Main Cabin 3120 2465
 
Low season discount
  • 20%, from 1st May 2014 until 30th September 2014
  • 10%, for October 2014
Note:
Around end of December until mid of March we will use speed boat to transfer passengers from/to Siem Reap. (3-4 hours)*
*At the end of the low water period, (around late March to June) the water level may not allow any more speedboats to cross the lake. In this case, passengers will be transferred by our convenience from/to Siem Reap by land. (5-6 hour)*
 
Child Policy:
  • Infants below the age of 4 years may sleep in their parent's cabin at no extra charge but we cannot  guarantee the availability of a cot and parents are to provide their own baby food.
  • Children of 4 years and  over must occupy their own berth.
  • Children under 4 years: no charge
  •  Children aged 4 – 12 years: 30 %
Cruise includes:
  • 8 days 7 nights on Toum Tiou cruise based on sharing double/twin cabin
  • English speaking guide on board
  • Full board ( B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner )
  • Mineral water, tea, coffee included
  • Visit mentioned in the program
  • Entrance fees
  • Government taxes and Service Charge
Cruise excludes:
  • Visa in Vietnam & Cambodia
  • Travel insurance
  • Other personal expenses
  • Gratuities for the crew

Itinerary in details:

Day 1: Siem Reap – Chnok Tru ( D )
13:30 Meeting in front of FCC hotel in Siem Reap. Transfer to Phnom Krom pier. Crossing the Tonlé Sap Lake for meeting the Toum Tiou anchored near Chnok Tru.
17:00 Visit Chnok Tru floating village.
18:30 Welcome on board of the Toum Tiou. Security briefing.
19:00 Welcome drink and info meeting about cruise, crew introduction.
Welcome dinner. Overnight onboard.
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. (~5-6 hour).
 
Day 2: Chnok Tru – Kompong Chnang ( B, L, D )
07:00 Breakfast.
09:00 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.
12:00 Passengers re-embark. Lunch on the ship during navigation
18:00 The Toum Tiou drops anchor few miles away.
19:00 Dinner and overnight onboard.
 
Day 3: Kompong Tralach – Koh Chen - Phnom Penh  ( B, L, D )
07:45 Departure of the Toum Tiou early in the morning. Sail to Kampong Tralach, breakfast during navigation.
08:00 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 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 Koh Chen.
13:00 Arrival in Koh Chen. Visit a village of handicraftsmen that specialise in silvers.
15:00 Return to the boat. Navigate to Phnom Penh.
17:00 Arrival in Phnom Penh.
19:00 Local group performs on board traditional “APSARA” show for 45 minutes.
19:45 Dinner at restaurant. and overnight on board.
 
Day 4: Phnom Penh ( B, L, D )
08:00 Breakfast.  Visit Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Russian Market.
12.00 Return to the boat, lunch onboard.
15:00 Balance of the day free exploration on own. (Suggestions can be made up on the interest of passengers. Toul Sleng 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.)
19:00 Return to the boat. Toum Tiou departs Phnom Penh.
 
Day 5: Kaam Samnaar – Chau Doc ( B, L, D )
08:00 Departure for Kaam Samnaar (Cambodian border).
10:00 Toum Tiou arrives at Immigration check point in Kaam Samnaar. Clearance of departure formalities.
 Departure for Chau Doc, lunch during navigation.
14:00 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... Short panoramic tour of the city. This is the perfect timing to discover the effervescence of the local market.
18:00 Return to Toum Tiou.          
19:30   Dinner onboard.
 
Day 6: Chau Doc – Vinh Long ( B, L, D )
06:00 Depart Chau Doc for Sa Dec. Breakfast during navigation.
14:00 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).
17:00 Return to the boat, departure for Vinh Long. Dinner during navigation.
Toum Tiou drops anchor few miles before Vinh Long.
19:30 Dinner on the ship.
 
Day 7: Cai Be – My Tho ( B, L, D )
07:30 Breakfast.
08:30 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.
11:30 Passengers re-embark at Cai Be, Toum Tiou leaves Cai Be for My Tho, lunch during navigation.
15:30 Arrival at My Tho – Toum Tiou drops anchor on river in the proximity of Thoi Son Island. Local boats come alongside Toum Tiou to pick up passengers and transfer to the mainland.
Departure for 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.
16:30 Re-embarking the Toum Tiou that leaves My Tho for Saigon
Time to navigate 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 (Enriched menu + 1 glass of wine). Toum Tiou drops anchor on river en route.
Overnight on board.
 
Day 8: My Tho – Saigon ( B )
07:00 Departure for Saigon, breakfast and leisure on board.
11:00 Toum Tiou arrives at Saigon port – customs formalities clearance. Pick up and transfer to your hotel in Saigon. End of tour (Hotel not included)
 
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