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Mekong Cruise Vietnam

MCV13: Saigon – Siemreap 8 days by Toum Tiou boat

Destination: Ho chi minh - My tho - Cai be - Vinh long - Sedec - Chau doc - Phnompenh - Kampong Chnang – Siemreap
Starts in: Ho Chi Minh City
Ends in: Siemreap
Duration: 8D-7N
Tour code: MCV13

Saigon – Siemreap 8 days by Toum Tiou boat

 Boat description:

                 Toum Tiou II Cruise                                            Toum Tiou I Double Cabin                                  Toum Tiou I Twin Cabin

                    Toum Tiou II cabin                                             Toum Tiou II bathroom                                                Toum Tiou II

                  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 Oct. 2014 Nov. 2014 Dec. 2014 Jan. 2015 Feb. 2015 Mar. 2015
Toum Tiou I 23   7 & 12 6 20 22
Toum Tiou II 8 & 24 8 8 12 17 10 & 25

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: Saigon – My Tho ( D )
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 ( B, L, D )
Departure of the Toum Tiou early in the morning.
07:00         Breakfast during navigation on the marvelous canal of Cho Gao.
10:00         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 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 dragon Island by local boat to visit the island, explore local people’s daily life and enjoy locally seasonal fruits
11:30         Passengers re-embark Toum Tiou and leaves My Tho for Cai Be. Lunch and leisure on board.
15:30         Toum Tiou drops anchor at Cai Be. 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 atypical 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.
18:00         Return on the Toum Tiou, departure for Sa Dec.
19:30         Arrival at Sa Dec, Toum Tiou drops anchor on the river. Dinner and overnight on board.
 
Day 3: Sa Dec – Chau Doc ( B, L, D )
06:00         Breakfast.
07:00         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).
09:00         Passengers re-embark; Toum Tiou leaves Sa Dec for Chau Doc, lunch and leisure on board.
17:00         Arrival after lunch at Chau Doc.
Departure for fish raising rafts and Cham minority village by local boat.
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.
19:30         Return to the boat, Dinner onboard.
 
Day 4: Vinh Xuong – Phnom Penh ( B, L, D )
Toum Tiou leaves early in the morning for Vinh Xuong (Vietnamese border). Breakfast during  navigation.
08:00         Arrival at Vinh Xuong check-point – Formalities clearance for Toum Tiou to cross the border.
10:30         Toum Tiou leaves Vinh Xuong check point for Phnom Penh. Lunch during the navigation.
19:00         Arrival at Phnom Penh. Passengers free to enjoy evening in Cambodian capital. Dinner and overnight on board.
 
Day 5: 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. Local group performs on board traditional “APSARA” show for 45 minutes.
Dinner at local restaurant.
 
Day 6: Phnom Penh – Koh Chen - Kompong Tralach ( B, L, D )
07:00         Breakfast. Navigate to Koh Chen.
09:30         Arrival in Koh Chen. Visit a village of handicraftsmen that specialise in silvers.
11:30         Return to the boat.
12:00         The Toum Tiou leaves Koh Chen for Kompong Tralach. Lunch during navigation.
14:00         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 – Ko Chau ( B, L, D )
 
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.
10:30         Passengers re-embark the Toum Tiou. Lunch on board on the way to Ko Chau.
17:00         The Toum Tiou stays overnight in close proximity to Ko Chau.
19:30         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). Overnight on board.
 
Day 8: Ko Chau – Siem Reap  ( B )
07:00         Breakfast, chartered speedboat is coming along the boat and picks up passengers for
crossing the Lake. Visit Chnok Tru, floating village.
12:00         Arrival at Phnom Krom pier (~5 miles from Siem Reap)
              Pick up and transfer to your hotel in city center. End of tour. (Hotel not included)
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