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With the cruise 3 days/ 2 nights onboard of Toum Tou between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap we will have the opportunities to visit the following areas

Phnom Penh
According to Khmer legend, the capital of Cambodia originated with a woman named Penh. In about 1370 when a terrible flood occurred Penh discovered a statue with four representations of the Buddha caught in a tree floating downstream. She had a small pagoda built on top of the hill, or phnom, in which to keep the statue. Pilgrims poured in, a settlement began to form, grew and came to be called Phnom Penh or "Hill of Lady Penh". The city is located at the confluence of four river arms, the Lower and Upper Mekong, the Tonle Sap and the Bassac Rivers. It sprawls out along the southern shore of the river. The sometimes suffocating tropical heat is conducive to a rather slow pace of life. Near the riverfront is the spectacular, brightly colored yellow, orange and green Royal Palace, home to King Father Norodom Sihanouk.

Koh chen
At the Nek Luong ferry on the opposite side of the river from National Road No. 5 is the small village of Koh Chen (Chinese Island) whose inhabitants specialize in silver and copper smithing. They make ornamental items, including delicately engraved tropical fruits, used in traditional ceremonies at the pagoda or for marriages.The distant hills of Cambodia's old capital, Oudong, and its royal stupas can be seen a few kilometers away from the ferry. Kilometer after kilometer of rice fields interspersed with sugar palm trees - a national symbol - stretch out from the foot of the hill.

Kompong Tralach
Going upriver another 15 kilometers takes us to the very beautiful Vihara belonging to Wat Kompong Tralach Leu pagoda. To get to it, we cross Kompong Tralach Krom village and walk another couple of kilometers along a small road perpendicular to the river, crossing some gorgeous stretches of emerald rice paddy as we leave the river behind. It can also be reached from National Road No. 5.The Vihara dates back to early last century. It was probably built on an older site, as indicated by the laterite foundations, and is home to some outstanding mural paintings.

Kompong Chhnang
Located some 90 kilometers from Phnom Penh, the town of Kompong Chhnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonle 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 (sugar palm) tree that abounds in the area: a mellow tasting, caramel-colored sugar sold in large cakes and palm wine.

Chnok Tru
Almost totally overlooked by tourists because of its remoteness and difficult access, the village is completely self-sufficient...Floating school, factories to make ice for fish preservation, church, pagoda, service stations, pigsty, stores, boat or television repair shops, video club, karaoke bar, police station... everything is on the water. All trades are represented and everybody from children to grandparents goes by boat through the network of canals that cross this little town.

Siem Reap
At the foot of Phnom Krom, not far from Angkor Wat, the river vessel lies at anchor in the inundated forest. In the floating village of Chong Kneas, poverty is the by-word. But the pungent odors and atrocious road don't stop the children from smiling. A bit behind the times, with its endless dike leading to stable terrain, is Siem Reap, a small city of 130,000 inhabitants. The city is surprisingly active and business oriented. Along both sides of the dirty little river that flows through it are stately walkways, empty lots, miscellaneous hotels, buildings under construction, colonial style streets, the old market and even a small post office where, as a precaution, you can even post stamp your own mail.

Day 1 - Phnom Penh – Kôh Chen / Oudong (L)
12:00 Toum Tiou II is open for embarking. Security briefing. Lunch on boat on the way to Kôh Chen (Chinese Island).  15:00  Arrival to Kôh Chen, small village of whose inhabitants specialize in silver and copper smiting. They make ornamental items, including delicately engraved tropical fruits, used in traditional ceremonies at the pagoda orfor marriages. The distant hills of Cambodia's old capital, Oudong, and its royal stupas can be seen a few kilometers away from the ferry. At the top of the hill, the ruins of Anthareu temple. 18:00 Passengers re-embark the Toum Tiou II. Leaving Kôh Chen to Kampong Tralach. Toum Tiou II drops anchor close to village. 19:30 Welcome drink and info meeting about cruise, crew introduction. Welcome dinner. Overnight on boat.

Day 2 – Kampong Tralach – Kampong Chnang (B,L,D)
07:30    Breakfast during navigation, departure for 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. 10:30 Passengers re-embark the Toum Tiou II. Lunch on boat on the way to Kampong Chnang. 14:30 Arrival at Kampong Chnang. Visit the village and its environment. Located some 90 kilometers 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     Re-embarking the boat, Toum Tiou II leaves Kanpong Chnang, direction the Tonle Sap Lake. Toum Tiou II drops anchor for overnight at the entrance of the Grand Lake Tonle Sap. 19:00    Dinner and overnight on boat.

Day 3 – Chnok Trou – Siem Reap (B)
07:00    Breakfast during navigation.
08:00    Passengers embark local boats
During High water (July – January), visiting Chnoc Tru, During Low water, visit floating village.

Almost totally overlooked by tourists because of its remoteness and difficult access, the village is completely self-sufficient. A floating school, factories to make ice for fish preservation, church, pagoda, service stations, pigsty, stores, boat or television repair shops, video club, karaoke bar, police station... everything is on the water. All trades are represented and everybody from children to grandparents goes by boat through the network of canals that cross this little town.
10:30   Passengers re-embark the Toum Tiou II Time to pack and relax for a half a day. Lunch during navigation on the Tonle Sap Lake.                                 
17:30    Arrival to Phnom Krom, pier of Siem Reap, transfer to city.
18:00    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).

 

Trip includes:

  • English / French speaking guide
  • Deluxe double/ twin cabin
  • Fullboard ( Meal, teas, coffee)
  • Admission fees and permits where applicable

 Trip excludes:

  • Airfares & airport taxes
  • Transfer from your hotel to dock/ dock to your hotel
  • Pre/post trip arrangement
  • Visa and visa arrangement
  • Travel insurance
  • Other personal expenses
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