Toum Tiou Cruse Siem Reap - Saigon 8 days/ 7 nights
Put the mythical Southeast Asian Angkor ( Siem Rea) and Saigon side by side and you have a meeting of two countries divided by an invisible line at the river. But the line becomes real when you compare their very different cultures, landscapes and pace of life. After the impressive pastoral riverbanks of Cambodia, we arrive in the "Land of the Nine Dragons", the rice granary of Vietnam. We are constantly struck by the hectic pace of life in this country as we pass houses over fish rearing pens in Chau Doc, the boat yards of Long Xuyen, Marguerite Duras' hometown of Sa Dec, the aquatic gardens of Vinh Long, the floating market in Cai Be, the temples, pagodas, brickworks, then the trawlers of My Tho, before dropping anchor at the nostalgic port of Saigon.
Day 1 Siem Reap – Chnok Tru
At 13:30 crossing the Tonlé Sap Lake for meeting the Toum Tiou anchored near Chnok Tru. Welcome on board of the Toum Tiou. Security briefing. After that welcome drink and info meeting about cruise, crew introduction. Welcome dinner and stay overnight onboard.
Day 2 Chnok Tru – Kompong Chnang
Visit biggest floating village on the Tonlé Sap River. Lunch on board on the way to Kampong Chnang. At 16:00 arrival at Kampong Chnang. 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. At 18:00 passengers re-embark and The Toum Tiou drops anchor few miles away. Dinner and stay overnight onboard.
Day 3 Kompong Tralach – Phnom Penh
Sail to Kampong Tralach early in the morning, breakfast during navigation. After arriving at Kampong Tralach, 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. At 14:00 arrival in Phnom Penh. 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.
Day 4 Phnom Penh
After having breakfast, departure for the “KILLING FIELDS” - Tuol Sleng Museum, old center of detention, of torture and execution between 1975 and 1979. The visit is essential to understand what could be the fatal madness perpetrated by the Khmer Rouges. At 12.00 return to Phnom Penh, lunch in a local restaurant. After that half day city sightseeing tour including the Royal Palace and National Museum. At 19:00 return to the boat, local group performs on board traditional “APSARA” show for 45 minutes.
Day 5 Kôh Dek Chau – Chau Doc (Vietnam)
At 09:00 arrival at Kôh Dek Chau island, A short break along the way, it allows to get a fascinating, close-up look at daily life in Cambodia. At 10:30 re-embarking, departure for Kaam Samnaar (Cambodian border). At 14:00 Toum Tiou arrives at Immigration check point in Kaam Samnaar. Clearance of departure formalities. After that departure for Chau Doc. At 19:00 Toum Tiou drops anchor before the canal of Chau Doc.
Day 6 Chau Doc – Vinh Long
At 08:00 arrival at Victoria Hotel Chau Doc jetty. 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. Despite their sometimes strong odors, the parts of town offer wonderful photo opportunities... This is the perfect timing to discover the effervescence of the local market. At 17:00 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. At 19:00 return to the boat, departure for Vinh Long.
Day 7 Vinh Long - Cai Be – My Tho
At 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 as typical house and a show room of traditional farming tools. After that departure for Cai Be Floating Market – going across the Mekong River en route. At 11:30 Toum Tiou leaves Cai Be for My Tho, lunch during navigation.
At 14:30 arrival at My Tho and transfer to the mainland. Departure for Vinh Trang Pagoda by car - Short panoramic tour on the way. At 15:30 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. At 16:30 Toum Tiou leaves My Tho for Saigon. Leisure on board while navigating on the marvelous canal of Cho Gao. At 19:00 farewell cocktail with Master of Ship & Cruise Manager. Captain’s farewell dinner. Overnight on board.
Day 8 My Tho – Saigon
At 07:00 departure for Saigon, breakfast and leisure on board. At 11:00 Toum Tiou arrives at Saigon port – customs formalities clearance.
- English / French speaking guide
- Deluxe double / twin cabin of Toum Tiou
- Fulboar (Meals,Tea, water, coffee)
- Admission fees and permits where applicable
- Airfares & airport taxes
- Pre/post trip arrangement
- Visa and visa arrangement
- Travel insurance
- Other personal expenses
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