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Boat riding Me Kong Delta in Southern Vietnam

Touring the orchards, paddy fields and swamplands of the Mekong Delta in Southern Vietnam
Boat riding Me Kong Delta in Southern Vietnam
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Super Deal : Toum Tiou cruise from Phnom Penh – Saigon 5 Days

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Superb Discounts  for fixed departure date: 50 % off for the 2 nd person 

Toum Tiou’s steel hull and sleek low draft make it the only true vessel that sails the Mekong. Toum Tiou and its sister vessel, Toum Tiou II, are the only ships which can sail from the Siem Reap pier to Saigon’s harbor. With other vessels, passengers have to disembark mid-river and continue on land. Moreover, Toum Tiou’s low draft allows it access to the remotest of villages and to gently hug the river line, affording passengers priceless views of people, flora and fauna – hardly touched by modernity. Toum Tiou was custom built for passenger privacy, intimacy, comfort and safety.
 
23rd to 27th December 2016
Phnom Penh to Saigon 5D/4N


Itinerary in brief
 
Day 1: Phnom Penh – Koh Chen
Day 2: Border – Chau Doc
Day 3: Sa Dec – Vinh Long
Day 4: Cai Be – My Tho
Day 5: My Tho – Saigon
 
Itinerary in detail
Day 1: Phnom Penh – Koh Chen
 
08:00    Toum Tiou I open for embarking at Phnom Penh Port next to the Titanic Restaurant.
08:30    Navigation to Koh Chen.
11:00    Arrival at Koh Chen, visit a 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 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. At the top of the hill, the ruins of Anthareu temple.
12:00    Return to the boat. Lunch onboard. Navigate back to Phnom Penh.
14:00    Arrival to Phnom Penh. Custom formalities (3-4 hours). Passengers are free to go around the city.
17:00    Passengers re-embark the boat. Navigate to the border.
Welcome dinner onboard on the way to the border. Overnight onboard.
 
Day 2: Border – Chau Doc
 
08:00    Breakfast on board. Toum Tiou I arrives at Immigration check point in Kaam Samnaar.
Clearance of departure formalities (2 to 4 hours).
12:00    Arrival at Chau Doc. Lunch onboard.
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...
14:30    Short panoramic tour of the city. This is the perfect timing to discover the effervescence of the local market. Back to the pier, departure for fish raising rafts and Cham minority village by local boat.
18:00    Toum Tiou I leaves Chau Doc for Sa Dec. Dinner during navigation.
 
Day 3: Sa Dec – Vinh Long
 
07:30    Breakfast during navigation.
09:00    Arrival at Sa Dec – Short panoramic tour of Sa Dec and we walk 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).
12:00    Return to the boat, for lunch. Departure for Vinh Long.
14:30    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.
18:30    Passengers re-embark at Cai Be, Toum Tiou I leaves Cai Be for My Tho, dinner during navigation. Arrival at My Tho – Toum Tiou I drops anchor on river in the proximity of Thoi Son Island
 
Day 4: Cai Be – My Tho
 
08.00    Local boats come alongside Toum Tiou I to pick up passengers and transfer to the mainland. Departure for Vinh Trang Pagoda by car. 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.
11:30    Return at the pier - 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
12:30    Re-embarking the Toum Tiou I that leaves My Tho for Saigon Lunch and leisure on board while navigating 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. Toum Tiou I drops anchor on river en route.
 
Day 5: My Tho – Saigon
 
07:00    Departure for Saigon
11:00    Toum Tiou I arrives at Saigon port – customs formalities clearance. Passengers disembark the boat.
 

Cost in USD per cabin: (50% Off for the 2nd person)

 
Cabin type Double/Twin cabin
(for 2 people)
Single Supplement
(for 1 person
Main DeckNormalUS$ 2285US$ 1899
Promotion rateUS$ 1715US$ 1425
Upper DeckNormal US$ 2375US$ 1970
Promotion rateUS$ 1781US$ 1479
 
 

Trip includes
 
  • English / French speaking guide
  • Deluxe double / twin cabin of Toum Tiou I cruise
  • Full board (Tea, water, coffee included)
  • Admission fees and permits where applicable
  • Full board meal on boat (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Trip excludes
 
  • Airfares and airport taxes
  • Transfer
  • Transfer at departure/ arrival port
  • Pre/post trip arrangement
  • Visa and visa arrangement Travel insurance
  • Personal Expenses
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