Day 1 - Monday: Ho Chi Minh City
(Saigon) – My Tho
07:45 Toum Tiou is open for embarking
08:00 Clearance of departure formalities.
08:30 Departure for My Tho
Lunch and leisure on board during navigation.
17:30:Arrival at My Tho – Toum Tiou drops
anchor on river in the proximity of Thoi Son Island. Local musician band
embarks to play traditional music for 45 minutes.
19:00: Welcome drink and info meeting about
cruise, crew introduction.
Welcome dinner. Overnight onboard
Day 2 - Tuesday:
My Tho – Cai Be
08:00 Local boats come alongside Toum Tiou to
pick up passengers and transfer to the mainland.
Vinh Trang Pagoda by car -
Short panoramic tour of My Tho town on the way. Continuing for
Snake Farm and My Tho Market.
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
10:45 Return at the pier - you 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
13:00 You re-embark Toum Tiou that leaves My
Tho for Cai Be
Lunch and leisure on board.
18:00: Toum Tiou at anchor on river on the
proximity of Cai Be.
19:30: Dinner and overnight on board
Day 3 - Wednesday:
Cai Be – Vinh Long – Sa Dec
08:00 Locals boat come alongside Toum Tiou,
pick up pax and cruise around Cai Be Floating Market
Long - a brick and pottery
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.
12:30 Return on the Toum Tiou, departure for
Lunch on board during the navigation.
15:00 Arrival at Sa Dec - Short panoramic
tour of Sa Dec 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 "Chinese man's house" (from Duras' novel "The Lover", also made into a movie).
17:00 Return to the boat with stopover at a
nursery of flower and bonsai trees. Famous for its horticulture (it has many
varieties of fabulously exotic flowers) Sa Dec was known as the "Garden of
Cochin Chine" during colonial times.
18:30 Re-embarking, Toum Tiou leaves Sa Dec
port and drop anchor few miles away.
Dinner and overnight on the river.
Day 4 - Thursday:
06:30 Early departure for Chau Doc.
07:00 Breakfast during navigation. Leisure
and relax onboard.
13:30 Arrival after lunch 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. 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 Departure for fish raising rafts and
Cham minority village by local boat.
Return to the Victoria hotel for a walk to
Chau Doc market. Visit of
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, and 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.
18:30 Return to the boat after sunset.
19:00 Dinner at the Victoria Hotel’s
Overnight onboard at the jetty of the hotel;
you are free to enjoy the hotel facilities (swimming pool, sauna, bar) or
stroll in Chau Doc.
Day 5 - Friday:
Chau Doc – Koh Dek Chau
07:00 Toum Tiou leaves for Vinh Xuong
Breakfast during navigation.
11.00 Arrival at Vinh Xuong check-point –
Formalities clearance for Toum Tiou to cross the border.
13:00 Toum Tiou leaves Vinh Xuong check point
Lunch during the navigation
14:00 Arrival at Kaam Samnaar check-point –
Formalities clearance for crossing the border.
15:30 Toum Tiou leaves Kaam Samnaar check
point for Koh Dek Chau Island
16.30 Arrival at Koh Dek Chau island.
A short break along the way, it allows to get
a fascinating, close-up look at daily life in Cambodia.
On the fringes of civilization, the 600
people who live on Koh Dek Chau will receive your visit with some surprise.
School children will escort you along your way. You will go through the
village that occupies the full length of the island, walking along a trail
shaded by date palms.
17:30 Toum Tiou leaves for
Phnom Penh and
drops anchor few miles away.
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). Overnight on board
Day 6 - Saturday:
Koh Dek Chau – Phnom Penh
08:00 Departure of Toum Tiou for Phnom Penh.
Time to pack, leisure onboard.
13:00 Arrival at Phnom Penh after a last
season: 15% discount (from 1st May 2007 until 30th September 2007)
- Infants below the age of 4 years may sleep in
their parent's cabin at no extra charge but parents are to provide their own baby food.
- Children under 4 years: no charge
- Children aged 4 – 12 years: 30 %
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