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 - Thursday:
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- Passengers 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 Return to the Toum Tiou by local boat.
13:00 Re-embarking, the Toum Tiou leaves My
Tho for Cai Be. Lunch and leisure on board.
18:00 Toum Tiou at anchor on river on the
proximity near Cai Be.
19:30 Dinner and overnight on board.
Day 3 - Wednesday:
Cai Be – Vinh Long – Sa Dec
08:00 Local boats are coming alongside Toum
Tiou, picks up passengers and cruises 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 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
Sa Dec. 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 Passengers re-embark, 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
09:30 One hour lecture on Vietnam Today
11.00 Arrival at Vinh Xuong check-point –
Formalities clearance for RV Toum Tiou to cross the border.
13:30 Toum Tiou leaves Vinh Xuong check point
for Cambodia. Lunch during the navigation
14:00 Arrival at Kaam Samnaar check-point –
Formalities clearance for crossing the border.
15:30 RV 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 Dinner and overnight on board.
Day 6 - Saturday:
Koh Dek Chau – Phnom Penh
08:00 Departure of Toum Tiou for Phnom Penh.
13:00 Lunch during the navigation.
Arrival at Phnom Penh, formalities clearance.
14:30 Departure for the “KILLING FIELDS” –
return to the boat around 18:30.
19:00 Dinner on board. Local group performs
on board “APSARA” show.
Day 7 - Sunday :
08:30 Half day city sightseeing tour
including the Royal Palace and the
12:30 Return to the ship.
13:00 Lunch on board..
14:00 Balance of the day free exploration on
own. Suggestions can be made up on the interest of passengers.
FCC, Russian market, other boutiques
19:30 Diner and overnight on board.
Day 8 - Monday:
Phnom Penh – Koh Chen / Oudong – Kampong
08:00 Departure of the Toum Tiou for Koh Chen
(Chinese Island). Breakfast during navigation.
08:45 Arrival to Koh 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 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.
11:45 Passengers re-embark the Toum Tiou.
Lunch on board on the way to Kampong Tralach
15:30 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 laterite
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
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
17:30 Passengers re-embark. The Toum Tiou
drops anchor few miles away.
19:00 Diner and overnight on board.
Day 9 - Tuesday:
Kampong Chnang – Kampong Luong
07:00 Departure of the Toum Tiou early in the
morning. Sail to Kampong Chnang. Breakfast during navigation.
09:00 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
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.
11:30 Passengers re-embark the Toum Tiou.
Lunch on board on the way to Kampong Luong.
16:00 Arrival at Kampong Luong. Local boats
are coming along the Toum Tiou and picking passengers for the visit.
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.
18:00 Passengers re-embark. The Toum Tiou
stays overnight under the protection of the flooded forest.
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 10 - Wednesday:
Kampong Luong – Siem Reap
07:00 Departure of the Toum Tiou early in the
morning. Time to pack and relax a half a day by crossing the Tonle Sap Lake.
13:00 Passengers disembark, local tour agent
pick up passengers and transfer to hotel after a last lunch onboard.
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