Day 1 - Sunday:
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – My Tho
15:45 Toum Tiou is open for embarking.
16:00 Clearance of departure formalities.
16:30 Departure for My Tho, security
19:00 Welcome drink and info meeting about
cruise, crew introduction. Welcome dinner. Overnight onboard
Day 2 - Monday:
My Tho – Cai Be – Vinh Long
07:00 Departure of the Toum Tiou early in the
Breakfast during navigation on the marvelous
canal of Cho Gao.
08:00 Arrival at My Tho – Toum Tiou drops
anchor on river in the proximity of Thoi Son Island.
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
Local boats are coming 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, stop for a visit of My Tho market. 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
10:00 Passengers re-embark Toum Tiou and
leaves My Tho for
Cai Be. Lunch and leisure on board.
Toum Tiou drops anchor at Cai Be. Local boats are coming alongside Toum Tiou,
picking up the passengers 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.
16:30 Return on the Toum Tiou, departure for
19:30 Arrival at Sa Dec, Toum Tiou drops
anchor on the river. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day 3 - Tuesday:
Sa Dec – Chau Doc
07:00 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).
09:00 Passengers re-embark; Toum Tiou leaves
Sa Dec for Chau Doc, lunch and leisure on board.
17:00 Arrival after lunch at Victoria Hotel
Chau Doc jetty.
Departure for fish raising rafts and Cham
minority village by local boat. Return to the Victoria.
If the timing is allowing it, watch of the
sunset on the 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, 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.
19:30 Return to the boat, Dinner at the
Victoria Hotel’s restaurant.
Overnight onboard at the jetty of the hotel;
passengers are free to enjoy the hotel facilities (swimming pool, billiards,
bar, Internet) or stroll in Chau Doc.
Day 4 - Wednesday:
Koh Dek Chau – Phnom Penh
Toum Tiou leaves early in the morning for
Vinh Xuong (Vietnamese border). Breakfast during navigation.
08:00 Arrival at Vinh Xuong check-point –
Formalities clearance for Toum Tiou to cross the border.
10:30 Toum Tiou leaves Vinh Xuong check point
for Koh Dek Chau Island. Lunch during the navigation.
14:30 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.
16:00 Toum Tiou leaves for
20:00 Arrival at Phnom Penh. Dinner and
overnight on board.
Day 5 - Thursday:
08:00 Breakfast, departure for the “KILLING
Tuol Sleng Museum, old center of detention, of torture and
execution between 1975 and 1979. The visit of this place is essential to
understand what could be the fatal madness perpetrated by the Khmer Rouges.
12.00 Return to Phnom Penh, lunch in a local
15:00 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.
19:00 Return to the boat. Local group
performs on board traditional “APSARA” show for 45 minutes.
Overnight on board.
Day 6 - Friday:
Phnom Penh – Kompong Tralach
07:00 Breakfast, half day city sightseeing
tour including the Royal Palace and the
12:00 The Toum Tiou leaves Phnom Penh for
Kompong Tralach. Lunch during navigation.
16:00 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
18:00 Passengers re-embark. The Toum Tiou
drops anchor few miles away. Diner and overnight on board.
Day 7 - Saturday:
Kampong Chnang – Chnok Tru
07:00 Departure of the Toum Tiou early in the
morning. Sail to Kampong Chnang. Breakfast during navigation.
08:00 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.
10:30 Passengers re-embark the Toum Tiou.
Lunch on board on the way to Chnok Tru.
14:00 Arrival at Chnok Tru. Local boats are
coming along the Toum Tiou and picking passengers for the visit of the
biggest floating village on the Tonle Sap River
17:00 Passengers re-embark. The Toum Tiou
stays overnight in the proximity of Chnok Tru.
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 8 - Sunday:
Chnok Tru – Siem Reap
07:00 Breakfast, chartered speedboat is
coming along the boat and picks up passengers for crossing the Lake.
Arrival at Phnom Krom pier (~5 miles from Siem Reap)
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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