The informal Toum Tiou was built in Cambodia out of hard tropical woods and using traditional methods. The Toum Tiou was the first cruise boat to travel on the Mekong River from Siem Reap and the magnificent Angkor Wat temples all the way to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), via Phnom Penh, from Cambodia to Vietnam, offering high quality accommodation with a blend of charm and tradition. Always popular, so book early to avoid disappointment!
Day 1: Day 1: Cruise from Saigon to My Tho
Embark the Toum Tiou at 6.30am at the International Port of Saigon, terminal of Nha Rong, next to Ho Chi Minh museum. After having a delicious breakfast and dealing with the customs formalities, the Toum Tiou departs for My Tho. You will get a safety briefing and can relax on the sundeck. You will have lunch and set sail navigating the marvelous canals of Cho Gao before My Tho comes into view and the Toum Tiou drops anchor close to Thoi Son Island. My Tho is 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 surrounding countryside is home to some of the most luxuriant gardens in Vietnam with their coconut palms, banana and mango trees. Local boats take you from the Toum Tiou to the mainland. Departure for the Vinh Trang pagoda by bus and visit the city as well as the local market of My Tho. Afterwards you stop at the local zoo. Later you come back to the small boats and cruise to the Island Thoi Son. On arrival, walk around the island, explore the everyday life of locals, taste seasonal fruits, listen to the local musician band, visit the candy factory and shop for local products. (Please note: The visit of My Tho depends on the level of traffic on the channel of Cho Gao which can cause considerably delay the arrival to My Tho, approximately 2 hours.) After returning to the Toum Tiou you get introduced to your crew and can enjoy a refreshing welcome cocktail and dinner before the ship leaves to Cai Be.
Meals included: B, L, D
Day 2: Cruise Cai Be, Vinh Long & Sa Dec
After breakfast the Toum Tiou will drop anchor on the river near Cai Be. Local boats will pick you up and take you on a tour to the fascinating Cai Be floating market. Moreover discover the brick manufacturers and pottery factories, the seedbed of fruit trees of the Island Binh Hoa Phuoc and visit a traditional house of a local farmer. Afterwards you continue to Vinh Long, en route you will witness local life which is organized around the water, houses on stilts, hawkers in boats and hundreds of small boats. After returning to the Toum Tiou you sail to Sa Dec and you can enjoy a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, you will arrive Sa Dec and have time for a panoramic tour of the city. Stop at the local market before taking the bus to the city. On the way you will visit a local primary school and the pagoda Kien Year Cung. This interesting 'city' only has 30,000 inhabitants and is fascinating in its unspoiled authenticity and undisturbed by tourists. Return to the Toum Tiou and have dinner while the boat is navigating to Chau Doc.
Meals included: B, L, D
Day 3: Cruise Chau Doc & Vinh Xuen
The ship will depart very early in the morning towards Chau Doc. At 7.00am you will arrive at the district of Chau Doc and have breakfast on board. Chau Doc is located in the middle of a gigantic squaring of rice plantations, while the city itself is prosperous, developing and has some amazing colonial buildings. Local boats will take you to visit fish farms as well as a local Cham minority village. Afterwards you will participate in a bus tour downtown and explore a colorful local market. The next stop will be the hill of Harmed Sam which offers an unspoiled view, overlooking the rice plantations. On the way you will visit the temple of Chua Xu and the pagoda Tay An. The Toum Tiou sets sail around midday and heads to Vinh Xuong, the Vietnamese / Cambodian border. After completing the customs formalities the Toum Tiou heads into Cambodian waters towards Phnom Penh. The ship drops anchor at Koh Dek Chau Island which allows a fascinating, close-up look at daily rural life in Cambodia. This evening, your last aboard the Toum Tiou, you will enjoy a tasty farewell dinner.
Meals included: B, L, D
Day 4: Cruise to Phnom Penh
Your journey with the Toum Tiou cruise liner has come to an end, but will not be forgotten. Disembark after breakfast at 11am and head into the city of Phnom Penh to further discover its culture and history.
Meals included: B
Please note that the exact itinerary of this cruise will depend on the water levels of the lake and rivers and may be altered at certain times of the year.
• All sightseeing tour services as detailed in the above itinerary
• English speaking local guide
• All accommodation on board Toum Tiou based on 1 sharing a room
• All entrance fees for attractions included in the above itinerary
• All local boat trips
• All meals as detailed in the above itinerary (B = Breakfast - L = Lunch - D = Dinner)
• Services not detailed in the above itinerary
• Transfers at arrival / departure port
• International flights
• Vietnam or Cambodian Visa fees
• Any airport taxes
• Expenditure of a personal nature
• Travel insurance
• Any payment / money transfer charges
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