Route: Phnom Penh - Koh Dec Chau - Chau Doc - Sa Dec - Vinh Long - Cai Be - My Tho - Saigon
Price: From $1230 - $2030
Built in the traditional style, the Toum Tiou was christened in 2002 on the river at Phnom Penh, the first Cambodian cruise boat with international standard accommodation.
Fully-paneled in wood, with charm and comfort in mind, we designed it in keeping with the local style. Modestly sized and with the safety of a steel hull, its low draught makes it possible for the boat to access the smallest of villages. With the tasteful decoration of a bygone era, it has 10 cozy double cabins with private shower, a large lounge area, a panoramic viewing space to the front, a half-covered bar-restaurant to the rear and a roof patio. Air conditioning, hi-fi system and library are provided. The captain, boat hands, hostesses, cooks and boat master are quiet and insonspicuous in the performance of their duties.
Day 1: Phnom Penh - Koh Dec Chau (L, D)
07:45 Toum Tiou is open for embarking. 08:00 Formalities clearance. 08:30 Toum Tiou leaves Phnom Penh for Kôh Dek Chau island. Security briefing. 11:30 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 Kôh 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. 12:30 Re-embarking, departure for Kaam Samnaar (Cambodian border). Lunch during the navigation. 16:00 Toum Tiou arrives at Immigration check point in Kaam Samnaar. Clearance of departure formalities. 17:30 The boat drops anchor for night on river between the borders. 19:00 Welcome drink and info meeting about cruise, crew introduction. Welcome dinner. Overnight onboard
Day 2: Koh Dec Chau - Chau Doc (B, L, D)
07:00 Opening of the immigration check point offices in Vinh Xuong - Clearance of departure formalities. Breakfast. 09.00 Departure for Chau Doc. Vietnamese Guide boards, introduces himself. Casual talk with him. 12:30 Lunch during navigation. 13:30 Arrival 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 restaurant. Overnight onboard at the jetty of the hotel; you are free to enjoy the hotel facilities (swimming pool, billiards, bar, Internet) or stroll in Chau Doc.
Day 3: Chau Doc - Sa Dec (B, L, D)
07:00 Early departure for Sa Dec, breakfast during the navigation. 14:00 After lunch, arrival at Sa Dec – Short panoramic tour of Sa Dec and transfer by bus 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). 16:00 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. 17:15 Toum Tiou leaves Sa Dec for Vinh Long. 18:00 Dropping anchor few miles away on the way to Vinh Long. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day 4: Sa Dec - Vinh Long - Cai Be (B, L, D)
06:30 Toum Tiou continues for Vinh Long. 07:00 Breakfast during navigation. 08:00 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. 10:50 Departure for Cai Be Floating Market – going across the Mekong River en route. 13:00 Toum Tiou leaves Cai Be for My Tho, lunch 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 embark to play traditional music for 45 minutes. 19:30 Dinner and overnight on board.
Day 5: Cai Be - My Tho (B, L, D)
07:00 Breakfast 08:00 Local boats come alongside Toum Tiou 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. Continuing for Dong Tam 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 mango trees. 10:45 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. 13:00 Re-embarking the Toum Tiou that leaves My Tho for Saigon. Lunch and leisure on board. Time to pack and prepare for the arrival. 18:00 Toum Tiou drops anchor on river en route. 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: My Tho - Saigon (B, L)
07:00 Departure for Saigon. 13:00 Toum Tiou arrives at Saigon port – customs formalities clearance. 13:30 Disembarking, local tour agent picks up passengers and transfers to hotel after a last lunch on board.