Itinerary (Phnom Penh - Koh Dek Chau - Chau Doc - Sa Dec - Vinh Long - Cai Be - My Tho - Saigon)
|4 Days from Phnom Penh to Saigon Cruise
Put the mythical Southeast Asian capitals of Phnom Penh and Saigon side by side and you have a meeting of two countries divided by an invisible line at the river. But the line becomes real when you compare their very different cultures, landscapes and pace of life. After the impressive pastoral riverbanks of Cambodia, we arrive in the "Land of the Nine Dragons", the rice granary of Vietnam. We are constantly struck by the hectic pace of life in this country as we pass houses over fish rearing pens in Chau Doc, the boat yards of Long Xuyen, Marguerite Duras' hometown of Sa Dec, the aquatic gardens of Vinh Long, the floating market in Cai Be, the temples, pagodas, brickworks, then the trawlers of My Tho, before dropping anchor at the nostalgic port of Saigon
Departure from Phnom Penh
Departure dates : 28 September, 06, 09,14,17 April
Phnom Penh - Chau Doc
08:00: Toum Tiou is opened for embarkation at the International Port of Phnom Penh.
09:00: Customs formalities. Toum Tiou leaves Phnom Penh for Kaam Samnaar (Cambodian
border), breakfast during navigation.
14:00: Toum Tiou arrives at Immigration check point in Kaam Samnaar. Clearance of departure formalities.
16:30: Departure for Chau Doc.
19:00: Toum Tiou drops anchor before the canal of Chau Doc. Dinner and overnight on board.
Chau Doc - Sa Dec - Vinh Long
08:00 Breakfast onboard.
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...Short panoramic tour of the city.
This is the
perfect timing to discover the effervescence of the local market. Back to the pier, departure for fish raising rafts and Cham minority village by local boat.
10:00 : Toum Tiou leaves Chau Doc for Sa Dec. Lunch during navigation.
17:00: 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).
19:00: Return to the boat, departure for Vinh Long. Dinner during navigation. Toum Tiou drops anchor few miles before Vinh Long. Overnight on board.
Vinh Long - Cai Be - Mytho
08:30: 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. Departure for Cai Be Floating Market – going across the Mekong River en route.
11:30: Passengers re-embark at Cai Be, Toum Tiou leaves Cai Be for My Tho, lunch during navigation.
14:30: Arrival at My Tho – Toum Tiou II drops anchor on river in the proximity of Thoi Son Island Localboats come alongside Toum Tiou II 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. 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.
15:30: 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
16:30: Re-embarking the Toum Tiou that leaves My Tho for Saigon. Lunch and leisure on board while navigating on the marvelous canal of Cho Gao.
19:00: Captain’s farewell dinner (Enriched menu + 1 glass of wine). Toum Tiou drops anchor on river en route. Overnight on board.
My Tho - Saigon
07:00: Departure for Saigon, breakfast and leisure on board.
11:00: Toum Tiou II arrives at Saigon port – customs formalities clearance
** Arrival to Saigon is depended on the traffic level of the Cho Gao canal. It may be late +/- 2 hours to arrive the port.
|ALL PRICES ARE NET INCLUSIVE OF TAX & PER PERSON. THEY ARE IN U.S. DOLLARS
CRUISE (per number of persons. Price per person in cabin twin / double)
||MIN. 2 PERS.
||MIN. 3-6 PERS.
||MIN. 7-10 PERS.
||SUPP. CABINE 1 PERS.
LAST AVAILBLE Departure dates : 28 September / 06, 09,14,17 April
( We recommend you to book at your earliest convenance )
Discount USD 25 / person ( minimum 2 people ) and USD 15 / person / supplement cabin seule on cruise : 09 and 17 April
• Accommodation as mentioned in the program.
• Meals as per mentioned (B–Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner), including tea, coffee and drinking water.
• Local English or French speaking guides on board. (Guides for other languages on request.)
• Guided visits as mentioned above.
• Entrance fees for mentioned visits.
• Services and meals not mentioned.,br>
• Transfers to and from the boat jetty.
• International and additional domestic flights including taxes.
• Drinks, mini bar, and personal expenses.
• Travel insurance.
Personal travel insurance
THIS CRUISE IS OPERATED FROM SAIGON TO PHOM PENH. PLease refer to the Vietnam cruise page.
• For cruises between Cambodia and Vietnam, you will have to provide passport and visas numbers for both countries.