Itinerary (Siem Reap – Chnok Tru - Kompong Chnang - Kompong Tralach – Phnom Penh - Kaam Samnaar – Chau Doc - Vin Long - Cai Be – My Tho - Saigon)
|8 days from Siem Reap 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 separated 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 "Land of the Nine Dragons", the rice granary of Vietnam, we arrive at the impressive pastoral riverbanks of Cambodia. We are struck by the pace of activity and the cascade of things to see, including the nostalgic port of Saigon, the brickworks and trawlers of My Tho, the floating market in Cai Be, the temples and pagodas, the aquatic gardens of Vinh Long, Marguerite Duras' hometown of Sa Dec, the boat yards of Long Xuyen, the houses over fishing rearing pens in Chau Doc, before docking at Phnom Penh.
Departure from Siem Reap
Departures dates : 15 november 2014..other dates on request.
Siem Reap – Chnok Tru
13:30 Meeting in front of FCC hotel in Siem Reap. Transfer to Phnom Krom pier. Crossing the Tonlé Sap Lake for meeting the Toum Tiou anchored near Chnok Tru.
17:00 Visit Chnok Tru floating village.
18:30 Welcome on board of the Toum Tiou. Security briefing.
19:00 Welcome drink and info meeting about cruise, crew introduction.
Welcome dinner. Overnight onboard.
At the end of the low water period, (around late March to June) the water level may not allow anymore speedboats to cross the lake. In this case, passengers will be transferred by our convenience from/to Siem Reap by land. (~5-6 hour)
Chnok Tru – Kompong Chnang
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 Tonlé Sap. 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.
12:00 Passengers re-embark. Lunch on the ship during navigation
18:00 The Toum Tiou drops anchor few miles away.
19:00 Dinner and overnight onboard.
Kompong Tralach – Phnom Penh
07:45 Departure of the Toum Tiou early in the morning. Sail to Kampong Tralach, breakfast during navigation.
08:00 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 indifference.
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 last May for Wat Tani Pagoda in the province of Kampot.
10:30 Passengers re-embark the Toum Tiou. Lunch on board on the way to Phnom Penh.
14:30 Arrival in Phnom Penh.
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.
19:45 Dinner at restaurant. and overnight on board.
08:00 Breakfast, departure for the 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 onboard.
15:00 Half-day city sightseeing tour including the Royal Palace and the National Museum.
19:00 Return to the boat. Toum Tiou departs Phnom Penh.
Kaam Samnaar – Chau Doc
08:00 Departure for Kaam Samnaar (Cambodian border).
10:00 Toum Tiou arrives at Immigration check point in Kaam Samnaar. Clearance of departure formalities.
Departure for Chau Doc, lunch during navigation.
14:00 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...
Short panoramic tour of the city. This is the perfect timing to discover the effervescence of the local market.
18:00 Return to Toum Tiou.
19:30 Dinner onboard.
Chau Doc – Vin Long
06:00 Depart Chau Doc for Sa Dec. Breakfast during navigation.
14:00 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).
17:00 Return to the boat, departure for Vinh Long. Dinner during navigation. Toum Tiou drops anchor few miles before Vinh Long.
19:30 Dinner on the ship.
Cai Be – My Tho
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.
15:30 Arrival at My Tho – Toum Tiou drops anchor on river in the proximity of Thoi Son Island Local boats come alongside Toum Tiou to pick up passengers and transfer to the mainland. Departure for 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.
16:30 Re-embarking the Toum Tiou that leaves My Tho for Saigon Time to navigate on the marvelous canal of Cho Gao.
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). 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 arrives at Saigon port – customs formalities clearance
|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.
AVAILABLE Departure dates :
15 november 2014, other dates ( before and after november) on request
• 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.
• 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 SIEM REAP. 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.
Built in the traditional style, the boat 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.