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Mekong Delta Cruises In Cambodia

Toum Tiou Cruise Mekong Delta

Tour Code: AGT-MC03
Destination: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap or Siem Reap – Phnom Penh
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

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.

The Boat

Toum Tiou
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 draft makes possible an access to the smallest and remotest of villages. With the tasteful decoration of a bygone era, the Toum Tiou 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, ship hands, hostesses, cooks and purser are discreet and inconspicuous in the performance of their duties.
This traditional locally built boat started out as a freighter with a metal hull and a capacity of 150 tons, with two large but low-ceiling decks in order to maximize storage space. Like all ships of this type, it went up and down the Tonle Sap and Mekong, stopping at Siem Reap, Kompong Cham, Kratie and Stung Treng.
We stayed as close as we could to the original line of the ship, because we wanted to retain its slightly curved and elegant lines.
The Toum Tiou measures 38 meters long and 7 meters wide in the middle. It has 10 rooms in all (3.3m x 2.5m), 4 on the main deck and 6 on the upper deck, each air-conditioned and with a bathroom (2.5m x 1.4m) including toilet, shower and sink. The water on board is taken from the river, passed through a powerful filtration system and chlorinated in the final step of the treatment.
In order to make the best possible use of the common areas from the standpoint of both size and variety we have installed a library-reading room on the lower deck. There is also a covered space at the front of the middle deck, a restaurant to the rear anda half-covered sundeck on top.

Accommodation
Number of cabins    10
Length                   38m
Width                      7m
Draft                     1.7m
Flag                      Cambodia
Engine Power        315CV
Speed                  9 knot

Detail itinerary 3 days 2 nights

Option 1: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap 3 Days US$445

Day 1 - Monday: Phnom Penh – Koh Chen / Oudong – Kampong Tralach
07:45 Toum Tiou is open for embarking
08:00 Departure of the Toum Tiou for Koh Chen (Chinese Island). Security briefing.
08:45 Arrival to Koh Chen, small village of whose inhabitants specialize in silver and copper smiting. They make ornamental items, including delicately engraved tropical fruits, used in traditional ceremonies at the pagoda or for marriages.The distant hills of Cambodia old capital, Oudong, and its royal stupas can be seen a few kilometers away from the ferry. At the top of the hill, the ruins of Anthareu temple.
11:45 Passengers re-embark the Toum Tiou. Lunch on board on the way to Kampong Tralach
15:30 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 for Wat Tani Pagoda in the province of Kampot.
17:30 Passengers re-embark. The Toum Tiou drops anchor few miles away.
19:00 Welcome drink and info meeting about cruise, crew introduction.
Welcome dinner. Overnight onboard.

Day 2 - Tuesday: Kampong Chnang – Kampong Luong
07:00 Departure of the Toum Tiou early in the morning. Sail to Kampong Chnang. Breakfast during navigation.
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 Tonle 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.
11:30 Passengers re-embark the Toum Tiou. Lunch on board on the way to Kampong Luong.
16:00 Arrival at Kampong Luong. Local boats are coming along the Toum Tiou and picking passengers for the visit. Almost totally overlooked by tourists because of its remoteness and difficult access, the village is completely self-sufficient. A floating school, factories to make ice for fish preservation, church, pagoda, service stations, pigsty, stores, boat or television repair shops, video club, karaoke bar, police station... everything is on the water. All trades are represented and everybody from children to grandparents goes by boat through the network of canals that cross this little town.
18:00 Passengers re-embark. The Toum Tiou stays overnight under the protection of the flooded forest.
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 3 - Wednesday: Kampong Luong – Siem Reap
07:00 Departure of the Toum Tiou early in the morning. Time to pack and relax a half a day by crossing the Tonle Sap Lake.
13:00 Passengers disembark, local tour agent pick up passengers and transfer to hotel after a last lunch onboard.

Option 2: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh

Brief Itinerary
Day    Departure    Arrival
Day 1    Siem Reap (Angkor)    Chnok Tru
Day 2    Chnok Tru    Kampong Chhnang
             Kampong Chhnang    Kampong Tralach
Day 3    Kampong Tralach    Koh Chen - Oudong
            Koh Chen - Oudong    Phnom Penh

Day 1 : Siem Reap (Angkor)
The city of Angkor Wat
The river vessel lies at anchor, not far from Angkor Wat, in the inundated forest.
In Chong Kneas floating village, poverty doesn't stop the children from smiling.
Siem Reap is a small city of 130,000 inhabitants. The city is surprisingly active, guesthouses, colonial bars, top-of-the line restaurants, souvenir shops, art galleries and massage are flourishing.

Day 2 : Kampong Chhnang +  Kampong Tralach
Kampong Chhnang
The largest fishing port on the Tonle Sap river
Kompong Chhnang is located 90 kilometers from Phnom Penh. Fish farming is widely practiced. The area is famous for its pottery ware, which supply the whole country.
Kampong Tralach
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.
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. Dating back to the same period, it was affected by the same problems of weathering and its demolition was ordered by the chief monk in order to make way for a more modern structure

Day 3 : Koh Chen – Oudong
The small village of Koh Chen is called "Chinese Island". Inhabitants are specialized in silver and copper smithing. Oudong, the old capital of Cambodia, can be seen a few kilometers away.
The ruins of Anthareu temple was restored in 1991 during the reign of King Sisowath.
Phnom Penh

"Hill of Lady Penh"
The capital of Cambodia originated with a woman named Penh. In about 1370, Lady Penh discovered a statue with four representations of the Buddha. A pagoda was built on top of the hill to keep the statue.
The city is located at the confluence of  the Tonle Sap, the Bassac and the Mekong river. Near the riverfront is the spectacular Royal Palace.
Groups of monks can be seen walking or meditating along the riverfront. Families also enjoy relaxing along the river while all kinds of hawkers offer exotic fruit, lotus seed pods or a chance to release birds for good luck. Scores of raggedy children can be seen  kicking around a ball, selling cigarettes or offering shoe-shine services. Out of their poverty come the most enchanting smiles, something no money in the world can buy.
The former "Pearl of Asia", despite assaults by developers, hasn't lost the exquisite charm of the past.

Price US$ / 1 Person (Sharing cabin)
Sharing Cabin    Single Supplement
        445                   295

Child Policy:
- Infants below the age of 4 years may sleep in their parent cabin at no extra charge but parents are to provide their own baby food.
- Children aged 4 – 12 years: 30 % adult charge.

Includes:
- Full board (coffee, tea & drinking water)
- Accommodation in double cabin
- French or English speaking guide on boat
- Visits mentioned in the program.

Excludes:
- Transfer from hotel to port and vice-versa.- Bar fees
- Personal expenses
- Personal insurance
- Visas