Tour Code: AECR – 20
Type of Tour: Cruises
Duration: 6 Days/ 5 Nights
Itinerary: Saigon – Phnom Penh
Advantage: From the bustling Vietnamese capital to the erstwhile Paris of the East. Discover Indochina along the Mekong river. The Toum Tiou II, like its sister vessel Toum Tiou, differs from other Mekong river boats as it is able to offer a true cruising experience between Siem Reap and Saigon. Not only can passengers sail the entire journey on the river but they also sail in close proximity to the riverline; allowing them an unobstructed view of the delightfully rustic existence of the people in the vicinity. The other vessels are huge and not custom built for intimate navigation.
The Toum Tiou II offers an unmatched cruising experience of the Mekong with spectacular views of the Mekong’s fauna and flora and diverse day-to-day life of the people and cultures of Cambodia and Vietnam Larger than its sister vessel, Toum Tiou II offers even greater comfort with additional in-cabin facilities including a private lounge area, air conditioning, hi-fi system, and on-suite bathroom with hot / cold private shower and complimentary tea and coffee. The 14 cozy cabins are fitted to the highest specifications with noble wood finishes in an elegant colonial style.
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Day 1: Saigon - My Tho
The Toum Tiou II is all revved up, spruced up, and ready for you at Saigon Port.
Savour a refreshing welcome drink and enjoy a sumptuous dinner as local musicians play traditional Khmer tunes on board. The ship moors overnight.
Day 2: My Tho - Cai Be
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board before local boats are sent to the Toum Tiou II to pick you up for transfer to the mainland.
We depart for Vinh Trang pagoda by car, followed by a short panoramic tour of My Tho town. My Tho - which means fragrant herb in Vietnamese - draws thousands of tourists who are eager to embrace the untouched beauty of the Delta. It is a prosperous city of about 100,000 inhabitants, famous for its myriad fruit orchards, gardens and vast rice fields. The climate is warm and pleasant throughout the year. The surrounding countryside is home to one of the most luxuriant gardens of Vietnam, encircled by coconut palms and banana and mango trees.
We then return to the piers as local boats take us on a leisurely cruise to Thoi Son island. Here, we are able to quaff the rustic life of the local inhabitants, enjoy local fruits and to be one with the people.
We re-embark to Toum Tiou 2 before cruising to Cai Be. The vessel moors overnight.
Day 3: Cai Be – Vinh Long – Sa Dec
After a leisurely breakfast, local boats are sent to the Toum Tiou 2 to pick you up for a delightful cruise around Cai Be Floating Market. We continue cruising and we stop at Vinh Long - a brick and pottery factory and the Binh Hoa Phuoc Islet Nursery of Fruit Trees. We visit a typical local dwelling and a show room of traditional farming tools.
Vinh Long – Vietnamese for Majestic Dragon- sits merrily in the middle of the delta, protected by the 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 here centers on water. Houses are hoisted precariously on stilts that are planted onto the banks of the river. Hawkers peddle knick knacks from boats. Hundreds of small boats travel the river daily. The unbridled warmth of the locals makes this a destination par excellence.
We return to the Toum Tiou II before departing for Sa Dec. We are served a lovely lunch during our cruise.
Upon arrival, we are given a short tour of Sa Dec and then we transfer to Trung Vuong primary school. We then continue our cruise to the Kien An Cung Pagoda.
We stroll around the bustling Sa Dec Market. The small city of Sa Dec of 30,000 inhabitants is fascinating in its unspoiled beauty authenticity.
Day 4: Chau Doc
We depart early for Chau Doc. Breakfast is served during navigation. We arrive at Chau Doc slightly after lunch time. We arrive at Chau Doc. Local boats ferry us to visit fist rafts and the Cham village, a minority ethnic group.
Chau Doc is a remote border town and cultural melting pot of Chinese, Cham and Khmer communities. The city is situated at the intersection of a tributary linking the Bassac and the Mekong River. What Chau Doc lacks in size, it makes up in colours. Lots of it. Vivid and vibrant. Even its store fronts are painted in warm pastel shades. We are taken on a short panoramic tour of the city. This is the perfect opportunity to feel throbbing vibration of the local markets.
We return to Toum Tiou II slightly after sunset before being served dinner on board. The vessel moors overnight. Return to the boat after sunset.
Day 5: Chau Doc – Border – Phnom Penh
Toum Tiou II leaves early for Vinh Xuong (Vietnamese border) and breakfast during navigation. Here, the boat docks for a while for cross- border formalities. Toum Tiou II then cruises for Cambodia. Lunch is served on-board. It is time for leisure on-board as the vessels cruises the whole afternoon. As night approaches, it is time to bid farewell. Enjoy a farewell cocktail with the Master of the ship and Cruise Manager. Enjoy a specially designed captain’s farewell dinner as you prepare for your last night on board. Toum Tiou II moors overnight.
Day 6: Phnom Penh
After a hearty breakfast, you will visit Kampong Tralach. We visit the spectacular Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda at Kampong Tralach before returning to Toum Tiou II. The vessels cruises towards Phnom Penh, the bustling capital city of Cambodia. It’s time to pack and prepare to disembark. We arrive in Phnom Penh and we bid adieu to the wonderful Toum Tiou II team.