Siem Reap – Saigon by Toum Tiou 8 Days 7 Nights

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Location: Cambodia
Duration:  8 Days 4 Nights
Tour Code: ARTT-MC04
Departure: Daily

Full Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Siem Reap – Chnok Tru
13:30 Meeting at FCC hotel in Siem Reap. Bus transfer from FCC Hotel to Koh Chen (6-7 hours bus ride)
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.
** From March it might not be possible to visit Floating village depending on the water level. At the end of the low water period (around end of February to August), the water level may not allow the speedboat to cross the lake. In this case, passengers will be transferred by our convenience from/to Siem Reap by land. (6-7 hours).

Day 2 Chnok Tru – Kampong Chhnnang
07:00 Breakfast.
09:00 Arrival to Kampong Chhnnang. Located some 56 miles from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chhnnang 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.

Day 3 Kampong Tralach – Phnom Penh
07:45 Departure of the Toum Tiou early in the morning. Sail to Kampong Tralach, breakfast during navigation.
08:30 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 latérite 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.
11:00 Passengers re-embark the Toum Tiou. Lunch on board on the way to Phnom Penh.
14:00 Arrival in Phnom Penh. Balance of the day free exploration on own.
19:00 Local group performs on board traditional “APSARA” show for 45 minutes.
19:45 Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 4 Phnom Penh
07:30 Breakfast.
08:30 Visit Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum and Wat Phnom.
12:00 Lunch at a local restaurant.
14:00 Visit Toul Sleng 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. Visit Russian Market.
17:00 Return to the boat.
18:30 Toum Tiou departs Phnom Penh. Dinner onboard.

Day 5 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. Visit Cham minority village by local boat. 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. Dinner onboard.

Day 6 Chau Doc – Sa Dec – Vinh Long
07:00 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.

Day 7 Vinh Long – Cai Be – My Tho
07:30 Breakfast.
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. Visit the handicraft village where workers produce rice paper, rice wine, popped rice etc. in a traditional way.
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 drops anchor on river in the proximity of Thoi Son Island Local boats comes alongside the Toum Tiou to pick up passengers to the mainland for a short panoramic tour of My Tho town and visit Vinh Trang pagoda, stop for a visit of 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.
17:00 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.

Day 8 My Tho – Saigon
07:00 Departure for Saigon, breakfast and leisure on board.
11:00 Toum Tiou arrives at Saigon Port (Cang Nha Rong Port) next to Ho Chi Minh Museum. (Address: #5 nguyen tat thanh, quan 4.) – customs formalities clearance.

*** Departures only accordingly to the navigation schedule. Confirmed for min. 20 passengers.

Single Supplement: Surcharge for a person who stay in Single Room. It apply for group from 2 persons.

Pax: Person, {B}: Breakfast, {L}: Lunch, {D}: Dinner

Package Inclusions:

· Full board accommodation, including meals mentioned in the program, coffee, tea & drinking water
· French or English speaking guide
*For charter- Guide’s cabin is provided by CFM (FOC)
*For FIT – cabins for guide also needs to be booked.
· Visits mentioned in the program and Entrance fees
· Transportation from departure port to arrival port
· Port Fees

Package Exclusions:

· Personal Travel Insurance
· Tours & meals other than those mentioned in the program
· Transfers from/to airport and hotels
· Bar fees, Personal expenses and Visas if needed
· Gratuities for the crew/guides
· 10% applicable only for inbounds claiming VAT from government