Mekong River Cruise

Delightful cruise from Saigon to Phnom Penh on Toum Tiou

Number of days: 4

Price from: 999$

Departure: from 23rd to 26th August 2017

Highlights: Saigon, My Tho, Cai Be, Vinh Long, Sa Dec, Chau Doc, Vinh Xuong, Phnom Penh

From the bustling Vietnamese capital to the erstwhile Paris of the East.

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  • The Mekong River tour boat

    Toum Tiou’s steel hull and sleek low draft make it the only true vessel that sails the Mekong. Toum Tiou and its sister vessel, Toum Tiou II, are the only ships which can sail from the Siem Reap pier to Saigon’s harbor. With other vessels, passengers have to disembark mid-river and continue on land.

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    Here’s another plus: Toum Tiou’s low draft allows it access to the remotest of villages and to gently hug the river line, affording passengers priceless views of people, flora and fauna – hardly touched by modernity. Toum Tiou was custom built for passenger privacy, intimacy, comfort and safety. Toum Tiou has 10 cosy double cabins; each with a private lounge area, air conditioning, hi-fi system, and en suite bathroom with hot / cold private shower.

    Amenities

    - Cabin & Stay

    • 10 cabins - 6 upper deck/4 lower deck; each furnished in exotic wood.
    • Approximately 120 square feet. Our cabins are small and cosy. They are designed to give passengers the delightful feel of being on a personalized yacht and not a colourless floating hotel.
    • Authentically designed with large panoramic windows, giving you a clear view of the river
    • Bathrooms with branded fittings
    • Complimentary tea, coffee and drinking water
    • Large screen television in lounge showing movies nightly. DVD player and selection of internationally acclaimed movies are available. Also available are classic Asian and International board games and books.
    • mini safe
    • In-room air-conditioning
    • Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows
    • Premium mattresses
    • All beds can be converted to twin or double bed arrangements
    • Welcome flower arrangement
    • Make-up mirrors in cabin and bathroom
    • Multi-configuration plugs
    • Large closet space and under-bed storage
    • Laundry service in Phnom Penh
    • All days snacks at the bar
    • Postcard mailing upon request

    - Culinary Delights

    • Local executive chef heading an experienced international culinary team
    • Semi-buffet breakfast, Semi-buffet lunch, and seated theme dinners
    • Specially-tailored light menus avaiable
    • Complimentary tea, coffee and drinking water
    • Extensive wine list with premium wines and liquors available
    • On board cultural performances, educational talks, cooking classes, and tours of ships and destinations
    • Welcome Drink on arrival
    • Welcome cocktail
    • Farewell Reception
    • Local and Vietnamese cuisine and special captain's farewell dinners.
    • Nightly entertainment at the saloon bar
    • Sundeck bar
    • 24-hour hospitality bar
    • Fresh breads and bakery upon request

    - Public areas

    • A dainty shop selling local fares
    • Exihilarating lecture on board
    • Library with classic literature
    • Wireless internet in all public areas

    - Complimentary Excursions

    • Admissions
    • Buffing your footwear after each excursion
    • Bottled drinking water
    • Cold towel service after excursions
    • Welcome back drink after each excursion
    • Maximum 24 guests per guide on all excursions
    • Deluxe sampans with cold towel service, fresh fruit, and tea/coffee
    • Spacious coach on all excursions (maximum of 20 passengers per coach)
    • The TT1 vessel was refitted in 2012
    • First-aid trained assistant to guide to follow on all tours and excursions

    - Your well-being

    • All crew have first-aid training
      • Fire alarm system in all cabins, public areas and back areas
      • Fire fighting system in all ship areas
    • Expert marine superintendant on-board
    • 24-hours security
    • Highest standards of hygiene on-board
    • Full insurance with reputable international marine companies

    - Services

    • Captain
    • First Officer
    • Chief Engineer
    • 1st Engineer
    • Electrician
    • Ship manager
    • Housekeeping
    • Dining
    • Bar keeper
    • Chefs
    • Massage therapist
    • Local tour guides
    • English and French speaking guides

  • Delightful cruise (at a delightful price) on Toum Tiou 1

    23rd to 26th August, 2017

    Saigon to Phnom Penh 4D/3N

    $999++ per person in a shared double/twin cabin


    Program:

    Day 1 Saigon – My Tho (Aug 23, 2017)

    15:45Toum Tiou is open for embarking at Saigon Port (Cang Nha Rong Port) next to Ho Chi Minh Museum.

    (Address: #5 nguyen tat thanh, quan 4.)

    16:00Clearance of departure formalities.

    16:30Departure for My Tho, security briefing.

    19:00Welcome drink and info meeting about cruise, crew introduction. Welcome dinner. Overnight onboard.


    Day 2
    My Tho – Cai Be – Vinh Long (Aug 24, 2017)

    Departure of the Toum Tiou early in the morning.

    07:00Breakfast during navigation on the marvelous canal of Cho Gao.

    10:00Arrival at My Tho – Toum Tiou drops anchor on river in the proximity of Thoi Son Island.

    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. Local boats are coming alongside Toum Tiou to pick up passengers and transfer to the mainland.

    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. Return at the pier - Passengers cruise on the river to dragon Island by local boat to visit the island, explore local people’s daily life and enjoy locally seasonal fruits

    12:00Passengers re-embark Toum Tiou and leaves My Tho for Cai Be. Lunch and leisure on board.

    15:30Toum Tiou drops anchor at Cai Be. Local boats are coming alongside Toum Tiou, picking up the passengers and cruise around

    Cai Be Floating Market. Visit the handicraft village where workers produce rice paper, rice wine, popped rice etc. in a traditional way.

    Continuing for Vinh Long - 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.

    18:00Return on the Toum Tiou, departure for Sa Dec.

    19:30 Arrival at Sa Dec, Toum Tiou drops anchor on the river. Dinner and overnight on board.


    Day 3
    Sa Dec – Chau Doc (Aug 25, 2017)

    06:00Breakfast.

    07:00Sa Dec - Short panoramic tour and transfer 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).

    09:00Passengers re-embark; Toum Tiou leaves Sa Dec for Chau Doc, lunch and leisure on board.

    16:00 Arrival at Chau Doc. Departure for fish raising rafts.

    If the timing is allowing it, watch of the sunset on the Sam Mountain which peaks at 237 meters. Its well-known Buddhist sanctuaries offer an unobstructed view over the mosaic of glistening rice paddies below. To the left is Cambodia, the flow of the Mekong on the horizon breaks into an infinity of silver ribbons. Visit on the way of the Lady Chua Xu temple and Tay An Pagoda.

    19:30Return to the boat, Dinner onboard. Overnight onboard.


    Day 4
    Vinh Xuong – Phnom Penh (Aug 26, 2017)

    Toum Tiou leaves early in the morning for Vinh Xuong (Vietnamese border). Breakfast during navigation.

    08:00Arrival at Vinh Xuong check-point – Formalities clearance for Toum Tiou to cross the border.

    10:30Toum Tiou leaves Vinh Xuong check point for Phnom Penh. Lunch during the navigation.

    17:00Arrival in Phnom Penh. Disembark the boat.

    Price includes:  Full board accommodation, including meals mentioned in the program, coffee, tea & drinking water  French or English speaking guide - Supplement Guides   German - $90-$100 USD per day (1-28 passengers)  Spanish  - between $90-$100 USD per day (1-28 passengers)  Italian - between $90-$100 USD per day (1-28 passengers) *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  Entrance fees  Transportation from departure port to arrival port  Port fees 
     
    Price does not include:  Personal Travel Insurance  Visas if needed  Tours & meals other than those mentioned in the program  Transfers from/to airport and hotels  Personal expenses  Gratuities for the crew/guides Recommended tips - For the crew - $10 per day per passenger - For the guides - $6 per day per passenger 
     

    Price includes:
    + Full board accommodation, including meals mentioned in the program, coffee, tea & drinking water
    + French or English speaking guide
    + Visits mentioned in the program
    + Entrance fees
    + Transportation from departure port to arrival port
    + Port fees  

    Price does not include:
    + Personal Travel Insurance
    + Visas if needed
    + Tours & meals other than those mentioned in the program
    + Transfers from/to airport and hotels
    + Personal expenses
    + Gratuities for the crew/guides





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    Accommodation

    Number of cabins 10
    Length 38m
    Width 7m
    Draft 1.7m
    Flag Cambodian
    Engine Power 315 HP
    Speed 9 knots
     
      
     
  • Border Crossing of Vietnam/Cambodia
    All passengers should be aware of a slight delay on either Vietnam or Cambodian side of the border.
    Normally a crossing takes about 2 – 3 hours; it can be longer if a passenger’s visa application is not written out correctly. 
    Passengers do not have to disembark. Though the cruise ship remains still, life on-board goes on uninterrupted. 

    Daily Schedule 
    A printed daily program for the following day will be placed in your cabin during dinner. We have a turndown service every evening. Please keep observing the notice board for any changes to the schedule, and also be aware of our daily cruise briefings. 

    Electricity 
    Two round pin type, same as in Continental Europe can be used. Various adaptors for different types of plugs are available at the reception. The electricity supply is 240V. Please turn your lights off when you leave your cabin. 

    Excursions 
    When mooring, you are welcome to leave and return to the ship as many times as you wish. Our next sailing time will be displayed on the daily schedule and passengers are requested to remember this before disembarkation. Group shore excursions are organized by the cruise director. Meeting point for the excursion is the Lounge. 
    You will be accompanied by an English speaking tour guide on all your excursions. Five minutes prior to casting off, our captain will sound the ship’s horn three times to remind you to return to the ship. 
    Passengers are encouraged to sign out on the special board; this way we ensure that we do not sail off without you.

    Gratuities 
    We suggest that if satisfied with the service a gratuity will be collected at the last day aboard. We give everybody, staff and crew an equal share and make sure that those in the kitchen or engine room all benefit as well. The amount would be at your discretion, but if an indication is required we suggest 5 USD per passenger per day. Gratuities shall be settled together with the shipboard account at the end of a cruise. Please note that you are under absolutely no obligation to make any gratuity at all. Our tour guides do not partake in the staff’s tips and you may tip the guides separately before the end of their tour. 

    Guides 
    Our guide services are conducted in English. Guides services in other languages are available at additional cost. 

    Itinerary 
    The itinerary on our website is a general overview of the main ports of call. The itinerary can be changed as much of the tour depends on river conditions and other local factors. A daily schedule will be posted one day in advance. This schedule contains an informative fact sheet on the sites we intend to visit. 

    Loud Speaker System (PA) 
    Please be informed that announcements can only be heard in all public areas as well as on the outside decks. Announcements do not go reach your cabin. In case of an emergency you will hear a loud continuous blast through the ships horn. 

    River Conditions 
    These vary depending on the season. In the dry season (December-April) the water level of the river will be quite low and in some places, the level would have dropped by more than 8 meters from its monsoon level (Jun-Sept). Though the river can be miles wide, channels may be narrow and hard to navigate. There is, thus, some risk of running aground on submerged sand banks. Our captain will take every necessary precaution. 
    In case of high seas or even in the Tonle Lake, the winds can be very strong. 

    Changes to Schedule 
    Changes to schedule may be made due to technical complications or unpredictable weather conditions. 
    The Cruise Director will immediately inform you of the changes vis-à-vis or an announcement will be made via the public address system. Please also keep an eye on the notice board for any subsequent notice of any changes to planned events. 

    Security 
    Tourists are rarely the targets of theft in the countries in which we operate. When sailing, passengers tend to leave their cabin doors unlocked. Though a 24-hour security detail is assigned to the gangplank controlling access to the ship, we recommend that you keep your doors locked at night. All cabins have a combination type safe - please use a number you are familiar with. Heritage Line will not be held liable for any losses from the ship or whilst on an excursion ashore during a voyage. 

    Ship’s office
    The main office is at the Lobby Lounge. The Cruise Director or his/her assistant will be on duty from 6.30h until 24.00h.

    Sun Care 
    The sun can be powerful. Please be careful and always wear sun block during the day. 

    Time 
    Vietnam and Cambodia are 6 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). In winter, please add 1 hour. 

    Water 
    The ship’s water is cleaned through a filtration system and the water is suitable for washing and brushing teeth but should not be drunk. Complimentary water is available in your cabin. 
    Tap water is not safe, although the water is purified (Sand filtration, Reverse Osmosis, UV and Active Carbon). We have a central boiler system in place; please wait for a short while for the heater to heat up the water.

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