Siemreap - Phnompenh cruise on Toum tiou boat 7 days-
Destination: Siem Reap – Angkor - Kampong Chnang - Kok Chen - Oudong - Phnom Penh - Killing Field
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Tour code: MCC18
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.
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. The captain, boat hands, hostesses, cooks and boat master are quiet and insonspicuous in the performance of their duties.
The legend of Toum and Tiou
The Toum Tiou derives its name from a traditional Khmer tale of star-crossed lovers, the Cambodian equivalent of Romeo and Juliet, Toum being the boy and Tiou, the girl. This beautiful love story turned tragedy features Tiou's mother, an ambitious woman who wants to marry her daughter off to the king and Toum as the awkward lover. The king, good-hearted and understanding, eventually gives up on the marriage to make Tiou happy. It ends tragically when a frame-up involving the mother and the governor leads to the death of one of the two lovers, the other committing suicide to follow suit. This story is taught from primary to high school. Many songs and pieces of traditional music allude to the pair of ill-fated lovers.
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 boats 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 boat, because we wanted to retain its slightly curved and elegant lines.
The Toum Tiou is 38 meters long and 6.5 meters wide in the middle. It has 10 rooms in all (3.3 m x 2.5 m), 4 on the first deck and 6 on the second, each air-conditioned and with a bathroom (2.5 m x 1.4 m) 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
Itinerary in Details:
Day 1. Tuesday : Arrival Siem Reap (D)
Upon arrival in Siem Reap, Cambodia in the morning, meet with your guide and transfer to the hotel. Visit to the South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon, Baphoun, Terrace of Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King – Afternoon carry on to visit the fabulous Angkor Wat. Watch the sunset from Phnom Bakheng. Overnightat hotelin Siem Reap
Day 2. Wednesday : AngkorTemple (B,L)
Early morning sunrise at Angkor Wat (optional) – then return to hotel for breakfast. In the same morning, tour the Small Circuit including Banteay Kdei, Srah Srang, Ta Prohm, Takeo, Thommanon, and Chau Say Tevoda. In the afternoon, take the sightseeing the Grand Circuit including Prasat Kravan, East Mebon, Pre Rup and Preah Khan
Day 3. Thurday : Siem Reap- Kampong Luong (B,L,D)
Morning at 7:45 a.m. - Boarding at the Phnom Krom pier. Transfer to the Toum Tiou from small boats on the canal that threads its way through the fishing village. 8:00 a.m. - Departure for your Tonle Sap cruise. in the afternoon, crossing the GreatLake to Kompong Luong, one of the largest floating villages on the lake. Tour of Kompong Luong and night on board.
Day 4. Friday : Kampong Chhnan Kampong Tralach -Koh Chen - Oudong (B,L,D)
Head for Kompong Chhnang. Tour of Kompong Chhnang, the market and pottery-making villages nearby. Lunch on board while continuing on to Kompong Tralach and its beautiful pagoda. Night on board near Oudong.
Tour of Koh Chen, a traditional silversmith village, then on to Oudong, site of the royal stupas. 1:00 p.m. - Disembark at the Phnom PenhPort after a final lunch on board. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel and take a city tour to the Silver Pagoda, the RoyalPalace and the National Museum of Khmer Arts. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 6. Sunday - Phnom Penh - Killing Field (B,L)
Witness the relics of Khmer Rouge Regime during the Reign of Terror - visit to Choeung Ek Killing Fields and the Toul Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crime. In the afternoon, take a city tour for shopping at Russian Market or Central Market. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 7. Monday - Phnom Penh Departure (B)
You are free at leisure g until transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Cost in USD per person based on twin/ double sharing :
No of pax
2 night at 4 * hotel in Siem reap, 2 nights at 4* hotel in Phnompenh , 2 nights on Toum Tiou board
English speaking guideduring guided time
Transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles
Meals as indicated in the itinerarywith local foods (B= breakfast; L=Lunch; D = Dinner)
Mineral water & Cold Towel
Admission fees and permits where applicable
Government taxes and Service Charge
Airfares & airport taxes
Pre/post trip arrangement
Visa in Cambodia ( available at the airport at 20 USD/person )