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 Sunday : Arrival Phnom Penh (D)
Arrive Phnom PenhCambodia by morning flight, meet with your guide and transfer to hotel. In the same morning, take a city tour to visit RoyalPalace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum of Khmer Arts. In the afternoon, witness the reign of terror during the Khmer Rouge Regime by visiting the Killing Field of Choeung Ek, and the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crime. Before returning to the hotel, visit the famous Wat Phnom. Overnight at the hotel in Phnom Penh.
Day 2 Monday : Phnom Penh - Kompong Chhnang(B,L,D)
Embark at the pier in Phnom Penh at 8:00 am.Welcome on board of R/V Toum Teav and departure for our cruise on the Tonle SapRiver to Oudong. Visit of Oudong, then stop at Prek Kdam to visit a small silver handicraft village. Lunch on board on the way to Kampong Tralach, stop and visit its wonderful pagoda. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day 3 Tuesday : Kompong Chhnang - Kompong Luong (B,L,D)
Sail to Kompong Chhnang to visit the market and a pottery village. Sail to Chnok Tru, the last big village before the River meets the Great Lake of Tonle Sap. Lunch on-board. Continue to Kompong Luong, one of the largest floating villages on the Lake. Dinner and overnight on board while anchored at Kompong Luong.
Day 4 Wednesday Kompong Luong - Siem Reap (B,L)
Half day sailing on the Great Lake of Tonle Sap. Relax in the library or on the deck salon prior to arrival in Siem Reap. Sail along a small canal, flocked with crowded floating houses, before reaching Phnom Kroum.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. Overnight in hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 5 Thurday : 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 6 Friday : Siem Reap at leisure & departure (B,L)
Today in the morning you are at leisure until time to transfer to airport for departure flight back home
Cost in USD per person based on twin/ double sharing :
No of pax
2 night at 4 * hotel in Siem reap, 1 nightat 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 )