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 measures 38 meters long and 7 meters wide in the middle. It has 10 rooms in all (3.3m x 2.5m), 4 on the main deck and 6 on the upper deck, each air-conditioned and with a bathroom (2.5m x 1.4m) 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.
Number of cabins 10
Engine Power 315CV
Speed 9 knots
Itinerary in Details:
Day 1;Siem Reap – Chnok Tru ( D )
11:00 AM, pick up at your hotel in Siemreap, transfer to FCC Angkor Hotel. Meeting point at FCC Angkor hotel, then transfer to the pier for embarkation. At 13:30 crossing the Tonlé Sap Lake for meeting the Toum Tiou anchored near Chnok Tru. Welcome on board of the Toum Tiou. Security briefing. After that welcome drink and info meeting about cruise, crew introduction. Welcome dinner and stay overnight onboard.
Day 2; Chnok Tru – Kompong Chnang ( B, L,D )
Visit biggest floating village on the Tonlé Sap River. Lunch on board on the way to Kampong Chnang. At 16:00 arrival at Kampong Chnang. The town of Kampong Chnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonlé Sap. Fish farming is also widely practiced in the area. At 18:00 passengers re-embark and The Toum Tiou drops anchor few miles away. Dinner and stay overnight onboard.
Day 3: Kompong Tralach – Phnom Penh ( B, L,D )
Sail to Kampong Tralach early in the morning, breakfast during navigation. After arriving at Kampong Tralach, 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. At 14:00 arrival in Phnom Penh. Balance of the day free exploration on own. Suggestions can be made up on the interest of passengers. FCC, Russian market, other boutiques (antiques), etc.
Day 4 : Phnom Penh ( B, L,D )
After having breakfast, departure for the “KILLING FIELDS” - Tuol Sleng Museum, old center of detention, of torture and execution between 1975 and 1979. The visit is essential to understand what could be the fatal madness perpetrated by the Khmer Rouges. At 12.00 return to Phnom Penh, lunch in a local restaurant. After that half day city sightseeing tour including the Royal Palace and National Museum. At 19:00 return to the boat, local group performs on board traditional “APSARA” show for 45 minutes.
Day 5 : Koh Dek Chau – Chau Doc (Vietnam) ( B, L,D )
At 09:00 arrival at Kôh Dek Chau island, A short break along the way, it allows to get a fascinating, close-up look at daily life in Cambodia. At 10:30 re-embarking, departure for Kaam Samnaar (Cambodian border). At 14:00 Toum Tiou arrives at Immigration check point in Kaam Samnaar. Clearance of departure formalities. After that departure for Chau Doc. At 19:00 Toum Tiou drops anchor before the canal of Chau Doc.
Day 6 : Chau Doc – Vinh Long( B, L,D )
At 08:00 arrival at Victoria Hotel Chau Doc jetty. 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. Despite their sometimes strong odors, the parts of town offer wonderful photo opportunities... This is the perfect timing to discover the effervescence of the local market. At 17:00 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. At 19:00 return to the boat, departure for Vinh Long.
Day 7: Vinh Long - Cai Be – My Tho ( B, L,D )
At 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 as typical house and a show room of traditional farming tools. After that departure for Cai Be Floating Market – going across the Mekong River en route. At 11:30 Toum Tiou leaves Cai Be for My Tho, lunch during navigation.At 14:30 arrival at My Tho and transfer to the mainland. Departure for Vinh Trang Pagoda by car - Short panoramic tour on the way. At 15:30 you will cruise on the river to Thoi Son Island by local boat to visit the island, explore local people’s daily life and enjoy locally seasonal fruits. At 16:30 Toum Tiou leaves My Tho for Saigon. Leisure on board while navigating on the marvelous canal of Cho Gao. At 19:00 farewell cocktail with Master of Ship & Cruise Manager. Captain’s farewell dinner. Overnight on board.
Day 8: My Tho – Saigon ( B )
At 07:00 departure for Saigon, breakfast and leisure on board. At 11:00 Toum Tiou arrives at Saigon port – customs formalities clearance.
Cost in USD per person based on sharing double / twin cabin on boat , valid from 1 Oct. 2010 to 30 Sep. 2011
Toum Tiou II
8 days Cruise on Toum Tiou boat in double /twin cabin
Transfers at departure/arrival port
English / French speaking guide on board
Full board (B= breakfast; L=Lunch; D = Dinner)
Mineral water, tee, coffee
Admission fees and permits where applicable
Government taxes and Service Charge
Pre/post trip arrangement
Visa in Vietnam
Visa in Cambodia
Other personal expenses