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Toum Tiou

Mekong Boat and Bike Adventure Tour

Launched in 2002, the Toum Tiou was the first Cambodian cruise boat offering international standard accommodation in a vessel constructed using traditional methods and local design. Fully-panelled in wood, Toum Tiou exudes charm and comfort, while her modest size and shallow draft allow access to some of the most remote villages along the Mekong River. The Toum Tiou has 10 elegant double cabins, each with private en suite facilities, and her spacious public areas include a large lounge area, a panoramic viewing area, a half-covered bar and restaurant, and a roof patio, where guests can relax as they take in the sights of the Mekong.

 

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Embark

Check into your hotel,Shinta Mani, Siem Reap for a two night stay. On day three you will embark the Toum Tiou ship moored along the Mekong River.

Day 1: Siem Reap

Arrive in Siem Reap and check in to the Shinta Mani hotel situated along the river. In the late afternoon meet for a briefing, sundowners by the pool and then an early dinner.

Day 2: Angkor

Start your adventure tour in style with an early wake up call and transfer to Angkor Park by van, meaning riders and non-riders will have the chance to explore the key temples together before heading their separate ways. A private breakfast will be served in the forest behind the main temple. Afterwards those not on bike will travel by 'Tuk Tuk. All cyclists will follow hidden forest trails past the walls and moat of the ancient city, hopefully catching a glimpse of the birds and other wildlife that are beginning to repopulate the park along the way. Return to the hotel at lunchtime and perhaps enjoy a dip in the pool or a wander into town. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant known for sophisticated Khmer cuisine.

Day 3: Siem Reap - Mekong River

After breakfast, cycle to remote temple sites interspersed by tiny villages with houses often made out of palm leaves and bamboo. Mid-morning board a private van and transfer to your ship docked along the Mekong where you are welcomed aboard with a cool refreshing drink.

Day 4: Kampong Tralach

Today the ship cruises up the Tonle Sap River. You can experience cycling involves minimal traffic on hard-packed dirt roads. The people you will encounter along the ride are very keen for a chat and will always call out words of encouragement for your efforts. Anchor by a small village community who are no doubt keen to invite you in for a rice wine tasting session.

Day 5: Phnom Penh

The ship arrives just a short distance from Phnom Penh early morning. Today in Phnom Penh traditional Cambodian culture and way of life mix with more modern structures, a wide variety of shops and eateries and the heavy traffic of a bustling city. Exploring by Tuk Tuk is the perfect way to experience this dynamic city and your morning tour, led by your local guides, is the perfect introduction. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, followed by some free time in the afternoon for shopping or exploring. At sundown the ship will depart Phnom Penh for the Vietnamese border.

Day 6: Chau Doc

Early morning the ship reaches the border where customs and immigration formalities take place onboard before continuing down the Mekong to Chau Doc, a major port city. The non-riders have an interesting afternoon visiting a floating fish farm along the river and also a regionally vital bird sanctuary. For those setting off by bike, crossing numerous canals by bridge and boat and following a path through the maze of waterways. You will likely be struck by the fertility of the land as every square inch is cultivated for food production and each person in sight works hard to grow, harvest, process or transport these products. The riding is predominantly on small, paved canal paths with only bicycles and motor scooters.

Day 7: Cao Lanh

The day starts early with a Sampan trip to visit a local floating market where varying sizes of boats and all manner of fruit and vegetables being bought and sold. A fulfilling day of riding starts off with some relatively open road where you can use the cool of the morning to burn off some energy and put some distance behind us. Then head into the narrow, shaded paths with lots of turns and an abundance of activity. You’ll see locals tending to vegetables and rice, transporting food and fruit, and most of all, eating! For the non-riders, take a morning walk to visit a well-known market for fish sauce/paste product as well as local products, we then drive along the river, cross a couple of ferries and tour a traditional brick factory.

Day 8: Cao Lanh to Cai Be

The riders start cycling on a range of concrete paths along and over canals on a large island. The non-riders will take a visit to one of the oldest Catholic Church of the Delta then drive to Sadec. This little town has a large flower village, a beautiful Chinese pagoda and the home of Marguerite Duras, author of the novel, The Lover. Dinner tonight is offshore at a local historical house.

Day 9: Explore the Delta and My Tho

Your last day of cycling follows another twisting, turning network of paths and roads that are typical of the region. You will have another day of weaving around the islands. By noon, you will have a home cooked lunch from a local family. Return to the ship and head to My Tho. In the afternoon the ship will cruise the fascinating water transport corridor that is the Cho Gao Canal. This evening the guides will be conducting a quiz to see how much you've all learned so far on your trip along the Mekong. You may be surprised how much has stuck with you!

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City

This morning your final cruise takes you along the busy waterways adjacent to Saigon. You will spend time on a guided walking tour of Saigon, sampling lots of tasty foods and local specialities. Plus you will pass the former French quarter, stop in for a look at the Opera House, the Cathedral and the former Presidential Palace before arriving at our hotel. After checking in, enjoy one final farewell dinner and reminisce about your time together in Southeast Asia.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast check out of the hotel and make you onward journey to the airport or your next destination.

Disembark

Disembark the ship on day ten in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to your hotel, either MGallery or Le Meridien (based on seasonal availability) for a one night stay.

Includes

  • Two nights accommodation at Shinta Mani Hotel, Siem Reap
  • Seven nights accommodation aboard Toum Tiou
  • Including dinner on day two to breakfast on day eight
  • One nights accommodation at either MGallery or Le Meridien (based on seasonal availability) in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Local English speaking cycling leader/guide
  • Water, snacks and fresh fruits while cycling.
  • High quality bikes and helmets.
  • Mechanic, vehicle support and luggage transportation while cycling (Multi Day scheduled tours).
  • Admission fees as per tour itinerary, boat tickets within the tour itinerary (if any)
  • Tipping at hotels and restaurants

Excludes

  • International flights and transfers
  • Meals other than those stated in itinerary
  • Country entry visa (if required)
  • International air tickets
  • Travel insurance (compulsory to join with Grasshopper Adventures tours)
  • Drinks at meals other than water.
  • Tipping for local tour crews
 

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