Mekong Cruises on board the Toum Tiou
Built in Cambodia out of hard tropical woods and using traditional methods,
the Toum Tiou was the first cruise boat to travel on the Mekong river from
Siem Reap all the way to Saigon, from Cambodia to Vietnam, offering high
quality accommodation with a blend of charm and tradition.
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.
In the Toum Tiou semi-open air restaurant, their chef offers a whole
selection of European, Vietnamese and Cambodian specialties. You can choose
to stay on the sundeck overlooking the river or in our large library lounge,
decorated in neo-colonial style. The Toum Tiou’s low water draught allows it
to stop very close to the villages along the river shores.
The Toum Tiou operates two regular rotations from Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) to
Phnom Penh and from Phnom Penh to Saigon. You’ll be able to enjoy the Mekong
starting from the mythical city of Angkor Wat until the Mekong Delta in
Vietnam. From April to June, at the end of the dry season and when the river
level of the Tonle Sap is too low, the Toum Tiou will not be able to reach
Siem Reap. During this period the Toum Tiou heads north out of Phnom Penh
following the Mekong to Kampong Cham and and charming colonial Kratie, where
you may spot the rare Irawaddy dolphin.
There are 4 different Toum Tiou cruises to choose from, please click on the
option which interests you for a more detailed itinerary and departure
Phnom Penh to Saigon (6 day/ 5 nights)
Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (3 days/2 night)
Siem Reap to Phnom Penh (3 days/2 nights)
contact us for itinerary in details