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From the jungles of the Land of Nine Dragons in Vietnam to the golden temples of Cambodia, the Toum Tiou voyages up the Mekong River for a one thousand kilometer journey brimming with life and vibrant cultures as diverse as the river itself.

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  • From the jungles of the Land of NineDragons in Vietnam to the goldentemples of Cambodia, the Toum Tiouvoyages up the Mekong River for aone thousand kilometer journeybrimming with life and vibrant culturesas diverse as the river itself.

    Cruise on the Mekong river.Photos Remi Benali Text Heather RobinsonContact - Thierry Tinacci - LightMediation Photo Agency +33 (0)6 61 80 57 21 thierry@lightmediation.com

  • 2304-13: At dawn, capitain Choe Kim Chea places the bo coung, a daily offering of plantains, at the prow of the Toum Teav in order to appease the spirits that live in the river. Built in 2002, the Toum Teav cruises theMekong River from Saigon to Angkor. It was built with exotic woods and has a colonial atmosphere. From their large windows, the 10 rooms offer a direct view on the river and its banks.

  • Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-01: Decorated for the celebrations of the Khmer New Year, the ToumTeav cruise boat arrives in the village of Kompong Tralach in Cambodia. Two young girls have thrown rice

    Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-02: Built in 2002, the Toum Teav cruises the Mekong River fromSaigon to Angkor. It was built with exotic woods and has a colonial atmosphere. From their large windows,

    Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-03: The capitain Choe Kim Chea at the wheel. Built in 2002, the ToumTeav cruises the Mekong River from Saigon to Angkor. It was built with exotic woods and has a colonial

    Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-04: Coffee served on the top deck with a view on the Mekong River.The boat flies the Vietnamese flag. It will change colors after crossing the border into Cambodia.

  • Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-05: Madame Kim, the wife of Jacques Prunier, the cruise director. Sheis wearing an Ao Dai, a traditional Vietnamese costume.

    Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-06: Meals are served in an open area underneath the top deck whichalso serves as a lounge and bar. Built in 2002, the Toum Teav cruises the Mekong River from Saigon to

    Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-07: Menchantha, the ship's barman concocts a "Toum Teav Kiss", hisspeciality. It is a powerful mix of gin, tequila, grenadine, and a secret ingredient. Meals are served in an

    Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-08: A Buddha decorates the sitting room of the lower deck, a reminderof the quiet philosophy found all along the banks of the Mekong River. Built in 2002, the Toum Teav

  • 2304-20: Vietnam. River traffic in the city of Cai Be.

  • Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-09: A bedroom on the lower deck level.Built in 2002, the Toum Teav cruises the Mekong River from Saigon to Angkor. It was built with exotic

    Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-10: A room with a view on the lower deck level. Built in 2002, theToum Teav cruises the Mekong River from Saigon to Angkor. It was built with exotic woods and has a

    Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-11: The Toum Teav as it pulls out of the port of Saigon. Built in 2002,the Toum Teav cruises the Mekong River from Saigon to Angkor. It was built with exotic woods and has a

    Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-12: A crewmember raises the flag of his home country after the ToumTeav crosses the border into Cambodia. Built in 2002, the Toum Teav cruises the Mekong River from

  • Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-13: At dawn, capitain Choe Kim Chea places the bo coung, a dailyoffering of plantains, at the prow of the Toum Teav in order to appease the spirits that live in the river. Built

    Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-14: The capitain Choe Kim Chea poses on the deck with members ofhis crew.

    Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-15: Map of the Mekong. The cruise boat, the Toum Teav is operatedby the "Compagnie Fluviale du Mekong" and cruises the Mekong River from Saigon to Angkor. Built in

    Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-16: Vietnam. A woman guiding a small boat on a little canal. Theregion surrounding Cai Be is criss-crossed with hundreds of islets where the locals grow vegetables and

  • 2304-17: Cambodia. A fisherman sets his nets at dawn.

  • Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-17: Cambodia. A fisherman sets his nets at dawn. / Cambodia / Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-18: Vietnam. A ferry crossing the Mekong River. Women dressed inthe traditional Ao-dai costume are riding their bicycles in the distance. / Viet Nam /

    Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-19: Vietnam. Mr. Tam Ho, a farmer in the Cai Be region, poses infront of portraits of Ho Chi Minh. He is 85 years old and a veteran of the two wars for independance. / Viet

    2304-20: Vietnam. River traffic in the city of Cai Be.

  • Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-21: Vietnam. Two women on their boat near the village of My Tho. /Viet Nam /

    2304-22: Vietnam. River traffic near the city of Cai Be.

    Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-23: Vietnam. River traffic near the city of Cai Be. / Viet Nam / Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-24: Vietnam. River traffic near the city of Cai Be. / Viet Nam /

  • 2304-54: Cambodia, the hill at Wat Phnom in the center of Phnom Penh has become a popular hangout for young people during the celebrations of the Khmer New Year. They throw rice powder on each other, especiallyon each others cheeks, as a wish for good luck.

  • Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-25: Vietnam. City of Cai Be. Its floating market is one of the mostimportant in the Mekong Delta. / Viet Nam /

    2304-26: Vietnam. Family bathing in the city of Cai Be.

    2304-27: Vietnam. City of My Tho. Monks in the Pagoda of Eternity. 2304-28: Vietnam. Dong Tam snake farm is a medicinal plant cultivation and the study and treatment ofsnake-bite.

  • Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-29: Vietnam. A brick factory on the banks of the Mekong River. / VietNam /

    Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-30: Vietnam. A brick factory on the banks of the Mekong River. / VietNam /

    Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-31: Vietnam. The market of Vanh Long. A mother and her daughterare dressed in the traditional Ao Dai costume. / Viet Nam /

    Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-32: Vietnam. Market of Vanh Long. / Viet Nam /

  • 2304-44: Vietnam. A fisherman pulls in his nets. The Mekong has always been considered a key source of subsistance for its population, however, dams that have been built along the upper reaches of the Mekong inChina are gravely threatening the possibility for fish to migrate and reproduce.

  • Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-33: Vietnam. A pig that has been bought to be used as an offering atthe temples at the base of Mount Sam. / Viet Nam /

    Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-34: Vietnam. Market of Vanh Long. / Viet Nam /

    Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-35: Vietnam. In the city of Sadec, a French lesson is being given inthe former school of author Marguerite Duras. / Viet Nam /

    Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-36: Vietnam. City of Sadec. The Kien An Cung temple, where one canfind an altar honring the Chinese businessman that inspired "The Lover" by author Marguerite Duras. / Viet

  • 2304-37: Vietnam. City of Sadec. The Kien An Cung temple, where one can find an altar honring theChinese businessman that inspired "The Lover" by author Marguerite Duras.

    Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-38: Vietnam. City of Sadec. The Kien An Cung temple, where one canfind an altar honring the Chinese businessman that inspired "The Lover" by author Marguerite Duras. /

    Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-39: Vietnam. City of Sadec. A family taking their daily bath along thebanks of the Mekong River. The dragon boat is used in ceremonies to transport the deceased. / Viet Nam

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  • 2304-43: A wave of belief and incense blurs the lines between Buddhism, Confucianism, and Ancestor Worship, a trait which is unique to Vietnam. Mount Sam (Nui Sam) is one the holiest places in the Mekong Delta. Itis said that the goddess Chua Xu appeared here in the beginning of the 19th century. An important pilgrammage takes place here each year in June.

  • Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-41: A child heading off to school near the city of Chau Doc in Vietnam./ Viet Nam /

    Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-42: Mount Sam (Nui Sam) is one the holiest places in the MekongDelta. It is said that the goddess Chua Xu appeared here in the beginning of the 19th century. An

    Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-43: A wave of belief and incense blurs the lines between Buddhism,Confucianism, and Ancestor Worship, a trait which is unique to Vietnam. Mount Sam (Nui Sam) is one the

    Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-44: Vietnam. A fisherman pulls in his nets. The Mekong has alwaysbeen considered a key source of subsistance for its population, however, dams that have been built along

  • Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-45: Vietnam. Rice fields along the bords of the Mekong River. / VietNam /

    Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-46: Farmer in a lotus field in Vietnam / Vietnam /

    Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-47: Cambodia. A shepherd crosses the Mekong with his herd of cattle./ Cambodia /

    Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-48: Cambodia. Kho Dac Cho Island. A farmer cuts wood in thetraditional manner. / Cambodia /

  • 2304-60: A village on the banks of the Mekong River in Cambodia.

  • Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-49: Cambodia. Kho Dac Cho Island. Children praying during thecelebrations for the Khmer New Year. / Cambodia /

    Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-50: Cambodia. The Royal Palace of Phnom Penh. Its spires rise 59meters above the banks of the Mekong River. The king lives in one of the wings of the palace. / Cambodia

    Cruise on the Mekong River / 2304-5