Cycling Kratie - Stung Treng
Kratie and Province, Cambodia.
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A great 3 days off the beaten track cycling tour, and a challenge from Kratie to Stung Treng or in reverse! Cycling through villages, jungle, and past stretches of the Mekong with a mix of stoney paths, sand and some easier stretches. This Trail takes you through two ‘biodiversity hotspots’ along the Mekong River, where local organizations are working with communities to protect these strongholds of nature’s richness.
- Learn about the history and culture of the region in the company of our friendly knowledgeable guides
- A stop off to see Irrawaddy dolphins
- Having a chance to stay in local villages with a very delicious traditional food
- Boat trip up the Mekong after the jungle
- Riding off the beaten track
- Dive into Khmer culture with homestays
- Remote adventure destinations rarely seen by travelers
- Hotspots full of rare and endangered biodiversity – Cantor’s Giant Soft-shelled Turtle, Irrawaddy dolphin, Mekong River Giant Catfish, Lesser Adjutant, Great Egrets
- Duration: 3 days
- Pickup location:Pick-up from any centrally located hotels in Kratie/Stung Treng.
- Pickup time: 8.00 AM
- Drop off location:Drop-off at any centrally located hotels in Stung Treng/Kratie.
Day 1: Kratie to Koh Phdao. Dolphin watching by boat, 100-pillars pagoda and turtle center.
Meet up at Cambodian Pride’s office and start our day at 8:00 AM. This morning, we cycle north out of Kratie on the main road along the Mekong towards Kampi, one of the many deep pools where the rare river dolphins gather to feed. We board a local boat and cruise out into the mighty Mekong for a chance encounter with these gentle mammals. Viewing is guaranteed.
After enjoying an hour of dolphin viewing, our cycling tour continues through villages along the beautiful river road to Sambor. Having lunch along the road. At Sambor, we visit the famous 100 pillars pagoda and learn its fascinating history and as a place of pilgrimage for residents of Kratie. It was first built in the 16th century by King Chann Reachea. The pagoda included 100 wooden columns to commemorate the memory of his daughter Vorakpheak who was killed by Mekong crocodile. Afterwards we encounter the Mekong Turtle Conservation Center, see one of the most endangered Mekong softsell turtle. The project looks after baby turtle until they become big enough to protect themselves from big fish, snack, etc. Then, we take a local ferry to Koh Phdao where we spend the night in wooden home with a local family.
In the evening, we will be served evening meal, prepared by one of the locals. After dinner we may have a long talk about the Cambodian way of life.
- Accommodation: Community homestay on Koh Phdao
- Meals: Lunch and dinner
- Approx cycling distance: 45km
- Route: Easy stretches
Day 2: A very challenge day cycling through Koh Rougniv.
Today is a very challenge day cycling through Koh Rougniv (45 km long) is the biggest Mekong island in Cambodia and the northern half of the island is the most advantageous part of the cycling trail. The island has 4000 inhabitants, but only a couple of motos and absolutely no cars. The first half way about 20km towards Khsach Makak the trail is a mix of sand, mud (during wet season) and some easier stretches through villages and appealing rural sceneries. The rest part is cycling single trail tracks through the jungle and it’s a memorable experience. We take a couple of stops for rest along the way. We take boat ride to Koh Preah island where we’ll have another night in a homestay.
- Accommodation: Community homestay on Koh Preah
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
- Approx cycling distance: 40km
- Route: A mix of stoney paths, sand and some easier stretches
Day 3: Koh Preah to Stung Treng.
After breakfast, we say goodbye to the family and leave Koh Preah by boat to reach mainland. Today, our adventure cycling tour continues on the eastern part of the Mekong again. We cycle along a scenic river route, passing through quiet villages and watching local river life towards Stung Treng. Tour ends on arrival. You can cheer with your guide and should be proud of your challenge. Keep in mind that you have been through the most remote and high biodiversity part of the mighty Mekong.
- Accommodation: A/C room at a hotel in Stung Treng
- Meals: Breakfast and lunch
- Approx cycling distance: 35km
- Route: Easy stretches
This itinerary is written based on our tour research expeditions. It should be read in order to get a good general impression and NOT as a detailed hour by hour itinerary. As we care about your safety and always want to increase customer’s experience, Cambodian Pride’s team can change parts of the tour due to weather terrain conditions depending on the season and customer requests. If the program is changed upon customer’s request, possible additional costs will be charged directly to customers.
- This is one of the most famous trail from the Mekong Discovery Trail (2006-2012) called Off the Beaten Track and can be started in either Stung Treng or Kratie.
- Route is a mix of stoney paths, sand and some easier stretches.
- Most of the time before bed we see the stars outside the house. You may have never seen as many as this before. It is sometime breath talking!
- If you’re a light sleeper you might want to bring earplugs for the village, if you’re not used to cockerels and other animals at night, though they do get you up!
- Rougniv (45 km long) is the biggest Mekong island in Cambodia and the northern half of the island is the most advantageous part of the cycling trail. The island has 4000 inhabitants, but only a couple of motos and absolutely no cars.
- Cycling single trail tracks through the jungle on Koh Rougniv is a memorable experience.
- It can get very hot cycling so be sure to always carry water, and wear comfortable dress and appropriate skin protection.
- The fee you that you pay us is included the turtle and dolphin fees. So By coming on this tour you help support dolphin and Turtle.
What to Bring
- Sturdy shoes
- Personal first aid
- Insect repellent
- Always carry plenty of water
- Spare parts
- Water full protective gear
- Toiletries (basic)
- 2 breakfasts: 1 at Koh Phdao community and 1 Koh Preah community
- 3 lunches: 1 at Sambor, 1 lunch a long the way, and 1 lunch in Stung Treng
- 2 dinners: 1 at Koh Phdao and 1 at Koh Preah
3 nights: 1 night at homestay on Koh Phdao community, 1 night at homestay on Koh Preah community and 1 night in a hotel in Stung Treng/Kratie with an A/C room
Bicycle, local ferry and boats
- All programs according to the description
- Private boat to view the dolphins
- Fees for dolphin watching and Mekong shortshell turtle conservation center
- Bicycle Transfer
- Luggage Transfer
- Activities mentioned in the itinerary
- Drinking water
- An English Speaking Guide
The price of the tour does not include
- Additional food and drink not mentioned
- Any personal expenses
- Personal travel insurance
- Any other items not mentioned
- Tips for the boat man or guide
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