Mekong Explorer


Siem Reap – Stung Treng – Kratie – Phnom Penh

5 days / 4 nights

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* Cost – depends on group size This price is per person in a twin/double share room. Booking for a greater number of people (ie. 5 people) you will receive a discount rate if compare to booking for 2 people. Please refer to the for details of what is included in the cost.

This is a full package that allow us to get the most of what the areas can offer and traveling by private vehicle is a key to do so. We can also offer a similar program traveling with public bus for a cheaper price at your budget. Contact us to plan your trip.

Tour Snapshot

The best rural life tour package to visit the remote Mekong Stung Treng and Kratie for the real explorer who want to get away from the tourist places. We pick you up in Siem Reap and drive you to two of the best Mekong Ports in Cambodia; Stung Treng and Kratie. You will feel like locals once you been welcomed into the home of a village family for overnight stay, share a delicious homemade meal featuring local products and specialties. Soak up with nature surrounding while kayaking through the amazing Mekong flooded forests and biking through rural villages. Boat trip to see freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins in their natural habitats, one of the most endangered mammals in the world. Visit seasonal farms along the Mekong River.

Highlights

  • Learn from our friendly guide the history and culture of the region
  • Kayak through flooded forests of Ramsar Wetlands
  • Cycle on a beautiful Mekong Island and bike through countryside and rural villages
  • Watch Irrawaddy river dolphins by boat
  • Explore Mekong River and its mighty falls that thwarted the grand designs of French imperialists
  • Immerse yourself into Khmer culture through homestay
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Itinerary

Each tour begins with Evening briefing. At 7pm we will meet at your hotel in Siem Reap for a journey briefing. It is the first opportunity for everyone to meet the guide on their trip and to run over the final details so everyone knows what to expect.

Day 1
Siem Reap to Preah Rumkel.

We pick you up from your Siem Reap hotel at 7.00 AM and hit the road to the greater Mekong region. Traveling along one of the newest and remotest roads there are many opportunities to photograph and enjoy the nature. Having arrived to Preah Rumkel in the afternoon, you will be welcomed by leader of Preah Rumkel Community Base Ecotourism and have a short break. In the late afternoon, we survey Sopheakmet Waterfall; that thwarted the grand designs of French imperialists (and which now mark the Lao border). It depends on water level in order to see the waterfall. During the dry season, we can access to the unexplored falls by boat whereas during the wet season, we have to stop the boat and continue by walk through forests and road for about 3.5km in return to visit the mighty Mekong falls. If time is available we will take the boat across the river to visit Hang Khone, which is the southernmost tip of Laos. The French used this as a ferry port where goods were then transferred back to the ferry by train before they continued their travel by river. Sunset here is some of the most beautiful sunsets across the Mekong River. Tonight, you will stay in a traditional Cambodian home under mosquito net at one of the local family who live on the bank of the Mekong River; experience bucket shower like Khmer people.

Accommodation
  • Homestay (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Stung Treng – Might Mekong Falls
  • Stung Treng – Hang Khone
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Day 2
Kayaking Through Mekong Flooded Forests.

After breakfast at homestay, it’s time to say good bye to the family. Then, we enjoy a short boat trip down to O’Svay where we will start our paddling tours to explore the Ramsar Wetlands area. It stretches south along the Mekong River from the border with Laos to Stung Treng. Only accessible by boat, it is a haven for critically endangered mammals, birds and fish and a unique riverine flooded forest system that is a photographer’s dream. With only birdcalls announcing our presence, we maneuvered our way leisurely downstream for a couple of hours. Our paddling tour of the forest continue until one point that you feel enough, then we return back to O’Svay by boat before we travel by road to the provincial capital of Stung Treng. We check in to a comfortable local hotel for the night.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Stung Treng – Kayaking through Mekong Wetlands Flooded Forests
  • Stung Treng – Boat trip
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Extra Night Camping (Dec-Apr):
During the dry season (December-April), an extra night camping in Ramsa Forests with excursions to see the birds and a boat journey to explore O’ Talas and even freshwater stingray catching experience are optional and arranged locally. Please contact Cambodian Pride Tours for availability.

Day 3
Stung Treng to Kratie. Cycling on Koh Trong.

This morning we will take you to a local restaurant that is famous for Laos breakfast. Afterwards, we leave Stung Treng and travel on Highway 7 to Kratie. On our way, we visit the famous 100 pillars pagoda and learn its fascinating history as a place of pilgrimage for residents of Kratie. First built in the 16th century by King Chann Reachea. The pagoda includes 100 wooden columns to commemorate the memory of his daughter Vorakpheak who was killed by a Mekong crocodile. Afterwards we visit the Mekong Turtle Conservation Centre and see one of the most endangered Mekong softsell turtles. The project looks after baby turtles until they become big enough to protect themselves from big fish, snack, etc. We travel to Kratie Town and check in to a comfortable hotel for the night. Later in the afternoon we take a local ferry across the Mekong River and go for a 9km cycling on Koh Trong, a beautiful Mekong Island and home to famous sweet grapefruit and market gardens. We return to Kratie Town by ferry at sunset time.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kratie – Countryside tour
  • Kratie – Cycling on Koh Trong
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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Day 4
Kratie Rural Lifestyle & Dolphin Watching.

We visit the central Market of Kratie where you will see the local trades. Then, we go off the beaten track to the rural villages where you will experience of true rural Cambodian life; seasonal crops, rice whisky making and noodle making. Be welcomed into the home of a village family and share a delicious homemade meal featuring local products and specialties. Before returning to another ferry crossing, there are also opportunities to experience Khmer noodle and rice whisky making. Later in the afternoon, we go to Kampi, one of the many deep pools where the rare freshwater Irrawaddy river dolphins gather to feed. We board a local boat and cruise out into the mighty Mekong for a chance to encounter with gentle creatures. Viewing is almost guarantee, although it is easier to see the dolphins in the shallower waters of the dry season, than in the swollen river of the wet season. After enjoying an hour or more of dolphin viewing, we travel back to Kratie.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kratie – Countryside tour
  • Kratie – Local productions
  • Kratie – Dolphin watching by boat
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 5
Kratie to Phnom Penh.

Today, we will transfer you to Cambodia capital city of Phnom Penh. We pass through Kampong Cham where we visit the bamboo bridge built across the mighty Mekong River connecting mainland to Koh Pen Island (dry season between Jan-May only). Before reaching Phnom Penh, there is the chance to pause at Skuon, affectionately known as ‘Spiderville’, where it is possible to sample the local delicacy of deep fried tarantula. Have lunch on the road, returning to your Phnom Penh hotel between 3 and 5pm, depending on weather and traffic.

Included Activities
  • Kampong Cham – Spiderville
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This is a full package that allow us to get the most of what the areas can offer and traveling by private vehicle is a key to do so. We can also offer a similar program traveling with public bus for a cheaper price at your budget. Contact us to plan your trip.

Inclusions

Meals

  • 5 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches: one lunch in Preah Rumkel with a local family at the homestay, one take away lunch during kayaking and one lunch in Kratie with a local family.
  • 1 dinner at Preah Rumkel with a local family at the homestay.

Transport

Local transportation by private vehicle, ferry crossing and boat

Accommodation

Accommodation in confirmed room category and named hotels

Included activities

  • Accompanied at all time by experienced English speaking friendly guide
  • All programs according to the description
  • Stung Treng – Preah Rumkel community homestay
  • Stung Treng – Mighty Mekong falls
  • Stung Treng – Kayaking trip through Mekong Flooded forests at O’Svay, including lunch, fruits, beverages, kayak, dry bag, hotel transfer and kayaking guide
  • Kratie – Whole day rural village tours according to the description
  • Kratie – Dolphin watching by boat
  • Kratie – Cycling on Koh Trong

Exclusions

The price of the tour does not include

  • Tour services not detailed in our itinerary
  • Laundry service
  • International taxes and visa fees
  • Early Hotel check-in/ Late check-out
  • The price of the Cambodian visa
  • All additional meals
  • Optional programs not included in the main program
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Health, accident and luggage insurance

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