Mekong Biological Experiences


Phnom Penh – Kratie – Stung Treng – Phnom Penh

6 days / 5 nights

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Tour Snapshot

Explore the mighty Mekong with biological Experiences at its most beautiful part as well as sample rural life and visit the fresh water Irrawaddy dolphins. This a unique experience you can get and remote area you will ever visit. Journey between sleepy town of Kratie and the remote Stung Treng outpost; you will learn about rural life with a personal touch. Along the way we bike along the Mekong through rural villages and learn about Cambodian life; survey the mighty waterfalls that thwarted the grand designs of French imperialists, view dolphins by boat and kayak through flooded forests of Ramsa Wetlands. A chance for a short visit to Laos (Part of 4000 islands Don Khorn).

Highlights

  • Learn about the history and culture of the region from our experienced English speaking friendly guide
  • Watch Irrawaddy river dolphins by boat
  • Cycle on beautiful Mekong Island of Koh Trong
  • Explore Mekong River and its mighty falls
  • Kayak through flooded forests of Ramsa Wetlands
  • Dive into Khmer culture with a homestay
  • Bike through countryside and rural villages that have hardly changed in 500 years
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Itinerary

Each tour begins with Evening briefing. At 4pm we will meet at your hotel in Phnom Penh 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
Phnom Penh to Kratie.

8:00am-8:30am hotel pick-up time depending on location. Your friendly English speaking and knowlegable guide greets you with a traditional Khmer welcome. We hit the road to the bustling provincial city of Kompong Cham. En route, 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. We arrive in Kompong Cham and enjoy a local lunch in Kompong Cham. Our road journey continues on the eastern bank of the Mekong River towards Kratie for overnight.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kampong Cham – Spiderville
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Day 2
Kratie Rural Lifestyle & Dolphin Watching.

After breakfast, 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. 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 3
Cycling on Koh Trong. Kratie to Preah Rumkel.

In the morning, we take a local ferry across the Mekong River to Koh Trong, a beautiful island of market garden and famous sweet grape-fruits. We cycle 9 km around the island where we will observed the bats(will be interesting for Gilbert). We will see farm of famous grapefruit and other seasonal fruit and vegetable; as well as floating village. After lunch break in Kratie, we journey to Cambodia-Lao border of Vouen Kam (Anlong Morokot) where we continue by local boat to Preah Rumkel Community, one of the most remotes eco-tourism frontier community. 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
  • Kratie – Countryside tour
  • Kratie – Cycling on Koh Trong
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
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Day 4
Mighty Mekong Falls and Hang Khone.

After breakfast prepared by the family we stay with, we journey with community boat up the rapid to 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. In the afternoon, 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. No need Laos VISA, we will have an afternoon visit to the famous 400 Islands of Don Det and Don Khone.

Accommodation
  • Homestay (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Stung Treng – Might Mekong Falls
  • Stung Treng – Hang Khone
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5
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
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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 6
Stung Treng to Phnom Penh or Siem Reap.

Before leaving behind the remote Stung Treng, we might visit Stung Treng Women’s Development Center (open Monday to Friday). STWC or Mekong Blue is where the project focuses on developing life skills that assist in breaking the cycle of poverty and illiteracy for vulnerable people, especially women in their region. You will learn about Cambodian silk weaving and their production, which allows not only preservation but also cultivation of the hundred-year old tradition of silk-weaving. At the end you can shop for souvenirs. We can either drip you in Phnom Penh or Siem Rea for your next destinatoion.

Included Activities
  • Stung Treng – Mekong blue
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

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. Cambodian Pride Tours works with the local people; we can change parts of the tour due to weather terrain conditions depending on the season and customer requests.

Inclusions

Meals

  • 5 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches: one lunch in Kratie with a local family, one lunch in Preah Rumkel with a local family at the homestay and one take away lunch during kayaking.
  • 2 dinners: two 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
  • Arrival airport transfer, only if you arrive with the rest of the group
  • Kratie – Whole day rural village tours according to the description
  • Kratie – Dolphin watching by boat
  • 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

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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