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5-Day Mekong Explorer

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The best rural life tour package to visit the remote Mekong Stung Treng and Kratie for the real explorer who wants 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 an 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.

Destination: Siem Reap – Stung Treng – Kratie – Phnom Penh (*Can be done in reversed)

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5 Days / 4 Nights

Day 1: Siem Reap to Preah Rumkel. (-/L/D)
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 nature. Having arrived at Preah Rumkel in the afternoon, you will be welcomed by the 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 the 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 a 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 a mosquito net at one of the local family who lives on the bank of the Mekong River; experience bucket shower like Khmer people.
+ Accommodation: homestay/guesthouse at Preah Rumkel

Day 2: Kayaking Through Mekong Flooded Forests. (B/L/-)
After breakfast at homestay, it’s time to say goodbye 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 continues 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 in Stung Treng

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. (B/-/-)
This morning we will take you to a local restaurant that is famous for Laos breakfast. Afterward, 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 softshell turtles. The project looks after baby turtles until they become big enough to protect themselves from big fish, snacks, 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 in Kratie

Day 4: Kratie Rural Lifestyle & Dolphin Watching. (B/-/-)
Today, we learn about local lifestyles of the Kratie as well as their local productions and witness the one of the most endangered wildlife that habitat upriver at Kampi.  We start with a visit to a traditional cafe shop near the market. This is where you will learn about the lifestyle of Khmer men and women in which most men hang out at the cafe while women are working or doing shopping at the market nearby.  Next, walk through the central Market of Kratie where you will see the local trades and see some of the old colonial building which remains from the French colony. Visit Wat Rokakandal which has a very unique wooden carving about 300 years of age. Afterward, we learn about local productions including a mushroom farm, rice wish key making, and brick factory.
Get back to town for lunch break and rest from the hit at your hotel for 1-2 hours.
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 guaranteed, 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 in Kratie

Day 5: Kratie to Phnom Penh. (B/-/-)
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 the 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 the deep fried tarantula. Have lunch on the road, returning to your Phnom Penh hotel between 3 and 5 pm, depending on weather and traffic.

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.

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Road Preah Sihanouk, Krokor Village, Sangkat Krokor, Krong Kracheh, Kratie, Cambodia, 10109
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5-Day Mekong Explorer
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5-Day Mekong Explorer
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Deluxe $1,438 $753 $631 $530

(In peak season surcharges may apply during peak periods surrounding the public holidays of Christmas and New Year - these surcharges will be confirmed at the time of booking)

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Preah Rumkel

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Stung Treng

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Kratie

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Oudom Sambath Hotel / Le Tonle Guest House / Heng Heng Guest House Ly Cheu Hotel / Luck Life Word Hotel / Mekong Dolphin Hotel / River Dolphin Hotel
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