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6-Day Magical Mekong River Life Adventure

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6-Day adventure to explore rural life in the magical Mekong river at its most beautiful and high biodiversity part from Phnom Penh to Kratie & Stung Treng. 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).

Destinations: Phnom Penh – Kampong Cham – Kratie – Stung Treng

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6 Days / 5 Nights

Day 1: Phnom Penh to Kratie. (B/-/-)
8:00am-8:30 am hotel pick-up time depending on location. Your friendly English speaking and knowledgeable guide greet 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 the deep-fried tarantula. We arrive in Kompong Cham and enjoy a local lunch in Kompong Cham. During the dry season (Jan-May), we can visit the bamboo bridge built across the mighty Mekong River connecting the mainland to Koh Pen Island. Our road journey continues on the eastern side along the Mekong passing through rural villages, farms, fishing spots, pagodas, and beautiful sceneries. There is a lot of chance to photograph. We then reach Kratie and check in a comfortable hotel for the night.

  • Accommodation: Hotel in Kratie

Day 2: Kratie 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 that has been in business since October 1988 and not spoilt by tourism. This is where you will learn about the lifestyle of Khmer men and women in which mostly 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 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 in Kratie

Day 3: Cycling on Koh Trong. Kratie to Preah Rumkel. (B/-/D)
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 observe the bats (will be interesting for Gilbert). We will see a farm of famous grapefruit and other seasonal fruit and vegetable; as well as the floating village. After a 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 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 or Guesthouse with A/C room and private bathroom depending on the package you choose

Day 4: Mighty Mekong Falls & Hang Khone. (B/L/D)
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 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. 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.
+ Accommodation: Homestay or Guesthouse with A/C room and private bathroom depending on the package you choose

Day 5: Kayaking Through Mekong Flooded Forests. (B/L/-)
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 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 6: Stung Treng to Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. (B/-/-)
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 the cultivation of the hundred-year-old tradition of silk-weaving. In the end, you can shop for souvenirs. We can either drip you in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap for your next destination.

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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6-Day Magical Mekong River Life Adventure
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6-Day Magical Mekong River Life Adventure

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Package/Cost 1apx 2 pax 3 pax 4+ pax
Standard 1,649 835 684 589
Deluxe 1,774 915 767 651

 
(These package costs are not accepted for a long weekend, king birthday, Christmas, New Year, and Khmer New Year. Surcharges may apply, you will be confirmed at the time of booking)

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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
Preah Rumkel
(02 nights) 
Homestay in traditional wooden house Guesthouse with A/C room and private bathroom
Stung Treng
(01 night) 
Golden River Hotel / Ly Heng Guest House Four River Hotel / Angkor Meas Hotel
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