Cambodia Mekong Cycling Tour
Do a loop around Kratie; enjoy the smiles and greetings from all the children in the villages. Shift gears and cycle along the picturesque Mekong River through rural countryside and villages, stopping for hearty meals and refreshing drinks along the way. We spend the first day on the west bank from Prek Prolung to Vatanak. Along the way, we visit Wat, farms, rice noodle production and swim in the Mekong clear water in season. Overnight stay in a local family home who live on the bank of the Mekong River and taste traditional meals. On the second day, we boat a local boat and cruise out into the mighty Mekong for a chance encounter with Irrawaddy dolphins.
“This is a personal touch tour that has been designed especially for you to meet our families at our village. It’s a pleasure and a responsible ethic. The money is shared out amongst our local community. The money goes to a lot of people.
Our goal is that our clients are satisfied with my tour and that they can get an insight into our country and culture. All in all, we hope you will keep Cambodia in good memory!”
2 Days / 1 Night
Day 1: West Bank of the Mekong & Homestay (-/L/D)
We start our day at 8:30 AM by cycling south out of Kratie on the Old River Road towards Te River. Along the way we pass through a Vietnamese and Wat Rokakandal; a unique 400 years old wood carving on the roof of this temple gives you a good photo shot. As we wait for the ferry we can enjoy looking over to a floating village on the Mekong.
Having arrived on the west bank, we will visit attractions such as tobacco building, seasonal crops, Wat; learn how palm sugar is being produced in the season and relax alongside beautiful rice paddies, the perfect opportunity for photos. We might be able to try some delicious, freshly pressed sugar cane juice, A must for those with a sweet tooth.
We spend a lunch break in a local family’s home. As our cycling tour continues further and further through many rural villages, villagers especially kids are friendlier. Great smiles with the greeting word “HELLO! HELLO!” they look to you like famous people or people of the day. There are opportunities to see local productions such as rice whiskey and rice noodles; stop for refreshing drinks along the way; relax and refresh your body with a swim at a secret and beautiful Mekong beaches rewarded by many Mekong green Islands in season (January-May).
In the evening, we will be welcomed in another family who lives on the bank of the Mekong River for an overnight stay and served an evening meal. You will experience true rural Cambodian life by meeting local’s family with a personal touch; taste a portion of traditional Cambodian food, home cooked over a wood fire. The meal will be cooked with local delicious fresh ingredients from the surrounding area, and fruit straight from our orchard. Tonight, you will have an overnight stay in a traditional Cambodian home under a mosquito net at one of the local families who live on the bank of the Mekong River; experience bucket shower like Khmer people.
- Note: During the dry season (January – May), there is an option to relax and cool your body in the fresh and clear water at the famous Kampi Rapid Resort. Please let us know if you are vegetarians.
+ Accommodation: Traditional homestay with a local family in Kreang Village
Day 2: East Bank of the Mekong & Dolphin Watching (B/L/-)
Rise early for sunrise over flooded forests of the mighty Mekong River then enjoy rice noodle soup. After an early breakfast, we take a local ferry across the Mekong River passing through many green Islands to the east bank. Afterwards, we cycle south and stop for a coffee break at Kampi Restaurant with a great view of the Kampi Rapids. There is an opportunity to relax at Kampi Rapids resort in season (SEE OUR NOTE BELOW).
Then we encounter Kampi Pool, 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 or more of dolphin viewing, we explore meditation center of Phnom Sambok, a small mountain that has two peaks, one dull and the other pointed, and has a lush forest filled with birds. A concrete staircase makes the mountaintop accessible. Once at the top, we are rewarded with a beautiful panoramic view of the countryside, especially the Mekong River. We stop for a meal along the way back to Kratie.
Recommended what to bring:
Flashlight, sun hat, sunblock, sunglasses, insect repellent, small towel and swim wear, sturdy walking shoes/sport sandals, shorts, long trousers, shirts/T-shirts, waterproof clothes for wet season May-Oct, camera and film, first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, aspirin, band aids, anti-histamine, imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
- A face mask in the dry season is recommended as some parts of the roads but are quite dusty.
- Travel insurance is strongly recommended
- It can get very hot during the cycling, so be sure to always carry water and appropriate skin protection including sun scream and mosquito spray. You can buy sun scream and mosquito spray in town.
- Itinerary is subject to change: 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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