Mekong River Fishing Tour
Explore the remote and wild Mekong River in a fishing adventure that will bring you to the water where the big fish like Giant catfish and stingray lurk. The Mekong River is home to over 450 different species of fish from giant 300kg Catfish to Rays. Spend two full days fishing by boat and camping in a remote and high biodiverse region of the Mekong and its wetlands. Observe wildlife birds and Mekong softshell turtles in season. This package is a perfect introduction to the great game fishing that Cambodia has to offer. The tour is including the pickup and drop-off between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
4 Days / 3 Nights
Day 1: Phnom Penh to Stung Treng by private transfer.
Our driver will pick you up from your hotel at 8:00 am. Then the day starts with a transfer to Stung Treng (stopping for lunch in Kratie), having arrived at Stung Treng, our expert friendly fishing guide will welcome you at your arrival at the hotel. Overnight at an excellent riverside hotel.
+ Accommodation: Hotel in Stung Treng
Day 2: Fishing Near Koh Preah. (B/L/D)
Early this morning we transfer you to Sre Krosang before a sort boat journey to Koh Preah for a full day fishing for Mekong Catfish and other species. The reservoir’s Giant catfish population is big, and numerous catches by our clients have been well over the 5 kg mark, the biggest catches being weighted on certified scales at 250 kg. We will also follow local fishermen, join their fishing style, and learn their unique catfish catching technic. Later in the afternoon, take a walk, looking around for the best place for Mekong softshell turtles and searching for bird’s nesting sites. We will spend the rest of the day fishing for the giant catfish. During nesting season (October-February), a night excursion to see the nesting of the giant turtles is optional and arranged locally.
+ Accommodation: camp on a sandy beach (Option: Preah Rumkel Community Homestay during monsoon season)
Day 3: Fishing Around Koh Samseb. (B/L/-)
We will awake to the sounds of nature surrounding and enjoy the beautiful sunrise over the Mekong River. Having breakfast and observe the local fisherman around the area. Afterward, we take the boat down to the Koh Samseb area where we will fish most of the day over a 20 kilometer stretch of the river where, with some patience, it is possible to catch some very large fish. This is a part of the river known for numerous fish species that are found nowhere else and prized for their quality and size. Then, we cross over to dock at Koh Khne commune and get transferred to 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. Kratie to check into a comfortable hotel for the night.
+ Accommodation: Hotel in Kratie
Day 4: Private Transfer back to Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. (B/-/-)
After morning breakfast, it is time to make your return journey back to Phnom Penh or Siem Reap, you can choose. Travel south, back through the old river port of Chhlong, home to some of the best examples of French colonial architecture in the country. Have lunch at stops on the road, returning to your Phnom Penh/Siem Reap hotel between 2 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.
- Sun hat, sunblock, sunglasses
- Insect repellent
- Towel and swimwear
- Toiletries (biodegradable)
- Sturdy walking shoes/sport sandals
- Long trousers
- Warm clothes for Nov-Feb. Hat, gloves, fleece, windproof/waterproof jacket Waterproof clothes for wet season May-Oct. Umbrella or waterproof jacket
- Cover for backpack or plastic bags to keep clothes dry
- Clothes for temples – long pants or sarongs
- Camera and film
- Reading/writing material
- 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)
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