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Tour Overview

This 5-day Mekong adventure tour is specially designed for explorers who want to get away from crowded attractions. Our itinerary departs from Siem Reap and takes you to the most pristine flooded forests in the Mekong region to see the spectacular Sopheakmet Waterfall; canoe in the Ramsar Wetlands area while enjoying the delightful birdsong; spend the night with a traditional Khmer family; cycle in the countryside and immerse yourself in the lush green nature; witness the rare Irrawaddy dolphins...

Highlights of this tour:

  • Paddle through the Flooded Forests of the Ramsar Wetlands area to immerse in the endless tranquility and the occasional melodious bird song.
  • Cycle on the beautiful Koh Trong Island to enjoy lush green trees and bamboo forests.
  • Hop on a local boat into the raging Mekong River to witness the rare Irrawaddy dolphins.
  • Experience the Khmer culture in depth through an overnight stay at a traditional Mekong Riverfront homestay.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel at 7:00 a.m. Set off on a remote but new road to the Mekong region, with plenty of opportunities to photograph nature along the way. Upon arrival at the Preah Rumkel Ecotourism Base, you will be greeted by local leaders. Take a break.

    In the evening during the dry season, your guide will take you on a boat trip to visit the spectacular Sopheakmit Waterfall; while during the rainy season, we must hike 3.5km through forests and roads to finally reach the site. If time permits, we will explore Hang Khone by boat, the southernmost site in Laos, consisting of 4,000 islands. Don't forget to capture the stunning sunset views here. Tonight, you will be accommodated in a traditional homestay on the bank of the Mekong River. You will have the opportunity to experience an interesting bucket shower.

    Meal: Lunch & Dinner

    Accommodation: Wooden Bungalow / Sovann Entertaining Resort

    Cambodia Sopheakmit Waterfall
    Sopheakmit Waterfall

  2. After breakfast, take a boat ride to the O'Svay Eco-Tourism Site, where you will paddle through the Ramsar Wetlands area, a haven for endangered animals, fish, and birds. The sight of rivers flooding forests has inspired countless photographers. You will spend a few hours here at leisure, enjoying the endless tranquility and the occasional melodious bird song. At the end of the day, stay overnight at a local hotel.

    Cambodia Mekong OSvay Ecotourism Site
    O'Svay Eco-Tourism Site

    During the dry season (December to April), you have the option of camping for a night in Ramsa Forests, visiting a wide variety of birds, and taking a boat to explore O'Talas. We can even arrange a freshwater stingray catch for you if you are interested.

    Meal: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Steung Treng

  3. After breakfast at a local restaurant famous for its Lao cuisine, travel along National Highway 7 to Kratie, stopping on the way to visit the famous 100-Column Pagoda, built in memory of the daughter of Chann Reachea (the pagoda's builder) who was killed by a Mekong crocodile.

    Cambodia 100-Column Pagoda
    100-Column Pagoda

    Afterwards, check in at the hotel in Kratie town. Later in the evening, take a local ferry across the Mekong River to Koh Trong, a beautiful island full of lush teak trees, where you will ride 9 km to enjoy the lush green trees and bamboo forests. At sunset, take a boat back to Kratie town.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Kratie

  4. This morning we will step into the lives of the Kratie people and learn about their daily habits. Your guide will first take you to a local traditional coffee shop. Here you will get a glimpse of the differences in the lifestyles of men and women - most men often hang out at the café, while women work or shop at the market.

    Afterwards, walk through the central market to visit the French colonial architecture. Then head to Wat Roka Kandal, the oldest preserved pagoda in Cambodia built in the late 18th century. The morning tour ends with an introduction to the production process of local mushrooms and bricks.

    In the late afternoon, hop on a local boat into the raging Mekong River to witness Irrawaddy dolphins. They are fairly rare freshwater dolphins, with only 15-20 of them making their home on the beautiful stretch of the Mekong River. After enjoying an hour of dolphin watching, return to Kratie for a rest.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Kratie

    Cambodia Irrawaddy Dolphins
    Hop on a local boat to witness Irrawaddy dolphins

  5. After breakfast, head to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Along the way, we will stop at Kampong Cham to visit the Bamboo Bridge, which spans about 1km across the Mekong River and connects the island of Koh Pen to the west bank of Kampong Cham on the mainland. Made entirely of bamboo, it is strong and wide enough to carry a small car. Continue to Skuon, a town famous for its tarantula hunting and eating, where you will have the opportunity to taste a unique fried tarantula dish (if you are "brave" enough to try it). We will arrive in Phnom Penh around 3-5 PM.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

    Skuon Fried Tarantula
    Fried Tarantula

Price Includes

  • Private vehicles with good air conditions;
  • Excellent English-speaking guides & experienced drivers;
  • Hotels & meals mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets to the scenic spots as mentioned;
  • Cycling, kayaking tours;
  • Boat trips;
  • Bottled water on the vehicle.

Price Excludes

  • International flights to & off Phnom Penh;
  • Meals not mentioned throughout the itinerary;
  • Any optional activities & any items not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Early Hotel check-in/ Late check-out;
  • Personal expenses (such as telephone, drinks);
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.

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