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The best rural life tour package to visit the remote Mekong Stung Treng and Kratie for the real explorer who want 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 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.
Destinations: Siem Reap – Stung Treng – Kratie – Kampong Cham – Phnom Penh.
$621/adult – $100/child. Min 2 adults. (Private group NOT including accommodation)
$725/person – $350/child. Min 2 adults. (Private group including listed accommodation)
Discount 20% with a team >= 4 passengers
Larger group special discounts and pricing on request.
Prices effective for all bookings from 1st January 2023 onwards
Siem Reap / Phnom Penh.
[Guided Tour] We pick you up from your Siem Reap hotel at 8.30 AM and hit the road to the greater Mekong region. Along the way, we stop for a short visit to UNESCO’s World Heritage Site of Koh Ker Temple. Lunch break at Preah Vihear town before traveling to Preah Rumkel. 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.
+ O/N: Homestay at Preah Rumkel Community (1nt)
+ Included meal: Dinner.
Homestay: Wooden bungalow with nice river view overlooking to Lao; bathroom is outside and shared; mattress with attached mosquito net with a fan; experience bucket shower like Khmer people, hot water can be arranged upon request. Alternatively, we can put you in at guesthouse with private bathroom, A/C, hot shower (but the water come out slow for shower)
[Guided Tour] 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.
+ O/N: in Stung Treng (1nt).
+ Included meal: Breakfast & Lunch.
[Guided Tour] 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 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.
+ O/N: in Kratie (2nts)
[Guided Tour] 8:30 AM, Today, you will meet your English-speaking guide and learn about local lifestyles of the Kratie. Our visit includes a walk through the central Market of Kratie where you will see the local trades and see some of the old colonial building which remain from the French colony. Visit Wat Rokakandal which has a unique wooden carving about 400 years of age. And opportunities to learn about local productions including mushroom farm, rice wish key making, brick factory, bamboo sticky rice and rice noodle production. Lunch break at Kampi.
The highlight of our day is a visit to 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.
+ O/N: in Kratie
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.
Itinerary is subject to change.
This itinerary is written based on our tour research expeditions. It should be read 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, Adventure Travel Cambodia’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.
Travel insurance is strongly recommended.
This trip involves a long day of driving in Cambodia roads can also be rough and bumpy, and delays are sometimes unavoidable. A dash of patience will go a long way toward your enjoyment of this beautiful country!
Malaria’s risk is present throughout the country, including urban areas, except city of Phnom Penh. There is low risk of malaria transmission at Angkor Wat and in the city centre of Siem Reap. So, I advise you to take anti-malaria medication in every part we go. https://www.iamat.org/country/cambodia/risk/malaria
Money: The American dollars are accepted everywhere in Cambodia and even you can withdraw your money from ATM. It could be in US dollar or local currency (Riel). So, you don’t have change from US dollar to local currency.
*All torn or old note of US dollar bills or coin are not acceptable in Cambodia.
HOTELS USED IN THIS TOUR PACKAGE:
Four River Hotel
Le Tonle Guest House / Sorya Guesthouse