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, enjoy a full day kayaking downstream through flooded forests and stop the dolphins at Kampi.
- Cycle along the picturesque Mekong River
- See the countryside and rural villages
- Friendly, knowledgeable English-speaking guide
- Learn history, culture, and threats to the region
- Kayaking to see Irrawaddy river dolphins
- Experience local productions and seasonal farms
- Dive into Khmer culture with a homestay
- Duration: 2 days / 1 night
- Pickup location:
Pick-up from any centrally located hotels in Kratie.
- Pickup time: 8.30 AM
- Drop off location:
Drop-off at any centrally located hotels in Kratie.
- Drop off time: 1.30 – 3.30 PM following day
- Trip code: CMTK2
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 lunch break in a local family’s home. As our cycling tour continue further and further through many rural villages, villagers especially kids are friendlier. Great smiles with 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 whisky and rice noodle; 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.
- Cycling distance: 30 km
+ Overnight Homestay in Kreang Village
Day 2: Dolphin watching by kayak and local productions. (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 the east bank before we start our kayaking tour starts from Sandan where we will paddle across the river towards the west bank of the Mekong, then downstream through sand islands and the flooded forest, before crossing back and enjoying the unique perspective of seeing the rare Irrawaddy dolphins from your kayak. This is the best way to observe these rare mammals at their natural habitat as we don’t disturb them with the noise of motor boat or anything. We can make some stop for swimming and of course photograph.
** The dry bag will be supplied so you can bring you phone and camera.
Lunch break at Kampi before we continue our cycling to down south to traditional rice noodle making at Sambok. Then, visit walking top of Sambok Mountain for a view on the countryside. Before, we reach Kratie we visit one of the brick factory and maybe rice wishkey production. Back to Kratie town around 4:30 pm.
- Kayaking distance: 8 km
- Cycling distance: 16 km
Important Note: 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. However changes may occur without prior notice. This is due to various seasonal changes and the personality of the guide that will be escorting you on the trip.
2 lunches, 1 dinner, and 1 breakfast, Bike cycle, Kayak fees, All programs according to the description, Private boat to view the dolphins, Ferry crossing and entrance fees related to the itinerary, Homestay
TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Your accommodation before and after the trip, additional food and drink, any personal expenses, personal travel insurance, tips for guides & driver, any other items not mentioned.
Package Cost (Per Person in USD)
*Children (5 – 11 yrs) 50% charge of the adult (12 yrs+) and need to be accompanied by at least one adult.
Dress standard: Dress respectfully for visiting in the local community. Trousers/skirt or knee length shorts and shirt/t-shirt that covers your shoulders are appropriate. Comfortable shoes or sandals suitable for walking are also recommended.
What to bring: Small backpack for 2 days, torch or flashlight, mosquito repellent, sun cream, hate and clothes.