Summary : Enjoy an introduction to the Mekong River in true style on this three-night Mekong River Discovery cruise, roundtrip from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Set off from the modern marvels and colonial charms of Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital, visit a silversmith village known for its fine craftsmanship, head into the lush countryside in the Tonle Sap channel, and return in Phnom Penh for an optional city visit.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Triple/Quad Cabins
$2,835 to $4,200
Passengers are welcome over custom sundowners like the Salted Watermelon Crush with Thai basil. Celebrate the onward journey towards the heart of this mighty river with a Khmer Apsara performance, an indigenous tradition memorialized on the temple walls at Angkor Wat.
This morning, visit Koh Chen, a silversmith village known for its fine craftsmanship. Keep an eye out for their famous silver bowls, regularly chosen by Cambodia's king as gifts for visiting dignitaries. Cruise across the glassy water and disembark among the lotuses for an ox-cart ride along the Tonle Sap riverbanks, past lacquered wooden houses where during these dry months residents take refuge in the relative cool of these outdoor impromptu living rooms.
In the cooler hours, head into the lush countryside to visit traditional potters and palm-sugar producers, astride mountain bikes or chauffeured by shaded tuk-tuk. Pedal into the rice paddies to watch wizened masters scale sky-piercing palms towering over us. Come afternoon, cruise past fertile fields of green beans flourishing among the charms of the Tonle Sap channel, relax amidst the air conditioning of the top deck lounge while expert guides lead an insightful discussion of Mekong life.
Discover the Cambodian capital by motorized tuk-tuk, the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum of Cambodia, home to the world’s largest collection of Khmer art. For those who wish, visit the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide and the Killing Field or shopping at Russian Market. Disembark.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to weather conditions—and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.
2018-19 Low Season: 5/1/2018-7/27/2018; 5/3/2019-7/30/2019
2018-19 High Season: 1/2/2018-4/30/2018; 7/28/2018-12/28/2018; 1/1/2019-5/2/2019; 7/31/2019-12/28/2019
Group transfers to/from vessel and the meeting points in Phnom Penh; cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; beverages (non-alcoholic, premium wine, and beer); shore excursions; laundry service; bike use; entrance fees en route; wireless internet. Subject to change without notice.
Air transportation; passport and visa fees; private transfers; travel insurance; items of a personal nature; boutique purchases; spa treatments; guide and crew gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.