Mekong Discovery

Along the great River

A truly unique tour to see and experience the life along the mighty Mekong river, including visits to the stunning jungle temple of Beng Mealea, the ruins of Koh Ker and the marvelous and breathtaking temple of Preah Vihear along the way. Here, our customers have the chance to really see and discover vast parts of northern and central Cambodia on roads less travelled, it’s diversity and great, friendly people.

All transport it by moto (driving yourself) aside from the transport up the Preah Vihear hill and the last day between Kompong Thom and Siem Reap (will be by pick-up/bus, due to construction)

Day1:

Leave Siem Reap at 7:30 am on countryside roads and trails towards Beng Mealea temple. After visit and lunch, continue to the former ancient capital of Koh Ker with it’s impressive 7-tier pyramid tower, the giant linga statues and the magnificent elephant temple, to spend the rest of the afternoon exploring.

Total distance 135 km, driving time 5-6 hours. Note: Koh Ker Treks cultural walk is not included due to time limits.

Accommodation in Koh Ker. It is a basic but clean guesthouse with no AC.

Day 2:

Leave Koh Ker in the morning to Preah Vihear temple, resting on an impressive cliff, overlooking vast parts of Cambodia and Thailand. After spending a few hours there, head to the small town of Saem for accommodation.

Total distance 160 km, driving time 6-7 hours

Accommodation in Saem. Good guesthouse with A/C.

 Day 3:

Driving from Saem to Preah Rumkel on the Laos border. Visit the mighty Mekong falls of Sopheap Mitt in the afternoon (water levels too low for boat – will go by moto). Here, one can enjoy the peace of this small commune, take a walk along the river and try to spot one of the rare Irrawady river dolphins. Total distance 145 km, driving time 6 hours.

Accommodation in Preah Rumkel. Note: the homestay is very basic. It is basically a big room with 10 mattresses on the floor (including mosquito nets ) in a wooden house and 1 toilet and tiny bathroom. This is the only place available to sleep in the entire area. As well is there no 24 hour electricity available (no fans throughout the night). No A/C.

 Day 4:

Wake up in the morning and enjoy the glorious views over the Mekong and Cambodia’s northern neighbor, Laos. Activities in the morning, either a boat tour on the Mekong or kayaking, depending on availability (we will do the opposite activity in Stung Treng in the afternoon). Late morning driving to the small town of Stung Treng, settled on the shores of the Mekong and Sekong rivers. After lunch, afternoon activity, if time allows, also a boat trip to the world famous Ramsar wetlands, a heaven for birdwatchers.

Total distance: 60km, driving time 1,5-2 hours

Accomodation in Stung Treng. Good guesthouse with A/C

Day 5:

Today driving from Stung Treng to Kratie. After a visit of the Pagoda of the 100 Columns on the way, we will take a very scenic road along the shores of the Mekong

Total distance 155 km, driving time 5-6 hours

Accommodation in Kratie. Good guesthouse with AC in town. This is also the first place on the tour where you will be able to do laundry if necessary.

Day 6:

In the morning, we visit Kampi Pool to watch the rare Irrawady Dolphin on a boat tour. There is only an estimated number between 60 – 80 of those magnificent animals left in the wild, and Kampi Pool has the highest numbers in the world. On the way back the tour stops at Phnom Sampos, a small and colourfull monastery on a hill on the banks of the Mekong. After lunch, we take the ferry to Koh Trong island located in the middle of the Mekong in front of Kratie town, to visit a floating village and to enjoy the tranquility of the island. Here, you can simply immerse yourself in island culture, take a swim near a sandy beach in the river,…

Total driving around 45 km.

Accommodation in Kratie.

Day 7:

After breakfast, leave Kratie and ride on the shores of the Mekong for about 65 km, before taking the ferry over the river. From there it is another 95 km to the town of Kampong Thom, where we will load the motos and you will return by pick-up/bus. For safety reasons, we are not driving the last 145 km to Siem Reap on the bikes, as traffic is unsafe on National Road 6.

Return to Siem Reap early evening. Total distance 160 km, driving time 6 hours ( plus 3-4 hours busride from Kampong Thom to Siem Reap ).

 

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All Included

  • guide, moto, fuel, helmet
  • all drinking water, soft drinks, snacks (alcoholic drinks not included)
  • entrance fees to Beng Mealea, Koh Ker, Preah Vihear
  • external transport for Preah Vihear (we are not allowed to drive up ourselves, as it is a very dangerous road)
  • all activities (walks, boat tours, ferries, boat ride to the dolphins, kayaking, etc.), 6 x breakfast, 6x dinner, 7x lunch
  • 6 nights accommodation, as outlined above
  • raincoats
  • repairs
  • return transport from Kampong Thom to Siem Reap
  • pick up and drop off at your hotel.

 

Not included:

  • laundry, and anything not expressly included above

This tour is not running between August 01st – October 31st due to weather conditions and not available between December 24 th – January 10th

Price: $995 per Person / $835 per Person for bookings of 2 or more

 

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