Overview

5 Days River Cruise on Tonle Sap and Mekong from siem reap – Phnom Penh for Downstream is the very best of rural Cambodia with vivid green landscapes, ancient temples and real Cambodian village life. This cruise provides an insight into some still widely unknown regions of this amazing country.

Departure 2022 
Month Date
July  09, 16, 23, 30
August 06, 13, 20, 27 
September 03, 10, 17, 24 
October 01, 08, 15, 22, 29  
November 05, 12, 19, 26 
December 03, 10, 17, 24, 31
Departure 2023
Month Date
January  07, 14, 21, 28
February  11, 25
March  11, 18, 25
April  01, 08, 15, 22
May  
June  24
Jully  08, 15, 22, 29
August  05, 12, 19, 26
September  02, 09, 16, 23, 30
October  07, 14, 21, 28
November 04, 11, 18, 25
December  02, 09, 16, 23, 30
Departure 2024
Month Date
January  06, 13, 20, 27
February  03, 10, 17, 24
March 02, 09, 16, 23 
April 06, 13 , 20
May  
June  22
Jully  06, 13, 20, 27
August  03, 10, 17, 24, 31
September  07, 14, 21, 28
October 05, 12, 19, 26
November 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
December  07, 14, 21, 28

Itinerary

Day 1 : Cruise Check in and Explore Tonle Sap Lake, B, L, D
Option 1 : High Water Period ( High water period is approx. rom mid-August to mid-November )
We greet our guests in the morning at our welcome lounge in Siem Reap. Kick back with a second coffee this morning before we depart on a short bus ride to the pier. With a last glance back, we bid farewell to the iconic sights of Angkor and travel a short distance to the shore of Tonle Lake. A local boat brings you to the vessel and your luxurious “home” for the next several days. When moving into your staterooms, your first inclination may be to step on your balcony to watch the ship set sail on its fascinating lake crossing. As you have lunch, the vessel gently glides over Tonle Lake. You can feel fortunate about this occasion, as generally this shallow lake can only be crossed during high water season, which is approximately from August to mid-November. In fact, the Tonle Sap (Sap means Lake in the Cambodian language) varies from 2,500 sqkm (965 sqmi) in size and 160 km (99 mi) in length during the dry season to an astonishing area of 16,000 sqkm (6,000 sqmi) and length of 250 km (160 mi) in the wet season. Not only is it the livelihood to the three million people who fish and farm along its banks, but this rich ecosystem and UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserve is also home to over 100 avian and 300 species of fish. Let your soul float and your eyes wander while the boat makes its way across. It is often stated that “nautical air” makes you hungry, so you are cordially invited to our afternoon tea. Get to know other travelers while enjoying some tasty treats. The rest of this cruising afternoon is fully yours to relax on your private balcony or be pampered by our therapists at the Apsara Spa. Before dinner, our expert guide holds a presentation about the geography of the Mekong River and Tonle Lake along with the unique attributes of the area. If you are in the mood for some evening entertainment, there is a cinema in the lounge showcasing classic movies and interesting documentaries on a nightly basis.
Day 1 : Explore from Siem Reap to Kampong Cham and Cruise Check In, B, L ,D
Option 2 : Low Water Period ( High water period is approx. rom mid-August to mid-November )
We greet our guests in the morning at our welcome lounge in Siem Reap. With a last glance back, we bid farewell to the iconic sights of Angkor and travel southeast over land to the town of Kampong Cham, where the ship awaits us (approximately 4.5 hrs transfer time including rest stop) To keep you entertained during the ride, our expert  guides share interesting insights about Cambodia and the region we journey through. Kampong Cham is an important trade and transportation hub. The highway connecting the town and the capital of Phnom Penh is among the best maintained in Cambodia, and the country’s first bridge across the Mekong (Kizuna Bridge) was built here in 2001. When moving into your staterooms upon boarding, your first inclination might be to step on your balcony to watch the ship set sail for a southbound journey on the mighty Mekong. This afternoon you learn more about the education of the young Cambodian generation. Children from the small village of Chiro come on board, always excited to show their skills in music and dance. 
The Organization for Basic Training (OBT) provides a free, supplemental education in English, math, and the arts to these local youths. Shower the young performers with applause and in return, you are bestowed upon with the most genuine and happy Cambodian smiles. With smiles on our faces, we prepare to leave the ship for a bus excursion to a nearby spectacle only present during the Mekong’s low water season. The Koh Paen Bamboo Bridge connects the mainland with Koh Paen Island and is re-built by the local community every November when water levels drop, then is swept away by the rainy season’s rushing waters in June. We continue our land journey to the enchanting pre- Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey (7th century).
Formerly built to honor the Hindu god, Hirahara, the complex is now a Buddhist temple, a testament to the country’s past and present religious beliefs. This small complex sits on a hilltop with breath-taking views over the Mekong. Many young, novice monks live on the compound of Wat Hanchey, and we have the chance to observe a bit of their daily lives: eating simple meals, praying, studying, or hanging out and making conversation while in their saffron-coloured robes. Back on board you have some downtime before dinner. 
If you are feeling restless from all the excitement during your first day on the Mekong River, there is a cinema in the lounge showcasing classic movies and interesting documentaries on a nightly basis.
Day 2 : Excursion Kampong Chhnang and Kampong Tralach, B, L, D
Option 1 : High Water Period ( High water period is approx. rom mid-August to mid-November )
Wake up early to witness the spectacular scenery at the break of dawn. To make the experience complete, join our daily morning Tai Chi class. Afterwards, a rich breakfast buffet awaits, or if you prefer, we can serve breakfast directly to your room.
We now are at Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s “water world”, where everything is balanced on sticks in water-rich soil. It is perhaps the most fascinating cruising spot in Cambodia. We take a local boat to the shore and hop on a mini bus to reach a quite unique, nearby rural village. As we explore the village on foot our guide reveals the village’s specialties – Khmer style pottery and the process of making of palm sugar from the Cambodian “skor t’not” palm tree. We drive back to the shore where our local boat starts an exploration of nearby floating villages and the surrounding wetlands. Although we are still in the heartland of Cambodia, the residents of these floating villages are actually of Vietnamese descent who were expelled by the Khmer Rouge and soon returned after the ruling party was overthrown in 1979. No longer having land to settle on, they have since lived “on the water”. Back on board and with lunch ready in the restaurant, the vessel continues cruising languidly along the Tonle River towards Kampong Tralach. This part of the Tonle River is quite interesting to watch from the terrace as the river at certain points is very, very narrow. A monks’ blessing ceremony delivers spirits and wishes for health and prosperity for all of us whilst the boat glides through leafy swaths of this jungle-like landscape. We reach Kampong Tralach, where laughing children wave enthusiastically at our arrival. We are in the middle of Cambodia’s countryside where – surprise – traditional ox carts are still a common means of transportation. Our ox-powered vehicle takes us on a journey along the riverside and through back roads lined with rice-paddy fields until we arrive at a tiny village. Beginning a few short years ago, local children have had the opportunity to receive an education here. The “Green School” is a local project supported by Cruise in this remote area to support the underprivileged youth. The students, who are dressed in green shirts, are always happy to meet us every week as the principal gives an introduction and updates us on the current situation of the school. After this outing, we sail downstream, passing the confluence of the Tonle and Mekong Rivers and making our way to the vessel’s overnight spot.
Day 2 : Excursion Angkor Ban and Koh Oknha Tey, B, L, D
Option 2 : Low Water Period ( High water period is approx. rom mid-August to mid-November )
Wake up early to witness the spectacular scenery at the break of dawn. To make the experience complete, join our daily morning Tai Chi class. Afterwards, a rich breakfast buffet awaits, or if you prefer, we can serve breakfast directly to your room.
Today, the small village of Angkor Ban is our first destination. The village is famous for its unspoiled community and beautiful, traditional houses. It feels like being transported back a hundred years, into an era unaffected by modernity where villagers are characterized by their unbridled warmth. Back on board, a monks’ blessing ceremony delivers spirits and wishes for health and prosperity for us all.
While we sail downstream, afternoon tea is offered at the bar. Our staff is keen to show you a variety of traditional Khmer fashion the local people still wear on special occasions. Conversely, the ubiquitous Cambodian scarf, the Krama, is a garment worn by people of all ages and walks of life. This multifunctional attire is worn not just around the neck, but also as a bandanna, facemask, belt, swimwear, and even as a hammock to carry children. Meanwhile we arrive at the island of Koh Oknha Tey. This spot in the middle of the Mekong owes its fame to manufacturing high-class silk products. We go sightseeing along the island’s roads a bit via tuk tuk before arriving at the village’s workshops and witnessing the curious process of making silk, starting from a tiny silkworm larva to cocoon, then dyeing, spinning and weaving the fibres into high-quality Cambodian silk. After some additional cruising time, we pass the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Rivers, and the boat anchors near Kampong Chhnang for the night
Day 3 : Explore Phnom Hanchey and Silk Farm, B, L, D
Option 1 : High Water Period ( High water period is approx. rom mid-August to mid-November )
After a sumptuous breakfast, we learn more about the education of the young Cambodian generation. Children from the small village of Chiro come on board, always excited to show their skills in music and dance. The Organization for Basic. Training (OBT) provides a free, supplemental education in English, maths, and the arts to these local youths. Shower the young performers with applause and in return, you are bestowed upon with the most genuine and happy Cambodian smiles. With smiles on our faces, we prepare to leave the ship for the enchanting pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey (7th century). Formerly built to honor the Hindu god, Hirahara, the complex is now a Buddhist temple, a testament to the country’s past and present religious beliefs. This small complex sits on a hilltop with breath-taking views over the Mekong. Many young, novice monks live on the compound of Wat Hanchey, and we have the chance to observe a bit of their daily lives: eating simple meals, praying, studying, or hanging out and making conversation while in their saffron colored robes.
While we sail downstream, lunch is served and afterwards our staff is keen to show you a variety of traditional Khmer fashion the local people still wear on special occasions. Conversely, the ubiquitous Cambodian scarf, the Krama, is a garment worn by people of all ages and walks of life.
This multi-functional attire is worn not just around the neck, but also as a bandanna, facemask, belt, swimwear, and even as a hammock to carry children. Meanwhile we arrive at the island of Koh Oknha Tey. This spot in the middle of the Mekong owes its fame to manufacturing high-class silk products. We go sightseeing along the island’s roads a bit via tuk tuk before arriving at the village’s workshops and witnessing the curious process of making silk, starting from a tiny silkworm larva to cocoon, then dyeing, spinning and weaving the fibres into high-quality Cambodian silk.
After some additional cruising time, the boat arrives and docks at the pier of Phnom Penh. Feel free to go out and explore by yourself after dinner. Stroll along the river promenade and watch the locals chitchatting, selling odds and ends or have a drink in one of the numerous bars.
Day 3 : Explore Authentic Khmer Village, B, L, D
Option 2 : Low Water Period ( High water period is approx. rom mid-August to mid-November ) 
After a sumptuous breakfast, we are now at Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s “water world”, where everything is balanced on sticks in water-rich soil. It is perhaps the most fascinating cruising spot in Cambodia. We take a local boat to the shore and hop on a mini bus to reach a quite unique, nearby rural village. As we explore the village on foot our guide reveals the village’s specialties – Khmer style pottery and the process of making of palm sugar from the Cambodian “skor t’not” palm tree.
We drive back to the shore where our local boat starts an exploration of nearby floating villages and the surrounding wetlands. Although we are still in the heartland of Cambodia, the residents of these floating villages are actually of Vietnamese descent who were expelled by the Khmer Rouge and soon returned after the ruling party was overthrown in 1979. No longer having land to settle on, they have since lived “on the water”.
Back on board and with lunch ready in the restaurant, the vessel continues cruising languidly along the Tonle River towards Kampong Tralach. This part of the Tonle River is quite interesting to watch from the terrace as the river at certain points is very, very narrow. The boat glides through leafy swaths of this jungle-like landscape. We reach Kampong Tralach, where laughing children wave enthusiastically at our arrival.
We are in the middle of Cambodia’s countryside where – surprise – traditional ox carts are still a common means of transportation. Our ox-powered vehicle takes us on a journey along the riverside and through back roads lined with rice-paddy fields until we arrive at a tiny village. Beginning a few short years ago, local children have had the chance to receive an education here. The “Green School” is a local project supported by Cruise in this remote area to support the underprivileged youth. The students, who are dressed in green shirts, are always happy to meet us every week as the principal gives an introduction and updates us on the current situation of the school.
After some additional cruising time back aboard, the boat arrives and docks at the pier of Phnom Penh. Feel free to go out and explore by yourself after dinner.
Stroll along the river promenade and watch the locals chit-chatting, selling odds and ends or have a drink in one of the numerous bars
Day 4 : Explore Capital City Of Cambodia, B, L, D
Welcome to Phnom Penh - the city once named Paris of the East. Despite its rapid development, it has retained its rustic charm and elegance. It is an amazing town with centuries of incredible history and culture which can still be felt at many street corners. We start with a full sight-seeing tour right after breakfast. By bus, we visit the Killing Fields outside the city and afterwards the centrally located prison “S21”.
Both historic sites display a sad chapter of the country’s history when the Khmer Rouge ruled Cambodia with terror and oppression. Those places have not changed much since this horrific time back in the early seventies and it can be quite heart-breaking. Alternatively, you may explore the city on your own in the morning before re-joining the group. We have a lunch at a well renowned restaurant in town and experience the elegant air Phnom Penh’s top addresses are known for. Our exploration of Phnom Penh continues with the cultural highlights of the city’s heritage. The golden edifice of the Royal Palace with its Silver Pagoda and the exceptional Khmer crafts at the National Museum top the list of the city’s must-sees. The day trip ends with a “cyclo” ride along the bustling streets of downtown Phnom Penh and back to the ship.
Take some rest or join fellow passengers at the bar for refreshing drinks. Today’s evening is a special one: let us invite you to a wonderful open air gala featuring a barbecue dinner feast. The dinner is accompanied by a classic Apsara dance performance along with other folklore dances.
As the evening unwinds, enjoy your supper with a good glass of wine and marvel at the skyline of Phnom Penh and the calming flow of the Tonle River.
Day 5 : Cruise Check Out and Departure, B 
Enjoy your last breakfast aboard your floating home before disembarking the ship this morning. We hope that you liked this fascinating river cruise along the Might Mekong and the Tonle River in the heart of Cambodia. Please take along with you enchanting memoirs and friendship and share the stories of this amazing river. Cruise and our crew wishes you a wonderful onward journey and we looking forward to see you back on board with us.
Note : B = Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = Dinner
  • Cruise Inclusions
Accommodation; daily (group) shore-excursions & entrance fees; sightseeing and transfers during the cruise; transfers from/to Cruise’s meeting point to/from the ship, English speaking tour guiding on-and offshore; entertainment/activities during the cruise as mentioned in the program; meals as mentioned in the program; welcome drink, brewed coffee, tea and mineral water; complimentary beverage package; passenger liability insurance; internet on the ship (subject to cellular network signal); complimentary usage of ship facilities (exclusive of spa treatments); river pilots; fuel; taxes.
  • Cruise Exclusions
Crew and guide gratuities; visa fees; private transfers; personal expenses; other beverages than those stated under inclusions; medical services; spa treatments; port and anchorage fees; all other services or items not listed under inclusions.
  • Term & Condition
For new bookings, a deposit of only 250 USD per person is made upon confirmation. Balance payment is due 120 days prior to departure. 
  • Less Charges
  • There is minimal risk for you to make a new booking. Paid amounts, if any, will be applied as credit for a future booking. In addition, charges have been reduced (versus regular Terms & Conditions) :
  • Prior to 75 day of departure date: 250 USD (credited towards future booking)
  • 74 – 59 days prior to departure date: 50%
  • within 40 days to departure date: 100%

Terms & Conditions

Payment & Deposit for Booking Tours & Holiday Packages
  • Deposit : A deposit of 30% of total value by credit card is required upon confirmation of your booking. Once deposit of your booking has been made, it is agreed that you have read, understood and accepted all our Terms and Conditions.
  • Remained balance : The remained balance of the tour value (70%) will be paid on 14 days before travel date.
Cancellations & Refunds for Booking Tours & Holiday Packages
We would deeply regret your decision to cancel your trip to Cambodia, however we realize that there are many valid reasons that this can happen.
In the event of cancellation, the cancellation fee will be applied as below:
All airline tickets are non‐refundable and require instant payment. In case customers cancel advanced arrangements more than 30 days prior to departure: The total deposit paid to us (30% or US$ 400 per person) will be charged to cover flights, hotel booking and other administrative fees. The remaining money will applied to your other tours and services with us during one year (365 days) from the date the deposit was received. When this time period is over, the amount is forfeited.
  • To confirm the booking with us, a 30% deposit is required. If you cancel the tour less then 60 days, 10% will be refundable.
  • 59 to 30 days before trip commencement: 40% of the total trip cost
  • From 30 to 20 days before trip commencement: 50% of the total trip cost
  • 19 days before the commencement of the journey or no show: 100% of the total trip cost
Policy for Children
  • Child from 1 - 4 years old : Free of charge if sharing bed with parents
  • Child from 5 - 6 years old : charge 30% of adult price if sharing bed with parents
  • Child from 7 - 9 years old : charge 50% of adult price if using extra bed/mattress in parent‘s room
  • Child from 10 years old up : pay as adult rate
Your satisfaction is our first priority. If there's a problem with your booking, please contact us and state your reasons for the refund request and we will try our best to assist you.

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