Cruises - Phnom Penh - Kratié
“Mekong”, this name rings like a call for adventure; spreading all over Cambodia this river is an integral part of the Khmer identity and requires minimum one trip.
Between the rainy and the dry seasons its course varies by a dozen meters, landscapes change constantly as well as the lifestyle of the people living on its banks.
From August to November the Mekong is at its highest level, big and strong, swollen with the monsoon waters, thick with alluvia, it is chocolate-coloured and carries whole tree trunks in its mad race towards the China Sea.
From November onwards, after the Water festival, it starts to drop in level and the Tonle Sap Lake then releases its waters which go back into the Mekong right in the middle of Phnom Penh.
The Mekong subsides then and as the dry season advances, it becomes clearer, lowers on a daily basis and uncovers its banks where farmers plant various vegetables.
Huge sand banks and islets are set free from the water where it is great fun to stroll and swim. At the very end of the dry season, the river is completely clear and flows between its seasonal islands.
Forget about cruises on the Nile, the Niger, and other Danube rivers... The mythical Mekong river, the « Mother of All Waters » now stretches her many arms towards you.
For more than 30 years, it has been banned, forgotten, because taken hostage by wars. Its ochre silt-filled waters, its never-ending vast open spaces, its magical colours, its rapids, its fresh water dolphins, its old sleepy colonial villages... are now offering themselves to you.
Follow the tracks of Francis Garnier and his Mekong Exploration Mission, we re-open for you the old « Compagnie des Messageries Fluviales » !
Two Khmer boats are at your disposal, the first one has three cabins where 6/7 people can sleep plus some more can « camp » on the upper deck, the second one has only one cabin and also allows extra camping on the deck.
The cruise towards Kratie takes three days and two nights, it is brightened up by many visits on the way. It is perfect to discover Cambodia in families, with friends or …for a romantic holiday!
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