5 days: Stung Treng - Mekong Waterfalls - Flooded Forests - Dolphins Trail - Kratie - Silk Islands - Phnom Penh
Note: Departure from either Phnom Penh, Siem Reap or Laos (Don Det) possible.
Explore some of the most remote areas of the Mekong River, including trekking through old growth forests to an awe-inspiring Mekong drop from a rocky ledge, camping on a sandy island and waking to the sound of dolphins, kayaking through the amazing flooded forests of the Mekong Wetlands and the remote dolphins trail where you can see the rare Mekong Freshwater Dolphins, cycling through the Silk Islands and cruising through the Four Rivers and into Phnom Penh on a 2-deck cruise boat as you enjoy a BBQ dinner and drinks.
Highlights: Mekong Falls, Dolphins, Flooded Forests, River Scenery, Silk Islands
Activities: Mekong Waterfalls Trekking, Island Camping, Flooded Forests Kayaking, Dolphins Trail Kayaking, Silk Islands Cycling and Dinner Cruise
Day 1 Depart Phnom Penh (or Siem Reap) by private car directly to Stung Treng (stopping for lunch en route). In the afternoon, we will kayak across the Sekong River and visit an ethnic Lao village where bamboo sticky rice is made. Afterwards, we will kayak down the Sekong, enjoying a superb view of sunset over the rivers.
Day 2 Travel north by car and then by boat to a remote site on the Mekong where we will disembark and begin trekking through hills and pristine old growth forests. After a couple of hours of trekking, we will emerge from the thick jungle to a wide rocky expanse where the Mekong drops in a spectacular waterfall over a rocky ledge. After listening to the roar of the powerful river and exploring the numerous drops, we will board a boat and continue to a small island where we will set up camp on a sandy beach and enjoy dinner around a campfire.
Day 3 Awake to the sounds of birds and rare freshwater dolphins surfacing around the island. Begin a full-day kayaking trip down river through the remote flooded forests of Cambodia's amazing Ramsar Wetlands. A boat will provide backup. Many varieties of birds live in these forests. Picnic lunch en route provided. Return to Stung Treng accommodations in the evening.
Day 4 Depart Stung Treng by mountain bike along a scenic river route, passing through quiet villages and watching local river life and fishing. After 25 km, board kayaks for a 2-3 hour paddle on the Mekong in an area of numerous sandy islands and rare Mekong River Dolphins. End the kayaking at a deep dolphin pool where we will have a picnic lunch. After lunch, transfer by car to Kratie. Cycling: 25 km.
Day 5 Transfer by car to the Mekong River south of Kompong Cham and board a ferry boat to cross to the Silk Islands. Enjoy a picnic and swim at a sandy beach on the tip of the northern-most island and make numerous excursions on the islands including visits to an island pagoda, local silk weaving communities, farms, villages and schools as we cycle across two islands. From the quiet east bank of the Mekong, we will board a two-deck cruise boat for a comfortable journey to Phnom Penh, enjoying great views of river life, fishing practices, a floating village, the four rivers region and the city. Watch the sunset over the river while enjoying a BBQ dinner and drinks on board before arriving at Phnom Penh. Cycling: 20 km.
All equipment (kayaks, dry bags, bicycles).
Not Inclusive of: Insurance.
Note: $20/person surcharge for departures from Siem Reap.
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