Tuesday, December 28, 2010

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Cruising from Phnom Penh – Kôh Chen - Oudong - Visiting villages on the banks of river - Kampong Tralach – Kampong Chnang - Chnok Trou – over Tonle Sap Lake - Siem Reap

Day 1 - Phnom Penh – Kôh Chen / Oudong

Day 2 – Kampong Tralach – Kampong Chnang

Day 3 – Chnok Trou – Siem Reap

Day 1: Phnom Penh – Kôh Chen / Oudong (L, D)
12:00 Toum Tiou II is open for embarking. We will have some instruction for security on board. Our Lunch will be served lunch on boat on the way to Kôh Chen (Chinese Island).

15:00 Arrival to Kôh Chen, We will visit this small village of whose inhabitants specialize in silver and copper smiting. They make ornamental items, including delicately engraved tropical fruits, used in traditional ceremonies at the pagoda or for marriages.

Then we will explore the distant hills of Cambodia's old capital, Oudong, and its royal stupas can be seen a few kilometers away from the ferry. At the top of the hill, the ruins of Anthareu temple.

18:00 We will re-embark the Toum Tiou II. And we will leave Kôh Chen for Kampong Tralach. Then our cruise will drop anchor close to village.

19:30 We will enjoy our welcome drink and info meeting about cruise, crew introduction. After that we will have our welcome dinner. Tonight we will stay overnight on boat.

Day 2: Kampong Tralach – Kampong Chnang (B, L, D)
07:30 Our breakfast will be served during navigation, we then departure for Kampong Tralach to visit its wonderful Vihara belonging to Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. To get to it, we cross Kampong Tralach Krom village along a small road perpendicular to the river, crossing some gorgeous stretches of emerald rice paddy as we leave the river behind.

The Vihara dates back to early last century. It was probably built on an older site, as indicated by the latérite foundations, and is home to some outstanding mural paintings. These, however, are starting to suffer from weathering. They remain one of the last survivors of cultural destruction that continues unabated due to widespread indifference.

Standing by itself in the middle of rice fields, it is a modest pagoda that receives very few visitors. Its isolation may well be its undoing, as was the case for Wat Tani Pagoda in the province of Kampot.

10:30 We will re-embark the Toum Tiou II. And our Lunch on boat on the way to Kampong Chnang.

14:30 Arrival at Kampong Chnang. We will visit the village and its environment. Located some 90 kilometers from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonlé Sap. Fish farming is also widely practiced in the area. The area is famous for its pottery ware, unchanged in style for centuries, which is produced in sufficient quantities to supply the entire country. And not to be overlooked are the products of the Thnot tree (sugar palm – a real national symbol) that abounds in the area: a mellow tasting, caramel-colored sugar sold in large cakes and palm wine.

18:00 we will re-embark the boat, Toum Tiou II leaves Kanpong Chnang, the going on the direction the Tonle Sap Lake. Toum Tiou II will drop anchor for overnight at the entrance of the Grand Lake Tonle Sap.
19:00 We will have dinner and overnight on boat.

Day 3: Chnok Trou – Siem Reap (B, L)
07:00 Our breakfast will be served during navigation.
08:00 We will transfer to local boats to visit Chnoc Tru
Low water (January – June) program
For visiting Chnoc Tru

Almost totally overlooked by tourists because of its remoteness and difficult access, the village is completely self-sufficient. A floating school, factories to make ice for fish preservation, church, pagoda, service stations, pigsty, stores, boat or television repair shops, video club, karaoke bar, police station... everything is on the water. All trades are represented and everybody from children to grandparents goes by boat through the network of canals that cross this little town.
0:30 we are back to the Toum Tiou II and have our lunch on boat.

13:30 We will departure with charter speedboat for our passengers to cross the Tonle Sap Lake.
* Towards the end of March, it is impossible to visit Floating village.

17:30 We will arrive to Phnom Krom, pier of Siem Reap, and then we will transfer to city.

18:00 Arrival to FCC Hotel, the final destination point of our trip.

* Note: At the end of the low water period, (around late March to June) the water level may not allow anymore speedboats to cross the lake. In this case, passengers will be transferred by our convenience from/to Siem Reap by land or river way. (5-6 hours).

* Including Services:
- Full board accommodation, including meals, coffee, tea & drinking water
- French or English speaking guide
- Visits mentions in the programs
- Entrance fees and permits
- Transportation from departure port to arrival port

* Excluding Services:
- Personal travel insurance
- Tours and Meals other than those mentioned in the programs
- Transfer from/to airport and hotel
- Personal expenses
- Tips and gratuities


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