Cambodia

4-day Bird Watching River Journey

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: 4 Days

tour highlights

  • Enjoy lunch with locals at a floating village
  • Cruise on a paddle boat to discover unique village activities
  • Admire the birds of Cambodia's jungle
  • Take a memorable ride on a Bamboo Train
  • View an incredible sunset over scenic plains

tour details

Exploring life along Cambodia’s rivers is a unique experience, with its pleasing scenery of pretty villages and lush rice paddies. We’ll travel across Tonle Sap Lake to a floating village where you’ll enjoy a luch of fresh fish caught by villagers. We’ll then head out by paddle boat to explore community activities such as crocodile farming, spirit houses and floating schools. After an evening at a home stay in the village, you’ll enjoy a morning of bird watching after sunrise. We’ll then travel past unspoiled landscapes along Sangker River to Battambang. Here, you’ll discover beautiful colonial architecture, visit a Khmer ancient house and take a ride on the unique Bamboo Train. Finally, we’ll Drive to Phnom Banon, and enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding plains until sunset.

Drive to a fishing village at Tonle Sap Lake near Siem Reap, board a private boat and travel for 1 to 1.5 hours across the lake and its flooded forest. On the way, the Osmose guide will explain you about the ecosystem and habitats of the local flora and fauna.
Arrive in the floating village and have a typical fresh fish lunch cooked by villagers.
Visit the floating village on a paddle boat tour organized by the community.
Discover different aspects of the village activities: crocodile farming, fish raising, fishing operation preparation, traditional medicine, boat shops, spirit houses, floating schools, etc.
Break at the home stay to enjoy daily life in a floating village. Watch sunset on the lake and have dinner cooked by villagers.
Early morning viewing of birds after sunrise followed by breakfast.
Travel by boat towards Battambang and stop at Cheur Khmao Pagoda "Black Wood Pagoda". Enjoy the unspoiled landscapes and traditional daily-life scenes along Sangker river.
Picnic lunch on board during the navigation.
Arrive at Battambang port and transfer to hotel for check-in. Walk through the town to discover its beautiful colonial architecture.
Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.
Breakfast at home stay
Lunch Picnic on board of the boat
Dinner at local restaurant
Breakfast at hotel.
Drive along the picturesque Sangker River to Wat Slaket Pagoda, the residence of the provincial Buddhist patriarch. Visit a Khmer Ancient House and make a stop to see the production of rice paper used for making spring rolls. Continue to visit Wat Ek Phnom. Visit a market where Prahoc, the Cambodian fish paste, is made.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Enjoy Battambang's truly unique form of local transportation and take a ride on the Bamboo Train through the picturesque countryside.
Drive to Phnom Banon, with its five sandstone towers on top of a hill and enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding plains until sunset.
Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel.
Visit Phare Ponleu Selpak, this centre supports around 30 orphans and trafficking victims and is schooling more than 1,200 pupils, over 400 of who study visual arts, music, circus, drama and dance for leisure or vocational training.
Depart for a scenic drive from Battambang to Phnom Penh (290 km, 4-5 hours drive). Along the way, visit the stone carving in Pursat.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Continue to the pottery village in Kompong Chhnang, see the pottery manufactories, visit a fish market and stop also at the silversmith village.
Arrive in Phnom Penh and transfer to hotel or Phnom Penh International Airport for departure flight to the next destination.

includes

  • Accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner
  • Transfers and tours with local English guides (guides in other languages are on request and may be subject to supplements) in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees, boat fees and / or cyclo fees as mentioned in the programme
  • Bottled water and cold towels available on the vehicles

excludes

  • Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
  • International airfare to / from Cambodia (quoted separately, if requested)
  • Optional tours
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • Visa fees
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme

notes

Ideally a tour to the Tonle Sap Lake is only done during the high-water-level months of July to possibly mid of February. When the water is low boats may get stuck and also the distances to the floating villages increase.
    Tour code: REPDSMW2

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