As we were there during the less busy/rainy season, it was just us and another couple on this cruise - but that truly did make it all the better. The staff aboard the cruise ship are welcoming and friendly, and their only concern is ensuring you have a comfortable experience. The food was delicious and fresh, truly a great mix of Khmer and American with the bbq meat and spring rolls. Excellent drink selection as well. You spend about half an hour cruising south on the Mekong, allowing for some beautiful views of the river, but also the city and surrounding areas. The Silk Island tour was another incredible experience in itself. Our guide was such a pleasure to get to know as he showed us all the island had to offer, from the large, magnificent fish found in the Mekong, to other exotic animals kept in the sanctuary, and then the silk-making process itself. He truly brings to light the incredibly delicate work done to make the exports of silk scarfs, pants, wallets, and other accessories. From learning and viewing the worms in the various stages, all the way to the cocoons used to extract the silk, you are immersed in this incredible world and are able to view the hard working women and men behind such beautiful creations. You even get some hands on experience spinning the silk, which we all found to be quite fun and a little nerve wracking no one wants to mess up on that in front of others, right?. But all in all, it was a beautiful morning and afternoon spent getting to know such friendly locals, and it was a true blessing to be in their world, if only for a short time. I would recommend this to anyone looking to spend a relaxing time floating along the river, but who is also wanting to learn more about modern day Cambodia and the people helping to propel their country back into prosperity. Thank you so much for sharing your day and time with us - we will never forget it!
There were only 3 of us on the cruise on that trip which allowed us to have the whole boat to ourselves . I had the impression that we would be served seafood but what came was BBQ chicken and pork. Nevertheless, food tasted good. Staff were very friendly and helpful. This 3.5 hour trip was a good duration, not too long on the whole. I would bring my young kids next time and they'd be thrilled to see Mekong River with calves bathing along the river and also live silkworms. The guide at the Silk Village was very informative too. Thank you Cambodian Cruise.
The lunch was fantastic and the guide was very nice and she made it a point to explain properly to us even though her language is limited. The silk Island was a good place to learn how traditional silk items are handmade and the villagers are very nice people. An enjoyable educational tour.
We had a super time - it was our first full day in Phnom Penh and we wanted an excursion but nothing too strenuous as we settled into the new time zone, etc. The hotel pickup was on time in a tuk-tuk! and the boat was clean spacious with a great upper deck. Not too crowded, great crew who were very attentive. The trip was about an hour long to Silk Island, where we disembarked onto more tuk-tuks, which we rode to the entrance of the Silk Island property. Learning about how silk is made was really interesting - so much work goes into creating the beautiful cloth they weave on the property! Of course you have a chance to buy some of their work which makes a nice story to go along with the souvenir. Tuk-tuks back to the boat, where we were served a very delicious buffet lunch on our return cruise. I thought this was a great value and a great way to see a part of Cambodia that was out of the city. Not to mention that a cruise on the river was a nice breezy way to enjoy a very hot day.
A fantastic tour.
After a slight mix up with departure times this was easily rectified and we were collected from our hotel on time. The staff were very attentive and nothing too much trouble. The food was exceptional on board. Tour guide very knowledgeable.
All in all a top class tour. Thank you
This was a well organized trip and the staff were all very accommodating . Our server, Pin, spoke English quite well and answered all our questions. The island guide was very thorough with his history and knowledge of silk cloth. His presentation was a little lengthy for me due to standing so long in the humid heat. Overall, I do recommend the cruise.
I had an absolutely LOVELY time with this tour! From the moment I arrived on the boat, I was greeted with lovely and friendly smiles from the young ladies, Pin and Lin. It was only myself and one other passenger for the entire trip, however, Pin, and Lin were wonderful with making sure that we were taken care of and enjoying ourselves with a nice refreshing welcome drink. Very gracious and super sweet hosts!
The cruise was on a beautiful day and the boat is quite comfortable with an over hang to shield you from the blazing sun. The ride was smooth, peaceful and enjoyable and I learned quite a bit about Cambodian fishing life along the way. The lunch was very good and tasty and was a great way to enjoy the scenery as we ate and chatted.
A tuk-tuk met us once we arrived on the island and took us around the Silk Farm and Pin and Lin were great in explaining the history of the island and answered any questions about the island and it's inhabitants. They were fun and quite knowledgeable. From there, we were met by a young man who was our guide for the Silk Island. He was funny, entertaining and gave us great insight into how the silk is produced by the silk worms, the step by step process which was fascinating! He took us around to the silk weavers and watched them at work and let me say, these ladies work HARD and are so incredibly talented! Talk about both an art and skill simultaneously, watching them create beautiful silk articles. the little shop that houses their finisihed products was a field day of color and texture. I had to buy several scarves and other items because everyting was just so beautifully done!
We spent a bit of the time down by the river, and then returned via tuk-tuk to the boat where we had a relaxing trip back with snacks and drinks. Pin and Lin were still as attentive at the end as they were at the beginning and we had an overall great time together. I actually was thankful that there were only two passengers which made it all the more special with Pin and Lin as our hosts.
What a fun day and would highly recommend Cambo Cruises and this tour!
I enjoyed the free flow lunch on board the cruise. As i went during the low season, i have the whole cruise to myself. Amazing river scenery and helpful staff to explain the way of life along the Mekong river. I also enjoyed the short stay at Silk Island, learning the origin of the village, way of life, silk production and amazing silk products being offered at the local shop.