In the afternoon, take a skiff ride to Binh Thanh Island. Observe villagers weaving baskets and mats from reeds and water hyacinths from the Mekong River, go the local temple, and meet local villagers. Before heading back to the Aqua Mekong, stop by a local fish farm and learn how the locals fish directly underneath their floating homes.
The evening is spent on board the Aqua Mekong. Relax by the pool, try a traditional Khmer massage, or listen to a lecture about Vietnam from an expert guide in the lounge.
After lunch, cruise further down the Mekong to Preah Prosop, where you may walk through stilt house villages, meet local community members, visit a local brick factory, and visit one of the oldest Buddhist temples in the area. You may also choose to explore Preah Prosop by bicycle.
Then, enjoy an urban adventure on two wheel motorized tuk-tuks while taking in this historic city’s most important sites including the 1866 Royal Palace that is still home to the reigning monarch and its Silver Pagoda, the royal compound’s most famous attraction, so called because in 1962 then Prince Sihanouk ordered the floor inlaid with 5,329 genuine silver tiles. Today the pavilion houses many jeweled statues and images, including the 17th century Emerald Buddha, made of Baccarat crystal, and a life size gold Maitreya Buddha adorned with 9,584 diamonds, the largest of which weighs 25 carats.
Just next door, the National Museum of Cambodia houses the world’s largest collection of Khmer art, much of it removed from Angkor Wat to prevent looting. Here we can linger among the linga, representations of the Hindu deity Shiva, and thousands of other artifacts including an imposing 11th century bronze sculpture of a reclining Vishnu that is considered a monumental example of Khmer statuary.
Return to the Aqua Mekong to pack up and disembark.
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