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.
In the evening, enjoy a performance by renowned Cambodian apsara dancers who continue an ancient tradition venerated on the walls of Angkor Wat.
Later in the day, continue exploring Khmer riverside life in the floating village of Kampong Chhnang. Archaeological findings link this now sleepy area as far back as the Dvaravati kingdom, dating to the 6th through 11th centuries when Kampong Chhnang was an important coastal stop on the trade route linking China and India. More recently, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen was born in this province. Colorful shrines with gilded Buddhas, villagers sporting conical hats more often associated with Vietnam, and simple houses on bamboo stilts are among today’s striking sights along the waterfront.
In the afternoon, sail to Moat Khla, a beautiful village that is accessible only by water. The ship company has arranged for guests to attend a blessing ceremony conducted at Moat Khla's Buddhist temple.
Return to the Aqua Mekong to pack up and disembark for the road journey back to Siem Reap.
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