- 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake up early to witness the spectacular scenery at the break of dawn. To make the experience complete, join the daily morning Tai Chi class. Afterward, a rich breakfast buffet awaits, or if you prefer, breakfast can be served directly to your room.
After a sumptuous breakfast, you are now at Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia's “water world," where everything is balanced on sticks in water-rich soil. It is perhaps the most fascinating cruising spot in Cambodia. Take a local boat to the shore and hop on a minibus to reach a unique, nearby rural village. As you explore the village on foot, the guide reveals the village’s specialties – Khmer-style pottery and the process of making palm sugar from the Cambodian palm tree, called “Skor t'not."
Drive back to the shore, where the local boat starts an exploration of nearby floating villages and the surrounding wetlands. Although you are still in the heartland of Cambodia, the residents of these floating villages are actually of Vietnamese descent.
Back on board, have your lunch ready in the restaurant. The ship will continue cruising languidly along the Tonle River towards Kampong Tralach. This part of the Tonle River is quite interesting to watch from the terrace, as the river at certain points is very narrow.
Back on board, a monks’ blessing ceremony delivers spirits and wishes for health and prosperity for all guests. You will reach Kampong Tralach, where laughing children wave enthusiastically at our arrival.
You are in the middle of Cambodia’s countryside, where traditional ox carts are still a common means of transportation. The ox-powered vehicle takes you along the riverside and through back roads lined with rice paddy fields until you arrive at a tiny village. Beginning a few short years ago, local children have had the chance to receive an education here. The “Green School” is a local project supported by Heritage Line in this remote area to support underprivileged youth. The students, who are wearing green shirts, are always happy to meet all visitors every week as the principal gives an introduction and updates on the current situation of the school.
After some additional cruising time, you will pass the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle rivers. The boat will anchor near Kampong Chhnang for the night.