- 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Before the sun peeks over the horizon, the cruiser sets sail towards Kampong Tralach on the Tonle River. This part of the Tonle River is quite interesting to watch from the terrace, as the river at some points is very narrow. The boat glides through leafy swaths of this jungle-like landscape.
Upon reaching Kampong Tralach, you can see laughing children waving enthusiastically at your arrival, and traditional ox carts are still a common means of transportation. Your ox-powered vehicle takes you on a journey along the riverside and through back roads lined with rice paddy fields until you arrive at a tiny village.
While sailing upstream, enjoy your lunch, and afterward, the crew will display a variety of traditional Khmer fashions the locals wear on special occasions. Conversely, the Cambodian scarf, the Krama, is worn by people of all ages and walks of life.
Later in the day, the ship cruises along the narrow Tonle River towards a fascinating cruising spot in Cambodia, Kampong Chhnang, which means “water world," where everything is balanced on sticks in water-rich soil. Take a local boat to the shore and hop on a minibus to reach a nearby, unique rural village to explore local specialties, Khmer-style pottery, and the process of making palm sugar from the Cambodian Skor t’not palm tree.
Drive back to the shore, where the local boat starts an exploration of nearby floating villages. Although you are in the heartland of Cambodia, the residents of these floating villages are actually of Vietnamese descent. Once you are back on board, relax until dinner is served and take in the beautiful countryside and its gentle evening sounds.