Rural Mekong river homestay – Koh Preah – 2 Days 2 Nights

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The 2 day/2night Rural Mekong river homestay, Koh Preah is a cultural immersion into island life. Koh Preah is an un-touched island paradise, and with two days/two nights you are sure to get a taste for this picturesque landscape. Add a Mekong river boat trip to spot Irrawaddy Dolphins in their natural habitiat or just enjoy what the island has to offer.

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The 2day/2night Rural Mekong river homestay, Koh Preah offers a chance to experience local village life in a naturally beautiful location. Watch glorious sunsets shine golden light on the western shore, wander through
the village, admire the local pagoda, drink coffee at the Khmer-style store or just simply relax on the island – the experience is yours to create.
The Rural Mekong river homestay, Koh Preah includes a two night stay in traditional Khmer house with bedding, mosquito net, solar powered electricity and five meals. With plenty of time, add a boat trip on the Mekong
or tour the island, lead by a local tour guide (Khmer speaking only – $5).
Funds from your stay go directly to local families hosting you and support conservation of the critically endangered Irrawaddy Dolphin.

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Self-arranged transport to Koh Preah ferry terminal, specify your approximate time of arrival upon booking and Koh Preah tourism manager Say Lom will arrange for your pick up by moto dop ($1.25) from here.
  • Meet with your homestay hosts
  • The afternoon and evening is yours to explore the island or relax at your homestay

Day 2

  • Breakfast at your homestay
  • Choose to add-on a Mekong river boat trip and spot rare Irrawaddy Dolphins in their natural habitat and float through a stunning flooded forest waterscape
  • Home-cooked lunch at your homestay
  • Swim, rest or explore the island
  • Spend the night in your family homestay – eat another delicious home-cooked meal

Day 3

  • Breakfast at your homestay
  • Motodop transport (USD $1.25) back to Koh Preah ferry terminal

Getting there

From Stung Treng
Access to The Koh Preah Homestay is by small ferry (1000 riel/0.25c one way) located an hours drive from Stung Treng. Turn off National Road 7 at Red Mountant Road (GPS 13.388662,106.0820398) and the ferry dock is another 20 minutes from here. From Stung Treng a direct tuk-tuk costs $20 and takes about one hour to reach the ferry (GPS 13.3017992,105.9136956).
Alternatively, hop on a bus to Kratie (arranged with your guest house) and ask to be dropped at the intersection at Mountant Road and National Road 7 for the Koh Preah ferry.
From the ferry drop off on the island, a pre-arranged motodop ($1.25 USD) takes about 5 minutes to reach the other side of the island and to where the homestays are.

Easy, but pricey
For $80, a private boat can be arranged to pick you up directly from Stung Treng. Boats fit a maximum 20 people and take1-2hours.

From Kratie
Your best option, get on a local bus to Stung Treng ($5-$10) and ask to be dropped at the intersection at Mountant Road and National Road 7. From here hail a tuk-tuk or motodop to take you to Koh Preah ferry. Otherwise head further until you reach Aur Pour Moan, a well frequented bus station where all buses coming from Stung Treng and Ratanakiri stop. Here you are
a sure to find a tuk-tuk or motodop that can get you to the ferry.

Departure
Motodops ($2.50 USD) can be arranged from the islands ferry north to Aur Pour Moan. From here hop on a bus west to Stung Treng, East to Ratnaakiri or retrace your steps south to Kratie. Buses shouldn’t cost more than $5-$7.

Southern Boats
Direct from Koh Preah, private boats can be arrange to head south on the Mekong – although pricey. Boats from Koh Preah to Sambour (close to The Koh Pdao Homestay) take 3 and half hours and cost $100 for four people.

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