ALONG THE MEKONG RIVER
Take a boat trip around the islands of Koh Samseb and see how this part of the Mekong is made up of thousands of small islands, secret riverways, and riverbanks with pristine white sand. Stop for a swim, have a picnic and watch fishermen at work. In the late afternoon, return to dry land for overnight with a local family in a local homestay, or, for adventure seekers, pitch a tent and set up camp overnight on a sandy riverbank and enjoy dinner cooked on a campfire.
Koh Han Island is well away from tourist traps, and well worth it. An hour from Stung Treng, Koh Han Island is host to biodiverse forest, wetlands and a myriad of beautiful birds. This sandy island, on the mighty Mekong provides a taste of what rural island Cambodia is all about. Ladies run the show here with more than half of the community-run project headed by women. The community are culturally influenced by Laos, with Laotion the main language on Koh Han. You can day trip, boat trip or stay overnight. Choose Koh Han Island for delicious food and amazing forest and wetland scenery.
OBT Chiro Village Homestay in Kampong Cham province has an environmental and social ethos that speaks louder than words. Located just outside of Kampong Cham, OBT Chiro Village offers a peaceful escape on the edge of the Mekong River. Spend a night in a community homestay, choose a river escape in a bamboo bungalow or savour vegan and vegetarian food at the Bamboo Restaurant. The site also boasts an organic farm, bees, composting and a recycling project! All proceeds go to the Organisation for Basic Training (OBT) who provide free education for youth from Chiro Village.
Koh Trong Island is a peaceful island escape just across the Mekong river from Kratie town. Known locally as the ‘market garden’ of Kratie, Koh Trong Island is home to fruit orchards, friendly locals and a superb, relaxed island vibe. Easily accessible, the island is only a five-minute ferry ride from Kratie town. Stay overnight in a well-equipped homestay or spend the day exploring by bicycle or moto. Picture traditional ox-carts towing farmers and their freshly picked produce along sandy roads lined with tall palm trees. Koh Trong Island is a bite-sized taste of Cambodia – a perfect location to relax and unwind.
Koh Preah is a village situated on a small island in the middle of the Mekong River and is 35km from Stung Treng Town. Koh Preah is an untouched tourist destination. It is rich in natural resources and is an enriching experience to understand Khmer culture and the Cambodia rural way of life; providing insights into local beliefs and cooking skills of the local people.
The trip to Koh Preah by bicycle is an unforgettable travel experience. You will cycle along the local gravel roads following the Mekong River, passing many local families and their rice fields. The stretch of the Mekong to the South of Koh Preah is one of the most beautiful parts of the Mekong River, especially when travelling downstream through the twisting, intertwining channels, painted with small uninhabited islands, undulating sandbanks, rapids and flooded forests.
O’Svay community based ecotourism project consists of five villages ( O’Svay village, O’Run, Koh Phnov, Koh Hib, and Voeun Sien village) and four surrounding islands. O’Svay community is the most popular destination in Stung Treng province both for local Cambodian and international visitors. Borey O’Svay is well known for its preservation of wildlife, including birds, fish and the Irrawaddy Dolphins along the Mekong river, as well as for its forestry preservation at the Ramsar site.
We may be biased, but we reckon that whatever your age, whatever your life experience and whatever the purpose, duration or type of vacation you imagined, sustainable tourism in the Kingdom of Wonder might just change the way you travel forever. With a range of homestays and carefully selected ecotourism sites in beautiful locations throughout Cambodia, there is something for every style and taste.
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