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This half day tour is a nice break from the city and a good way to see some of the countryside. I was picked up from the hotel right at the time that the local tour operator had told me. The guide (Daro) was excellent and very informative and offered different local snacks. The village and silk weaving were interesting and travelling by ferry and then a boat cruise were also great experiences.
This was the way to see to see Phnom Penh and the guide was excellent
Excellent, fun and informative tour. Travelling by tuk tuk on a dirt road was certainly an experience but a great way to see the local countryside. Silk weaving was very interesting and you can actually have a go at it yourself. Lovely sunset coming back by boat. Our tour guide Tien was delightful with a great sense of humour so all in all a lovely day.
A nice trip outside Phnom Penh. It was interesting to see how they live in the country side. It was very dirty but interesting. Visiting the silk factory was also educating.
Tour was relaxing.We enjoyed the trip to the village,the silk manufacturing unit and the hospitality.Must see.
Interesting insight to the lifestyle of the country people around Phnom Penh. Silk island shop a neat place.
My husband an I enjoyed this 1/2 day trip very much. We had a good guide who met us at the hotel and spoke good English. We were the only ones with the guide so we got to stay as long or as short as we wished at the various places he took us. Being a teacher, I particulary liked the visit to the school on the island where I went into the classroom and did a few English lessons with the local children. On the cruise back once again we were on the boat on our own. It was really peaceful and relaxing. Very enjoyable
Overall, the trip was a nice glimpse of life over on Silk Island. I'm an expat living here and went with a visitor on my first trip to the island. The guide was professional, the drivers were safe and the silk farm and temple were interesting. The real disappointment in the trip was the boat ride. I was under the impression that this would be a "sunset" cruise (one of my personal favorite things to do in PP and one of reasons why I was willing to pay so much to book the trip. In fact the boat operator merely sped across the Mekong far from the settlement of fishing villages and very, very close to the noisy sand mining operators-- close enough that the dog on the mining platform barked at the boat! She (female operator was a nice touch and unusual for Cambodia) went so fast that I was unable to point out some significant sights on the riverside. As a result we were delivered to the final boat doc about an hour before the scheduled arrival time- no sunset and an hour to kill before we could muster an appetite for dinner. Of course our tuk tuks had not arrived yet because we were so early, so the guide was kind enough to pay our fare back since we didn't want to wait. Overall a fun time, but the last part was a real downer for the price of the tour.
Interesting tour, great guide, not enough time on the river
The tour started out a little rough. The contact numbers I was supposed to call when I arrived at my hotel did not work. I finally called the emergency number and made contact. He told me to be waiting at 2pm. Finally called him back at 3pm . He told me there was a problem and they would pick me up shortly. Finally started the tour almost a hour and a half late. The tour wasn't too bad but the silk worm farm is not that good. We killed way too much time learning about silk worms and watching the weaving. Then I was pressured to buy their products. I bought a couple of silk articles and the lady started telling me how she really needed money as her Papa had took off and there was no one but her to support her sister and her mother. I resisted and did not buy anything else. On to the Mekong cruise part. It was me, the tour guide, and the boat captain being the only people on the boat. And the boat wasn't that small. Enjoyed the river cruise but nothing great.
This is not a very exciting tour although it depends on what you are after. You visit a rural house who are in silk weaving near the city Phnom Penh traveling for an hour through the dusty roads. Please carry masks which are easily purchased in the city. The hosts were quite nice in explaining the silk weaving process starting from the worm! And you can even try your hand at weaving. The sunset cruise back to the city was nothing mention worthy and we were unlucky too as it was cloudy so no sunset for us.
What a waste of $45.00.
Do yourself a favour, go downtown and spend the money in some lovely silk items without the grief. Trust me on this, the trip is appalling.
After taking the ferry over to Silk Isand and really quite enjoying that experience, we were taken by tuk tuk to another river crossing on a smaller boat. The area we were expected to embark was disgusting! I admit it had rained and this left the ground vey muddy but it was absolutely filthy. There was rubbish everywhere and we had to walk down a steep muddy hill, not even a path, to get to the boat, 2 members of our party slipped and fell over in this filth. We then had to walk across a narrow plank with only a piece of bamboo held by a young girl and the boat captain as a rail, disembarking we had to walk down the same wet plank with the same ridiculous rail but this time on a very steep slope, not an easy task for anyone but particularly hard after all the rain and with 2 of us already caked with mud! Not a good way to promote Cambodia
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