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Four stars may be being a little harsh because of circumstances - we had accidentally been to a silk operation two days earlier on a bike tour we didnt know we were and, because it was off season, we ended up on the cruise on our own as a group of four so perhaps lost some of the social elements. The Cambo Cruises team, who outnumbered us 10:4, were excellent and enthusiastic. The food was beautiful. The cruise up river was peaceful and interesting. Perhaps some commentary would have been interesting. The Silk Farm itself was eclectic - but in a good way. Our guide was informative and we learnt some new stuff. The extra feasts for the eyes which I will leave as a mystery were cute, cool and fun. Overall, a pleasant days outing.
As we were there during the less busy/rainy season, it was just us and another couple on this cruise - but that truly did make it all the better. The staff aboard the cruise ship are welcoming and friendly, and their only concern is ensuring you have a comfortable experience. The food was delicious and fresh, truly a great mix of Khmer and American with the bbq meat and spring rolls. Excellent drink selection as well. You spend about half an hour cruising south on the Mekong, allowing for some beautiful views of the river, but also the city and surrounding areas. The Silk Island tour was another incredible experience in itself. Our guide was such a pleasure to get to know as he showed us all the island had to offer, from the large, magnificent fish found in the Mekong, to other exotic animals kept in the sanctuary, and then the silk-making process itself. He truly brings to light the incredibly delicate work done to make the exports of silk scarfs, pants, wallets, and other accessories. From learning and viewing the worms in the various stages, all the way to the cocoons used to extract the silk, you are immersed in this incredible world and are able to view the hard working women and men behind such beautiful creations. You even get some hands on experience spinning the silk, which we all found to be quite fun and a little nerve wracking no one wants to mess up on that in front of others, right?. But all in all, it was a beautiful morning and afternoon spent getting to know such friendly locals, and it was a true blessing to be in their world, if only for a short time. I would recommend this to anyone looking to spend a relaxing time floating along the river, but who is also wanting to learn more about modern day Cambodia and the people helping to propel their country back into prosperity. Thank you so much for sharing your day and time with us - we will never forget it!
The cruise boat was just okay. The food was okay, but we were rushed to finish lunch before departing for our Silk Island adventure. The presentation at the silk farm itself was fascinating. I was picked up at my hotel, but there was no return transportation. I hadn't realized that I was on my own once we got back to our starting point. Tuk Tuk transport was very available at the riverfront. I had better guides with other tours/activities. Giving it a four star rating because of the silk farm experience.
There were only 3 of us on the cruise on that trip which allowed us to have the whole boat to ourselves . I had the impression that we would be served seafood but what came was BBQ chicken and pork. Nevertheless, food tasted good. Staff were very friendly and helpful. This 3.5 hour trip was a good duration, not too long on the whole. I would bring my young kids next time and they'd be thrilled to see Mekong River with calves bathing along the river and also live silkworms. The guide at the Silk Village was very informative too. Thank you Cambodian Cruise.
The lunch was fantastic and the guide was very nice and she made it a point to explain properly to us even though her language is limited. The silk Island was a good place to learn how traditional silk items are handmade and the villagers are very nice people. An enjoyable educational tour.
We had a super time - it was our first full day in Phnom Penh and we wanted an excursion but nothing too strenuous as we settled into the new time zone, etc. The hotel pickup was on time in a tuk-tuk! and the boat was clean spacious with a great upper deck. Not too crowded, great crew who were very attentive. The trip was about an hour long to Silk Island, where we disembarked onto more tuk-tuks, which we rode to the entrance of the Silk Island property. Learning about how silk is made was really interesting - so much work goes into creating the beautiful cloth they weave on the property! Of course you have a chance to buy some of their work which makes a nice story to go along with the souvenir. Tuk-tuks back to the boat, where we were served a very delicious buffet lunch on our return cruise. I thought this was a great value and a great way to see a part of Cambodia that was out of the city. Not to mention that a cruise on the river was a nice breezy way to enjoy a very hot day.