See Phnom Penh from the water
What we say:
Phnom Penh can get oppressively hot, particularly in March through May. One fine way to escape is to take a boat ride along the Tonle Sap and Mekong Rivers.
You'll often be approached by touts along the river to go on an organised trip, but if you can rustle together your own group you can call the shots. Most of the boats have their own sound system -- you can bring your own music -- and some have cold storage for drinks and kitchens with Khmer cooks for hire.
Boats are available at the pier near Titanic Restaurant at all times, but most opt for a cruise at sunset or after dark when the riverside lights up. Most boats go for $20 for a two-hour trip and there's a $1 fee to enter the dock, where you can look around for a boat that suits you.
The standard route loops along the Tonle Sap into the Mekong and skirts the shore of Kandal province before returning. Trips further afield can be arranged, but in any case it's a good idea to bring some snacks and drinks along. For something less makeshift, join a lunch or dinner cruise on the Kanika boat behind the Himawari Hotel, or book a weekend trip to The Bungalows floating bar.
Last updated: 23rd May, 2013
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