Photo: Oh so pretty.

Sunset boat trip

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One of the most popular past times in Phnom Penh is taking a stroll along the riverfront overlooking the waters of the Tonle Sap, Bassac and Mekong rivers. For a different outlook, spend the late afternoon admiring Phnom Penh’s fast changing skyline from the deck of a sunset boat trip.

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There are many options for doing this and while standards (and prices) vary, the experience is largely the same. Boats will leave from somewhere along the bank of the Tonle Sap (ours left from in front of the Himawari Hotel, a little to the south of the Royal Palace), cruise out, across the Tonle Sap, past the southern tip of Chruoy Changvar (the landmass which is home to the Sokha Hotel eyesore) and over the waters of the Mekong River. From here the boats cruise along the far bank of the Mekong (which is actually Kandal province) before circling around and slowly making there way back to Phnom Penh. The entire loop takes around 1.5 hours.

Count those cranes. Photo taken in or around Sunset boat trip, Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Stuart McDonald.

Count those cranes. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Sunset boat trips leave around 17:00, returning to the start point at around 18:30, with a second cruise, an evening dinner cruise, heading off at around 19:00 (depending on the operator). We think the sunset cruises are a good deal and are extremely photogenic, but are less enthusiastic about the dinner cruises, as, if nothing else, you miss the sunset!

The highlight of the sunset cruise is watching the sun set behind the city. While even just a decade ago Phnom Penh’s skyline was dominated by the spires of temples, today those are being drowned out by the skyscrapers that are soaring across the city. Still, look carefully and you will see some temple spires—just don’t confuse them with ... Travelfish members only (Around 800 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Sunset boat trip
Riverfront, Phnom Penh
Admission: From $8

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