Well worth it
Published/Last edited or updated: 5th March, 2016
The fireflies aren’t guaranteed (one cruise operator claims he’s offered them cash for the electricity costs and umbrellas for the rainy season to get them to show) but they are magical if you’re in luck. The further north you go the more and more rural the scenery becomes, so it’s worth taking a trip of two or more hours.
The Boatman comes highly recommended. Bart from Belgium offers private cruises and often gets to places that other operators don’t, charging between $40 and $70 -- depending on the number of people -- for three-hour trips along parts of the river that he has well explored.
For group tours and those on a tighter budget, Naga House and Captain Chim run great value sunset cruises for $5 a piece, including one free drink.
Nicky Sullivan is an Irish freelance writer (and aspiring photographer). She has lived in England, Ireland, France, Spain and India, but decided that her tribe and heart are in Cambodia, where she has lived since 2007 despite repeated attempts to leave. She dreams of being as tough as Dervla Murphy, but fears there may be a long way to go. She can’t stand whisky for starters. She was a researcher, writer and coordinator for The Angkor Guidebook: Your Essential Companion to the Temples, now one of the best-selling guidebooks to the temples.
These tours are provided by Travelfish partner GetYourGuide.