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21 Apr

Canoe Cambodia

Floating village

Relax And Float Downstream On An Adventure Holiday With A Difference

If you fancy a holiday in the Far East and want to explore more of the magic away from the tourist hot spots, there’s no better way than to see it from the water.

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Paddling under your own steam enables you to see things at your own pace and keeps you fit and healthy too. It also takes you off the beaten track and enables you to uncover hidden places that most other tourists don’t get a chance to see. The main spots for canoeing and kayaking in Cambodia are Tonle Sap lake, the Mekong River and along the coast in the Gulf of Thailand, each offering a different side to this beautiful country.

Tonle Sap

This lake is home to mangroves and floating villages inhabited by the native Khmer people, rare birds, rice paddies and palm trees complete the tranquil scene. Tour operators like Adventure Cambodia will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the lake to embark on your journey aboard a traditional boat, arriving at the floating village where you will have chance to see the traditional way of life and meet the locals.

You will then start your kayak tour through the villages with an experienced local guide who will explain more about the floating villages and show you some of the beautiful scenery. If you choose an afternoon tour you will get to see the sunset over the lake before you return home.

Mekong River

The Mekong River makes a great choice for a longer journey as you travel through the heart of the country from the border with neighbouring Laos to the capital Phnom Penh. On one of these longer journeys you will see the flooded forests of the Mekong wetlands, waterfalls and perhaps glimpse the rare Mekong freshwater dolphins.

From 4 to 7 days you can choose a journey that incorporates a cycling tour of the Silk Islands, trekking in the remote jungles of northern Cambodia and dinner aboard a cruise boat upon your arrival in Phnom Penh.

Ocean Kayaking

If you like to be beside the seaside then why not go for an ocean adventure, kayaking along the coast from Sihanoukville, Cambodia’s best known beach town. Here you will find sandy beaches and you can even canoe to a secluded island to spend the night.

Sihanoukville offers great night life and plenty of places to stay from backpacker accommodation to luxury guest houses and is a good place to base yourself for a host of activities including scuba diving in crystal clear tropical waters, fishing on an organised charter which will take you to the best spots and will cook up your catch on board, cycling trips along the coast, and boat trips to Ream National Park where you can hike amongst beaches, mountains and jungle.

A word of caution: Sometimes entrance fees will be demanded to enter floating villages so ensure that you are carrying plenty of cash, and check with your tour guide exactly what the fee covers.

Be sure to take out insurance with Avanti before you travel to make sure you’re covered, and find a company that runs guided tours so you know you are in good hands on when you’re out on the water. Talk to our UK Contact Centre as terms and conditions apply.