Explore the Mekong: Kratie and Chhlong

- A Secret Retreats journey -
4 days / 3 nights
from 900 USD /person



This journey has been personally designed by Kim Nou has been in the travel business for over 25 years, is in love with his country and passionate about sharing his deep knowledge of Khmer culture and unique places with guests and give them memorable experience to bring back home.

All our itineraries have generally been constructed on the basis of the rooms that have the most charm or best view, and not necessarily the first prices, nor the most expensive suites.
We can of course adjust according to your request.

Highlights of the Journey:

  • Irrawaddy Dolphins
  • Koh Trong Island
  • Colonial town: Chhlong

Kratie is a relatively remote province in northeastern Cambodia, where tourism is not developed yet, and relatively less population, which makes the destination very quiet: slow life on the riverbanks of the Mekong. The stretch of the river around Kratie town is home to a group of rare sweet water Irrawaddy dolphins -the main tourist attraction of the province. There are also hundreds of green islands on the river, some with sandbars looking just like beaches. In the province, many of the French architecture buildings have been preserved during the war and add to the pleasant feel of the place. 30km South of Kratie town, the old governor’s residence - a gorgeous yellow-and-white French colonial mansion near the river- has been renovated in a nice boutique hotel, Le Relais de Chhlong where this journey will lead you for 2 nights. Walks and bicycle tours are the nicest ways to explore the area. This short itinerary is an interesting journey to connect Siem Rep and Phnom Penh.


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Your Journey Day by Day

4 days / 3 nights from 900 USD /person

based on 2 people traveling together and sharing the same room


Day 1 : Siem Reap – Kratie – Koh Trong (-/-/-)
Meeting at your hotel in Siem Reap at 7.30am by your driver and guide and departure by car to Kampong Thmor, passing by the rubber plantation at Chamka Andong and the provincial town of Kampong Cham. Upon arrival in Kratie you will discover a charming, Colonial style town situated on the banks of the Mekong River. Try your luck to catch a glimpse of the town’s famous Mekong Irrawaddy dolphins at Kampi rapid, often to be seen frolicking in the waters just a few km's to the north of the town center. In Kampi, continue with a rain forest kayaking experience around noon time. Then we return to Kratie town and cross over the Mekong by ferry to Koh Trong. A local moto taxi will take you for a short journey to your lodge (4km). Settle down in your suite and relax for the rest of the day. No arrangement for lunch and dinner.
HOTEL: Suriryabori Villa (Junior Suite)
Day 2 : Koh Trong – Chhlong (B/L/-)
After breakfast, we go cycling to explore the island’s people life. The island is surrounded by beach between December and May and swimming is an option throughout the year from the river banks. There are several small villages Khmer and Vietnamese on the island and guests are made welcome by the locals, who are often keen to interact. Lunch is served in a local homestay. We cross back to mainland, go to visit the ancient pagoda of Roka Kandal and drive south to Chhlong district, and check in at the beautifully renovated colonial home: le Relais de Chhlong – your home for 2 nights. No arrangement for dinner.
HOTEL: Le Relais de Chhlong (Mekong Suite)
Day 3 : Chhlong (B/-/-)
After a nice breakfast with a view over the Mekong River, today is a relaxing day…at leisure. You can take a bike or go for a walk along the Mekong, visit the Majestic Chhlong pagoda, a Chinese pagoda, some local wooden houses or local coffee shops in the town. You can also relax by the pool at the hotel and enjoy the sunset over Mekong. Slow life! No arrangement for lunch and dinner.
HOTEL: Le Relais de Chhlong (Mekong Suite)
Day 4 : Chhlong – Phnom Penh or Siem Reap (B/-/-)
After breakfast between 8 and 9am, proceed to check-out, then we drive back to Siem Reap or to Phnom Penh (5hrs drive), depending on your next destination and program.

Your Accommodation on this Asia Travel Itinerary

Suriryabori Villa

Le Relais de Chhlong

Explore the Mekong: Kratie and Chhlong

4 days / 3 nights
from 900 USD /person

based on 2 people traveling together and sharing the same room


The total price includes:
Accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis for 3 nights
All transportation from/to airport and during the excursions
Lunch on Day 2
Entrance fees to all sites mentioned in the program
Local English or French speaking guide (other languages possible when required) for all tours mentioned in the program.

The total price does not include:
VISA - A valid visa for Cambodia is required. Visas are issued on arrival for certain countries in Cambodia (Please make sure your passport is valid for 6 months beyond your departure date).
Other meals that are not included in the program.
Drinks, personal expenses, tips and gratuities.
Options and other activities not included in the program.

This Secret Journey was designed in cooperation with Kim Nou and Selective Travel Team (License #50004515).


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