What to expect on a 7 day Mekong River Cruise -Part 3 - into Cambodia

Updated: Feb 18, 2020

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We woke up to find ourselves cruising towards Phnom Penh. We passed fish farms and floating houses on the river.

We nearly bought a holiday home, but decided against it ...

One of the main sights in Phnom Penh is the Royal Palace. The King of Cambodia still lives here but, unsurprisingly, the public aren't allowed near the royal quarters.

Look out for the Buddha Tree with its distinctive flowers.

Phnom Penh is growing at a tremendous rate, doubling in size over the last 10 years. This has been mainly driven by Chinese investment and the majority of the new high rise buildings are Chinese. At night, the centre of the city is a sea of neon lights.

The picture below was taken from a fast moving Tuk-Tuk, hence the shaky image!

Even the lamp posts are blinged up ...

If you are so inclined you can also visit The Killing Fields and S21, the Genocide Museum, where the Khmer Rouge, under the leadership of Pol Pot, tortured their victims. For those of you who don't fancy that, here is a picture of a Cambodian butterfly, taken at a nearby temple:

We visited the largest Buddhist temple in Cambodia, Kampong Tralach. Over 600 monks and Lay People live and study here.

We also took an ox cart ride to see Cambodia's oldest Buddhist temple.

We learnt how silk is made in one of only three places in Cambodia that still weave silk in the traditional way .

Another highlight was a trip to a small village school. The Principal started the school after the Khmer Rouge were ousted. There were hardly any teachers left alive so those who knew something, taught those who knew nothing. The school gradually developed and built a building. Now, two buildings are funded by UNICEF. The English teacher is part funded by our tour operator, Riviera Travel and money from customers' tip fund. Most of us donated books, crayons, pencils etc to the school. It was a very moving experience.

This is a great example of responsible tourism.

Part 4 - Life on board the ship

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