Since Phnom Penh is situated at the confuence of three great rivers - Mekong,Tonle Sap and Bassac- a river cruise is not to be missed while over there. Short river cruises and sunset cruises are easy to arrange and offer an interesting view of the city for $10-$15 for the whole boat with a standard tour itinerary. A cruise typically takes about 1-2 hours and runs up the Tonle Sap river along the central riverfront area providing a picturesque view of the Royal Palace, National museum and parks and Phnom Penh skyline,and then across the Tonle Sap and up the Mekong river to view floating fishing villages.
But we are really lucky to enjoy the boat cruise for less and more fun! It is through the Couch Surfing Phnom Penh Group which I am a member.
Got the group post from Niall,which I quoted below, accompanied with some pictures taken during the Boat Cruise last March 21, 2010 from 3:30pm - 6:00pm. One of the best experience to date and shows the real spirit of Couch Surfing!
My parents have been visiting me here for the last few weeks and they depart back to the UK on Monday. As a nice send off, and to show them the spirit of couchsurfing I thought I would organise a boat trip on Sunday afternoon, followed by sunset drinks at the wonderful Snowys bar ("Maxine's") across the river in Phnom Penh.
Meet at 3.30pm Sunday along the riverside where the boats depart (this is quite a way north along the riverside these days, I believe next to a khmer restaurant called something like restaurant tonle sap - will confirm later) - its where all boats go from so should be easy to find. Boat name to be confirmed.
We'll spend an hour and a half or so on the river and then over to the other side of the river for Snowys bar and an unrivaled sunset view back at Phnom Penh from an amazing balcony.
The boat will have a cool box so feel free to bring drinks and snacks. A donation of a dollar or two toward the boat hire would be appreciated but thats all.. Snowys is fairly inexpensive and does a nicely chilled bottle of beer lao for $1.50
Let me know if you can join so I know numbers. Friends welcome. You can msg here or contact me on +855 (0)89392921
See ya then
And as I wrote back to Naill,'we are joining the boat trip in order to get to know many friends during the Phnom Penh leg of our trip and though we do not drink alcohol,we know how to have fun time with friends!,this picture and other tales of the 17 people who were there proved it right!