A Koh Dach Day by Local Transport
A Koh Dach Day by
A short ride from Phnom Penh, one finds a spot that only the locals know as their escape to
a world of pure relaxation. Koh Dach is the regional centre of artisans, and we venture
around this island on bikes and tuk-tuks into this oasis of artistry.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Get a taste of rural Cambodia with a visit to Koh Dach on the Mekong’s shores. This sleepy island, known for its perfect representation of a village where the sands of time move at a much slower pace, straddles the Mekong River and is a tranquil respite from buzzing Phnom Penh.
It is home to a weaving community reviving the art of silk weaving and visitors can learn about this ancient skill from feeding up silkworms to spinning and dyeing techniques, or simply spend time exploring quiet local villages where workshops produce pottery and wooden handicrafts. Only a stone’s throw away from Phnom Penh but worlds apart in experiences and Khmer encounters of the traditional kind.
08:00 - 15:00
A professional guide and its tuk tuk companion will wait for you at around 8 am in the hotel lobby. We depart by tuk tuk from your hotel and travel around 15 kilometres in northern direction towards the Mekong River and to this secret hideaway with ample couleure locale. Arrival at the main ferry pier and we cross over from the mainland to this 30 square kilometres’ large island, part of the southern tip of the Tonle Sap Lake. Once you are off the ferry, hop on your bike and cycle in a calm and relaxing way through the island on dusty and unpaved road for exploring the island which is bounded by views of rice paddies, vegetable farms and fruit orchards.
Part of touring around the island is to get up and close with the handicraft centres of Koh Dach, stopping in to see the carvers, potters and weavers will be the highlight of the tour. Using traditional means, carried over from generation to generation, many of these items can be found at the various markets in the country. Although negotiations for pricing may be tough, prices are excellent as one cut out the middle man.
You will enjoy a local lunch on the island at one of the better restaurants. While cycling back to the boat ferry, and still possess an appetite, your guide will make some recommended stops at local fruit plantations. You get a sample of the fruits of the season, straight from the farm. Crossing the ferry back to the mainland and we head back by tuk tuk to your hotel in Phnom Penh where we will arrive at around 3 pm.