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Mekong Island - Koh Dach

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Mekong Island - Koh Dach

133 Reviews
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Evening Urban Food Tour Including all Drinks and Transport
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[For the adventurous foodie] Kicking off with a hotel pick up before enjoying an afternoon cocktail or beer with Phnom Penh's best vista. We then step out to a local market, try some tropical fruits, interesting desserts, the best ribs in the Kingdom (trust us!) and maybe even some creepy crawlies. The tour includes about 6 stops around the local market where you will get an insight into Cambodia's often under-represented food scene, rich history and culture. We then head for our main fare (yep - there's more) to a delicious, traditional Khmer BBQ where we will enjoy live local music, eat dinner as the locals eat, washed down with the national beverage - beer!
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Kenneth W wrote a review Apr 2020
Oak Park, Illinois54 contributions14 helpful votes
If you want to experience rural Cambodia close to Phnom Penh, visiting Koh Dach Island is a great choice. You should have some means of transport as for me it was not favorable to walking as sights are spaced out. I rode a bike which was easy and provided the right pace. A 100 yards from the ferry, you have a fork in the road. The right goes to the silk project which is a nice, interesting working community of weaving demonstration. I engaged a student guide, a couple of dollars. The silk products, I found out later, are over priced. Buy on Koh Dach at 1/6th the price. The road on Koh Dach is well paved which makes for easy riding. The scenery is not spectacular, but pleasant and gives a good view of rural life. There are some interesting sights on Koh Dach, like a beautiful, unusual temple and attendant grounds. The main reason to go here is for the silk weaving which is produced in home shops. You need to be alert as the shops are not readily seen from the road. The work is beautiful and high quality. I wound up buying 7 amazing silk scarves from Athink who is on FB and has a wonderful inventory of various silk goods, scarves, runners, shawls, etc. You may want to bring something to carry purchases. I had a small backpack which worked well . Be aware that there are not many places to eat on the island, just a few local places along the road where you can buy packaged goods like Coke, candy bars, cookies, etc. Koh Dach is well worth a trip if you want to get out of the city.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Tony C wrote a review Feb 2020
Beechboro, Australia691 contributions44 helpful votes
Good day trip for sure. Very crossing itself is an experience !!!!! We paid USD$35 for our tuk tuk and that included the ferry crossing. The silk farm itself was very interesting. To see how they extract the silk was very interesting indeed. Trouble is no one was working !!! The looms are all set up to show you how the sarongs, scarfs etc are made and by the looks they ain’t been used for a long time. Our guide at the farm was good although he did ask for a tip just before we got to the shop !!!! Only made in the village seemingly !!!!! Mmmmmm was a bit of a scam but a silk scarf at USD$20 is a fair price to pay I think. The silk ties were USD$15 however you can get them at any market for USD$5. All in all a good day for sure and well worth the trip. 6.5/10
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Date of experience: February 2020
Pete wrote a review Feb 2020
Saitama, Japan14 contributions3 helpful votes
A pleasant 3-hour trip, inc tuk-tuk & ferry. I mean, it ain't the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, but a minor diversion if you've seen the major sights already. We just asked a regular tuk-tuk driver, & he agreed to 25 dollars for the 3 hours, including ferry charges. (He took his vehicle on the ferry). You can learn how silk is made, in a long series of steps, explained in English by friendly young guide. She said she was a volunteer, but needs money for studies, so we gave her 5-dollar tip. Seemed OK. There's a garden, small zoo & rest area with hammocks. Also, you can ask the driver to take you to a pagoda, whose grounds seem to double up as a primary school. Our visit coincided with play-time, so it was fun joking & laughing with the lively kids.
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Date of experience: February 2020
gastronaut_11 wrote a review Jan 2020
Perth, United Kingdom2,139 contributions512 helpful votes
The hour boat ride was good. The island itself is quite affluent for Cambodia. The information on silk,informative. Lovely children at the Primary School. Silk shop......so,so! Glad we went.
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Date of experience: January 2020
Anna R wrote a review Jan 2020
5 contributions1 helpful vote
We had planned a visit to silk island and the silk production community as one of our first excursions in Cambodia. Upon our arrival we were welcomed by a friendly guide who talked through all steps of silk production showing us the beautiful silk cloths and scarf while these were made by expert Cambodian women. Although we appreciated the guided tour and the spirt of the community as a way to provide work and sustainment for the widows of the area (according to our guide all women working there were widows) we didn’t realise the scam part of the tour until much later in our trip. Before leaving the community we were of course led to the shop were we could see and purchase a wide variety of silk scarfs mostly made there in the community. With prices ranging from $10 to $20 we all bought a couple of items each (it was 7 of us) and left quite happily knowing we helped the community and got some nice handmade items. Unfortunately we discovered only in Siem Reap that the exactly same scarfs we bought for $20 in silk island were for sale in most of the market’s stands for as low as $4!!! Silk island is just a scam! Go there if you want, pay the $1 entry ticket and tip the guide if you want but do not buy anything from them. All items are cheap stuff you can find anywhere else in Cambodia for a fourth of the price with no guarantee they are even made there or even less if they are real silk.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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