Mekong Island - Koh Dach
Mekong Island - Koh Dach
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Anna R
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
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 $1 entry ticket and tip the guide if you want but do not buy anything from them. All items are cheap stuff you can find anywhere else in Cambodia for a fourth of the price with no guarantee they are even made there or even less if they are real silk.
Written January 11, 2020
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Darlo Globetrotter
272 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Not great. Although the people were pleasant enough, and it being a break from the hustle of the main city, I didn't find the experience particularly interesting or interactive.
Getting there and back on the tuktuk / on the ferry was more exciting.
We paid 30dollars for a tuk tuk (it drives onto the ferry) there and back, with ferry crossing.
Written December 21, 2022
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Veronique L
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Silk Farm is a big scam. The man with tattoo on the hand asked me 2$ to visit and I was ok but he bring me so fast to a store to to buy very expensive and some are fake silk. He put pressure on me and I refused. So he bring me to the door and asked me
5$ more for his pocket. He never told me it was 7$ when I enter. It’s only a place to make you buy things!!! The tuk tuk driver will only bring you to shops to get a commission and if you don’t buy people look bad at you. I just left because it was so bad. Worst thing I did in 3 months in Cambodia.
Written April 6, 2023
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Cags74
Singapore, Singapore40 contributions
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Nov 2017 • Friends
The concept of this silk ‘village’ is good. Great if local people can make money from traditional crafts. But there is a small section of badly treated animals in concrete floored cages at the back, don’t know why? There were hornbill birds in cramped conditions, peacocks with no feathers on their necks and some monkeys with no water. The staff told me they can't leave water in the monkeys cage because they throw it around. They were biting the bars, clearly going mad, and appeared depressed. The worst were the porcupines. Just lying on their concrete floor with zero enrichment and as nocturnal animals, they need shelter from daytime visitors.

Please let the owners know that this is not what tourists want to see at a silk farm.
Written November 15, 2017
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Alexia C
Chiang Mai, Thailand12 contributions
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Aug 2016 • Friends
We decided to go to Silk Island based on the good reviews from Tripadvisor, but once we were there was nothing interesting. It is all a trap for tourists from were tuk tuk drivers and locals working on the silk( I doubt there is any silk production in the island, as the scarfs they offered are the same you can find in Thailand 3 times more expensive) expect to get a big profit from, by fooling you around.
Written August 25, 2016
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Maria M
Madrid, Spain3 contributions
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Jan 2016 • Family
We were there because of most good reviews but were very disappointed. The roadway till the island ferry is noisy, busy and not pleasant. Once in the island, temples are not worth at all, landscape is poor and dirty. The silk farming (1$ per person entrance fee and swimming in the Mekong river pool is 4.000 riels more) is OK but I beat that there is no silk production anymore or even never because there are no blueberries trees in the island to feed the puppies. It is also clear that, apart from the most expensive once, nothing is produced in the island. As a summary, I think is a "tourist trap", where only tuk-tuks and silk farm make business.
Written January 22, 2016
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Shirley-Ann L
Phnom Penh, Cambodia28 contributions
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Jun 2014 • Family
Sitting upstream on the Mekong from Phnom Penh the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Silk Island (known locally as Koh Dach) is home to scores of artisans who make their living hand-weaving beautiful silk wares. We recently spent a half day there. We arranged with a Tuk Tuk driver to take us. We left the city just after breakfast and took a ride through the city to the outskirts where we had to get the ferry to cross the river to the Silk Island. We had to pay a dollar to cross the river. Once we arrived at the Community Silk Island, we were greeted by friendly people who guided us through the place. The young man who guided us explained everything in good English. What is impressive is the fact that everything is handmade there. It takes you back in time. There is also a shop where their products can be bought. You can spent the day in small "Cambodian Stilt" houses at a small fee. There are bigger places to rent where you can meet with a bigger party and a restaurant is also available. The place is clean and very neat and has good WC facilities too. We would recommend a trip there to anyone. Something different and away from the city and all the temples and hustle and bustle of the city. All in all the day cost us 13 dollars for the Tuk Tuk, 2 dollars for the ferry and 1 dollar per person entrance at the center. You must try it. You won't be disappointed.
Written June 14, 2014
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Dreamer48718092824
Sydney91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Family
Having set low expectations we were amazed! We hired a 'small' boat after a bit of haggling - started at USD25 per hour, but our expat friends advised not to pay more than USD15... it was also quiet for a Monday. Leisurely cruise around Mekong Island, and then up the eastern bank of the Mekong River for about an hour, and hour on Koh Dach and a cruise back down the western bank of the Mekong and then up Ton Le Sap river back to the cruise boat 'docks'.

We had two experiences in one; (1) having already done a short 40min sunset cruise on the Sunday evening, but cruising up the Mekong watching all the activity and the daily life of families working the river on their long-tails, and (2) the silk weaving homes on Koh Dach.

We were met but the friendliest person at the top of the river bank (I think that they had phoned ahead to advise that were we coming), and she showed us the intricate detail of extract silk from silk worm cocoons, through to washing, dying, quality/thread and then weaving. We saw a whole family living off this enterprise, from uncles and aunts to parents and children.

Bought a 5 silk scarves for around USD32 (USD7 each and they discounted without us asking), plus three silk purses for USD1 each. We didn't feel the need to haggle at all.

Well worth the trip; these websites have more info: http://www.visit-mekong.com/cambodia/phnom-penh/mekong-island.htm or http://www.visit-mekong.com/cambodia/phnom-penh/mekong-island.htm
Written April 30, 2013
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spudnikfalcon
Sanur, Indonesia215 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
A good fun boat trip and visit to see the silk making process...very enjoyable and relaxing...includes a trip around the island...quite pretty and very quiet...the silk making process is explained by a guide...quite interesting...the journey along the river is well worth the experience...many lovely residences along the way
Written May 29, 2018
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Jonathan P
Tasmania, Australia118 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Friends
Koh Dach or silk island for us tourist's, was a big highlight of our trip to Phnom Penh for my sister and myself .From the tuk tuk ride to the river crossing. We took the local car ferry it is quick and cheap. The whole trip cost no more than $4 return and the tuk tuk driver for the day cost $15 with some negotiating you could get it for less.
We first planed to go straight to the silk farm but we meet a young silk island local on the ferry over who was practicing her English on us and she invited us to see her home and villages where the original silk was first made .Wow so good so cool and it felt raw and real ( not like the silk farm which felt like a tourist trap). The villages are where you get real silk dyed with natural plant extract's straight from there garden. The whole silk production process uses the mulberry-chomping silk worms in golden cocoons and very complex manual loom's for the weaving process, Which can take a month to setup and over a week to produce enough material for a long dress . We learnt more about silk traditions from the locals than the silk farm itself. A quick tour of the island and we where all done in about 4 hours.
One good thing about the silk farm is that they have accommodation is real cool , not for everyone but if you like the natural feel then there stilted huts are perfect. (Bring a mosquito net) entry fee $
Recommendations : Ask your tuk tuk driver to go into the villages first before you visit the silk farm itself.
Tips: The only reason we found out about the villages is because we were very respectful to the locals. That's how you find the good stuff.
Tuk Tuk: $15 ( For the whole trip)
Ferry: $2
Silk scarf's around: $15-$20
Full size table cloths: around $80-$100
Written March 9, 2018
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