Chaktomuk is a four faces riverine crossroads in the heart of Cambodia with the Tonle Sap river running northwest to the old Angkorian capital, the lower Mekong river north to Laos and the upper Mekong River flows south to the delta and the South China Sea and Tonle Basak which is a distributary of the Tonle Sap and Mekong River. The river starts in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and flows southerly, crossing the border into Vietnam.
A boat trip is an excellent way to get a way from the busy and noisy streets of Phnom Penh to get river fresh wind and just enjoy a relaxing afternoon and sunset on Tonle Sap and Mekong River.
A boat cruise typically takes about 1 – 2 hours and runs up the Tonle Sap River along the central riverfront area providing a photographic view of the Royal Palace and Phnom Penh skyline.
The cruise continues across the Tonle Sap and up the Mekong River which will give you a sense of the country side close to Phnom Penh. You can also turn the boat trip into a party either by asking the boat owner to arrange food, drinks and music or you bring it yourself. If you are bringing your own music don’t forget to ask the boat owner in what format you need to bring it in.
Short river cruises and sunset cruises are easy to arrange, the tourist boats are clustered together on the river along Sisowath Quay (Riverside) on the corner of street 118 . The price of the boat tour depend on the duration of the trip and the size of boats and not the number of the passengers. Small boat ( up to 20 passengers) cost about 15$/h , medium size (up to 30 passengers) about 20$/h, large size (up to 40 passengers) about 25$/h.