Beautiful Mekong River Gravel Boat seen at Phnom Penh Cambodia.

A Boat Trip at Phnom Penh Cambodia.

About going out for a boat trip along parts of Phnom Penh's three rivers - the Tonle Sap, The Bassac and the mighty Mekong River.

Most of the river front (Preah Sisowath Quay) at Phomn Penh faces the Tonle Sap - the small Brassac River and the huge Mekong River all join up on the south-southeast side. There are plenty of organized boat trips available which generally speaking go fairly early in the morning or go out late afternoon and into the evening. These more or less have an itinerary which involves going off to visit Silk Island and then a bit of a float around on the Mekong - the evening boats in some cases also include having a meal afloat. However some silly folk might feel like being able to go on all three rivers and more or less be out on a couple of hours trip just meandering around looking at whatever is going on along the rivers. To do this involves negotiating your own boat and price. There is a hire-office on the northern end of the river front near to where 108th Street comes out onto Preah Sisowath Quay where a bit of bargaining can be done.
The chance to get a decent price is best done during the day when things are quiet - to get your own boat ride for say two hours may well induce an initial quote of USD50+ but you can halve this with a little patience. Then it's just a case of saying where you want to go within the time period and away you go. For instance you can go on up the Tonle Sap and under the new bridge and poke around there for a while, then head on back past the river front and go onto the Brassac for a little while. After that go back too and across the Mekong River for a look at the gravel cranes loading up the cargo boats, watch the ferry and look at some nice stilt houses before returning back to the start.
Phnom Penh Ferry Quay - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Phnom Penh Quay
nearly extinct old cruise boat - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
old cruise boat
Chroy Changvar Bridge - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Chroy Changvar Bridge
A boat going under Chroy Changvar Bridge - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Chroy Changvar Bridge
Tonle Sap River moored  barge - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Tonle Sap River barge
Tonle Sap River crane - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Tonle Sap River crane
Tonle Sap River fishing boat - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Tonle Sap River fishing boat
A heavily ladengravel  boat on the Tonle Sap River - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Tonle Sap River gravel barge
Tonle Sap River moored gravel dredger - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Tonle Sap River moored dredger
Tonle Sap River stilt houses - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Tonle Sap River stilt houses
A stilt house on the banks of the Tonle Sap River - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Tonle Sap River stilthouse
Tonle Sap River cluster of  stilt houses - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Tonle Sap River stilt houses
Sisowath Quay - fronting Phnom Penh City, Cambodia.
Sisowath Quay
Bassac River small boats - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Bassac River boats
The Bassac River at Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Bassac River
An idle Crane on a barge at Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Crane barge
Crane busily Extracting gravel - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Extracting gravel
A large gravel pump on the Mekong - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Extracting gravel
Extracting gravel from the river bed - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Extracting gravel
Another pump on a barge busily extracting gravel - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Extracting gravel
One of the parts of the trip which was particularly interesting was when the Tonle Sap River and the Mekong River intersect - where there are some really nice floating cranes, barges and boats working. There is a considerable amount of gravel extraction going on - the methods used vary from cranes on barges just bringing up the gravel from the bottom of the river to barges and boats which have large suction pumps to do the extraction. Each crane or pump has a cargo boat moored alongside and the gravel slurry is just dumped into their holds. They really do fill up the boats to the maximum with the gravel - the result is that the gravel boats end up very very low in the water.
Extracting gravel - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Extracting gravel
Two floating cranes - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
floating cranes
A crane on a barge on the Brassac River, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
floating crane
Several moored Mekong River boats - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Mekong boats
Mekong River small boat - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Mekong River boat
Mekong River local ferry at Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Mekong River ferry
Mekong River holiday homes oln stilts - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Mekong River holiday homes
Mekong River stilt houses - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Mekong River stilt houses
Floating houses on The Mekong River at Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Floating houses
Mekong River floating houses - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Mekong River floating houses
A ferry going along the Mekong River - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Mekong River ferry
Mekong River stilt houses and floating houses - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Mekong River floating houses
Floating and Stilt Houses on the Mekong River at Phnom Penh in Cambodia.
Stilt and floating houses
Mekong River boat seen at Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Mekong River boat
A nice gravel pump boat - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
pump boat
Small riverboat going along the river at Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Small riverboat

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