Silk Island Half-Day Lunch Cruise And Tour From Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    12:00 PM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time.. read more
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Please note that your package includes free pickup. If you need assistance with transportation after the cruise, we are happy to assist you in securing the best price and.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Same as departure location.
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


On this half-day Silk Island Lunch Cruise and Tour, enjoy an all-you-can-eat lunch (if selected) prepared on board, just for you. Visit Silk Farms to see silk production from larvae to finished products, a modern temple (pagoda) that is a working monastery, and stroll by plantations. Tour guides will be provided on the island. Full bar, cocktails, coffee available for purchase on board.


  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Hotel pickup included
  • Excellent value for money
  • Family friendly
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city

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Journey begins with free hotel pickup inside Phnom penh. Upon boarding you will receive a free Sunset Cocktail.

After departure, at approximately 12pm, a lunch is made from fresh, local, organic food is served that is prepped and cooked just for you on the boat in a stainless steel kitchens; never on land hours before, and definitely not on a rusty charcoal grill. No food is frozen or foreign. No fish from the river is served, ever. Salad, spring rolls, organic brown rice, curry, fruit, fresh bread, sandwiches, and a variety BBQ with Texas-style BBQ and Asian teriyaki sauce is available. There are low-carb, vegetarian, vegan, and halal options available.

At the bar, most any cocktail can be made, but be sure and try an original signature cocktail. Local and imported beers, as well as wines by the glass or carafe. Fresh, locally grown coffee beans are ground just before brewing to ensure fantastic espresso, and coffee.

Cruising along the Phnom penh riverfront, enjoy the view from the upper deck or down on the main deck for a more cozy experience near the bar. Passing the Royal palace, see the junction of the Tonle Sap, Mekong, and Bassac Rivers. Up the Mekong River you will see floating villages and fishing families living on their boats. The trip to Silk Island takes about 1 hour.

Docking at Silk Island you are a short ride away from the silk farms. Along the way you can view plantations and see village life. A traditional pagoda nearby is also an active monastery. This is not a tourist attraction, be respectful. At the silk farms you can watch the intricate process of silk being made from larvae to finished goods. Tour guides will be provided.

The boat will be open for food, drinks, relaxing or for using the facilities while in port.

On the 1-hour ride back to Phnom penh cool off with a cocktail. Snacks will be provided, if the lunchoption was purchased.

The cruise boat is a newly constructed vessel designed solely with lunch/dinner cruising in mind. With 365 degree views from the top, it has 140 seats with a rustic, wooden, Cambodian design with modern touches. It is equipped three toilets, mens, women's, and staff's, running water from fresh water tanks, and a water filtration system for clean, purified drinking water. Hygiene, safety, and guest satisfaction are the priorities. A large commercial kitchen with floor to ceiling stainless steel walls and appliances, and rubber flooring is designed to prepare food for up to 120 guests in short order. The boat is licensed, inspected, and has staff that is well-trained in safety and first-aid procedures, with flotation devices, safety equipment, and fire extinguishers onboard. No other boat in Phnom penh can offer you all of these things.


Delicious, made-to-order lunch (if lunch option selected). You can pick from many items, and have it your way. If you want more, just ask.

Snacks on return trip (if lunch option selected)

Local guide

Hotel pickup (inside central Phnom Penh)

Tour escort/host


Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)


Return transfer to your hotel (our staff can assist you in arranging one upon return to port)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Children must be accompanied by an adult

On the DAY OF your cruise if you need to contact us please call (or ask your hotel to call) and speak to our English/Khmer speaking staff at Cambo Cruise on 092 290 077. We may not be available via email at short notice, to avoid disappointment please call

BYO conditions: 10USD corkage charge applies per bottle for wine/champagne & 25USD corkage charge applies per bottle for liquor. Full service of ice/attendance included.

No outside food permitted onboard.

No outside beer or mixers (soft drinks/juices etc) permitted onboard.

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

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  • 06-Mar-2020

    The tour was great. The Cambo Cruises team, were friendly, enthusiastic and spoke excellent English. The cruise up river was peaceful and slow and a commentary would have made it more interesting. Our tour guide on the island was both informative and entertaining. He showed us the silk-making process, the large fish found in the Mekong, to other exotic animals kept in the sanctuary, Was definitely not impressed with the caged animals that were kept there. Small, dirty cages and confined areas with no clean water. Would be good if the conditions can be improved for these animals at the earliest.

  • 14-Feb-2020

    Everything about this was great! When we arrived, a Cambo Cruises employee quickly found us to guide us to where the ship was docking. On board, the staff was super friendly - actually the friendliest Cambodians we've interacted with in this country and I've lived here for 8 months. They spoke great English. They provided us a complimentary drink as soon as we departed that was unexpected and delicious. The food was amazing! There were only 6 of us on the cruise and it felt like a private excursion so the buffet service was closed. But when we wanted to share a 2nd serving of the yummy Khmer BBQ meats, they happily made more for us. The tour was great. Our tour guide was pleasant and the experience was both informative and entertaining. And the ferry itself was very relaxing. A great way to spend half a day.

  • 11-Nov-2019

    Booked this as I had half a day spare so thought I might go and see what a silk farm is. I thought that perhaps this was just another on of those tourist traps designed to give you the bear minimum and then fleece you at the end with high priced goods. I was totally wrong, and instead found this tour to be one of the best I've taken, starts with a very serene and relaxing boat trip on the Mekong river while eating a very nicely cooked and large lunch. Then a 15 minute tuk-tuk ride during which one of the crew explains more about island life and the the Mekong river. Once at the farm, it;'s then onto a guided tour of the whole production cycle from eggs to finished product. The highlight for me was being able to chat with the ladies doing the weaving and learning more about the art of weaving by hand.

    Highly recommend this tour to anyone that is looking for a relaxing half day on the Mekong and learning about silk weaving. Added bonus is that the crew are just so friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.

  • 01-Aug-2019

    We paid for the Silk Island lunch cruise and tour package for 2. The cruise arrived on time and boarding was smooth. Cocktail was refreshing, albeit too sweet. The lunch was a disappointment and overpriced as it is a limited buffet with over cooked meat. There were no water served at the buffet and you have to buy your own. The cruise journey was smooth. The short journey on land to the silk farm was accomplished by tuktuk. The silk farm guided tour was interesting and we understand the process of silk making. After the obligatory silk purchase, we were brought back to the cruise for the return journey. In my opinion, the overall experience is not worth the price we paid and in Phnom Penh where prices in general are low, this overpriced 4-hour tour stood out like a sore thumb.

  • 15-Jul-2019

    after a few others cancelled i was lucky enough to be the only customer for the day. the food was excellent, the cocktails were very good, and the tour of the Silk Island was absolutely fascinating. big thank you to Ten for accompanying me on the tuk tuk ride on the island and for the fun chat!

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Has a good day. Good guide and nice tours. The silk farm tour was great. I would recommend the tour to all and would use Viator again

  • 17-Jul-2018

    Four stars may be being a little harsh because of circumstances - we had accidentally been to a silk operation two days earlier on a bike tour we didnt know we were and, because it was off season, we ended up on the cruise on our own as a group of four so perhaps lost some of the social elements. The Cambo Cruises team, who outnumbered us 10:4, were excellent and enthusiastic. The food was beautiful. The cruise up river was peaceful and interesting. Perhaps some commentary would have been interesting. The Silk Farm itself was eclectic - but in a good way. Our guide was informative and we learnt some new stuff. The extra feasts for the eyes which I will leave as a mystery were cute, cool and fun. Overall, a pleasant days outing.

  • 10-Jul-2018

    As we were there during the less busy/rainy season, it was just us and another couple on this cruise - but that truly did make it all the better. The staff aboard the cruise ship are welcoming and friendly, and their only concern is ensuring you have a comfortable experience. The food was delicious and fresh, truly a great mix of Khmer and American with the bbq meat and spring rolls. Excellent drink selection as well. You spend about half an hour cruising south on the Mekong, allowing for some beautiful views of the river, but also the city and surrounding areas. The Silk Island tour was another incredible experience in itself. Our guide was such a pleasure to get to know as he showed us all the island had to offer, from the large, magnificent fish found in the Mekong, to other exotic animals kept in the sanctuary, and then the silk-making process itself. He truly brings to light the incredibly delicate work done to make the exports of silk scarfs, pants, wallets, and other accessories. From learning and viewing the worms in the various stages, all the way to the cocoons used to extract the silk, you are immersed in this incredible world and are able to view the hard working women and men behind such beautiful creations. You even get some hands on experience spinning the silk, which we all found to be quite fun and a little nerve wracking no one wants to mess up on that in front of others, right?. But all in all, it was a beautiful morning and afternoon spent getting to know such friendly locals, and it was a true blessing to be in their world, if only for a short time. I would recommend this to anyone looking to spend a relaxing time floating along the river, but who is also wanting to learn more about modern day Cambodia and the people helping to propel their country back into prosperity. Thank you so much for sharing your day and time with us - we will never forget it!

  • 11-Apr-2018

    The cruise boat was just okay. The food was okay, but we were rushed to finish lunch before departing for our Silk Island adventure. The presentation at the silk farm itself was fascinating. I was picked up at my hotel, but there was no return transportation. I hadn't realized that I was on my own once we got back to our starting point. Tuk Tuk transport was very available at the riverfront. I had better guides with other tours/activities. Giving it a four star rating because of the silk farm experience.

  • 25-Mar-2018

    Nice half day tour to get out of the city. Interesting seeing silk produced.
    Ends in the gift shop which is a bit expensive saw the same product in the markets for much less

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