There are a wide variety of boat trips you can take from Sisowath Quay on the Tonle Sap River in Phnom Penh offered by a large range of boat operators.
The prices of trips range from $5 USD for a basic short trip up and down the river to over $200 USD for a thee day tour to Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam. It is also possible to take boat trips as an alternative form of transport to travel by road or air rather than as a tour. It is worth shopping around as the tour itineraries vary a lot, as do the type of boat used and the price. The cost of the same boat trip can vary dramatically depending upon who you buy it from.
Local Cruises from Phnom Penh
The most popular boat trip from Phnom Penh is the sunset cruise which normally departs around 17:00 and returns at 18:30. There are lots of small operators offering this cruise. The price tends to range from $5 USD for the most basic package to $15 USD for a cruise package which includes pick up and drop off at your hotel and unlimited soft drinks and local beer. If you want to save money then make your own way to the ferry pier for a sunset cruise and bring your own drinks.
Other popular local trips include a dinner cruise and a boat to trip to Silk Island to see silk being made. Expect to pay in the region of $20 to $50 USD per person for a dinner cruise depending on the operator, the boat and the quality of the service and from $25 to $40 USD for a half day tour to Silk Island.
Long Distance Cruises from Phnom Penh
The range and price of longer distance cruises from Phnom Penh varies even more depending upon whether you take a tour with guides and catering, or whether the boat trip you take is simply a form of transport, albeit with great views on route as an additional extra. The main destinations for longer distance cruises from Phnom Phnom are: Siem Reap, Phu Quoc Island (Vietnam), Chau Doc (border with Vietnam), Can Tho (Vietnam) and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam).
- As of 2018 the long distance scheduled boat services from Phnom Phnom Ferry Terminal are as follows:
|Siem Reap||07:30||12:00||Royal Express|
|Phu Quoc||07:30||13:30||Mekong Tour|
|Ho Chi Minh City||08:00||18:00||Delta Adventure|
|Chau Doc||08:00||14:00||Delta Adventure|
|Can Tho||09:00||16:00||Delta Adventure|
|Chau Doc||12:00||16:30||Hang Chau Speedboat|
|Ho Chi Minh City||12:00||22:00||Hang Chau Speedboat|
- To book your ticket visit the ticket booth at Phnom Phnom Ferry Terminal which is likely to be cheaper than booking through a travel agent.
Location of Phnom Penh Ferry Terminal
Phnom Penh Ferry Terminal is 1.8 km by road from Phnom Penh Railway Station.