Cycle silk island
Cycle to a little-visited Cambodian island, famous for its artisanal silk production. Koh Dach, known locally as Silk Island, lays in the Mekong River a short boat ride from Phnom Penh. The tour includes a stop a temple to chat with the monks, and a demon
25 km cycling from Phnom Penh
After a quick bike check, cross over the Tonle Sap River and cycle along the river banks past communities of the Cham ethnic-minority group to catch a ferry to Koh Dach, known as Silk Island.
You will arrive at a typical Khmer village with houses built high on stilts and workshops below. Meet the families who are still maintaining the old traditions of hand looming silk and dying it to bright hues. You’ll be amazed by the homemade spinning wheels made from old bicycle parts. Watch as the silk is transformed from a cotton wool-like texture into thread. If you like you can try your hand at weaving or purchase silk items direct from the family. Visit the local temple before hopping back on your bike and riding a short distance to a picnic spot for lunch. Then cycle back to Phnom Penh early afternoon.
A basic level of fitness is required, the total cycling distance is 25km over mostly flat ground.