10 Jul, 2012
New boat launched on Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia
Leading Destination Company, Trails of Indochina celebrated the launch of its luxurious traditional wooden boat sailing on Tonle Sap Lake, The Sarus, on the 2.07.12. Departing from Siem Reap and exclusive to Trails of Indochina’s trade partners and their clients, the boat will travel between Chhong Kneas and Me Chhrey. The journey allows passengers to enjoy the sights of the floating villages nearby and a visit to a monastery where monks will offer a simple but touching blessing ceremony.
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The Sarus, reaching nearly 14 meters in length seats a maximum of 20 passengers and was recently constructed from a Burmese teak hull. Boasting International safety standards, the boat is complete with outdoor teak decking and offers an open-air space, the ideal location for overlooking the stunning lake and local lake-side Khmer rural culture.
On-board service provides light meals and beverages served by their local Cambodian staff. Trails of Indochina not only supports the local environment, featuring Tonle Sap’s native Sarus Crane as its mascot but is also involved in a local community based school project. Bringing hope into the lives of under privileged children, the company sponsors a local teacher who teaches English classes to the 50 students who reside with their families in the floating village, Chhong Kneas. “Our partners are the ones whom have sought after this luxury sailing option in Cambodia,” says Trails of Indochina CEO, Mr. Matt Masson. “The Sarus brings a new level of excellence to boats on Tonle Sap Lake and partnered with a philanthropic activity and heavily involving the local community, it’s a pleasure to deliver this unique and moving experience to our travel partners” he says.