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SIEM REAP | Floating Villages Tour
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Tonle Sap is Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake, the size of which quadruples during the wet season. Situated on the flood plains of the Tonle Sap lake the world around these homes undergoes dramatic transformation from dry to wet season. In the dry season homes tower on their tall spindly stilts. Fishmen repair boats and nets, children make clay balls to use with their sling shots and enjoy the freedom of being able to run around. In the wet season the water laps at the floor boards, travel is limited to boats and in some instances buckets. Enjoy a boat ride to witness the fascinating human activity on its shores. Our trip takes us to two main villages in the area for an opportunity to chat with some villagers and learn more about the beauties and challenges of their uncommon lives. Explore the area to see the wooden house , pagodas , primary school , the three village of stilted house 6m up to the sky
Name Siem Reap - Floating village tour
Duration Half Day
Price from 60 USD/pax (based on 2 pax)
Pick-up point Hotel in Siem Reap
Drop-off point Hotel in Siem Reap
Places to visit Tonle Sap lake, Chong Kneas village, Kompong Pluck village


• Due to low water level during the dry season , the visit to Kompong Phluk village is possible from July to February only. At different times of the year Kompong Phluk becomes very difficult to access.  If access is dangerous and water level is low then we will conduct this trip at Kompong Khleang village further up stream.  This village is very similar with the same stilt and floating homes; however there is no flooded forest at Kompong Khleang. Both Kompong Phluk and Kompong Khleang though, are extremely interesting and are greatly enjoyed by all participants.
• Please do not hand things out to villagers this contributes to creating a begging cycle and can create jealousy.
• We recommend heading to the toilet before you go on this trip as facilities are very basic

We leave Siem Reap at 8:00 AM and travel south/east through small rural villages and rice fields towards the great lake, depending on the time of year and the current water levels we go as far as we can by road where our boats will be waiting for you, we travel the rest of the way by boat down the Kompong Phluk river and into the main village, the village is home to approx 3000 predominately Khmer fishing people, where we will either sail on through the main street of the village (in the high water level) or walk along in the low water level season. Whichever way its a great opportunity to see how the rural fishing villages live and go about there daily tasks,there are a few schools, large bobha pergola and many stilted homes towering some 9 meters high. Its a lovely peaceful place to visit anytime of the year, from there we transfer into our small boats and row you through the flooded forest of Kompong Phluk, the name of kompong phluk means "harbour of the task". We also proceed onto the great lake proper and see the small floating village which moves in and out depending on the water level

Then, we continue the boat trip to Chong Khneas which is a large floating settlement. Nestled under the hill of Phnom Krom, this floating community changes location with the waters of the lake. During the wet season when the lake swells five times in size, the village is near Phnom Krom, but during the dry season, it moves as much as 4km away from the hill. Everything floats on water in this living fishing community. The majority of the population, which is composed for a great part of Vietnamese people, live in houseboats. Most of the time, you can recognize the Vietnamese habitation because of their bright colours. Boat will pass along the floating houses, school, sport hall, even pigs farm and stop at the Gecko Environment Centre which offers information about the ecology and the rich biodiversity of the lake area.

Around 2:00 PM, our shuttle will transfer you back to hotel


This is a sample itinerary so the cost really depends on the number of people in your group and time of travel. Please send us your enquiry for availabilities & the most up dated price.

• Pick up and drop off at your hotel in Siem Reap, in private air-con vehicle
• Entrance fees and sightseeing tours by boat
• All check point fees
• All boats including the smaller boats to discover the flooded forest
• 1 picnic lunch
• An experienced local English-speaking guide
• 1 small bottle of mineral water
• 24/24h assistance from our company
• Service charges and government tax

• Travel insurance
• Visa
• Drinks and beverage that are not mentioned in the programme
• Personal expenses
• Camera fees (if any)
• Tips for guide & driver
• Surcharge in peak season (Christmas, New Year, local public holidays)
• Other items than mentioned in the program
• Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoon, floods), flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes etc.

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