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Siem Reap: Kompong Phluk Stilted Village Half-Day Tour

1. Siem Reap: Kompong Phluk Stilted Village Half-Day Tour

Start with hotel pick-up or go to the meeting point to board your vehicle, a shared air-conditioned mini-bus with a tour guide, or private vehicle (with optional guide), according to the option chosen. Kompong Phluk is 30 kilometers south-east of Siem Reap. Visit the pagoda or local market first, then go by motorized boat on a tour of the stilted buildings. See where the people have courageously adapted to some of the most unimaginable conditions, all with a big smile on their faces. Enjoy the beautiful atmosphere in this one-of-a-kind village from the comfort of the boats. The guide, if present, explains the history, culture, and lifestyle of the villagers. The villages are surrounded by mangrove forest. Take an optional side-trip of the flooded forest on a rowing boat, available October to January. The motorboat stops at a small floating cafe, a good place to see the sun go down. After this awe-inspiring experience, you will return to the hotel around 1:30 pm for your own leisure time.

Sunset Dinner Tour: Tonle Sap Lake Floating Village

2. Sunset Dinner Tour: Tonle Sap Lake Floating Village

Hear the sounds of water lapping up against the side of the boat and watch in awe as the incredible floating village rises against the backdrop of the great Tonle Sap Lake. In this idyllic village less than 10miles (15km) from Siem Reap, explore the village on this fantastic Sunset Tour. Departing from your hotel or guesthouse around 15.30, take a comfortable air-conditioned car or minibus drive with your knowledgeable guide, who will be able to help point out the culture and life all around you in English (and Khmer, of course!). See this incredible village in a very special way. Pass by rice paddies and lotus fields for the opportunity to stop and take photographs of the lotus flower, highly important in Buddhist culture (please note that depending on the time of year, the views of the lotus and rice fields will vary). Upon arrival at the port, transfer to a mini Tara boat driven by an experienced driver. Once on the water, stop at the Crocodile and Fish Farm (depending on current water levels) and learn about some of the trades practiced by those living on the lake. Visit the souvenir shop to purchase gifts or snap some photos from the viewing deck. After this visit, return to the boat and head through the floating village for a glimpse of the local Cambodians going about their daily life. After a tranquil glide through the town, arrive at the Queen Tara, the biggest boat on the lake, in the heart of the floating village. Here, enjoy a well deserved full buffet meal and all inclusive drinks. Finally, the reason you've come: the sunset. Relax with a drink in your hand and soak in the beauty around you. After the last bit of light fades, head back to your guest house or hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle.

Kompong Phluk Floating Village Tour from Siem Reap

3. Kompong Phluk Floating Village Tour from Siem Reap

Depart Siem Reap and travel south-east through rural villages and rice fields to reach Tonlé Sap Lake. Go as far as you can by road to board a boat, and then sail down the Kompong Phluk River. Arrive at a Khmer village of about 3,000 inhabitants who mainly make a living from fishing and farming. Depending on the weather and tidal conditions, sail along the main street or explore on foot and experience up close what life is like in rural Cambodia. Visit a few schools and see the large pagoda temple, along with many stilted homes, some up to 10 meters tall. Connect with a less hectic lifestyle and soak up the peace and quiet. Relax as you are rowed by small boat through the flooded forest to Tonlé Sap Lake, where the level can vary by up to 10 meters depending on the season. Make your way back down river to the minivan that will take you back to your hotel in Siem Reap.

Siem Reap: Floating Village Half-Day Tour

4. Siem Reap: Floating Village Half-Day Tour

Explore the floating village on the Tonle Sap Lake on a half-day guided tour from Siem Reap. The tour is the perfect option if you don't have time to visit Prek Toal or Kompong Phluk. Following a pick-up from your hotel or guesthouse, transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to the Port near Phnom Krom. Your English and Khmer-speaking guide will point out areas of local interest along the way and answer any questions you may have. Pass rice paddies and fields of lotus flowers - a deeply important flower in Buddhism. Please note: the views of the lotus and rice fields will vary depending on the time of year. Continue to a crocodile and fish farm on the lake (depending on current water levels). Learn about some of the trades of the people on the lake. If catfish, crocodiles and large snakes don't interest you, there is a souvenir shop and viewing deck on board where you can purchase souvenirs and take some stunning photographs of the views. During the boat ride through the floating village, watch the locals going about their daily life. Briefly enter the edge of the Great Lake before docking at the Queen Tara, the biggest boat on the lake, in the heart of the floating village. Enjoy a well-deserved meal and 2 free drinks. After lunch, take a seat on the viewing deck and watch the world go by. Depart the Queen Tara and journey back to the port. Here, an air-conditioned vehicle will be waiting to transport you back to your hotel or guesthouse in Siem Reap.

From Siem Reap: Tonle Sap Floating Village Tour

5. From Siem Reap: Tonle Sap Floating Village Tour

Get a unique experience while in Siem Reap as you head for the Tonle Sap Lake to explore the famous floating villages. Immerse yourself in an intriguing atmosphere and watch the locals go about their daily life in their extraordinary aquatic environment. On route to the port we will have an opportunity to stop and take some photos of the lotus flowers which are a deeply important flower in Buddhism. Visit one of the largest of the floating villages located on the Tonle Sap Lake, traveling by boat with a private guide. Home to Khmer and ethnic Vietnamese and Cham communities, let your guide explain how life evolved around the lake, how life continues to this day and what threats the communities and their dwellings face. Visit the floating crocodile and fish farm (depending on current water levels) and then onto the famous Queen Tara in the heart of the floating village for lunch and a couple of free drinks. Look out for the local bird life. The reserve is home to a bird sanctuary and attracts a rich array of birds, from painted stork to a large colony of spot billed pelicans. Departure time 10:00. Each tour lasts approximately 4 hours door-to-door, taking you from your Siem Reap accommodation to the heart of the “Great Lake” as it is popularly called.

Siem Reap: Prek Toal Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve Tour

6. Siem Reap: Prek Toal Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve Tour

The Bird Sanctuary at the Prek Toal Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve is one of the most important breeding grounds in the whole of Southeast Asia for endangered waterbirds. Many different species of rare birds can be found there, including but not limited to the Black-headed Ibis, Painted Stork, Greater and Lesser Adjuncts, Spot-billed Pelican, Milky Stork and the Grey-Headed Fish Eagle. Prek Toal is a must-see location for any avid birdwatchers visiting Siem Reap or Cambodia. The tour of Prek Toal will begin at 6:00am with your hotel or guesthouse pick-up in an air-conditioned vehicle. Friendly, knowledgeable and English-speaking tour guides (and Khmer of course) will ensure that you enjoy your tour, pointing out areas of local interest along the way and answering any questions you may have. It takes about 20 minutes to reach the port of Chong Khneas, and upon arrival, you will exit the vehicle and jump onto one of the Mini Tara’s – smaller boats with life jackets and driven by experienced and safe local drivers. On route to Prek Toal, you will make three stops. Firstly, as you pass the rice paddy and lotus field, you will have an opportunity to stop and take some photos of the lotus flowers which are a deeply important flower in Buddhism. You will then stop at the stilted houses just before the lake to see how the water levels effect the way people live as well as seeing a floating school. The third stop will be the Crocodile & Fish Farms at Chong Khneas to learn about how some of the tradespeople on the lake work. If catfish, crocodiles and large snakes don’t interest you, there is a souvenir shop and a viewing deck on board for you to purchase some presents for loved ones or take a few photos. The boat ride through Chong Khneas will allow you to see ordinary Cambodians going about their daily life in the floating village. Fishermen, boat-makers, markets, schools, spirit houses and waving children are always in plentiful supply on this mesmerizing scenic route, and it is not uncommon for the scenery of Chong Khneas to provoke silence on the Mini Tara, as customers take in the sights and sounds that surround them. Once the trip through Chong Khneas is complete, your boat will begin the journey across the Great Tonle Sap Lake to the Biosphere Reserve at Prek Toal. Your entrance fee and boat hire in the Biosphere is included in your ticket price. Your guide will arrange this for you, and join you as you travel through the biosphere reserve. Of the three Biosphere core areas on the Tonle Sap Lake, Prek Toal is the most popular with birdwatchers. The best time to explore is the dry season between December and May when flocks of migratory birds congregate at Prek Toal. While the dry season progresses and the water recedes, the number of birds increase, but the tour to some of the more important viewing areas becomes more difficult. You’ll depart from Prek Toal in the early afternoon, and head back to the famous Queen Tara in the heart of the floating restaurant. There, you will enjoy a well-deserved meal and 2 free cold drinks. At about 2:15pm, you’ll leave the restaurant and head back to the port at Chong Khneas where your air-conditioned vehicle will be waiting to transport you directly home to your hotel or guesthouse.

Kompong Khleang Floating Village: Full-Day from Siem Reap

7. Kompong Khleang Floating Village: Full-Day from Siem Reap

Your full-day tour to visit the remote fishing village of Kompong Khleang begins with a morning drive in air-conditioned comfort to the great Tonle Sap Lake and continues on with a journey up the Kleang River aboard our private river craft. Our English-speaking guide will meet you at your Siem Reap guest house or hotel. As you travel to Tonle Sap Lake you’ll pass by markets and small villages and along the causeway to the lake’s edge. When we reach the Khleang River, we’ll transfer to a private river craft for the next phase of our trip – a peaceful ride that takes us past many flooded forest, and then on to Kompong Khleang village. On reaching the village, you’ll note that many of the homes are built on stilts, some standing as tall as 10 meters. With your guide, you’ll visit the village’s floating school where you can hand out school supplies to the teachers and students. This is one of the ways that Tara Riverboat helps the local people. At a local restaurant in Kompong Khleang you’ll enjoy a free lunch and drinks and have time to relax and appreciate the peaceful natural environment. As not many tourists make the trip to this remote village, you will enjoy an exclusive chance to see how abundant the native bird life is here! This is relaxing chance to enjoy the scenery and cool breezes and to take a break from touring Cambodia’s many temples. At the end of the tour we will make our way back to Siem Reap and drop you off at your guest house or hotel.

Siem Reap: Floating Village, Sunset Boat Tour, and More

8. Siem Reap: Floating Village, Sunset Boat Tour, and More

Following a pickup at your hotel by jeep, head south of Siem Reap through the picturesque Cambodian countryside. Stop at a local family house surrounded by rice paddies where you can sip on cold coconut or a local juice, meet the family, and spend time learning about their farming life. The next stops on the itinerary include a local mushroom farm and factory where you’ll learn how mushrooms are grown using technical methods, and a rice wine distillery where you can try local rice wine. Continue the drive to the floating villages at Tonle Sap lake, the largest lake in Southeast Asia. Here you’ll get a fascinating insight into local life in this region and your guide will describe in more detail the phenomenon of this lake and why it is vital to Cambodia’s survival. You’ll gain a deeper perspective on Cambodia as you cruise along the river. To complete the evening, take a spectacular boat ride with views of Tonle Sap lake at twilight. Taste local delicacies accompanied by soft drinks and other cold beverages while enjoying your surroundings before returning to Siem Reip around 7 PM.

Kompong Phluk and Tonlé Sap Lake: Half-Day Tour

9. Kompong Phluk and Tonlé Sap Lake: Half-Day Tour

Begin your trip with a 45-minute drive into the beautiful countryside, stopping along the way to visit a local village. Upon arrival at Tonle Sap Lake, board a boat for a 1.5-hour ride, watching for some of the migratory birds that can often be seen at the edge of the water.  Tour the floating village of Kompong Phluk whose name means "Harbor of the Tusks," where everything from police stations to schools float on the water. From February to August, the village is dry, and you'll be treated to the sight of houses on stilts. Following your time at Tonle Sap Lake, begin the return trip to Siem Reap, where this tour concludes with drop off at your hotel.

Sunset Tour of Kompong Phluk from Siem Reap

10. Sunset Tour of Kompong Phluk from Siem Reap

This rewarding day out from Siem Reap will explore colorful village life along the banks of Southeast Asia's largest lake. Best of all, it ends with a wonderful meal on the water as the sun sets. Cruising along the densely forested waterways outside Siem Reap, there is plenty of opportunity to see the area's famous fishing industry at work. You will cruise across the immense Tonle Sap lake and have time to discover the picturesque floating village of Kompong Phluk. The Kompong Phluk Sunset Tour will visit a local school and temple and see the famous stlit homes in this small river community. From here, a small riverboat will whisk you off through the dense flooded forest where there is the opportunity to witness a variety of exotic wildlife. On board the famous Queen Tara, in the heart of the floating village, enjoy a fabulous meal on the lake as you watch a blazing sun setting. you will then be transferred back to your waiting AC vehicle and dropped back at your hotel. A perfect end to a remarkable day.

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What people are saying about Tonlé Sap

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 770 reviews

It was overcast, but the sunset still was pretty. We stopped at places with things to buy, but we were never pressured to purchase. Our guide Sophors, also known as Mr Friday, led us on a fun and informative trip! We enjoyed the stop at the lotus field center where families gathered to celebrate Khmer New Year. I never knew you could make cloth out of lotus stems! The place where we got on the boat was clean and had nice bathrooms. Our boat took us out to the lake, passing other boats filled with celebrating families. After a stop at a floating crocodile farm, it's on to dinner. The Queen Tara is decorated beautifully, and the women and adorable children welcomed us with smiles. We ordered dinner from the menu, and sat up on the top deck to enjoy the cool breeze while sipping free drinks. Our meal was delicious.

Was exciting to see the floating village, and the guide from Adventure Travel was informative, turns out to be a great learning experience as well. Before arriving to the ferry port, there was a time for a brief stroll in the country side village along the way to the Tonle Sap Lake, and was interesting to get a glimpse of how people live in Cambodia. Although the day was too cloudy to see the sunset, the views of the skies were still nice. Thank you so much for the great tour!

What an absolutely beautiful experience on Angkor Wat tour with a tour guide David! The tour was very well organized and nothing has been missed. David is very lovely and informative guide. He not only talked about the history of Angkor Wat, but also shared information about the country, food and people. Not to mention we went for a local breakfast as part of the tour which was delicious! Highly recommended!

Lovely tour of Tonle Sap with knowledgable guide Mr Friday. Got to see authentic Cambodia from the water, with helpful explainations along the way, including crocodiles, rice and lotus field. Due to small number in group we had a meal and not a buffet which was tasty. Drinks flowed freely, whilst watching the sun disappear behind the clouds. Enjoyable afternoon/evening, most relaxing.

A very nice experience! An attentive guide Sumptuous landscapes