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Stop At: Kampong Phluk Floating Village, Siem Reap Cambodia
Meet the guide at your hotel lobby in Siem Reap for morning or afternoon departure—morning pickups are variety between 7:30am to 8:30am, while afternoon trips depart at 2 pm and pick up variety between 1pm to 2pm. So guests are advised to wait in the hotel lobby and ready to go as soon as your guide arrives.
Tour set out this morning/afternoon on a group tour to the countryside which drive about 45-minutes to the fishermen’s village of Kompong Phluk whose name means 'harbor of the tusks' and Cambodia great lake. Enjoy Tonle Sap Lake, is a lake with no ends in front of you, and birds flying slowly overhead and surrounding with the interesting village.
During the dry season (February to Jul), the village can be reached by mini bus or motorbike, as the – bumpy - road that is normally flooded dries up.
In the rainy season (August to Jan), a short boat ride from the quay, through the wetland area will take you to Kompong Phluk. It is not a floating village but a village on high stilts as well as some floating houses and in spite of fishing is often the privilege of the Vietnamese minority but inhabitants of Kompong Phluk are almost exclusively of Cambodian origin. The villagers frequently move from house to another house during the rainy season, they live in houses built on stilts and move to small huts near the waterfront during the dry season to do fishing.
Arrive at the quay, board a local boat for a 1.5-hour ride on the Tonle Sap Lake as well as village where you will see nature in a way you’ve only seen in picture books, and the tour of Kampong Phluk is worth the extra effort to get there, then we will visit the village, the pagoda on the only butte (the only building which is not on stilts) and see the activities of the villagers who your expert guide will teach you about their culture, the life style, and the ecosystem of this fascinating place.
Optional (August to Jan): you can pay an extra to take a small canoes paddle by villagers (or wait for the group about 40 mns); will take you deep into the dense flooded forest. The trees of this forest are perfectly adapted to their unusual existence as they are completely submerged a part of the year.
Return to Siem Reap and drop off at your hotel or requested drop off point within Siem Reap city center.
Duration: 5 hours
Traveler pickup is offered
+ Morning tour depart at 8:30 am and we start pick up from 7:30 am.
+ Afternoon tour depart at 2 pm and we start pick up from 1 pm.
So kindly ready 60 minutest before departure and ready to go as soon as your guides arrives.
+ Note: Jan to Sep of the year, the village and lake is dry, so no canoe is available for your optional. But the small boat ride is still included on the low murky river taking you to the lake in the dry season.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
We visited Kmpong Phluk in the dry season so our tour was on foot. Very interesting to see how all the homes were built on stilts. We did have a boat tour out to see Tonle sap Lake and a short canoe ride with a local. It would be worth coming back to see the village during the wet season; it would be completely different. Be sure to take a car or mini van tour, not a tuk tuk. The ride by van was 35 minutes and at some points we saw people having to get out of their tuk tuk and walk up small hill's bcz the tuk tuk couldn't handle the extra weight. Our tour guide Chausan was excellent- try to request him. Overall, thoroughly enjoyed our tour.
A great half day trip. Very interesting to see such a unique and different way of life! Definitely recommend this adventure.
Our guide, Jose, was fantastic - he was a wealth of information on the lake and the villages on the lake and his English was very good.
it was a half day trip to a fishing village during which our tour guide Mr. Whaut told us a lot about the history of a region, about its kings and their capitals and temples. Local women from the village were riding boats through mangrove forest, which was very pleasant but too close to the main river. I imagined a deeper route. In general, if this was a longer trip, I would love to learn more about fishing practices of people inhabiting the village, about their life, if it is possible to organize in a non-intrusive way. Overall, was truly fascinating to see the place so unique and fragile, if one may think about the inevitable impact of globalization and climate change on this and other similar communities in the world.
Just when you think that Cambodia could not get any more beautiful, enter Kompong Phluk. Kompong Phluk is a colorful, floating fishing village outside of Siem Reap. Our tour guide, Vanlonh, captured our hearts from the very start. Vanlonh is warm and charming with an infectious smile. He takes great pride in his job and it shows he is a stand out among other tour guides. Our boat ride to Kompong Phluk on Tonle Sap Lake was picturesque and relaxing. Upon arriving at Kompong Phluk, we were met with smiling faces. The townspeople are very welcoming. In fact, I happened upon a one-room schoolhouse where elementary school-aged children were busy learning. The teacher noticed me and invited me in to speak with his students in English. Their command of the English language was impressive...far and away better than my Khmer. : Opt in on the canoe ride through the mangrove fields. It was easily the highlight of our day. Our canoe had the most adorable little copilot he smiled and played as his mother navigated us through the mangroves. What a treat!
Had a great experience with the village of Kompong Phluk and wish I could have had more time there and less on Tonle Sap Lake, but maybe that's because I love people. The guide was great, charismatic and very cool.
A cool way to see a very different part for the world. The guide was great - although we could have gotten more information on what it is was like to live in the stilt village. It might be interesting to see if there is an appropriate way to get out and walk around - although I am sure that might be seen as disrespectful by some. We booked this the day before the tour, and the operator was great in communicating to us when our hotel pick up would be. Overall I thought they did a great job.
The visit wasn't bad, nice variation to seeing the Angkor Wat temples, but we felt it was overpriced for what it was and felt like we were either wasting time or faced with a bit of a tourist trap. Firstly we were told to wait in our hotel lobby between 1-2pm. I've been on plenty of day trips before and have always been given a 15-30min window of pick up. Not only were we unsure when we'll be picked up, these guys arrived at 2pm - and we were first on the pick-ups. The boat ride was fine, good to see the houses on stilts (NOT floating), but then you had to either pay $5pp for a canoe ride or wait for 30-40 minutes. Waste of time. It wouldn't have been bad if this was part of the overall cost. The ride into the lake was good, but again, tourist trap. The boat sat there while smaller boat vendors came to sell drinks or snacks. Sure, it a way to make a living but at least give a bit of a ride around a small section of the lake first.
Not worth doing. We went during down season but wasn't told this. The boat did not feel safe and we were not given life jackets. The water smells and is very dirty. For about 30min there is nothing to see. I do not recommend doing this during down season and it felt like we wasted a day.
I don't know where to start... The transfer arrived at 8.30 - I was waiting in the lobby for 1 hour, because they couldn't tell what will be the order of the pickups. After a 40 minutes uncomfortable ride in an uncomfortable bus: we arrived to a place what supposed to be a river.. but not. It was a dirty, little puddle. I really don't understand why someone organizing a tour to see the FLOATING VILLAGE, where NO FLOATING VILLAGE. In the dry season no water. : So.. It looks just dirty and miserable. Aftre the tour they took us to a restaurant in the lake which was not in the original program for eating. But it was 11 o'clock. Vanna our tour guide were brilliant and tried to make it more enjoyable, but nothing to see really. :
Half-day group tour from Siem Reap with a local guide. Enjoy your the tour in the morning or afternoon with about 45-minutes’ drive to the fishermen’s village of Kompong Phluk whose name means 'harbor of the tusks' and Cambodia great lake. Enjoy Tonle Sap Lake, it’s a lake with no ends in front of you, birds flying slowly overhead and surrounding with the interesting village as well as wetland area.
A local boat ride take you the Tonle Sap Lake and village where you will see nature in a way you’ve only seen in picture books and it’s where you will now see villagers houses, school, government houses built on high stilts but the pagoda on the only butte (the only building which is not on stilts) and see the activities of the villagers who your expert guide will teach you about their culture, the life style, and the ecosystem of this fascinating place.
This tour concludes hotel pick up and drop-off. Please choose from one of two departure times when you book.