Floating Villages, Tonle Sap Lake and Mangrove Forest from Siem Reap - 1Day

Enjoy a full day tour as we will pick up from your hotel at 7:00 am and drive 15 km from Siem Reap to the boat docks of Chong Khneas. We will go aboard a local boat for a lovely ride onto the Tonle Sap through the floating villages of Chong Khneas and villages on high stilts.This tour will take you to three villages along the Tonle Sap floodplains. Discover the distinctive flow cycle of the Tonle Sap Lake and how this fact makes it Cambodia’s most important economic and ecological resource.  By visiting Chong Kneas floating villages and market, Kopong Phluk with mangrove forest and Kompong Khleang is the village on stilts, gain insights to how villagers uniquely live in harmony in this uncommon setting over/on water.  Spend the whole day by the lake and its floodplains for this enriching cultural experience. This tour includes picnic lunch, cold bottled waters, beers and snacks.
Highlights

  • Get a unique glimpse into the rich biodiversity of the Tonle Sap and its floodplains
  • From August to January, paddle through a flooded mangrove forest
  • Don’t go hungry: this tour includes a picnic lunch and snacks
  • Stay cool throughout the day with cold bottled water and local beers

1pax : Price - $279 per person
2pax : Price - $169 per person
3pax up : Price - $129 per person

  • Duration 1Day
  • Experiences Tour Guide English
  • Instant Confirmation
  • No Deposit Required
  • Free Cancellation 48 hours before
  • Mobile Voucher Accepted

Enjoy a full day tour as we pick up from your hotel at 7:00 AM.  We will drive 15 km south of Siem Reap to the boat docks of Chong Kneas.  We’ll then board a local boat for a pleasant ride onto the Tonle Sap, passing through the floating village of Chong Khneas.  Tonle Sap is the largest lake of Southeast Asia and stretches across the northwest portion of Cambodia. The lake is economically important as it serves as major source of many kinds of fishes.  It swells to ten times its normal size during the wet season, bringing diverse aquatic resources.  It also serves as habitat for several species of water birds. Chong Khneas is a floating village at the edge of Tonle Sap. It is largely a floating settlement with some permanent buildings. Explore the floating households, composed predominantly of Vietnamese people, and recognizable because of the brightly colored houses. Take a glimpse of the floating village life as we pass along floating houses, schools, clinics, sports hall and even pig farms. We will stop at Gecko Environment Center where you can learn more about the ecology and rich biodiversity of Tonle Sap and its surrounding floodplains.

We will continue our boat trip to the fishermen village of Kompong Phluk. Houses here are built on stilts. This village is almost exclusively composed of Khmer origin. The villagers move houses depending on the season.  They dwell on stilts during rainy season and move to small huts near at the banks during dry season. You will visit the pagoda, the only building in the village that is not built on stilts, and observe villagers going about their daily activities. You will then transfer to a small canoe (Aug-Jan as optional) to be paddled by villagers, to take you deep into the dense mangrove forest. The mangroves are uniquely adapted to the flooded environment and can impressively survive being completely submerged during a part of the year. 

We will then stop for our picnic lunch and enjoy fresh atmosphere by the lake. After lunch, we will board back to our boat for a 2 hour trip to the fishermen’s village of Kompong Khleang.  Due to its remote location, Kompong Khleang is not frequently visited by tourists.  This makes Kompong Khleang relatively less commercialized than Chong Khneas.  Home to over 20,000 inhabitants, it is one of the largest communities in Tonle Sap.  Houses here are also built on stilts, rising amazingly as high as 10 meters above the bottom of the lake.  During wet season, the houses become inundated to within one or two meters of the buildings. Living at the floodplains of Tonle Sap, people at Kompong Khleang depend largely on fishing to make a living.  Observe how fishermen get catch from the lake, dry their catch or prepare smoked fish.

We will then return to the boat dock in Kampong Khleang and travel back to Siem Reap in the afternoon by car.

Important Information
 
Departure Point
From your hotel in Siem Reap City
Departure Time
7:00 AM
Duration
7h
Return Details
Your hotel in Siem Reap City
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Small group tour (min 2 people and max 15 people)
  • Local Live English Speaking Tour guide
  • All overland transport/transfer in an air conditioned vehicle
  • Private boat from Chong Khneas - Kampong Phluk - Kampong Khleang Village
  • Picnic lunch on boat
  • Fresh tropical fruits, cold water, soft drinks and beers on boat
  • Life jackets on boat
  • Toilet on boat
  • All activities
  • Local taxes
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Alcoholic Beverages
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurances
  • Canoe ride in Kampong Phluk Mangrove forest (August to January)
  • Others not mentioned in the itinerary and inclusions above

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