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From Siem Reap: Kampong Phluk Floating Village Tour by Boat

From Siem Reap: Kampong Phluk Floating Village Tour by Boat

Go aboard our minivan to the great Tonle Sap Lake (the biggest fresh water lake in South-east Asia) and gain fascinating insight into true Cambodian life. Be picked up from a Siem Reap hotel and be brought to the pier. Take a private boat to the floating village, located outside Siem Reap. Discover the tall, stilted houses, floating hospital, fishery, old lifestyle of the country and the natural landscape of the flooded Mangrove Forest. Enjoy an optional tour going through the flooded Mangroves forest on a small boat, a great break on the way to Tonle Sap to experience local fauna and flora. End the day by admiring the sunset over the lake.

Siem Reap: Kampong Phluk Floating Village Tour with Transfer

Siem Reap: Kampong Phluk Floating Village Tour with Transfer

Discover the floating village of Kampong Phluk, just a 45-minute drive from Siem Reap. Relax on a trip through authentic Cambodia, past markets in the small town of Roluos.  Enter a sustainable and self-sufficient community that has thrived since the civil war ended. The distinctive houses set among beautiful mangrove trees are raised on stilts reaching up to 9 meters high. In the wet season (May to Feb ), see the locals and able travel by boat to see school, work, and the pagoda as you explore the same way with your small group. On arrival, you will be introduced to a stunning Hindu and Buddhist church, covered in colorful murals that illustrate how the religions coexist in Cambodia. In the dry season, before the water level rises, there's an opportunity to walk along the main street to see local people's daily lives and the creation of new houses. They are content with their way of life and happy to see foreigners because tourism is an important part of the local economy. The majority of the 1,000 families are fishermen and farmers. The children in particular are friendly and inquisitive. Enjoy multiple restroom stops and chilled water that is provided throughout the tour. After making your way through the village, head out to the mighty Tonle Sap lake, where a riverboat will take you to the floating restaurant with delicious food and some exotic options. Chill out on the lake and watch an inspirational sunset that glows, a memory that you'll never forget. After sundown, together retrace your path from throughout the afternoon, and the minibus driver will take your group back to the city, with drop-off at your accommodation.

Siem Reap: Kompong Phluk Floating Village Half-Day Tour

Siem Reap: Kompong Phluk Floating 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.

Phnom Penh: Sunset Cruise with Unlimited Beer and Drinks

Phnom Penh: Sunset Cruise with Unlimited Beer and Drinks

This tour is one hour and thirty minutes and will give you a great opportunity to explore the Mekong, Tonle Sap and Four Faces River, Diamond Island, Fishing Village, Stilted Houses, lifestyle of the people who live along the riverbank and the city sunset. Our Tuk Tuk driver will pick you up from the hotel and drive you to the boat. On the board the boat, you will be served by our tour guide with unlimited beer and soft drinks before he start to give a commentary of what we have seen along the riverbank such as: - Japanese and Chinese friendship bridges - Wat Ounalom - Royal Palace - Chaktumuk Conference Hall - Cambodiana Hotel - Conjunction of four rivers (Upper Mekong, Lower Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap rivers) - Stilted houses - The fisherman who are working and living on their boats After the commentary by our English speaking tour guide, we will serve you a fresh fruit platter, more drinks and seeing the sunset.

Siem Reap: Kulen Mountain, Beng Mealea and Tonle Sap Tour

Siem Reap: Kulen Mountain, Beng Mealea and Tonle Sap Tour

Embark on a full-day guided tour from Siem Reap to Kulen Mountain, enchanting waterfalls, and the ancient temple of Beng Melea. Experience rural life in the floating village of Kampong Phluk by boat. Immerse yourself in Cambodian culture and nature on this enriching adventure. Start with a morning hotel pickup in Siem Reap. After securing your ticket for Kulen Mountain, the adventure unfolds with a scenic 1-hour drive through rice paddies and traditional Cambodian villages, offering a glimpse into local life and picturesque landscapes. Stop at the Palm Cake Village to witness traditional palm cake. Next, ascend to the hilltop of Phnom Kulen, guided by a local. Explore the park's highlights, including magnificent waterfalls, a reclining Buddha sculpture, and the River of Thousand Lingas from 802 AD. After all the crawling, stop for a picnic at a nearby waterfall, where you can enjoy grilled chicken with seasonal fruits and swimming at the waterfalls before heading before heading deep into a rainforest to explore Beng Melea, a mysterious 12th-century jungle from the Angkor Wat period overgrown with 300 years of vegetation, trees, lianas, and mosses. Continue the journey with a boat ride to Kampong Phluk, a floating village. Witness the daily lives of families dependent on fishing, residing in colorful houses on stilts. Boating along the flooded beauty of a mangrove forest, home to diverse species including crab-eating macaques. Conclude the tour with a visit to a Buddhist monastery on an artificial island, providing an immersive experience of Cambodia's cultural and natural wonders, before returning to Siem Reap.

Siem Reap: Tonle Sap Sunset Boat Cruise with Transfers

Siem Reap: Tonle Sap Sunset Boat Cruise with Transfers

You will be picked up at 2:30 pm from your hotel in Siem Reap and visit SATCHA is the first Cambodian handicraft center that incubates local artisans, mixing traditional knowledge with contemporary design to showcase Cambodian’ talents to local and international visitors and to transmit these know-how over time while having a sustainable social, economic, and environmental impact, and then we'll go directly to the Kampong Phluk, flooded & fishing village of Tonle Sap lake, located just 21 kilometers from Siem Reap town. Once in the lake port, we'll take a local boat from the ferry to explore the famous floating villages of Kampong Phluk. There, you can see firsthand what everyday life is like for the many families who make their living primarily from fishing. Most families live on the lake shore in brightly colored houses on long poles, so the high-water levels are not a problem during the rainy season. Explore the flooded mangrove forest surrounding the area, which is home to a variety of species, including crab-eating macaques and 3,000 inhabitants. We will then take you to visit a Buddhist monastery built on an artificial island and enjoy seeing the sunset from a local boat on Tonle Sap Lake. Then we drive you back to your hotel or we can drop you off at the Old Market area.

Siem Reap: Kulen Mountain, Beng Mealea, and Tonle Sap Tour

Siem Reap: Kulen Mountain, Beng Mealea, and Tonle Sap Tour

You will be picked you up from your hotel at between 7:30 am 8:00 am and take you to purchase a ticket of Kulen Mountain. We will then head to Phnom Kulen National Park for approximately 1 hour. This journey takes you through rural Cambodian villages, where you may observe locals going about their everyday lives and admire beautiful landscapes such as rice paddies and traditional dwellings. Stop off at the Palm Sugar Village and witness how Cambodian people make their own sugar to supply their families and villages. Afterward, we continue to the hilltop of Phnom Kulen, and our knowledgeable local guide will take you to the most spectacular tourist attractions in the national park, including the largest and most beautiful waterfalls, the reclining Buddha sculpture, and the River of Thousand Linga, which was constructed in 802 AD. After all the crawling, stop for a picnic at a nearby waterfall, where you can enjoy grilled chicken with seasonal fruits and swimming at the waterfalls before heading to Beng Melea, the mysterious 12th-century temple in the middle of the jungle. This temple is heavily overgrown with vegetation, trees, lianas, and mosses. This temple is surrounded by a rainforest due to it being abundant for over 300 years. When it is not fully restored, many local and international tourists fall in love with the area. Continue to take a local boat from the ferry to explore the famous floating village of Kampong Phluk. There, you can see firsthand what everyday life is like for the many families who make their living primarily from fishing. Most families live on the lake shore in brightly colored houses on long poles, so the high water levels are not a problem during the rainy season. Explore the flooded mangrove forest surrounding the area, which is home to a variety of species, including crab-eating macaques and 3,000 inhabitants. We will then take you to visit a Buddhist monastery built on an artificial island. Drop you off at your hotel.

Sunset Dinner Tour: Tonle Sap Lake Floating Village

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 tuk tuk 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. Depending of the time of year, the floating villages will be either in the river canals or the lake proper,regardless we cruise them all taking in the full floating villages on our cruisers, nothing much has changed here for hundreds of years,fisherman and their families working together, their is so much to explore and experience on this unique sunset cruise. 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 or fixed menu and all inclusive drinks.beers,cocktails,wines,soft drinks, spirits , and juices, 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. both hotel pick up and return are included free with this tour.

Siem Reap: Kulen Elephant Forest & Tonlesap Lake

Siem Reap: Kulen Elephant Forest & Tonlesap Lake

Journey into Kulen Elephant Forest on a guided day trip from Siem Reap. Listen to an introductory briefing and meet elephants in their natural habitat, then explore the park on a guided hike to find breathtaking waterfalls. Enjoy picturesque jungle scenery on the drive from your accommodations to the park. Arrive at Kulen Elephant Forest and learn about these majestic creatures during a short introductory briefing. Get up close to the elephants, observing them in their natural habitat and walking with them into the forest. After visit Kulen Elephant forest, we will continue to visit One of the most scenic villages on Tonle Sap Lake, Kompong Phluk is also one of the least visited by tourists. On this tour, learn about local life as you cruise around stilted houses and floating markets, and take a canoe ride through the beautiful flooded forests.

Kompong Phluk Floating Village Tour from Siem Reap

Kompong Phluk Floating Village Tour from Siem Reap

Depart Siem Reap and travel south-east through rural villages and rice fields to reach the Tonlé Sap Lake designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1997, due to the high biodiversity of the rivers and lakes, it truly is a unique place to visit. here we will go as far as you can by road to board one of our waiting long tail boats, and then sail down the Kompong Phluk River, into the Stilted township of Kompong Phluk. Kompong Phluk is a traditional 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. this unique village also has a small floating village attached, as very few tours make there way out to this village its always an interesting and educational trip, it has a very productive ecosystem in this lower Mekong basin area , your guide for this tour is from this very village giving you a great opportunity to learn about the daily life and struggles, the children are always smiling and playful, making this a very enjoyable time spent away from the hustle and bustle of the Temples . after having explored the villages and flooded forest we will head further out to the great tonle sap lake, its a sight to be seen, the largest fresh water lake in se asia and the richest fishing lake in the world, 75% of all khmer protean comes from farming the tonle sap lake of the numerous species of fish, here also we have observed some very rare and unique large water birds, if we are lucky we may just see a few fishing in the shallows or flying over head, or a few water buffalo cooling down in the river systems, an awesome sight for sure, its important also to note Kompong Phluk is actually 2 villages and yes this tour visits both , they are separated by a large pergola which is on our list to also visit,all in all a most enjoyable ,educational and eye opening experience not to be missed, a very traditional fishing village, slowly as we make our way back from the great lake and into the river systems to meet up with our waiting driver, to travel back to your hotel.

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The tour was so so great! it was great to walk around the village since it was not currently flooded. It gave a completely different and interesting view of the village - Meng our tour guide was incredible as well - definitely made the trip even better with his positive attitude and informative information

It was an amazing tour! We can learn how the people there live so deeply. The tour is the only way I think! The sunset depends on the weather and we couldn’t see it but still the tour was great!

First of all… Tier, the guide, what a wonderful person, he can transmit the Cambodian feeling. Despite is dry season, you will see another world with people really lovely and happy

Coming after dry season might be less impressive than getting to the village by boat but it's still amazing to see the contrast on what happens before the water comes

The tour was really good organised and a perfect mix of activities. Tola was a super nice and helpful tour guide. Definitely recommend the tour and the guide!