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The Floating Villages Of Tonle Sap Lake

See how these communities live on the water.

During the wet season, Tonle Sap Lake swells and is one of the largest in all of Asia and stretching over 7,400 square miles. It serves as the home, livelihood, and source of food for countless Cambodians.

Nearly half the fish consumed in Cambodia come from the freshwater of Tonle Sap Lake, which holds over 200 different species and various types of exotic bird life.

There are a number of villages that you can visit, but most tours and tuk-tuk drivers will generally take you to Kompong Phluk or Chong Kneas – because they’re closer to Siem Reap.

However, Kompong Khleang Floating Village is also a viable option, which has fewer visitors and where you will have a more authentic experience – but is a little further out from town.

Chong Kneas Floating Village

Chong Khneas is the closes and more accessible floating village from Siem Reap, which is approximately 11 kilometres (7 miles) from the edge of town.

If you want a relatively quick, easy look at the Tonle Sap Lake and Chong Khneas – then maybe a boat ride is the answer.

Boats depart from the Chong Khneas Boat Dock and you can take a tuk-tuk from Siem Reap to the dock – there are always boats waiting for new passengers to arrive.

TIP: Boat prices are variable and the maximum you should pay is US $20 per person.

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Kompong Phluk Floating Village

This village is also good for visitors who are in Siem Reap for a short time but still want to experience the beautiful flooded forest of Kompong Phluk and see life on the lake.

Only 16 km (10 miles) from Siem Reap, Kampong Phluk is a cluster of 3 villages built on a floodplain. It has approximately 3,000 inhabitants and their houses are on 6-meter stilts, which accommodates the rising water during the wet season.

Their main income is from shrimp harvesting, however, there has been very high prices charged to enter the village and various reports of travelers being exploited.

TIP: If you want to visit Kompong Phluk Floating Village – it may be best to look into taking a tour and then you will know the cost up front.

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Kompong Khleang Floating Village

floating villagesKompong Khleang is 45 km (28 miles) from Siem Reap town; but if you want a truly authentic experience, Kompong Khleang is a beautiful village that is genuinely untouched and peaceful.

Kompong Khleang is one of the best floating villages to see because of it is low volume of visitors. It is the home of about 1,800 families (approximately 6,000 people) and you will gain unique insight into real Cambodian village life.

Here you can see local markets, Khmer trades and the area holds to more than 100 varieties of water birds, 200 species of fish, turtles, crocodiles that dwell among the mangroves.

TIP: The best time to see the floating villages is during the wet season.

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There are lots of fun activities to do in Siem Reap and offers you an amazing experience that will remain with you forever.

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2017-08-25T02:47:49+00:00 Other Amazing Activities|1 Comment

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