Discover the floating village of Chong Khneas and Tonle Sap Lake on the biggest boat on the lake, the Tara! Travel in comfort to the lake in a minivan with your English speaking local tour guide as you pass by lotus fields and stilted houses. Then, aboard a mini boat, travel out towards Tonle Sap seeing the floating villages and crocodile and fish farms on the way. Upon arrival at the main boat, the Tara Boat, relax on the main deck, enjoy the included food and drinks and take in the stunning views. This unique tour experience is suitable for families, groups or single travelers.
The floating village and Port of Chong Khneas are located less than 15km from Siem Reap. It is the perfect place to visit on Tonle Sap Lake for those that don't have the time to explore Prek Toal or Kompong Phluk.
This half day tour of Chong Khneas will begin at 8am or 10am (you can select which time you want to leave at checkout) when you will be picked up from your hotel or guesthouse in an air-conditioned vehicle. Your friendly and knowledgeable tour guides speak English (and Khmer of course), and they 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 a smaller boat with life jackets and driven by experienced and safe local drivers.
On route to the main boat you will make three stops. First, as you pass the rice paddies and lotus fields, 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 affect the way people live and see a floating school.
The third stop will be the Crocodile and Fish Farm at Chong Khneas where you will learn about some of the trades people on the lake work in. 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 boat, as customers take in the sights and sounds that surround them. Once the trip through Chong Khneas is complete, your boat will briefly enter the edge of the great lake before docking with the Tara – the biggest boat on the Tonle Sap Lake.
There you will enjoy a well-deserved meal and 2-cold drinks for free! Afterwards you can lie back in a hammock, take a seat on the viewing deck or have your photo taken at the steering wheel. Watch as other tour groups drive past on their rickety little boats while you chill out, relax, and enjoy the comfort and luxury of the biggest boat on the lake. On The 8am Tour at about 11:15am or 1:15pm on the 10am Tour, you will leave the boat 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.