The best way to experience the sunset over the floating village on Tonle Sap Lake, this unique River Boat tour is great for families, groups or single travelers. Experience the floating villages and then relax either on board the biggest boat on the lake, the Tara, or the Tara floating restaurant,with unrivaled views while you watch the sunset in style while enjoying the inclusive buffet meal and unlimited drinks. With hotel pickup and drop-off by a professional guide, this is a hassle free way to enjoy this special tour.
The tour will begin at 3:30pm, 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 one of the smaller boats which will take you to your main boat, the Tara River Boat. The smaller boat will be driven by an experienced and safe local driver, and you will also be provided with a life jacket.
On route to the main boat you will make three stops. First, you will pass rice paddies and lotus fields and 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 effect 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 small 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 with unrivaled views of the floating village and the best place to watch the sunset.
There you will enjoy a well-deserved meal and all you can drink cocktails. Afterwards you can lie back in a hammock, take a seat on the viewing deck or get 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. If the weather is good, you will get a first class view of a spectacular sunset, the likes of which you will never forget. Even if there isn’t a sunset, the magnificent & unique cloud linings that form above the great lake are always a spectacle to behold. At about 6:45pm you’ll leave the Tara 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.