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Floating Village of Kampong Phluk on Tonle Sap Lake

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4.5 Based on 6 Reviews
  • Local culture
  • Countryside and village visits
  • duration 6 hours
  • tour type Small group
  • age requirement 5+ years old
  • max group size 15
  • guiding method Fully guided
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  • Starts Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Ends Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Visit the village of Kampong Phluk and Tonle Sap lake
  • Explore the lifestyle of the locals villagers
  • See how the community adapts to the seasonal variance of Tonle Sap
This is a Joint Tour (with other guests) exploring Kompong Phluk. This tour is especially suitable for people who are short on time but still wish to explore Kompong Phluk and experience village life on Tonle Sap lake.

Located in the Siem Reap Province of north-central Cambodia, Kampong Phluk is a village that is built on stilts on the lake. Kampong Phluk means "Harbor of the Tusks" in Khmer.

We leave Siem Reap at 8:30 am and travel south/east through small and beautiful villages and rice fields towards the great lake. Depending on the time of year and the water levels, we go as far as we can by road and then take the boats.

We travel the rest of the way by boat into the main village. The village is home to about 3000 people, who are predominately Khmer fishermen. Depending on the time of year, we will either sail through the main street of the village (when the water is high, the road becomes a river) or walk along it in the low water season.

Whichever way we take, it is a great opportunity to see how the rural fishing villagers work, live and go about their daily lives. There are a few schools and many stilted homes towering some 9 meters high to adapt to the changing water levels. It is a lovely and peaceful place to visit anytime of the year. It also gives us a chance to see how a vast majority of Cambodians live as fishermen or farmers and get an insight into their way of life.

From there we transfer to our small boats and row through the flooded forest of Kompong Phluk. We then proceed to the great lake itself and see the small floating village. The community lives and works according to the seasonal variance of the great lake as the actual level of the lake can vary by up to 30 meters every season.

Return back to Siem Reap. End of the tour.
4.5 - Very Good
Based on 6 reviews
  • Vlad Rusu
  • From Romania
  • On Jan 21 2020
4 - Very Good
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  • Anonymous
  • From Australia
  • On Feb 09 2019
3 - Average
It’s ok.
It is quite a limited trip. A walk through a village that is not really a floating village at all plus a boat trip down the canal then about 300 m into the lake. The lake itself was full of algae and rubbish so it was no surprise... Read more
  • Natalie FOWLIN
  • From UK
  • On Jul 31 2018
5 - Excellent
Great day out!
This was a beautiful morning away from Siem Reap. Borain our guide was lovely and very attentive. It was beautiful seeing the communities elsewhere in Cambodia. Would recommend!
  • From South Korea
  • On Nov 24 2017
4 - Very Good
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  • Car transfers
  • Boat fees
  • 500 ml bottle of water
  • Meals
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  • Is Asia open for tourists?

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    As of February 2022, countries like Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia are officially open for vaccinated tourists without the need for quarantine. Meanwhile, India and Indonesia are two of the countries that may require you to quarantine for up to a week on arrival. However, Japan, Vietnam, and Myanmar are yet to open their doors to visitors.


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