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Kompong Phluk Floating Village Tour from Siem Reap

1. Kompong Phluk Floating Village Tour from Siem Reap

Depart Siem Reap and travel south-east through rural villages and rice fields to reach Tonlé Sap Lake. Go as far as you can by road to board a boat, and then sail down the Kompong Phluk River. Arrive at a 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. Make your way back down river to the minivan that will take you back to your hotel in Siem Reap.

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Siem Reap: Floating Village, Sunset Boat Tour, and More

2. Siem Reap: Floating Village, Sunset Boat Tour, and More

Following a pickup at your hotel by jeep, head south of Siem Reap through the picturesque Cambodian countryside. Stop at a local family house surrounded by rice paddies where you can sip on cold coconut or a local juice, meet the family, and spend time learning about their farming life. The next stops on the itinerary include a local mushroom farm and factory where you’ll learn how mushrooms are grown using technical methods, and a rice wine distillery where you can try local rice wine. Continue the drive to the floating villages at Tonle Sap lake, the largest lake in Southeast Asia. Here you’ll get a fascinating insight into local life in this region and your guide will describe in more detail the phenomenon of this lake and why it is vital to Cambodia’s survival. You’ll gain a deeper perspective on Cambodia as you cruise along the river. To complete the evening, take a spectacular boat ride with views of Tonle Sap lake at twilight. Taste local delicacies accompanied by soft drinks and other cold beverages while enjoying your surroundings before returning to Siem Reip around 7 PM.

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Kompong Phluk: 2 Villages Full-Day Adventure Tour

3. Kompong Phluk: 2 Villages Full-Day Adventure Tour

When 1 village is simply not enough, there are 2 very different villages to explore on the greatest fresh water lake in South East Asia, the Tonle Sap. The first village is a true floating village, whereas the second village is home mainly to stilted homes and the famous flooded forest. The tour also includes the full crossing of the Tonle Sap lake, so you're able to explore more than just the different villages. Depart from your hotel just before 10:00 and head to the first floating village. Sights that are worth a quick stop along the way are the lotus flower farms. This flower is deeply important in Buddhism. Please note: Depending on the time of year, the views of the lotus and rice fields will vary.  Once you are at the port area, one of the boats (Princess Tara or Lady Tara) will be waiting to take you on a pleasant cruise into the floating villages. You will then dock with the mother ship, the Queen Tara, the biggest boat on the lake. Enjoy lunch and drinks on board, and step onto the long tail traditional boats for the lake crossing to enter the second village of Kompong Phluk. Depending on the time of year and current water levels, you will either row through or walk through the flooded forest, take a walk along the village main street, and visit the local pergola and the monks training school. Heading further east along the Kompong Phluk river, you will pass many more villages and fish markets, since Kompong Phluk is mainly a fishing village. Once you exit the river, arrive at the Mini Tara Vans for a comfortable air-conditioned trip back into town and back to your hotel around 16:30.

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Kompong Phluk: 2 Villages and Sunset Tour

4. Kompong Phluk: 2 Villages and Sunset Tour

This tour is only available through Tara tours and is the best way to experience 2 very different  villages, while also enjoying a full buffet dinner and all-inclusive drinks on board the famous Queen Tara, (Queen Tara is the largest riverboat on the Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia). You will depart your hotel just before 1:00 PM and head to the docking station of Kompong Phluk, where the long tail traditional boat will be waiting to cruise you through the floating village and onto the township of Kompong Phluk. You will visit the actual town and also the pergola and monks training school. Then you will head onto either "Our Lady Tara" or "Princess Tara" and onto the flooded forest. Depending on the time of year, you will either row in small boats through the flooded forest, or if there is no water, you can walk into the forest. You will then re-board for the lake crossing and re-join Queen Tara for a full buffet dinner, with all drinks included. While you watch the best sunsets on the great lake, you can chill in the hammocks, or watch the sunset from the top deck, observing the best views of the lake.  Cruise through the floating villages before heading back to Siem Reap, and return to your hotel by 19:30.

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Sunset Tour of Kompong Phluk from Siem Reap

5. Sunset Tour of Kompong Phluk from Siem Reap

This rewarding day out from Siem Reap will explore colorful village life along the banks of Southeast Asia's largest lake. Best of all, it ends with a wonderful meal on the water as the sun sets. Cruising along the densely forested waterways outside Siem Reap, there is plenty of opportunity to see the area's famous fishing industry at work. You will cruise across the immense Tonle Sap lake and have time to discover the picturesque floating village of Kompong Phluk. The Kompong Phluk Sunset Tour will visit a local school and temple and see the famous stlit homes in this small river community. From here, a small riverboat will whisk you off through the dense flooded forest where there is the opportunity to witness a variety of exotic wildlife. On board the famous Queen Tara, in the heart of the floating village, enjoy a fabulous meal on the lake as you watch a blazing sun setting. you will then be transferred back to your waiting AC vehicle and dropped back at your hotel. A perfect end to a remarkable day.

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Kompong Phluk and Tonlé Sap Lake: Half-Day Tour

6. Kompong Phluk and Tonlé Sap Lake: Half-Day Tour

Begin your trip with a 45-minute drive into the beautiful countryside, stopping along the way to visit a local village. Upon arrival at Tonle Sap Lake, board a boat for a 1.5-hour ride, watching for some of the migratory birds that can often be seen at the edge of the water.  Tour the floating village of Kompong Phluk whose name means "Harbor of the Tusks," where everything from police stations to schools float on the water. From February to August, the village is dry, and you'll be treated to the sight of houses on stilts. Following your time at Tonle Sap Lake, begin the return trip to Siem Reap, where this tour concludes with drop off at your hotel.

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Half-Day Floating Village Tour of Kompong Phluk

7. Half-Day Floating Village Tour of Kompong Phluk

Meet your English-speaking guide at your hotel at 2:00 PM and drive to the quiet fishing village of Kompong Phluk and board a shared boat. Visit the serene floating village and discover the centuries-old lifestyle of the lake's inhabitants. Cruise on the Tonlesap Lake and enjoy the natural splendor of the area. After a peaceful day on the lake, return to the port and drive back to Siem Reap Town. Explore not only the biggest lake in South East Asia with its beautiful scenery, but also the culture of the local people who live on and off the water. Relax for a bit on the way back and then hop-off for a short visit to the village of Khmer with its traditional Khmer houses. Arrive back at your hotel around 7:30 PM.

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Kompong Phluk Tour from Siem Reap

8. Kompong Phluk Tour from Siem Reap

Depart Siem Reap on a 4-hour tour to the great lake, Tonle Sap, driving through rural villages and rice fields. Travel by boat down the Kompong Phluk River and into the main village. Depending on the time of year, you’ll either cruise along the main street of the village or walk along it in the low water-level season. See locals at work in a rural fishing village. There are a few schools, a large bob-ha pergola, and many stilted homes towering some nine meters high to adapt to the changing water levels. Transfer to a small boat and ride through the flooded forest of Kompong Phluk. Continue onto the great lake itself and visit a small floating village.

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Angkor Wat: 2-Day Sunrise and Floating Village Tour

9. Angkor Wat: 2-Day Sunrise and Floating Village Tour

Day 1Begin with an early pickup and travel to the main entrance of the Angkor Wat. Admire the stunning sunrise over this ancient and mysterious complex. Next, visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom to marvel at the Bayon and Baphoun temples.  Hear historical facts about the place from your expert guide. Enjoy lunch before visiting the Terrace of the Elephant and the Terrace of the Leper King. Visit the beautiful Ta Prohm Temple and the  Banteay Kdei temple on your way back. Day 2Visit Tonle Sap Lake, the biggest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. Next, head off towards the floating village and discover the tall, stilted houses, floating hospital, fishery, and the natural landscape of the Mangrove Forest. Enjoy an optional tour through the flooded Mangroves forest and experience the local fauna and flora. Finally, admire the breathtaking sunset over the lake at the end of the day.

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Half-Day Tour of Floating Villages

10. Half-Day Tour of Floating Villages

This half-day boat tour of the Floating Village is the perfect option for those who don't have the time to explore Prek Toal or Kompong Phluk during their stay in Siem Reap. Your boat tour begins at your hotel or guesthouse, where a knowledgeable tour guide will pick you up and accompany you to the port near Phnom Krom in an air-conditioned vehicle. Let your friendly English and Khmer-speaking guides point out areas of local interest along the way and answer any questions you may have. En route to the main boat, make a couple of stops. First, as you pass the rice paddies and lotus fields, stop and take some photos of the lotus flowers, a deeply important flower in Buddhism (please note: depending on the time of year, the views of the lotus and rice fields will vary). Next, stop at the crocodile and fish farm (depending on current water levels) and learn about some of the trades people on the lake work in. If catfish, crocodiles and large snakes don't interest you, stop at the souvenir shop or viewing deck on board to purchase some presents for loved ones or take a few photos. During your boat ride through the floating village, see ordinary Cambodians going about their daily life in the floating village. Your boat will briefly enter the edge of the Great Lake before docking at the Queen Tara, the biggest boat on the lake, in the heart of the floating village. There, enjoy a well-deserved snack with fruit. Afterwards, take a seat on the viewing deck. Once lunch is over, depart the Queen Tara and head back to the port, where your air-conditioned vehicle awaits to transport you back to your hotel or guesthouse.

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What people are saying about Kompong Phluk

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 161 reviews

The tour was very well organized and our guide Mr. Friday was very nice and very knowledgeable. It was a small tour with only 3 people, in an air conditioned van. Our first stop was a local market outside of Siem Reap. It was fascinating to see how locals shop for food. Our driver then transported us to the river. Since it was the dry season and the water was low, we transferred to a small boat to travel past the houses on stilts. We went to a floating restaurant for refreshments and then a tour of a town and temple. Our driver then returned us to our hotel. which was fascinating to see how locals shop. As it is the dry season with not too much water in the river we transferred to a small boat to go by the houses on stilts. we then entered the lake and stopped at a floating restaurant for some refreshments. Next was a tour of a local village and temple. Again, this was fascinating to see. The van picked us up in the village for the trip back to our hotel.

Just returned from the tour and it was a great experience and Jose was a superb host. We were as small group of 6 which was just the right size and we stoped at the market on the way which was fascinating. Although it is currently the dry season we were able to see how people of Kompong Phluk live there everyday life at this time which would have been unimaginable if we had visited during the dry season. Thank you Jose for passing on all you knowledge of the area on to us and for a great tour.

Wonderful tour with very experienced and friendly guide. I would fully recommend to anyone who wants to see the life of people living outside the Siem Reap city.

Jose was a great guide. He showed us the authentic features of Kompong Phluk and Tonlé Sap Lake. I would highlighly recommend!

Jose is very friendly and responsible. We did enjoyed a good time:)