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Siem Reap: Floating Village Exploration Tour

1. Siem Reap: Floating Village Exploration Tour

Go aboard our minivan to the great Tonle Sap Lake (the biggest fresh water lake in South-east Asia) and gain fascinating insight into true Cambodian life. Be picked up from a Siem Reap hotel and be brought to the pier. Take a private boat to the floating village, located outside Siem Reap. Discover the tall, stilted houses, floating hospital, fishery, old lifestyle of the country and the natural landscape of the flooded Mangrove Forest. Enjoy an optional tour going through the flooded Mangroves forest on a small boat, a great break on the way to Tonle Sap to experience local fauna and flora. End the day by admiring the sunset over the lake.

Kompong Phluk Floating Village Tour from Siem Reap

2. 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.

Siem Reap: Floating Village Bike Tour and Sunset Cruise

3. Siem Reap: Floating Village Bike Tour and Sunset Cruise

Escape to the countryside on a bike tour from Siem Reap with lunch. Get to know the locals, try delicious food, stop at the floating village of Kampong Phluk, and end your day with a sunset cruise on Tonle Sap Lake. Get picked up in the morning and taken to the local partner's office to meet your guide. Here, receive a safety briefing, learn about the itinerary for the day, and be fitted with a mountain bike and helmet. Then start your tour by cycling down interesting dirt roads through Siem Reap’s countryside. Along the way, your guide will take you to local farms and village activities. Learn about the everyday lives of the Cambodian villagers. Stop for lunch and taste all sorts of local flavors. Enjoy fresh coconuts and lounge in a hammock. After lunch, head to the floating village of Kampong Phluk and walk around the area to explore the housing. The houses are built on stilts, adapted to withstand flooding, experienced during the rainy season. Get to know the daily life and area from your guide. Take a boat and further discover the village life from the water. See schools, a market, and a pagoda. At the end of the day, watch the sunset on Tonle Sap Lake with some snacks and cold beverages. Return back to the city by private vehicle in the late evening.

Kompong Phluk and Tonlé Sap Lake: Half-Day Tour

4. 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.

Angkor Wat: Small Group Sunrise Tour

5. Angkor Wat: Small Group Sunrise Tour

Discover ancient Cambodian history on this early morning 1-day trip. See a stunning sunrise, visit Angkor Wat, Bayon, and Ta Prohm. The tour begins with a pickup from your hotel before sunrise. Head to Angkor Wat archaeological site. Soak up the atmosphere of Angkor from the edge of one of the ancient library pools and enjoy a colorful sunrise. Learn about the history of this famous temple from your guide as you explore the interior of the great temple. Discover the corridors, central chambers, and upper terraces. After visiting Angkor Wat, enjoy a picnic breakfast nearby the temple. Continue to Bayon temple, a world-famous landmark built by King Jayavarman VII. Learn about Bayon's many uses, including a place for worship, education, and administration. Explore Baphuon Temple and the Terrace of Elephants before relaxing with lunch. Next, head to the ancient Ta Prohm Temple and marvel at the structure covered in trees and massive roots. Fans of Angelina Jolie's Tomb Raider will recognize this iconic temple.

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

6. 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.

Angkor Wat: 2-Day Sunrise and Floating Village Tour

7. 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.

Kompong Phluk: 2 Villages and Sunset Tour

8. 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.

Siem Reap: Floating Village and Sunset Private Boat Tour

9. Siem Reap: Floating Village and Sunset Private Boat Tour

At 2:30 pm meet your guide and driver at your hotel You will be picked up from your hotel and head south of Siem Reap through the picturesque Cambodian countryside. Stop at a local family house surrounded by rice paddies and farms. Here you will sip on cold coconut water or a local juice, meet the family, and spend time with them to learn about their farming life. 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm You will then drive to Tonle Sap Lake and shuttle by boat through the floating villages, where friendly locals will greet you with smiles and enthusiastic waves. Here you’ll get a fascinating insight into the ways the local people live in this region. Your expert guide will describe the Tonle Sap lake in more detail and tell you about the phenomenon that creates a depth variance of up to eight meters and why this lake is vital to Cambodia’s survival. You’ll appreciate this new perspective on Cambodia as you cruise along the river. 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm To complete the evening, we take a boat ride on the waterway with local delicacies, including soft drinks and other cold beverages, while enjoying a spectacular view of Tonle Sap at twilight. You can expect to return back to town around 7:00 pm.

Sunset Tour of Kompong Phluk from Siem Reap

10. 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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What people are saying about Kompong Phluk

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 191 reviews

The tour was incredible. We had an eye-opening adventure through the fishing villages and the largest lake in South East Asia. This review would also be incomplete without a massive shout-out to, Sa, our stellar guide! He showed us the true meaning of Cambodian hospitality through his warm, patient demeanour and willingness to engage with us on a wide range of discussion topics surrounding life in Cambodia. If we could, we would give Mr. Sa 10 stars! Make sure to ask the tour agency for him if you want to guarantee the best possible experience for yourselves. Thank you Sa and we hope to see you again!

What an absolutely beautiful experience on Angkor Wat tour with a tour guide David! The tour was very well organized and nothing has been missed. David is very lovely and informative guide. He not only talked about the history of Angkor Wat, but also shared information about the country, food and people. Not to mention we went for a local breakfast as part of the tour which was delicious! Highly recommended!

Don’t hesitate to book this tour—this is the one you want. The money from your booking goes directly to help the village, and there are no scams here. Just an excellent look at life in a floating village. Our guide, Thy, did a phenomenal job of answering all of our questions about the village. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Siem Reap.

It was a great day biking 25 miles/40 km with a local guide. We biked through local villages, had a nice lunch break, and continued biking to arrive to the boat launch point for the floating village tour and sunset on Tonle Sap. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly and made the day memorable for our family.

I had a great time on this tour! My guide Mr. Sen was very knowledgable and friendly. I really recommend doing this tour when in Siem Reap.