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Siem Reap Cruises & boat tours

Our most recommended Siem Reap Cruises & boat tours

Siem Reap: Kampong Phluk Floating Village Tour with Sunset

1. Siem Reap: Kampong Phluk Floating Village Tour with Sunset

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 Khleang Floating Village: Full-Day from Siem Reap

2. Kompong Khleang Floating Village: Full-Day from Siem Reap

Your full-day tour to visit the remote fishing village of Kompong Khleang begins with a morning drive in air-conditioned comfort to the great Tonle Sap Lake and continues on with a journey up the Kleang River aboard our private river craft. Our English-speaking guide will meet you at your Siem Reap guest house or hotel. As you travel to Tonle Sap Lake you’ll pass by markets and small villages and along the causeway to the lake’s edge. When we reach the Khleang River, we’ll transfer to a private river craft for the next phase of our trip – a peaceful ride that takes us past many flooded forest, and then on to Kompong Khleang village. On reaching the village, you’ll note that many of the homes are built on stilts, some standing as tall as 10 meters. With your guide, you’ll visit the village’s floating school where you can hand out school supplies to the teachers and students. This is one of the ways that Tara Riverboat helps the local people. At a local restaurant in Kompong Khleang you’ll enjoy a free lunch and drinks and have time to relax and appreciate the peaceful natural environment. As not many tourists make the trip to this remote village, you will enjoy an exclusive chance to see how abundant the native bird life is here! This is relaxing chance to enjoy the scenery and cool breezes and to take a break from touring Cambodia’s many temples. At the end of the tour we will make our way back to Siem Reap and drop you off at your guest house or hotel.

Siem Reap: Kompong Phluk Floating Village Half-Day Tour

3. Siem Reap: Kompong Phluk Floating Village Half-Day Tour

Start with hotel pick-up or go to the meeting point to board your vehicle, a shared air-conditioned mini-bus with a tour guide, or private vehicle (with optional guide), according to the option chosen. Kompong Phluk is 30 kilometers south-east of Siem Reap. Visit the pagoda or local market first, then go by motorized boat on a tour of the stilted buildings. See where the people have courageously adapted to some of the most unimaginable conditions, all with a big smile on their faces. Enjoy the beautiful atmosphere in this one-of-a-kind village from the comfort of the boats. The guide, if present, explains the history, culture, and lifestyle of the villagers. The villages are surrounded by mangrove forest. Take an optional side-trip of the flooded forest on a rowing boat, available October to January. The motorboat stops at a small floating cafe, a good place to see the sun go down. After this awe-inspiring experience, you will return to the hotel around 1:30 pm for your own leisure time.

Kompong Phluk Floating Village Tour from Siem Reap

4. 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 Half-Day Tour

5. Siem Reap: Floating Village Half-Day Tour

Explore the floating village on the Tonle Sap Lake on a half-day guided tour from Siem Reap. The tour is the perfect option if you don't have time to visit Prek Toal or Kompong Phluk. Following a pick-up from your hotel or guesthouse, transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to the Port near Phnom Krom. Your English and Khmer-speaking guide will point out areas of local interest along the way and answer any questions you may have. Pass rice paddies and fields of lotus flowers - a deeply important flower in Buddhism. Please note: the views of the lotus and rice fields will vary depending on the time of year. Continue to a crocodile and fish farm on the lake (depending on current water levels). Learn about some of the trades of the people on the lake. If catfish, crocodiles and large snakes don't interest you, there is a souvenir shop and viewing deck on board where you can purchase souvenirs and take some stunning photographs of the views. During the boat ride through the floating village, watch the locals going about their daily life. 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. Enjoy a well-deserved meal and 2 free drinks. After lunch, take a seat on the viewing deck and watch the world go by. Depart the Queen Tara and journey back to the port. Here, an air-conditioned vehicle will be waiting to transport you back to your hotel or guesthouse in Siem Reap.

Kampong Phluk: Floating Village, Sunset Boat Tour By Jeep

6. Kampong Phluk: Floating Village, Sunset Boat Tour By Jeep

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 more in-depth 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 Reap around 7 PM.

Siem Reap: Kampong Phluk Floating Village Tour with Transfer

7. Siem Reap: Kampong Phluk Floating Village Tour with Transfer

The floating village of Kampong Phluk is 28km east of Siem Reap and set among lush, often-flooded mangroves. This fishing village of distinctive stilt houses boasts an ever-changing landscape due to Cambodia's dramatic wet and dry seasons. On this small-goup tour, get an up-close view of the lifestyle and culture of this unique south east Asian lake community. Far from being a 'human zoo', the people of Kampong Phluk are, for the most part, thriving and happy to see foreigners. They are always ready with smiles and you'll find the children in particular are friendly and inquisitive. Their lifestyle is sustainable and self-sufficient and tourism is an important part of the local economy. Our expert Khmer guide will enrich your experience and give you insight into the way of life of these communities. Chilled water is provided throughout, and charter boat is the perfect way to experience the mighty Tonle Sap! Our guide and driver will collect you from your accommodation prior to the start of the tour. Next we head to Roluos, a small town on the way to the Tonle Sap, where you'll explore a traditional, authentic Cambodian market and have the chance to try delicious street food. After that, we head to the waterfront, where you'll hop into a charter boat to continue the journey by river. Meander amongst the stilt-houses and see the locals going about their business. After that, we disembark at a stunning Hindu/Buddhist church, covered in colourful murals which illustrate how Hinduism and Buddhism coexist in Cambodia. Finally, head out onto the mighty Tonle Sap itself for a cool drink and a sunset you'll never forget. After sundown, the guide and driver will take you back to your accommodation in Siem Reap.

Siem Reap: Tonle Sap Sunset Boat Cruise with Transfers

8. Siem Reap: Tonle Sap Sunset Boat Cruise with Transfers

You will be picked up at between 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm from your hotel in Siem Reap and then we'll go directly to the the Kampong Phluk, flooded & fishing village of Tonle Sap lake, located just 21 kilometers from Siem Reap town. Once in the lake port, we'll take a local boat from the ferry to explore the famous floating villages of Kampong Phluk. There, you can see firsthand what everyday life is like for the many families who make their living primarily from fishing. Most families live on the lake shore in brightly colored houses on long poles, so the high water levels are not a problem during the rainy season. Explore the flooded mangrove forest surrounding the area, which is home to a variety of species, including crab-eating macaques and 3,000 inhabitants. We will then take you to visit a Buddhist monastery built on an artificial island and enjoy seeing the sunset from a local boat on Tonle Sap Lake.

Kampong Phluk: Floating Village Bike Tour and Sunset Cruise

9. Kampong Phluk: 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.

Phnom Penh: Sunset Cruise with Unlimited Beer and Drinks

10. Phnom Penh: Sunset Cruise with Unlimited Beer and Drinks

This tour is one hour and thirty minutes and will give you a great opportunity to explore the Mekong, Tonle Sap and Four Faces River, Diamond Island, Fishing Village, Stilted Houses, lifestyle of the people who live along the riverbank and the city sunset. Our Tuk Tuk driver will pick you up from the hotel and drive you to the boat. On the board the boat, you will be served by our tour guide with unlimited beer and soft drinks before he start to give a commentary of what we have seen along the riverbank such as: - Japanese and Chinese friendship bridges - Wat Ounalom - Royal Palace - Chaktumuk Conference Hall - Cambodiana Hotel - Conjunction of four rivers (Upper Mekong, Lower Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap rivers) - Stilted houses - The fisherman who are working and living on their boats After the commentary by our English speaking tour guide, we will serve you a fresh fruit platter, more drinks and seeing the sunset.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 4 reviews

I did the three day work excursion with my husband and son. Our guide Sarak and driver Sombat were a fantastic team. They were knowledgeable, kind and made the whole experience very enjoyable. We felt safe, comfortable and were able to experience Siem Reap on a personal level. I would definitely recommend this company. Cambodia has some pretty amazing people and I feel lucky that I was able to travel here.

The tour was great! Mr T, our tour guide, was super friendly and allowed us to get a deep insight into Cambodian culture. We first drove to a local market where T got us some delicious local snacks. After that we headed to the Village where even though we did not enjoy a sunset due to cloudy weather we still had a great time. We highly recommend this tour and Mr T as a guide.

It was a great experience to see the floating village and learn how the people live there. The boat ride was nice and the sunset was magical. Our tour guide Win was so accommodating and friendly and had lots of information he wanted to share with us. It was a very chill and lovely tour.

Really enjoyed the floating village tour. Touch our tour guide was very informative and gave an interesting insight into the everyday live living in the floating village Highly recommended this tour.

Again I had a great experience with this company. Punctuality, kindness and care. I came into contact with a reality I had never seen before. Floating villages are another time/space