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Things to do in Kompong Phluk, Cambodia

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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.

Siem Reap: Kompong Phluk Floating Village Half-Day Tour

2. 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.

Siem Reap: Tonle Sap Sunset Boat Cruise with Transfers

3. 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.

Angkor Wat: 2-Day Sunrise and Floating Village Tour

4. 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 Floating Village Tour from Siem Reap

5. 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.

Kampong Phluk: Floating Village Bike Tour and Sunset Cruise

6. 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.

Kampong Phluk: Floating Village, Sunset Boat Tour By Jeep

7. 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.

Kompong Phluk and Tonlé Sap Lake: Half-Day Tour

8. 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 with Breakfast included

9. Angkor Wat Small Group Sunrise Tour with Breakfast included

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 in front of Royal swimming pool of Sras Srang. Continue 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. Explore 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. Before going back your hotel, Go to discover the biggest local market in Siem Reap called Phsar Leu Thom Thmey market and walk in between food stalls to look for the best Cambodian specialties. You can try Cambodian dishes such as sticky rice, egg noodles, or even fried spiders and scorpions.

Tonle Sap Tour of Kompong Phluk Village & Evening Food tour

10. Tonle Sap Tour of Kompong Phluk Village & Evening Food tour

Meet your English-speaking guide at your hotel at between 2:30 PM - 3:00 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 Tonle Sap 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. At the end, We walk and explore food store, fruit store at the largest Siem Reap’s Night Market and enjoy of taste authentic Cambodian street food like spring rolls and, and sweet desserts, savoring the flavor of skewered meat, fried crickets, fried spider and soft-boiled duck eggs – they’re tastier than you expect. Digest your bounteous banquet and we transfer you back to your accommodation in a comfortable transport.

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What people are saying about Kompong Phluk, Cambodia

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based on 259 reviews

Amazing tour with two very special tour guides! Day 1 was guided by Sen, he was very informative and seemed to really enjoy his job! He knew pretty much everything you could want to know about the 4 temples we visited. I highly recommend asking questions as well! Our second day was hosted by T and he was also a very kind and outgoing guide! We took a trip to Tonle Sap Lake and watched the sunset. I would recommend both tours to travelers visiting Siem Reap. I will say, they do allow you too take many photos but sometimes that does get in the way, but the guides don’t mind if you wander from the group periodically so I’d say make sure you prioritize whatever you wish yo do!!

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