Tonle Sap Lake - Fishing Village & Flooded Forest

Activity provider: Journey Cambodia

Tonle Sap Lake - Fishing Village & Flooded Forest

Activity provider: Journey Cambodia

From US$ 39 per person

Explore the countryside and the real life of Cambodian local people. Take the boat cruise to visit the fishing villages, flooded forest and learn about the world’s second-largest freshwater.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Traveler's hotel in Siem Reap city


  • Visit the unique villages/communities on Tonle Sap Lake
  • Take the boat cruise to visit the fishing villages
  • Observe local agriculture and aquaculture activities
  • Visit the interesting local foods & vegetables found in the more rural markets
Full description
Depart your hotel in the morning for a journey through the countryside to the world’s second-largest freshwater lake, Tonle Sap.  The Tonle Sap one of the world’s most productive bodies of fresh water. In the wet season, the Tonle Sap Lake swells to 12,000 km². During the dry half of the year, the lake shrinks to as small as 2,500 km², draining into the Tonle Sap River. Each year, millions of fish come to spawn in the seasonally flooded forest surrounding the lake, attracting a myriad of water birds as well as people, who have settled in villages along the shores and who live with the rhythm of the water. This ecosystem was classified as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1997. Take a boat trip to "Kampong Phluk", a collection of three small fishing villages in an atmospheric flooded forest setting. Cruise through the village and see unique houses on stilts, and Cambodians at work in the floating forest. Your boat will meander slowly through forest canals, allowing you to catch glimpses of flora and fauna, and see a truly beautiful ecosystem. Take the back roads back to town on this half-day tour in Siem Reap and witness seasonal agricultural activities like cricket catching, rice planting and harvesting, smoking fish, fish paste (prohoc making), and duck farming. Stop at a local village to pick up Khmer snacks and explore. Visit a Buddhist monastery before heading home (suggested visit period is between the end of July and early March).
  • All entrance fees
  • Professional English-speaking local guide
  • Tonle Sap boat cruise
  • Travel by air-con vehicle
  • Tipping
  • Personal expense
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
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Fun day but not as private as I hoped

So because I really wanted this tour and it was cheap, but the minimum people allowed was 2, I paid for two people because I wanted a private tour in particular. I didn't really want to spend much time with other people because I don't like compromising on my vacation. I was not too happy that when the guide showed up to pick me up, he told me that two other people will be joining us. Its still good value for money but because the transportation used is a tuk tuk, it's not suitable for more than two people in my mind. The guide was really good, fun and chatty and I got a ton of information from him. And of course the boat cruise was so stunning and beautiful.

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November 13, 2016

Product ID: 70624