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Afternoon Siem Reap floating village tour [Siem Reap floating village Kampong Phluk guided tour]

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Afternoon Siem Reap floating village tour [Siem Reap floating village Kampong Phluk guided tour]

Discover floating villages and Tonle Sap lake by boat on this Siem Reap floating village tour, with the benefit of a dusk atmosphere and a great sunset view!

Along with the floating communities, there are stilted villages along the banks of Tonle Sap Lake, where houses and buildings are built on tall, thin stilts that keep the people dry during the wet season and gigantic ladders to reach lower levels during the dry season.


Key Details

Afternoon Siem Reap floating village tour – a small group guided tour – is available every day of the week.

  • Location: Tonle Sap
  • Duration: 5 Hours
  • Live Guide: Yes
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Printed Voucher Accepted
  • Pick-Up Service: at the Lobby of your Hotel
  • There will be a maximum of 10 people on this tour/activity.

Siem Reap floating village tour – Make your choice!

When to visit the Floating Village in Siem Reap

Afternoon Tour

  • Hotel pick up at 01:40 pm to 02:10 pm
  • Tour departs at 2:30 pm
  • Drop-off time: 7:30 pm [after sunset on the lake]

Afternoon Siem Reap floating village tour [Siem Reap floating village Kampong Phluk guided tour] Highlights: Begin the tour by visiting a local market or a pagoda. Then, enjoy a tour of the incredible floating communities, where inhabitants have bravely adapted to some of the most inconceivable conditions, all while smiling.

Take in the wonderful ambiance of this one-of-a-kind community from the comfort of the local boats.

AfternoonSiem Reap floating village tour includes a superb native guide + a plush minivan (with all the conveniences of home on board), + a small, intimate tour group (Perfect for lone tourists as well).


What to Expect

Your tour starts with your hotel pick-up and continues driving to the departure site (Nearadey Cafe). Then take a minivan to the boat station, which is 30 kilometers (18.5 miles) south of Siem Reap.

We begin with a visit to a pagoda or a local market for extremely fascinating photographs, followed by a motorized boat tour of the stilted structures. See how folks have bravely adapted to some of the most unfathomable circumstances.

From the comfort of the boats, take in the wonderful ambiance of this one-of-a-kind community. The guide discusses the people’ history, culture, and way of life. Mangrove vegetation surrounds the villages.

Visit Tonle Sap to see the sunset and swim (available on afternoon option only).


Live Guide

A local guide who speaks fluent English and has years of experience.


What’s Included in the Price

✔️Ticket for the main boat excursion to Kompong Phluk Village.

✔️ Community Entry fee of 2$ per person

✔️ Transportation by luxury minivan to and from your hotel.

✔️ Tour Guide Who Is Fluent In English.

✔️ Ample Supply of Iced Water and Crisp, Chilled Towels.

✔️ Costs imposed by the community at large (aka local taxes).

✔️ Mobile ticket

Siem Reap floating village tour – Hyper Benefits

✅ Visit the Floating Village in Siem Reap (Kampong Phluk) in the afternoon to experience the Tonle Sap lake at dusk and the sunset.

✅ The air-conditioned minivan is always used to drive visitors between the attractions, so they don’t have to walk in the scorching heat.


What’s Not Included

✘ Meals.

✘ All gratuities.

✘ A small boat ride is an optional extra. (An optional $5 small boat ride in the flooded forest can be made at your expense).


What You’ll Do

INFO:

Kampong Phluk Floating Village

The bulk of the homes in Kampong Phluk is constructed on stilts.

The name of the community translates to “harbor of the tusks,” alluding to the three communities that border the main entry to Tonle Sap Lake in this region.

The distance from Siem Reap is slightly more than 30 kilometers, making it an easy half-day excursion. Compared to other villages, the river and road trips are rather quick and straightforward.

The journey from the village to the lake. Because the lake is the most important place, a personal ferry service will transport you there after passing through the hamlet.

The community’s primary source of income is fishing and shrimp farming. However, they do harvest some crops from the land during the dry season. Because Kampong Phluk is a working hamlet, most residents are preoccupied with their jobs, entirely disconnected from the tourism sector that buzzes by their doors.

Life in the neighborhood. Going right past the people’s houses to get a glimpse of another way of life may be interesting, but it may also feel extremely invasive. As previously stated, residents are not involved in the industry and do not gain from it. As a result, there are no general activities available to tourists in Kampong Phluk.

A genuine encounter. A local guide can take you in one of the neighboring little boats into the mangroves or flooded woodland. Furthermore, a few eateries are floating around, and visiting this location benefits the local tourism industry in a variety of ways.

In short…

Kampong Phluk is a working community, thus, tourists can’t do much there because most locals are concentrated on their own industry. 

Small boats can tour the mangroves, or flooded woodland, for a more realistic experience.


Important Information

Dress Respectfully!

  • When visiting old holy sites, please be respectful. Wear a shirt that covers your shoulders, and you may wear trousers or knee-length pants or skirts.

For children over 12 years old, we charge the normal adult price.


Don’t Forget to Bring

➱ Bring sunscreen to keep your skin safe from the sun!

➱ Bring insect repellent — there are annoying bugs everywhere in Cambodia!

➱ We all need to wear comfy walking shoes because there are lovely walks in and around the Kampong Phluk attractions!


Siem Reap floating village tour – The meeting point for your tour departure

Afternoon Siem Reap floating village tour [Siem Reap floating village Kampong Phluk guided tour]

Free Pick-up Service: meet your driver at your Hotel lobby in Siem Reap.

Start time: 1:40 pm to 2:10 pm.

Tour departs 2:30 pm.

Drop off back at Hotel after approximately 5 hours.

NOTE:

The Siem Reap floating village of Kampong Phluk guided afternoon trip begins at 2:30 pm, with pickup beginning at 1:40 pm and ending at 2:10 pm.

We advise that our guests reach the hotel lobby by 1:40 pm (afternoon tour).


Know Before You Go

  • When you book, you receive a confirmation in your email with your tour e-ticket.
  • The dress code is relaxed and informal. When visiting old holy sites, please be respectful.
  • Please dress adequately for the excursion, which runs in all weather situations.
  • Wheelchair access is not available.
  • It is advised to bring swimwear (in the afternoon tour) and insect repellant.
  • Please dress appropriately for all weather conditions.
  • There is a maximum of 10 people per booking. If your group is over 10 persons, you can skip to the page of the private tour:
  • Accessible for strollers.
  • It is not suggested for travelers who have back difficulties.
  • This joint tour is not appropriate for newborns or children under the age of 12.
  • Travelers should be in good physical condition.
  • The rates include any relevant government tax.
  • All the rates listed above are net and in US dollars per person.
  • The program schedule is subject to change without notice.
  • The exact pick-up and drop-off times will be communicated via email.
  • Dropping time cannot be guaranteed because it depends on the situation and traffic.

Why small group tours?

While it’s still big enough to have a great communal atmosphere, it’s still intimate enough that you may explore each spot on your own. Our small semi-private groups are never more than ten people.

We continue to use this as the standard upper limit for the size of small groups because it has consistently been highlighted as an important selling element by all of our client’s testimonials. Because of the frequent positive feedback we’ve received from our guests regarding our ability to handle small groups, we’ve decided that this will be the typical maximum number of people in a group.

Afternoon Siem Reap floating village tour [Siem Reap floating village Kampong Phluk guided tour]

This experience necessitates a minimum number of participants. You will be offered a new date/experience or a full refund if the minimum is not fulfilled.

Why Local guides?

Follow in the footsteps of our tour guide. These local experts refer to your stunning tour destination as “home.”

  • Get ready, relax and learn about local treasures, folklore, personalities, and historical information!
  • Prepare to receive and discover what every other traveler misses when they simply search and surf the web.

What is the sanitization policy for the afternoon Siem Reap floating village tour [Siem Reap floating village Kampong Phluk guided tour]?

  • Travelers and workers can use hand sanitizer.
  • Regular sanitization of transportation vehicles.

What precautions are being taken to preserve the health and safety of the staff during the afternoon Siem Reap floating village Kampong Phluk guided tour?

  • Checks on the staff’s temperature at regular intervals.
  • Staff members experiencing symptoms are eligible for a paid leave of absence.

Get only the Top Rated itineraries and the Top Rated tour experience at the best Value possible

✅ Professionally trained and licensed tour guides, operators, and drivers.

✅ Only carefully curated, tried-and-true adventures, selected trips that have been thoroughly tested.

✅ Daily departures and the ability to accommodate journeys planned at the last minute.

✅ Come together in a more intimate setting, smaller groups with like-minded people who share your perspective on things and getaways with a focus on environmental stewardship and community service.

 

Exploring Siem Reap floating village:

Boat tours, Floating Village tours, Guided Tours, Kompong Phluk tours, Small group tours.

PS: Our group tour leaves Siem Reap daily at 2:30 PM and lasts about 5.5 hours. The fee per person is all-inclusive! It includes entrance fees and boat tickets. We also have several private tour options. Please message us via the chat button or visit our Tonle Sap private tour page to learn more about it.

Tour confirmation

For the tour confirmation:

  • Upon completing your reservation, you will receive an immediate confirmation email with an e-ticket from us.
  • A second email will follow with your tour guide and driver’s information on the day of the excursion. You’ll be able to reach them at this number if your hotel pick-up is a bit delayed since this might happen from time to time due to traffic or other customers running behind schedule. Hand the tour guide number to your hotel reception so they can take care of the call!
  • We ask that you please tell us if there are any problems or changes to the location/hotel where your trip will begin. Notify us via email if you’d like to alter the tour’s pick-up location or hotel after booking.

The time to act is now.

Pickup details

  • We will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel, but please provide us with your hotel name and address so that our tour and driver can greet you in the lobby.
[On the checkout page, filling up your data, you will see a dedicated space to write a note for us, including your pick-up place, as your meeting point to start the tour will be at your hotel lobby].

IMPORTANT!

While filling out your information on the checkout page, you will notice a special box to add a note for us, including your pick-up location, as your meeting point to begin the trip will be at your hotel lobby.

Following your reservation, we will provide you with all the pick-up information and schedule through email.

The meeting site for your tour pick-up and land transport is outside the hotel lobby near reception, outside your villa or rental airbnb.

The driver will arrive and ask for your name and voucher number, which you will provide on your mobile device.

What is a Shared Experience on MySiemReapTour?
  1. Itineraries are created in collaboration with notable travel bloggers, local experts, and the best-rated local guides.
  2. Small groups only! No buses, no crowds, and a limit of 10 passengers, with only top-notch modern leather-seat minivans.
  3. Solo travelers do not pay more; there are flat charges per person.

The booking process

How do I reserve a tour?

Find your favorite Angkor Wat tour or Siem Reap tour, select the number of guests, select a date on the calendar, and click on the “book now” button.

You will then enter your contact information to arrive at the payment page and receive your booking confirmation email. 

Begin the journey!

When buying a tour, what does ‘Instant Confirmation’ mean?

It means you will receive an instant confirmation of your booking via the email address you provided when you registered with MySiemReapTours, together with your payment receipt.

Your instant confirmation is your tour E-ticket.

Your confirmed booking, including all relevant details, will also be visible on your personal booking dashboard.

What is the longest time it takes to confirm a tour?

Most of the tours are confirmed in minutes. For a few private tours, we might need 1 hour or 2 to organize all your tour needs.

MySiemReapTours accepts which currencies?

We support transactions in U.S. dollars. If you are from a different region, the charges should immediately be converted into the currency of your home country by your credit card.

Most major credit cards can be used to pay for a MySiemReapTours activity.

Is it feasible to pay in cash or in person for an activity?

MySiemReapTours does not currently accept cash payments, and our physical locations do not handle ticketing or booking.

What should I do if the driver fails to arrive on time?

No worries, please contact the phone shown in the “contact tour operator/guide” part of your booking confirmation email for updates.

Who should I contact if I need to modify my reservation details?

Please notify us of any changes to your pick-up address, phone number, or email address.

What should I do if my plans change?

Please contact MySiemReapTours.

  • Booking@mysiemreaptours.com
  • Hotline: +855 (0)69 254 101
  • WhatsApp(chat only): +855 (0)69 254 101

…or use the online chat to contact us.

Please keep in mind that last-minute modifications may not be permitted.

Frequently Asked Questions

Siem Reap Floating Village

➤ Escape the city for a day and visit Siem Reap Floating Village.

After seeing the fabulous temple complex of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia, you may be left wondering, “Now what?” After you’ve seen the biggest religious building in the world, go to the Siem Reap Floating Villages.

➤ Siem Reap, Cambodia’s floating villages, will transport you to another fantastical realm.

Communities in rural Cambodia near Tonle Sap Lake are all the rage among vacationers these days. Anyone who comes to Cambodia must take the time to experience the unique culture of the floating villages near Siem Reap.

This fascinating journey through the history of this Southeast Asian nation is reminiscent of a museum visit. A sense of humanity and gratitude for life is conveyed through the stories of the various villages.

Nowhere else will you go on a tour where everything you see is so genuine as on the eco-tours of Siem Reap floating villages. You can trust your eyes; that’s how things are.

The Floating Village of Kampong Phluk is a Must See in Siem Reap.

Kampong Phluk, another floating village close to Siem Reap, translates to “harbor of tusks.” It is only a half-day trip away and is only 30 kilometers from Siem Reap. The village’s economy depends heavily on catching shrimp and fish.

Crocodiles are raised as livestock in these villages rather than chickens or other common livestock. Just as we thought, right? Sadly though, it won’t work for them. At one of the floating restaurants, if you think you can stomach something as absurd as crocodile meat, you can enjoy a rare delicacy.

The dense mangrove forests are a hidden treasure of these communities, and exploring them will only set you back a few extra dollars. It’s a beautiful spot to spend some time taking pictures of nature.

➤ What is the best time to visit the floating villages of Siem Reap?

The Floating Villages of Siem Reap are Best Visited Between November and April.

From June to October, precipitation is common. When everyone in a town seems to be “floating,” it’s high season, and many tourists flock there.

The stilts supporting the houses are visible during the dry season, making the buildings appear even taller than they are.

Sustainable Travelers

Don’t bother with any schools if you can help it; many schools will try to solicit donations from tourists in exchange for “donations” (usually for things like “books” or “rice”) that may or may not be used for those purposes.

The best way to help the people living around Tonle Sap Lake is to buy souvenirs, eat at local restaurants, and consult the tourist centers. Tourism in the form of paddle boat rides through the flooded forest provides locals with another means of income.

➤ Is Tonle Sap Worth Visiting?

When you are in the vicinity of Angkor Archeological Park to see the temples of Angkor Wat and others, spend a day exploring the Tonle Sap fascinating world. In the rainy season, when the Mekong is at its fullest, some cruises go into the lake to explore its villages and farms.

What Exactly Is A “Floating Village”?

In the modern era, cities and population centers continue to develop in close proximity to bodies of water, as doing so has commercial and sustainability benefits. However, communities do exist that choose to reside on the water rather than just near it. These communities, often referred to as “boat communities” or “floating villages,” were established on the surface of inland water bodies for a variety of reasons, including ethnic and occupational.

How Far Is Kampong Phluk From Siem Reap?

About thirty kilometers (twenty miles) to the southwest of Siem Reap is the well-known floating village called Kampong Phluk. The trip to Kampong Phluk should take between forty minutes and an hour, depending on weather and traffic.

How Much Does It Cost to Visit Kampong Phluk?

A trip to Kampong Phluk will set you back $24 if you want to see everything the place has to offer (including the entry ticket and boat ticket). To get there, you can either take a tuk-tuk for $20 or hire a private car and driver for $45 + boat tickets and entry fees.

What Is Unique About Tonle Sap?

The sunsets!

And… Tonle Sap Lake is one of the world’s most productive inland fisheries and the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia. The 100-kilometer-long Tonle Sap River flows out of the lake and into the Mekong.

How do people make a living on Tonle Sap?

These lake dwellers have settled the area around the Tonle Sap in hundreds of small villages. People who make their homes on stilts or in houseboats (collectively known as “floating villages”) go fishing from long sampans and bamboo fish traps.

➤ How many Floating Village Cambodia?

170 different floating communities are home to a combined total of 80,000 people who make their permanent homes on the water. In contrast to the majority of employment choices in Cambodia, not only is the money stable because of a very long fishing season, but living on the water can be challenging.

➤ Cambodia and Siem Reap have a lot to offer to tourists.

The area around Siem Reap is home to four major floating villages:

• Chong Kneas

• Mechrey

• Kampong Khleang

• Kampong Phluk

Chong Kneas

About 16 kilometers from Siem Reap is the village of Chong Khneas. In this village, people live in homes that are either permanently afloat or on stilts and which move around with the tides.

Because God and education don’t need an excuse to be prevalent even in the most difficult areas, you’ll be surprised to find a floating school and even a church. You may also encounter crocodiles lazing around in the murky water of the Tonle Sap Floating Village, but there’s no need to be alarmed.

If you plan on staying for a while, you can enjoy the local Korean restaurants and shop for unique souvenirs at the floating markets.

The cities of Battambang and Phnom Penh can be reached from Chong Khneas (the capital of Cambodia). Visiting these locations by boat is the best way to get the most out of your trip.

Mechrey

There are fewer tourists in Mechrey than in other Siem Reap floating villages because it is less well-known. It is a wildlife sanctuary’s entry point and is located 25 kilometers southwest of Siem Reap.

Explore the unusual way of life of the residents of this floating community. Lovely plants and verandas stacked high with firewood adorn the exteriors of the floating homes. Animals will even make their homes beneath the floating homes.

The floating garden and floating cemetery in this village are its most peculiar features.

You can do some bird watching and nature photography in a vast forest that is home to hundreds of different bird species. Stop by Artisans Angkor to pick up some locally-made keepsakes before heading home.

Kampong Khleang

Kampong Khleang, whose name translates to “harbor warehouse,” is a permanent stilted village located about 50 kilometers southeast of Siem Reap. This is the most remote of the Tonle Sap Lake’s popular villages from Siem Reap. Its lack of popularity among tourists means you can expect a slower, more laid-back experience, which may be appealing.

Kampong Khleang is home to a sizable population (roughly 6,000), so naturally, numerous structures, including houses on stilts and boats, provide for everyone’s needs. The homes on the water are relocated as the Tonle Sap Lake rises and falls. The homes are situated nearly on the water’s edge during the dry season.

Since locals own and operate this boat service, your payment will go directly to them. There are trips to Kampong Khleang that can be booked through My Siem Reap Tours. We take you to the local market and a village where sticky rice is made. If you prefer to have more control over your schedule, you can also get there independently by tuk-tuk and then hire a boat once you get there.

3 reviews for Afternoon Siem Reap floating village tour [Siem Reap floating village Kampong Phluk guided tour]

  1. Jacob E.

    These tours are very well organized, and include both pickup and drop off at your hotel, in addition to a tour guide who will explain everything that happens throughout the tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and provided us with a wealth of information regarding the history of the floating town as well as the day-to-day activities that take place there. I am confident that you will have a fantastic time on any one of these tours, so please do not hesitate to book one of them.

  2. Tim and Vanessa

    I loved this tour! It was a unique experience that I would never have been able to find on my own (I saw some companies offering tuk tuks from the road plus paying entrances fees and paying for the boats it seemed all very complicated). I decided for this tour because it is hassle free and it is all included. I enjoyed learning about the unique floating villages and seeing them up close. I also enjoyed spending a full afternoon on the lake and seeing the vast expanse of water. This tour was a great way to spend my third day in Siem Reap.

  3. Selena Juarez

    I was reading about a tour that would take me to see the floating villages of Siem Reap. I loved the pictures and I thought it sounded like a great idea. The tour was so informative and the guides were so nice. I had a great time learning about the culture and traditions of these communities. The floating villages of Siem Reap are an unforgettable experience and one that I would recommend.

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