No trip to Cambodia is complete without an adventure on the Tonle Sap Lake as part of your Cambodia holiday package. The combined lake and river system is the largest fresh water lake in Southeast Asia and the richest fishing lake in the World. Floating Villages are an amazing sight and within Cambodia there are a number of these villages. Situated on the flood plains of the Tonle Sap Lake the world around these homes undergoes dramatic transformation from dry to wet season.
In the dry season homes tower on their tall spindly stilts, fishermen repair boats and nets, children make clay balls to use with their sling shots and enjoy the freedom of being able to run around.
In the wet season the water laps at the floor boards, travel is limited to boats and in some instances buckets. Children paddle to and from school and life revolves around fishing.
Kampong Phluk or Kampong Kleang Floating Village Tour
(Departure – 07:30am to 12:00pm)
Your Cambodia trip to the lake departs the city after breakfast, for an unspoilt floating community called Kampong Phluk. This is astonishing for its stilted-house villages and flooded forest. We stop on the way for a brief tour of the Rolous Market. This is a great chance for you to take the photos of locals selling indigenously grown vegetables, different fish species and other local produce. We take a boat to the floating community of Kampong Phluk, visit an island pagoda, school and houses standing on 8 or 10m high stilts, fish farms and learn about the village life. We then take rowing boat and venture beyond the villages into the flooded forest, the habitat of some of water-bird specie. We jump back in to the big boat and set off for the Tonle Sap, before returning back to town.
- This is a poor rural village please be mindful of the environment
- Please do not hand things out to villagers this contributes to creating a begging cycle and can create jealousy.
- We recommend heading to the toilet before you go on this trip as facilities are very basic
At different times of the year Kompong Phhluk becomes very difficult to access. If access is dangerous and water levels are low then we will conduct this trip at Kompong Khleang village further up stream. This village is very similar with the same stilt and floating homes; however there is no flooded forest at Kompong Khleang. Both these Cambodia trips though, are extremely interesting and are greatly enjoyed by all participants.