The majority of visitors to Siem Reap are come solely to wonder at Angkor Wat’s ancient temples. However, if you spend several days in Siem Reap, a day trip to the floating village is the best way to break up several days of exploring the temple.
The floating village is one of Cambodia’s most popular tourist attractions. It takes you on an atmospheric journey into the wetlands of Tonle Sap Lake, Southeast Asia’s largest lake. If you want, you can take a small boat to the flooded mangrove forest, which is home to a variety of wildlife.
In today article, we’ll guide you to the best floating village in Siem Reap:
Kampong Phluk Floating Village
Tourists visiting Angkor Wat should not miss Kampong Phluk, which has an unrivaled on-water world. Kampong Phluk lies almost on the Tonle Sap Lake’s edge, surrounded on all sides by mangrove forests, where the waterline rises and falls annually, depending on the season.
Tourists will be completely taken aback when they see the stilt houses built on bamboo piles 10 meters above the river. The community has all of the ethnic and cultural landmarks for its residents, including a temple, a stupa to house the relics of the past, a monastery, and schools. There is no western hospital, and inhabitants continue to use conventional care for minor illnesses.
During the rainy season, the lake overflows and floods the surrounding area. That is the compelling reason why local houses use extraordinary design. Cambodian people adjust the height of their houses based on the waterline to suit the annual change.
During the dry season, the waterline drops so low that visitors can walk on the ground. The people use the available solid space to dry their shrimp on a regular basis. After the shrimp have been preserved, they are seasoned and packaged for trade.
Visitors will discover the friendly Cambodian on-water living when the gravy holder arrives late in the village. The locals are busy washing togs, dealing, and stripping newly caught fish, while a select few relax in a house protected from the scorching sun. Finally, after dropping off in the village, don’t leave Kampong Phluk without taking a boat tour to the famous Tonle Sap Lake, which is only a few minutes away by boat.
Kampong Khleang Floating Village
Kampong Khleang is located 55 kilometers east of Siem Reap town, near the northern lake’s edge. It is less accessible and has less tourists than Kampong Phluk. During the dry season, visitors to Kampong Khleang are amazed by the forest of artificial houses that rise to a height of 10 meters.
Kompong Khleang is an ageless residential area within the Lake’s floodplain, with an economic structure based on angling and surrounded by flooded forest. Only Kompong Khleang is significantly larger, with over ten times the population of Kompong Phluk, encompassing the Lake’s largest village.
The region can be reached by boat from the Chong Khneas pier, which takes around 2.5 hours, or by a combination of road and water from Domdek on national road #6, which takes 1.5 hours to get to the pier and another hour to reach the village, depending on the season. Boats can’t get all the way to the intense villages during the dry season.
Chong Kneas Floating Village
Chong Kneas is one of Siem Reap’s top attractions, located about 20 to 30 minutes from Siem Reap town. The trail leading to this settlement passes through magnetic paddies, stilted houses, and the Phnom Krom hill, which is home to an ancient temple. As soon as travelers enter the village, the first thing that hits them will be quarrels amongst tourist boats.
In the village, there appears to have a well Cambodian school. The school even has a separated floating hoops courtyard, which tourists can’t imagine how it was built. The ball and participants are held inwardly by the warning rails that run along the courtyard’s slopes.
Also, don’t miss the catfish farm, which is likely to be the ‘highlight’ of the Chong Kneas tour. Visitors have the opportunity to feed them. In addition to the fish farm, there is a crocodile farm with about ten crocodiles. From the second or third floors of the farm, you can have a fantastic view of Tonle Sap Lake and the floating village.