Tonlé Sap Tours

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This great lake covering 1,000 square miles (2,600 square kilometers) is not only the largest body of fresh water in Southeast Asia, it’s also a UNESCO-designated biosphere due to its remarkable natural features. The flow of water in Tonlé Sap changes direction twice during the course of the year, expanding and contracting with the seasons.


The Basics

Most travelers choose to experience Tonlé Sap by boat, whether en route between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh or during a daytime or sunset dinner cruise. Depending on the option chosen, a sightseeing boat ride might include a visit to Chong Khneas floating village of stilted houses, a fish and crocodile farm, and a meal at a traditional Khmer floating restaurant. 


Those with an interest in the lake’s biodiversity can opt for a day trip to Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary, a biosphere reserve that’s home to more than 150 bird species.


Things to Know Before You Go

  • Tonlé Sap is a must-see for adventure travelers and first-time visitors.
  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat when cruising the lake.
  • Many boat tours on the lake include hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Tonlé Sap day trips can last anywhere from four to nine hours, depending on the option chosen.


How to Get There

Most tours of the lake depart from Chong Khneas, located 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) south of Siem Reap. The easiest way to get to the lake is on a guided tour.


When to Get There

From November to May—the country’s dry season—Tonlé Sap empties into the Mekong River, making the lake’s natural features much less spectacular. If you want to get out on the lake when it’s at its largest, plan to visit during the rainy season (August and September) when the waters reverse and the enormous lake forms. Water levels are at their lowest between April and June. The best bird viewing happens between December and April.


The People of Tonlé Sap

Spend some time on the lake, and you’ll quickly realize that most residents of the stilted houses and floating villages are fishermen. Many of these families are ethnic Vietnamese who’ve been in the trade for decades. For the most authentic view of life on the lake, head farther afield to the villages near Kampong Chhnang and Pursat.

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Half-Day Tour of Floating Village and Tonle Sap Lake by Boat

Set sail for a scenic 4-hour cruise around Tonle Sap Lake from Siem Reap, including hotel transfers and lunch. Hop aboard a traditional longtail boat and drift through the floating village of Chong Khneas, stopping to admire the lotus fields and peek into a crocodile and fish farm along the way. Finally, arrive at the Tara floating restaurant, where you can tuck into a delicious meal, sip complimentary cocktails and relax in a hammock as you soak up the views.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Tonle Sap Cruise Small-Group Tour

Discover Siem Reap's secrets by remork (Cambodian tuk tuk) on a half-day, small-group tour. Take a boat trip on the Tonle Sap lake through floating and stilted villages. See seasonal agricultural activities of rice planting and harvesting, making fish paste, duck farming and cricket catching! Explore a local village, where you will sample Cambodian snacks and visit a Buddist monastery
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$45.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Half-Day Village Tour and Silk Farm from Siem Reap

While in Siem Reap, take a private 3- to 4-hour tour for a cruise to floating villages on Tonle Sap, where you learn about ethnic Khmer fishing communities on this massive lake. See another side of Cambodia during your tour of the great lake, which is home to hundreds of floating fishing villages and is one of the most important food sources in the country.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$47.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Half-Day Sailing Adventure on Tonle Sap Lake

Grab your camera and experience the wild beauty of Tonle Sap Lake on this 3-hour cruise from Siem Reap. Set sail to explore the lake’s floating villages and flooded forests, stopping along the way to admire the stilted houses and waterside pagodas. Then, get an insight into local life as you watch fishermen at work, glide through the lively floating markets and peek into a floating school.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$21.30 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Sunset at Tonle Sap Lake from Siem Reap

Enjoy the beauty of Tonle Sap Lake at sunset during this memorable tour from Siem Reap. Follow your friendly guide through the floating markets, talk to local people living in stilted houses and gain a deeper understanding of the unique way of life found in rural Cambodia.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$37.50 USD
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Featured Private Tours To Floating Village, Kompong Khleang & Beng Mealea Temple

A private day trip to explore more ways of people life at rural area of Kompong Khleang, the large fishing/floating community that living on stilted houses and house-boat including unique Tonle Sap, The Great Lake and more excursion to explore overgrown untouched of Beng Mealea so-called Indiana Jones Temple.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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The best of Siem Reap 4 days tour

There’s more to Siem Reap than just Angkor Wat. Discover it—along with a healthy dose of Angkor magic—on this 3-night guided tour that includes 3-star hotel accommodation and many meals. See the signature sights of the Angkor Kingdom: Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, and more. Feast on a buffet dinner with Khmer classical dance, cruise Tonle Sap Lake, and pay tribute at the Wat Thmey Killing Fields.
  • Duration: 4 days
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$85.50 USD
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Sunset Dinner on Tonle Sap Lake with a Floating Village Tour

Experience the magic of Tonle Sap Lake at twilight on this romantic 4-hour dinner cruise from Siem Reap, including hotel pick-up. First, enjoy a small boat cruise around the floating village, lotus fields and crocodile farms of Chong Khneas. Then, board the Taras floating restaurant for a delicious buffet dinner and enjoy unlimited cocktails as you watch the sunset over the lake.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$36.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Temples of Cambodia Day Trip from Siem Reap

If you’ve only got limited time in Siem Reap, tick off the best of Angkor Archeological Park on a full-day tour that reveals historical information integral to understanding the UNESCO-listed temple complex. Hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off mean you won’t have to worry about finding a meeting point early in the morning, while air-conditioned transport between each temple means you’ll stay cool throughout the day.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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$86.00 USD
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Kompong Phluk Village and Tonle Sap Lake Half-Day Tour From Siem Reap

Get a taste of rural Cambodia on this 5-hour tour from Siem Reap, including hotel pick-up. Cruise around the serene Tonle Sap Lake and keep your camera to hand as you glide through the flooded forest, admire the stilted houses of Kompong Phluk village and pass a scenic panorama of floating markets, fish farms and rice paddies.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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$38.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Kompong Khleang Floating Village from Siem Reap

Head off-the-beaten-track and visit the floating village of Kompong Khleang on this 4-hour small-group tour from Siem Reap, including hotel pick-up. Get an insight into rural life as you visit the local markets and plantations by minivan, then cruise around the floating villages, flooded forest and stilted houses of Tonle Sap Lake. Finally, tuck into a lunch of typical Cambodian cuisine (included) at a local restaurant. 
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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$72.00 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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Phnom Penh Sunset Cruise Including BBQ and Drinks

Experience the Cambodian capital at its most atmospheric on this 2.5-hour sunset cruise from Phnom Penh, including hotel pick-up. Sail out of the city for a scenic cruise along the Tonle Sap lake and Mekong Rivers, and watch the sunset over landmarks like the Royal Palace and the floating villages of the Mekong. Finally, tuck into a delicious BBQ dinner on-board and enjoy unlimited drinks as you glide past the illuminated city skyline.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$26.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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3-Day Majestic Angkor Wat, Siem Reap and Tonle Sap Lake Tour

Immerse yourself in ancient history and Cambodian culture on a private, 3-day tour of Angkor Archeological Park and Tonle Sap Lake. With two full days to explore the Angkor temples, you can see top destinations, then leave crowds behind at exquisite temples set outside the main site. After your time in Angkor, cruise Tonle Sap Lake to spot remarkable birds and see a traditional fishing village on stilts.
  • Duration: 3 days
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$119.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 days
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Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary Day Trip from Siem Reap

Encounter Cambodia’s startling wildlife on a thrilling full-day cruise around Tonle Sap Lake from Siem Reap. Get a glimpse of local life on the water as you pass floating villages, markets and stilted houses, then enter the protected biosphere reserve of the Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary. Paddle around the flooded forests and swamps in a traditional flat bottomed boat, and look out for over 150 bird species, including Spot billed Pelican, Black headed Ibis, Grey-headed Fish Eagles and the rare Masked Finfoot. This small-group tour includes hotel pick-up and lunch.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$165.00 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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2-Day Best of Angkor Wat and Tonle Sap Lake Tour

Combine local culture with ancient history on this private 2-day tour of Siem Reap. On day one, visit the UNESCO-listed Angkor Archaeological Park. The park boasts almost a thousand years of history, so a guided tour is a good way to focus on the highlights. During the second day, a guided visit to the floating villages of the Tonlé Sap provides an insight into a unique way of life in Cambodia.
  • Duration: 2 days
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$79.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 days
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One-Way Tonle Sap or Mekong River Cruise from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

The drive from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap can be long and bumpy, but you don’t have to travel by road! Opt for the scenic route with this one-way cruise and experience life along the Mekong River, glide around Tonle Sap Lake, and tuck into a delicious lunch on-board. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$135.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Kompong Phluk-Small group tour

Visit Kompong Phluk village, Take boat trip to visit the Greatest Lake Tonle Sap, See houses on stilts, Beautiful forest, Pagoda and daily life of fisherman.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$23.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Small-Group Day Tour to Kompong Khleang from Siem Reap

Get a glimpse of life in a traditional Cambodian floating village on this full-day tour by bus, bike and boat from Siem Reap. Cycle through the countryside, take a scenic cruise through a flooded forest and explore the floating village of Kompong Khleang on the Tonlé Sap lake. Along the way, visit a floating school, browse the local fish market and admire the waterside pagodas, then tuck into a typical Khmer lunch (included). This small-group tour is limited to 12, ensuring an authentic local experience.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$62.50 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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3-Hour Guided Floating Village Boat Tour in Siem Reap

Visit a floating village at the edge of Tonle Sap Lake on a 3-hour tour from Siem Reap, and explore a landscape of rice paddies, mangrove forests, and aquaculture. You’ll travel across the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, where homes are built on slender stilts at the edge of the water, then see the floating village with an experienced guide. This 3-hour Tonle Sap Lake tour includes round-trip transport in a climate-controlled vehicle, the boat cruise, and all entrance fees.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$29.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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3-Day Siem Reap Tour: Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Bayon and Tonle Sap

Delve into the mystifying history of Cambodia’s sacred temples and ancient archeological sites on a 3-day adventure from Siem Reap. Immerse yourself in Cambodia rich cultural heritage and discover the awe-inspiring temples of the Khmer Kingdom; marvel at the ancient structures of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat; and hike into the dense depths of the jungle on an excursion to the River of a Thousand Lingas. Cruise around a UNESCO World Heritage-listed Biosphere and enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, on which numbers are limited to 12 people.
  • Duration: 3 days
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$440.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 days
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Angkor Wat Helicopter Flight with Private Tour of Temples

Experience the beauty of Angkor Wat as you cruise high above during a thrilling helicopter ride over this famed UNESCO World Heritage listed site. You’ll get an aerial view during the 20-minute shared flight over this archaeological park, then see the ruins up close in this helicopter flight with private tour of temples. Visit Bayon in Angkor Thom—once the capital of the Khmer Empire—plus iconic Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm. This memorable day ends with a traditional dancer performance and a savory Cambodian dinner. Round-trip private transportation from your Siem Reap hotel and breakfast are also included in the tour.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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$582.50 USD
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Private Temples and Local Village from Siem Reap

Visit the temples of Angkor and Tonle Sap Lake on a 1.5-day tour from Siem Riep, and enjoy the flexibility of a private driver/guide as you explore two UNESCO-listed destinations. Spend the first, full day in the Angkor temple complex, from the sprawling Angkor Wat to the jungle-wrapped ruins of Ta Prohm. On the second day of the tour, cruise to a floating village on a morning excursion to Tonle Sap Lake, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve lined with traditional fishing communities. This 1.5-day tour includes all transport by climate-controlled vehicle.
  • Duration: 1 day 12 hours
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$79.00 USD
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  • Duration: 1 day 12 hours
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Siem Reap and Phnom Penh Highlights in 5 days from Angkor Wat

See the best of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh on this 5-day tour. Of course, first on your list will be the UNESCO-listed Angkor Wat Archaeological Park, offering glorious sunset views over temples with fascinating histories. You’ll also learn about Cambodia’s tragic past at Killing Fields, and celebrate its present at the Silver Pagoda, Royal Palace, and Independence Monument. A small group means you’ll receive plenty of personal attention
  • Duration: 5 days
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$399.00 USD
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  • Duration: 5 days
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Mekong River Cruise to Silk Island from Phnom Penh with Lunch

Cruise the Tonle Sap River from Phnom Penh to Koh Oknha Tei, or Silk Island, and spend a full day exploring the scenic Cambodian countryside. Meet traditional silk weavers and visit a beautiful pagoda, then enjoy a Khmer-style barbecue lunch on the boat. This full-day Tonle Sap River tour includes pickup and drop-off at Phnom Penh hotels, boat transport on the Tara Prince, lunch, and drinks, and it’s the perfect way to experience Cambodia beyond the capitol city.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$39.00 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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