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Tonlé Sap

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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Siem Reap 2nights /3 days packageAttraction Tickets

Siem Reap 2nights /3 days package

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Unique experience to see the people living on floating village. Visit the largest temple in the world
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Phnom Kulen and Tonle Sap Sunset Cruise Day ToursAttraction Tickets

Phnom Kulen and Tonle Sap Sunset Cruise Day Tours

The Phnom Kulen National Park is home to the Thousand Lingas, one of Cambodia’s most important Hindu sites. On this tour, combine a morning tour of the national park with an afternoon visit to Tonle Sap Lake. Visit the Reclining Buddha Statue and take a swim beneath a waterfall at Phnom Kulen, then cruise around Tonle Sap and experience local life in the floating village of Kampong Phluk.
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Sunset Dinner on Tonle Sap Lake with a Floating Village TourDay Cruises

Sunset Dinner on Tonle Sap Lake with a Floating Village Tour

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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.
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Half-Day Tour of Floating Village and Tonle Sap Lake by BoatDay Cruises

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

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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.
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Sunset on Tonle Sap Lake

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To see the real local life on the lake. Enjoy the most beautiful, peaceful, sunset, and experience in a lifetime.
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Half-Day Kompong Phluk, Tonle Sap Lake from Siem ReapDay Cruises

Half-Day Kompong Phluk, Tonle Sap Lake from Siem Reap

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Whole communities thrive at the edges of Tonlé Sap, South-East Asia's largest freshwater lake. Expect to learn how Khmer people have begun to live in houses built on stilts and hear how the locals live and interact within this unique ecosystem during this half-day tour. Your professional guide is the key to understanding Kompong Phluk and reveals highlights of the floating villages that are difficult to access on your own.
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Floating Village Tour Kampong Phluk Group Tour

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We will pick you up from your hotel in Siem Reap by our local tour guide with minivan (please make sure you provide your hotel information at time of booking). Discover Cambodian’s traditional life on Tonle Sap lake by visiting the Kompong Phluk floating village. Kompong Phluk is a permanent community that has based its economy on fishing and is surrounded by flooded forest. During the dry season, you will be able to sight stilt houses rising up to 8 meters in the air while in the wet season, the water rises to within one meter of the edifices. Embark with this small group which will allow you to share not only your sightseeing experience but also sharing travel cost when visiting Kompong Phluk village. This half-day tour will allow you to discover one of the most interesting floating villages that lie on the TonLe Sap lake. Have a high regard for people’s living while you will end your tour admiring the sunset over this gigantic lake.
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3-Day Majestic Angkor Wat, Siem Reap and Tonle Sap Lake Tour

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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.
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Kompong Phluk and Tonle Sap Lake Sunset TourCultural Tours

Kompong Phluk and Tonle Sap Lake Sunset Tour

Witness the magical sunset over Tonle Sap Lake on this romantic evening cruise from Siem Reap. First, head to the floating village of Kompong Phluk to enjoy a small boat cruise around the stilted houses, waterfront pagodas and flooded forests. Then, board a floating restaurant for a delicious buffet dinner (included) and enjoy unlimited cocktails as you watch the sunset over the lake.
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Floating Village Sunset Group Tour

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Just south of Siem Reap, the lush countryside and floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake make a popular choice for a day trip. This tour takes you away from the crowds to one of the less-visited floating villages—Mey Chrey—where you can meet the locals, visit a traditional market, and learn about local life and culture. An afternoon departure means you’ll arrive in time to watch the magnificent sunset over the lake.
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Tonle Sap Lake - Fishing Village & Flooded ForestHalf-day Tours

Tonle Sap Lake - Fishing Village & Flooded Forest

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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 Tonle Sap Lake.     
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Sunset Cruise on Tonle Sap

Experience the magic of a Cambodian sunset with a romantic evening cruise around Tonle Sap lake. Hop aboard a traditional wooden boat for a scenic 3-hour cruise and take in the highlights of Southeast Asia’s largest lake, a protected UNESCO biosphere reserve. Get a glimpse of local life as you drift past floating villages and stilted homes, and watch fishermen casting their nets, then enjoy complimentary drinks and nibbles as the sunset casts red and orange hues across the lake.
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Kompong Phluk Village and Tonle Sap Lake Half-Day Tour

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- Personalized experience of Angkor Archeological Park from Siem Reap - Explore in an intimate group limited to 10 people - Stay cool with hotel pickup and drop-off in an air-conditioned vehicle - Discover historical info you may have missed if exploring on your own
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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
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Kompong Kleang Tour - floating Village on the Tonle Sap LakeDay Trips

Kompong Kleang Tour - floating Village on the Tonle Sap Lake

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Tonle Sap Day Trip and Floating Village from Siem ReapDay Trips

Tonle Sap Day Trip and Floating Village from Siem Reap

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Thousands of fishing families live along the Tonle Sap, South-East Asia's largest freshwater lake. On this private tour, you'll learn how Tonle Sap sustains the region's fishers and farmers, and how locals live and work in the floating villages that dot the lake edge. You'll see the locals work, but also how they relax and celebrate with a visit to Siem Reap's cultural village and a traditional Khmer dance performance over dinner.
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Kompong Phluk Village and Tonle Sap Lake Half-Day Tour From Siem Reap

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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.
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Full Day Tonle Sap Lake Tour with Prek Toal Bird SanctuaryNature & Wildlife

Full Day Tonle Sap Lake Tour with Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary

Explore Tonle Sap Lake’s wildlife, flooded forests, and floating communities on a full-day tour from Siem Reap that includes the Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary. Rise early for a birding trip through the forest, traveling by boat to spot some of Tonle Sap’s remarkable water birds, then paddle through the floating neighborhoods of Prek Toal village. This full-day Tonle Sap tour includes pickup and drop-off in Siem Reap, lunch, and all transport, and it’s the perfect introduction to Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
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Explore Siem Reap 2 Days Private Tours is the best choice for your holiday in Siem Reap,  Cambodia to visit the world heritage site of UNESCO and the natural biosphere of the largest lake in south east Asia and it known as Tonle Sap and we selected the most highlighted to add in the tours itinerary as Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom , Bayon, Elephants Terrace, Ta Promh and watch sunset at the ancient temple of Angkor park at Pre Rup temple and another unique of the tours activities is to visit the floating village on the Tonle Sap Lake and go by cruise around the floating village.
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Full-Day Tour of Kompong Phluk and Tonle Sap Lake by BoatDay Cruises

Full-Day Tour of Kompong Phluk and Tonle Sap Lake by Boat

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Immerse yourself in local life on this full-day tour of rural Cambodia from Siem Reap. Cruise along Tonle Sap Lake, stopping to explore the lively floating village of Chong Khneas along the way. Keep your camera to hand as you wind through the dramatic scenery of the flooded forest and admire the stilted houses of Kompong Phluk. Finally, tuck into a delicious buffet lunch (included) at the Tara floating restaurant, then sip a cocktail and relax in a hammock as you soak up the views.
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Sunset at Tonle Sap Lake from Siem ReapHalf-day Tours

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.
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Our three-day tours will make your trip unforgettable. We'll take to see some of the most amazing places in the Kingdom of Wonder. Day 1: Angkor Wat, South Gate, Bayon, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Ta Nei, Pre Rup and sunset. Day 2: Visit sunrise at Angkor Wat, to visit Banteay Srei, Preah Khann, Neak Pean & Ta Som, East Mebon and Banteay Samre temple. Day 3: Visit Phnom Kulen, Beng Mealea, Bakong, Preah Ko, Lolei, Tonle Sap lake and its floating villages.
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2-Day Best of Angkor Wat and Tonle Sap Lake Tour

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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.
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Tonle Sap Lake and Beng Mealea TempleDay Trips

Tonle Sap Lake and Beng Mealea Temple

Full day tour explores the real life of Cambodian local people living on Tonle Sap Lake (Kampong Khleang). Take the boat cruise to visit the fishing villages and learn about the world’s second largest freshwater Tonle Sap Lake. Visit one of the most mysterious temples at Angkor - Beng Mealea.
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Koulen Mountain Waterfall Tour with free Sunset at Tonle Sap Lake

Sitting about 50km from Siem Reap town, Phnom Koulen is considered to be Cambodia’s most sacred mountain. Locals flock to the holy site daily to pray, leave offerings, stroll through the national park or picnic next to one of the waterfalls. - Waterfall - Preah Ang Thom (Great Buddha Statue) - Thousand Linga - Local Village & Community - Sunset at Tonle Sap Lake
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Kompong Khleang Floating Village & Tonle Sap Lake - Private Day TourDay Cruises

Kompong Khleang Floating Village & Tonle Sap Lake - Private Day Tour

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Experience Kompong Khleang, known as the largest, most authenitc and least visited floating village in Siem Reap, and the Tonle Sap Lake, a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Featuring local guides who come from the village, guests gain fascinating insight into life on the Lake, Cambodia's lifeblood. Depart your hotel at your conveience and head towards Damdek. Along the way, we will try fresh sticky rice from a road side vendor. We will then visit a local bakery to taste hand made sweets and see how they are made. Afterwards, visit a local market to try popular Khmer snacks and desserts. Upon arrival in Kompong Khleang, take a boat through the village of near 10,000 residents. Visit Wat Kompong Khleang, the spiritual heart of the city and see its massive Buddha statue which looks over the village and the local primary school. Afterwards, continue on the boat to see the magnificent Tonle Sap lake. Afternoon tours can also enjoy sunset.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Tonlé Sap can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 138 Tonlé Sap tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Tonlé Sap 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Tonlé Sap costs USD 20.52. Guided Tonlé Sap tours start around USD 20.52 per person. See all 138 Tonlé Sap tickets and tours on Viator.
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