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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 Floating Village Tour Kampong Phluk (Tonel Sap Lake)

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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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.
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Kompong Phluk Village and Tonle Sap Lake Half-Day Tour

- 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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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.
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Sunset Cruises

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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Tonle Sap Day Trip and Floating Village from Siem Reap

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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Sunset Floating Village (Komphong Pluk ) PRIVATE TOUR

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 tours (maximum 12 persons) 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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Phnom Kulen National Park and Tonle Sap Cruise private Days Tours

it is the most interesting site around Siem Reap beside the temples of Angkor to explore the most beautiful site as Phnom Kulen National Park, Waterfall, Reclining Buddha Statue , river of 1000 Linga and walking through the tropical forest visit the local village with palm sugar village and then continue to take cruise at Tonle Sap, visit floating village, foaling school ...
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Siem Reap Lake-Side Village Tour

Our professional tour guide can explain what the guest are about to see about the lifestyle, culture,history of Cambodian people who live on the water. ​It is a fascinating tour to learn about the living ofKhmer people at the lakeside. We'll visit the floating buildings, crocodile farms and local markets.
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Lake-Side Village Tour

The tour has two options, so it is fit to several types of visitors. Our professional tour guide can explain what the guest are about to see, the history, culture and religious of Cambodian in the past and today. We start at 9:00am and travel to Kampong Phluk village. Then, we take a motorized boat to the village and visit stilted houses, a pagoda, a school and local shops. A small rowing boat can be rent to go through the forest. From October to January is a good time to visit Kampong Phluk.
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Sunset on Tonle Sap Lake

To see the real local life on the lake. Enjoy the most beautiful, peaceful, sunset, and experience in a lifetime.
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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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Tonle Sap Lake - Fishing Village & Flooded Forest

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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Kompong Kleang Tour - floating Village on the Tonle Sap Lake

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Floating Village Half Day Tour

Following a pick-up from your hotel or guesthouse, transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to the Port near Phnom Krom. Your English speaking guide will point out areas of local interest along the way. Pass rice paddies and fields of lotus flowers – a deeply important flower in Buddhism. .Continue to a crocodile and fish farm on the lake. If catfish, crocodiles and large snakes don’t interest you, there is a souvenir shop and viewing deck on board where you can purchase souvenirs and take some stunning photographs of the views.During the boat ride through the floating village, watch the locals going about their daily life. Docking at the Queen Tara, the biggest boat on the lake, in the heart of the floating village, enjoy a well-deserved meal and 2 free drinks. After lunch, take a seat on the viewing deck and watch the world go by.Depart the Queen Tara and journey back to the port.
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Siem Reap 2nights /3 days package

Unique experience to see the people living on floating village.Visit the largest temple in the world
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Explore The Kampong Pluk Floating Village

This tour will take you into an enriching cultural immersion of Tonle Sap Lake called Kampong Phluk Village. Learn more about the ecological and economic significance of Tonle Sap Lake to the Cambodians. Catch a glimpse of the uncommon village life and on return will visit The Artisan School and drop at the Old Market free for shopping before taking you back to your hotel.
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Day Cruises

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.
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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.
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  • 8 hours
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3-Day Angkor, Lake-side Village & Roluos Temples Tour

Our tour includes the main tourist attractions and a little bit extra. Great for a medium length stay at Siem Reap.We provide a professional tour. We only use high quality transport. All our drivers are experienced and qualified. Likewise our guides are qualified, mature and experienced. We avoid external services, e.g. restaurants that do not provide a similar high quality service.
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Half-day Tours

Silk Island Half-Day Lunch Cruise and Tour from Phnom Penh

Escape the city for a scenic 4-hour cruise to the Silk Island from Phnom Penh, including hotel pick-up. Sail past the floating villages and fishing farms of the Mekong River, as you sip cocktails and tuck into a delicious BBQ lunch (included) on-board. After docking on the island, get a taste of local life as you visit the temples, silk plantations and villages, then learn about the island’s silk production as you tour a silk farm.
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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.
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Sunset Cruises

Sunset Cruise with Optional Buffet Dinner from Phnom Penh

See the capital at its most magical as you glide past the glittering Phnom Penh skyline on this 2-hour sunset dinner cruise, including hotel pick-up. Cruise past the Royal Palace, along the Mekong River and through the floating villages of Tonle Sap, then tuck into a delicious BBQ dinner on-board. Finally, sip a complimentary cocktail as you watch the sunset over Phnom Penh and Silk Island.
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Day Cruises

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

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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