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Tonlé Sap Tours

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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 package

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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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$20.52
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US$20.52

Sunset Dinner on Tonle Sap Lake with a Floating Village Tour

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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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$39.49
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US$39.49

Kompong Phluk and Tonle Sap Lake Cruising Tour from Siem Reap

Kompong Phluk and Tonle Sap Lake Cruising Tour 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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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$35.00
Price varies by group size
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US$35.00
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Half-Day Tour of Floating Village and Tonle Sap Lake by Boat

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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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$33.34
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US$33.34

Sunset on Tonle Sap Lake

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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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$21.80
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US$21.80

3-Day Siem Reap Tour: Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Bayon and Tonle Sap

3-Day Siem Reap Tour: Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Bayon and Tonle Sap

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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.
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  • 3 days
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US$545.00
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US$545.00
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Kompong Phluk Village and Tonle Sap Lake Half-Day Tour From Siem Reap

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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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$38.98
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US$38.98

Half-Day Sailing Adventure on Tonle Sap Lake

Half-Day Sailing Adventure on Tonle Sap Lake

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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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$65.11
Price varies by group size
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US$65.11
Price varies by group size
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3-Day Majestic Angkor Wat, Siem Reap and Tonle Sap Lake Tour

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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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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$152.24
US$160.26
US$8.02 savings
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US$152.24
US$160.26
US$8.02 savings
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Kompong Phluk Village and Tonle Sap Lake Half-Day Tour

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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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$18.47
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US$18.47

 Floating Village Tour Kampong Phluk Group Tour

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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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$19.80
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US$19.80

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

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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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$61.54
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US$61.54

Tonle Sap Lake - Fishing Village & Flooded Forest

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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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$52.00
Price varies by group size
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US$52.00
Price varies by group size
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Sunset Cruise on Tonle Sap

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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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$39.00
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US$39.00

Kompong Kleang Tour - floating Village on the Tonle Sap Lake

Kompong Kleang Tour - floating Village on the Tonle Sap Lake

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Our experience - with more than 8 years in the tourism sector, we ensure our clients have the best experience for a lifetime of memories.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$32.70
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US$32.70

Phnom Kulen and Tonle Sap Sunset Cruise Day Tours

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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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$176.00
Price varies by group size
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US$176.00
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Full Day Tonle Sap Lake Tour with Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary

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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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$276.93
Price varies by group size
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US$276.93
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Explore Siem Reap 2 Days Private Tours

Explore Siem Reap 2 Days Private Tours

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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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  • 2 days
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US$162.00
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US$162.00
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Kompong Phluk and Tonle Sap Lake Sunset Tour

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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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$69.75
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US$69.75

Small Group Sunset Cruise on Tonle Sap Lake with Beers and Snacks

Small Group Sunset Cruise on Tonle Sap Lake with Beers and Snacks

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This sunset cruise across Tonlé Sap Lake is a great way to see more of Cambodia’s natural landscape long after you’ve exhausted yourself sightseeing in Siem Reap. Put your feet up on this cruise boat and sail to an isolated part of this massive freshwater lake; enjoy complimentary Cambodian beer, soft drinks and canapes as the sun sets over the lake. On the way there, sail past Chong Kneas Floating Village and get a glimpse of life outside of Cambodia’s bustling cities.
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  • 3 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$77.00
Price varies by group size
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US$77.00
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Half Day Trip Fisher-man Stilted-floating villages Kampong Kleang Tonle Sap Lake

Half Day Trip Fisher-man Stilted-floating villages Kampong Kleang Tonle Sap Lake

Make a half-day adventure; difference unique Siem Reap floating village tours with a local guide to Kampong Kleang the largest fishing community on greatest Lake in Asia is Tonle Sap lake, get a boat ride programming in Kompong Khleang they work to support themself.
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  • 4 to 5 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$55.00
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US$55.00
Price varies by group size

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

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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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$74.36
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US$74.36
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Sunset at Tonle Sap Lake from Siem Reap

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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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$38.47
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US$38.47

3-Day Angkor Temples Tour with Tonle Sap Lake

3-Day Angkor Temples Tour with Tonle Sap Lake

Discover the ancient Temples of Angkor Wat and Southeast Asia’s largest lake on a three-day tour to Siem Reap. With an experienced guide to take care of the details, you’ll start exploring the moment you step off the plane, with three days of temples and a boat trip to the floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake. This three-day Angkor tour includes transfers from Siem Reap International Airport, entrance fees, accommodations, breakfast, and lunch, and it’s the perfect way to make the most of your time in Cambodia.
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$412.83
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US$412.83
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Private 2 Day Tour of Temples included Tonle Sap Lake

Private 2 Day Tour of Temples included Tonle Sap Lake

Day 01: Temple Visit We are going to meet you the lobby of hotel at 8:00AM. Then, you are going to visit South Gate of Angkor Thom including Bayon temple, Baphoun, Phimean Akas,Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King. Then, visit the temple of Taprom, shrouded in dense jungle. Lunch break. After lunch, you keep going to visit Angkor Wat, first a Hindu, then subsequently a Buddhist, temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag. Back to hotel. Day 02: Floating village & City Tour After breakfast, we go to meet you at the lobby of hotel. Then you will be transferred to visit Tonle Sap lake, floating village that we call Chong Kneas. We take boat to see real lifestyle of three communities and than return to Siem Reap to visit Les Artisan D’Angkor, fine art School, place for workshop wood and stone carving, Lacquering, silver plated and silk painting.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$133.34
Price varies by group size
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US$133.34
Price varies by group size
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Should I book Tonlé Sap tickets in advance?
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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 139 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 139 Tonlé Sap tickets and tours on Viator.
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