Three Outstanding Floating Villages
in Siem Reap

Kampung Phluk - a privileged world

While traveling to Angkor Wat, holidaymakers can't overlook Kampung Phluk, one of the floating villages, for its incomparable on-water world. Kampung Phluk is practically situated at the border of the Tonle Sap Lake and entirely rounded by mangrove forests, where annually the waterline ascends and descends devolving on the time of year.

Tourists will utterly be overawed as it hits the site of ordered mansions built upon bamboo piles, seated 10 meters preceding the water. The ambiance is soaked up in an assortment of distinctive salty flavor, adding up from fish, crocodile and piggeries nearby. The village has all the ethnical and cultural places for its occupants - a temple, a stupa to retain the ashes of the bygone, a monastery, and schools. There is no western infirmary, and the residents still choose their conventional medicine for insignificant sicknesses.

Kampung Phluk - Wide angle.
One of the floating villages, Kampung Phluk, view from the village temple

On the wet season, the lake spills over and outpourings the region surrounding it. That is the intense cause of why local mansions adopt the exceptional construction. The Cambodian villagers conform to the annual alteration by adapting the elevation of their houses hinging upon the waterline.

On the dry season, the waterline declines so drastically that visitor can actually move on ground. The villagers frequently make use of the accessible solid space to dry their shrimp. After the shrimp are preserved, they're flavored and subsequently boxed to be traded.

When the gravy holder tardily proceeds far into the village, visitors will discover the amicable Cambodian on-water living. The denizens are meddling washing togs, dealing, stripping freshly caught fish, whilst few are unwinding in the house secured from the blistering sunlight. Ultimately, after dropping once in the village, don't depart Kampung Phluk without having a look at the eminent Tonle Sap Lake, which is just a couple of minutes boat ride off.

Kampong Khleang - a fresh river shore

Kampong Khleang is placed along the northern lake-edge approximately 55 km east of Siem Reap town, less accessible and fewer holidaymaker than Kampong Pluk. Visitors to Kampong Khleang during the dry season are universally overawed by the woodland of artificial houses rearing to 10 meters in the air. In wet season the waters address one or two meters of the constructions. Like Kompong Pluk, Kompong Khleang is an ageless residential area inside the floodplain of the Lake, with an economic system supported by angling and enclosed by flooded forest. Only Kompong Khleang is importantly broader with almost 10 times the population of Kompong Pluk, pulling round the biggest community along the Lake.

Video of Kampung Khleang, the second of the floating villages

The region can be got through by charter boat from the Chong Khneas pier needs around 2 and an one-half hours or by a compounding of road to Domdek on Route 6 needs one and a 30 minutes arrive at the pier then come across a waterman ride another one hour to the village, the finest way devolving on the season. During the dry season, boats can't get all of the way to the intense villages.

Chong Kneas - A well-constructed drifting settlement

Chong Kneas is a drifting settlement at the border of the Tonle Sap Lake that's more touristy than Kampung Phluk and Kampong Khleang. It's among the outstanding attractions in Siem Reap, approximately 20 - 30 minutes from the province's heart. The path to this village is ran along with magnetic paddies, stilted houses and the Phnom Krom hill - which has an ancient temple at the top. As getting into the village, the initiative matter that strikes visitors will be quarrels of tourist boats tailed.

There's a seemingly-most notable Cambodian school in that village. That pupils get to school by boat brings in humorous scenery. The school even owns a divided drifting hoops courtyard and emphatically, visitors can't conceive of how it was capable of being constructed. The cautionary rails along the slopes of the courtyard restrain the ball and participants inwardly.

Chong Kneas, view from top
The third of the floating villages, Chong Kneas, viewed from Crocodile Farm

Also, don't drop out on the catfish farm - plausibly the 'spotlight' of the Chong Kneas visit. Visitors hold the opportunity to fertilize them. There's also a crocodile farm with around ten crocodile right adjacent to the fish farm. A tremendous eyeshot of the Tonle Sap Lake and the drifting settlement can be caught from the second or third floor of the farm.

The floating river villages are within the top must-see places whilst calling in Cambodia. If you prefer to acquire an across-the-board trigger to savor the on-water life, please visit Threeland Travel Indochina and email us at We will return to any inquiry as soon as possible.

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