Sail through a charming floating and stilted village Discover an enchanting flooded forest (approx. August to January only) Walk through the village and see closely the local way of life (approx. February to July only) Visit Bakong Temple Be mesmerized by the sunset
Did you know? The Tonle Sap is the largest fresh water lake in South East Asia. During raining season from June to October, the lake is filled by water flowing from the Mekong with 14 meters in depth and expands a maximum surface of 16,000 sq. km. In dry season from November to May its size shrinks to 2,500 sq. km. with an average of two meters in depth and water flows out from the Lake to the Mekong. This lake is home to over 300 species of fresh water fishes, as well as snakes, crocodiles, tortoises, turtles and otters. More than 100 varieties water birds including storks, pelicans, etc..
Travel 38 km away from Siem Reap town, you can explore the remarkable stilted village of Kompong Phluk on the Tonle Sap Lake, where the houses are built a minimum of five meters above dry ground to account for the rise and fall of the lake's waters. This unique architecture has been nicknamed "bamboo skyscrapers". This out-of-time village has 2 very different faces depending on the season. During the dry season (approx. February to July) you can drive to and walk through the village. During the rainy season (approx. August to December) the water has risen so high you cannot drive all the way to the village anymore and must start your boat ride earlier. During this rainy season also, the surrounding forest becomes flooded and and instead of exploring the village by foot, you will explore the forest by pirogue.
Once you have finished exploring Kompong Phluck and its flooded forest, continue to Prasat Bakong, located approximately 10-15min away. Bakong was built in the latter part of the 9th century and was the state temple for King Indravarman I is named after the famous pyramid temple of Bakong, dating from before the time of Angkor and the most important temple of the Roluos Group that was once a capital of the Khmer Empire known as Hariharalaya. As this Temple is considered remote, it is not a temple crowded with tourists and watching the sunset from up- top, sometimes with no one else around, is simply an amazing experience
Round trip transportation from your hotel English speaking tour guide 1-day Temple pass Water and refreshing towels Port and entrance fees
Supplement for tour guide in another language Drinks
1. Best time to visit: All Year, both seasons give a very different scene. From August to January the water level is high enough to flood the forest surrounding the Tonle Sap Lake. For the remainder of the year you will not see a flooded forest and won't be able to pirogue through it but the houses of the village will appear as like standing on gigantic stilts, added onto the incredible surrounding scenery makes a visit to this village worthwhile all year round. 2. This tour can be combined in different ways and can also be done in the morning (excluding a sunset).
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