Kompong Khleang is a unique village and the largest community on the Tonle Sap Lake. We’ll visit this fascinating fishing community and observe its giant stilt houses. We’ll then board a private boat and ride to a small island in the village center. Here you’ll explore its market, school and colorful pagodas before continuing on to witness daily life on the waters of the great Tonle Sap Lake. Each season reveals a different side of this spectacular village, depending on the water levels. After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, we’ll drive to the remote Beng Mealea temple with its breathtaking views as we pass by scenic Khmer countryside. We’ll then explore the hidden gem of Beng Mealea, long abandoned ruins of the Angkor period that are today covered by jungle foliage.
Morning, drive to the village of Kompong Khleang near Siem Reap. This permanent community is one of the largest on the Tonle Sap Lake, home to over 20,000 people living in gigantic stilt houses with an economy based on fishing. Enjoy the spectacular site and board a private boat to visit a small island at the centre of the village to see its market, school and brightly painted pagodas. Continue by boat to see the life on the waters of the great Tonle Sap Lake.
Note: During the high water season from August to January the water level rises to within one or two meters of the buildings. During this time of year the village becomes a lively place with floating houses scattering in the vicinity of Kompong Khleang on the lake. The dry season reveals a spectacular site as the stilt houses rise up to ten meters into the sky. The floating houses are now on the open lake and can be visited with a scenic boat ride. We suggest to conduct this tour in the morning as there are more activities to be observed compared to the rather quiet afternoon.
Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, drive to the remote Beng Mealea temple through the typical Khmer countryside. Explore the long abandoned ruins of Beng Mealea (11th century), still strangled by the overgrown jungle. Return to Siem Reap (60 km).
All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program
English-speaking locally-stationed guides (guides in other languages are on request and may be subject to supplements)
Bottled water and cold towels
Surcharges for other language guides
Personal travel insurance
Personal expenditures such as drinks, souvenirs, gratuities etc.
Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
Ideally a tour to the Tonle Sap Lake is only done during the high-water-level months of July to possibly mid of February. When the water is low boats may get stuck and also the distances to the floating villages increase.
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