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Life on the great Tonle Sap Lake and the stilt house village of Kompong Khleang

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day tour

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: All day

tour highlights

Visit the tradtional village of Kompong Khleang
  • Explore a stilt house community by boat
  • See the island market and school of a fishing village
  • Observe life along the Tonle Sap Lake
  • Admire the beauty of a unique fishing village on the lake

tour details

The village of Kompong Khleang is one of the largest permanent communities on the Tonle Sap Lake and is home to over 20,000 people livng in gigantic stilt houses with an economy based on fishing. We’ll head from Siem Reap to the remote and unique community of Kompong Khleang and board a private boat where you’ll enjoy spectacular views as we visit a small island at the center of the village. Here we’ll see its market, school and brightly painted pagodas. After exploring the island, we’ll continue by boat to witness traditional life in this charming community on the waters of the great Tonle Sap Lake. Whether visiting during dry or wet season, spending time among the stilt houses and lively community of Kompong Khleang is an incredible experience.

tour description

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.

includes

  • Private transportation
  • 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

excludes

  • 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

notes

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.
    Tour code: REPDSKKL

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