Chong Khneas Floating Village Siem Reap
We have just finished our visit to the War Museum Cambodia and the Killing Fields in Siem Reap and still have the afternoon without a plan.
Our Tuk Tuk driver suggests a visit to a nearby Floating Village. As we don´t have a better idea, we agree.
We drive along a very bumpy road passing many of these local houses making sure not to crash into one of the many obstructions on this road.
After 30 minutes we arrive what looked like the port on a side channel of the Tonle Sap Lake, which is the largest lake in South East Asia.
This 140 metre high hill is Phnom Krom. On it´s top you can find an Angkorian temple from the 9th century.
In the boat station we try to get tickets, to get to the actual floating village but we are told, it cost 20 US-Dollars per person. That feels like a scam straight away, due to the fact, that the boat ride would not take that long.
After some discussion we get two tickets for 30 US – Dollars, which still feels slightly overpriced.
They only accept cash and there is no ATM. So bring enough cash from Siem Reap.
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One of these small boats will bring us to the floating village.
We drive along the channel passing several of these floating cottages. The water is extremely brown.
The landscape is quite beautiful, especially the Mangroves. Guided Kajak Tours are offered into these Mangroves. Our boat crew advised us, it would cost another 20 US-Dollar per person.
We finally arrive at the actual floating village named Chong Khneas.
People here earn their living from fishing and tourism. Very fascinating how different the way of living here is compared to our western lifestyle.
At the end of the floating village we reach the open Tonle Sap lake. Our boat stops at a mix of souvenir shop and restaurant. In this “building” we are shown a fish farm and some crocodiles.
We are not pushed to buy anything. The people here are very friendly to us.
You can climb up to the roof of that building and have a nice view over the floating village and TonleSap Lake.
It was a nice tour to the village. If you have never seen a floating village before, it is surely worth to do the tour.
We heard there are two other floating villages near Siem Reap although Chong Khneas is the nearest one.
A small video clip of the Floating Village.
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