Things to do Siem Reap: Floating Village

Chong Khneas Floating Village

Things to do Siem Reap: Floating Village

Chong Khneas Floating Village, What to see in Siem Reap,
One of several Floating Villages around Siem Reap. Water levels were not high at the end of last wet season to go out on the lake. Now June 2016 at the beginning of wet season the water is very low and even dry in some reservoirs.

What to See in Siem Reap – Floating Village

Day Trips From Siem Reap

The question often arises what to see in Siem Reap? Visiting and exploring the Angkor Temples is everyone’s main event in Siem Reap. I often say that after a hard and sweaty day visiting the temples its good to take a break and see something else. 

More Floating Villages Close to Siem Reap

The floating villages are close to Siem Reap. A popular tourist attraction called the Chong Khneas Floating Village, but its been said to be a tourist trap. Expect children begging for money or selling small items. Chong Khneas Floating Village is known for this.

Do Give Money to the local people if you would like – Do Not Give Money to the Children

I believe in giving to the poor people in Cambodia, but not the kids. The money the kids collect goes to the parents which means the kids are not in school. If you give money to the kids you are encouraging the parents to cheat their kids out of an education. Even if the parents can’t afford to send the kids to school, the pagoda’s often have programs that allows the kids to be with the monks and obtain an education. 

On the day I tried to visit this floating village, the lake was very low and found this village beached. Not enough water in the lake for the floating villages.

flooded field next to lake,
On the way from Siem Reap to the Chong Khneas Floating Village there are areas that look like this.

Water Levels During Dry and Wet Seasons

Make sure if you want to go visit a floating village ask the hotel/resort/hostel people whether the water level is high enough to go. Also ask about which floating villages are the best to see. 

Chong Khneas beached, What to See in Siem Reap,
Chong Khneas Floating Village on a day when the lake was too low.

The Other Floating Villages Siem Reap

Lake Water Levels – Siem Reap Floating Villages

The villages move depending on the water level. Chong Khneas Floating Village as seen in these photographs was taken during the dry season. This is the one I do not recommend as mentioned above.

Stilt homes, What to see Siem Reap,
Not far from Siem Reap is Chong Khneas Floating Village and on the way to the floating villages are stilt homes. This time of year the homes are not in the water, its the end of dry season and Cambodia is in a drought.

What to See in Siem Reap: Kampong Phluk Floating Village

My last trip to Siem Reap the water was still too low to go to any of the floating villages. Kampong Phluk is said to be worth a visit during higher water levels and there are also a few temples out this way. I have not been there, but I spoke with a lot of locals and hotel managers and this is one of the ones they recommend.

How to get to the Floating Villages

There is a commercial type operation that will take you out to Kampong Phluk Floating Village but there are also some non-commercial boats that you can hire. You may need to ask your tuk tuk driver about talking with them for you. The reason you want to do this is because the commercial vessels charge about $19 USD and personally, I would rather give it directly to a resident of the area then to the commercial operation. These people need the money and $19 is a little steep for a short ride.

Kampong Phulk Foating Village & Angkor Temples

What to see in Siem Reap could be to see both Angkor Temples and Kampong Phulk Floating Village at the same time. There are temples close to the floating villages, take a tuk tuk ride and see both attractions. Remember to have a valid ticket if you would like to go inside the temple areas.

Google Map of the Tonie Sap Lake 

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