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Floating Villages, Tonle Sap Lake and Mangrove Forest from Siem Reap

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    Enjoy a full day tour as we pick up from your hotel at 7:00 AM.  We will drive 15 km south of Siem Reap to the boat docks of Chong Kneas.  We’ll then board a local boat for a pleasant ride onto the Tonle Sap, passing through the floating village of Chong Khneas.  Tonle Sap is the largest lake of Southeast Asia and stretches across the northwest portion of Cambodia. The lake is economically important as it serves as major source of many kinds of fishes.  It swells to ten times its normal size during the wet season, bringing diverse aquatic resources.  It also serves as habitat for several species of water birds. Chong Khneas is a floating village at the edge of Tonle Sap. It is largely a floating settlement with some permanent buildings. Explore the floating households, composed predominantly of Vietnamese people, and recognizable because of the brightly colored houses. Take a glimpse of the floating village life as we pass along floating houses, schools, clinics, sports hall and even pig farms. We will stop at Gecko Environment Center where you can learn more about the ecology and rich biodiversity of Tonle Sap and its surrounding floodplains.

    We will continue our boat trip to the fishermen village of Kompong Phluk. Houses here are built on stilts. This village is almost exclusively composed of Khmer origin. The villagers move houses depending on the season.  They dwell on stilts during rainy season and move to small huts near at the banks during dry season. You will visit the pagoda, the only building in the village that is not built on stilts, and observe villagers going about their daily activities. You will then transfer to a small canoe (Aug-Jan as optional) to be paddled by villagers, to take you deep into the dense mangrove forest. The mangroves are uniquely adapted to the flooded environment and can impressively survive being completely submerged during a part of the year.

    We will then stop for our picnic lunch and enjoy fresh atmosphere by the lake. After lunch, we will board back to our boat for a 2 hour trip to the fishermen’s village of Kompong Khleang.  Due to its remote location, Kompong Khleang is not frequently visited by tourists.  This makes Kompong Khleang relatively less commercialized than Chong Khneas.  Home to over 20,000 inhabitants, it is one of the largest communities in Tonle Sap.  Houses here are also built on stilts, rising amazingly as high as 10 meters above the bottom of the lake.  During wet season, the houses become inundated to within one or two meters of the buildings. Living at the floodplains of Tonle Sap, people at Kompong Khleang depend largely on fishing to make a living.  Observe how fishermen get catch from the lake, dry their catch or prepare smoked fish.

    We will then return to the boat dock in Kampong Khleang and travel back to Siem Reap in the afternoon by car.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    From your hotel in Siem Reap City
    Departure Time
    7:00 AM
    Duration
    7h
    Return Details
    Your hotel in Siem Reap City
    Inclusions
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Small group tour (min 2 people and max 15 people)
    • Local Live English Speaking Tour guide
    • All overland transport/transfer in an air conditioned vehicle
    • Private boat from Chong Khneas - Kampong Phluk - Kampong Khleang Village
    • Picnic lunch on boat
    • Fresh tropical fruits, cold water, soft drinks and beers on boat
    • Life jackets on boat
    • Toilet on boat
    • All activities
    • Local taxes
    • Lunch
    • Snacks
    • Bottled water
    • Alcoholic Beverages
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Travel insurances
    • Canoe ride in Kampong Phluk Mangrove forest (August to January)
    • Others not mentioned in the itinerary and inclusions above
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If due to poor weather (In very little chance may happen in rainy season between Jul to mid of Nov), so we will visit only Kampong Khleang and Kampong Phluk Villages by car instead and taking boat ride in Kampong Phluk as well as in Kampong Khleang Village.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    The day started at a local market, where we got to experience the locals trade, and also taste some amazing food and delicious snacks. And then moved on to a Buddhist temple to learn the story of Buddha and walk through a local cemetery also, and then on to visit Tonle Sap Lake,
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    Response from Footprints773772, Guest Relations Manager at Floating Villages, Tonle Sap Lake and Mangrove Forest from Siem Reap
    Responded 3 weeks ago
    Hello TusWasHere25, Greeting from Green Era Travel! We are delighted to your time to review and recommend us on Trip Advisor. We truly appreciate your kind words about our services. It is absolutely a boost for us every time we hear positive reviews such as this. Otherwise, we are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed overall in our tours. We sure will pass this comment to guide and team as well and they will be happy to hear that. We do hope to see you again soon in next trip in Cambodia. Best Regards, GET Team
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    I really enjoyed the half day tour visiting the floating village. Han was a great guide who shared a lot of knowledge. I definitely recommend booking with Green Era travel
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    Response from Footprints773772, Guest Relations Manager at Floating Villages, Tonle Sap Lake and Mangrove Forest from Siem Reap
    Responded 3 weeks ago
    Hello megzt84, Greeting from Green Era Travel! Thank you so much for taking time to review us on Trip Advisor. We are thrilled to read your remark and overall you loved the tour. We will pass this comment to guide and team as well. We do hope to see you again soon in next trip in Cambodia. Best Regards, GET Team
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    My friend and I took the am tour. The bus driver showed up to the hotel on time and took us out to the newer spacious air conditioned comfortable van. The tour guide Phearom spoke English, clearly and easy to understand. Phearom was engaging with a good natured sense of humor.
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    Response from Footprints773772, Guest Relations Manager at Floating Villages, Tonle Sap Lake and Mangrove Forest from Siem Reap
    Responded 7 Oct. 2019
    Hello Kevin M, Greeting from Green Era Travel! We are delighted to your time to review and recommend us on Trip Advisor. We truly appreciate your kind words about our services. It is absolutely a boost for us every time we hear positive reviews such as this. Otherwise, we are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed overall in our tours. We sure will pass this comment to guide and team as well and they will be happy to hear that. We do hope to see you again soon in next trip in Cambodia. Best Regards, GET Team
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    Thank you very much for this professionally organised tour, from pick up at the motel to transport to sightseeing. I highly recommend this organisation and the tour - a wonderful way to see a side of Cambodia thar l didn't know existed. A cultural event with a bit of fun thrown
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    Response from Footprints773772, Guest Relations Manager at Floating Villages, Tonle Sap Lake and Mangrove Forest from Siem Reap
    Responded 23 Sep. 2019
    Hello Elizabeth A, Greeting from Green Era Travel! We are delighted to your time to review and recommend us on Trip Advisor. We truly appreciate your kind words about our services. It is absolutely a boost for us every time we hear positive reviews such as this. Otherwise, we are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed overall in our tours. We sure will pass this comment to guide and team as well and they will be happy to hear that. We do hope to see you again soon in next trip in Cambodia. Best Regards, GET Team
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    Great tour of the stilted village and tonle sap. Well worth a few hours of your time. The guide Choub was very entertaining and knowledgeable👍🏼👍🏼
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    Response from Footprints773772, Guest Relations Manager at Floating Villages, Tonle Sap Lake and Mangrove Forest from Siem Reap
    Responded 10 Sep. 2019
    Hello SimonR86, Greeting from Green Era Travel! We are appreciated for your time to review and highly recommend us on Trip Advisor. We are glad to hear that overall you love the tour. Otherwise, we will pass this comment to guide and team as well. We do hope to see you again soon in next trip in Cambodia. Best Regards, GET Team
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