There are three floating villages around Siem Reap – Kompong Khleang, Kompong Phluk, Chong Kneas, with Kompong Khleang considered the most authentic. The most famous and touristy is Kompong Phluk. It’s protected by the government so that you can still see how these people are living since many generations before. At times it feels a bit like you are going to a zoo but these people are indeed very poor and live their lives there in this exact way. So it’s an authenic visit even though there are many tourists around.
The tour starts by getting into a boat and you will go along the river and see the nice scenery of the village and its souroundings.
I visited the village during dry season which is from October to April. During rain season the water level will rise so that’s why the houses are on those high pilars.
When you arrive at the center of the village you can walk through the village and explore it on food.
After that we went back on our boat in order to see the floating market. Where you get the change to eat and drink something.
There was also a little crocodile farm and you have a nice view on lake Tonle Sap which is the biggest lake in Southeast Asia. The sunset on the lake was just magnificent (the pictures of the sunset will be uploaded on my next post).