Half-Day Kompong Phluk, Tonle Sap Lake from Siem Reap

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Half-Day Kompong Phluk, Tonle Sap Lake from Siem Reap
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Half-day group tour from Siem Reap with a local guide. Enjoy your the tour in the morning or afternoon with about 45-minutes’ drive to the fishermen’s village of Kompong Phluk whose name means 'harbor of the tusks' and Cambodia great lake. Enjoy Tonle Sap Lake, it’s a lake with no ends in front of you, birds flying slowly overhead and surrounding with the interesting village as well as wetland area.

A local boat ride take you the Tonle Sap Lake and village where you will see nature in a way you’ve only seen in picture books and it’s where you will now see villagers houses, school, government houses built on high stilts but the pagoda on the only butte (the only building which is not on stilts) and see the activities of the villagers who your expert guide will teach you about their culture, the life style, and the ecosystem of this fascinating place.

This tour concludes hotel pick up and drop-off. Please choose from one of two departure times when you book.
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In Brief

Siem Reap, Cambodia
5 hours
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Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Kampong Phluk Floating Village, Siem Reap Cambodia

Meet the guide at your hotel lobby in Siem Reap for morning or afternoon departure—morning pickups are variety between 7:30am to 8:30am, while afternoon trips depart at 2 pm and  pick up variety between 1pm to 2pm. So guests are advised to wait in the hotel lobby and ready to go as soon as your guide arrives.

Tour set out this morning/afternoon on a group tour to the countryside which drive about 45-minutes to the fishermen’s village of Kompong Phluk whose name means 'harbor of the tusks' and Cambodia great lake. Enjoy Tonle Sap Lake, is a lake with no ends in front of you, and birds flying slowly overhead and surrounding with the interesting village.

During the dry season (February to Jul), the village can be reached by mini bus or motorbike, as the – bumpy - road that is normally flooded dries up.

In the rainy season (August to Jan), a short boat ride from the quay, through the wetland area will take you to Kompong Phluk. It is not a floating village but a village on high stilts as well as some floating houses and in spite of fishing is often the privilege of the Vietnamese minority but inhabitants of Kompong Phluk are almost exclusively of Cambodian origin. The villagers frequently move from house to another house during the rainy season, they live in houses built on stilts and move to small huts near the waterfront during the dry season to do fishing.

Arrive at the quay, board a local boat for a 1.5-hour ride on the Tonle Sap Lake as well as village where you will see nature in a way you’ve only seen in picture books, and the tour of Kampong Phluk is worth the extra effort to get there, then we will visit the village, the pagoda on the only butte (the only building which is not on stilts) and see the activities of the villagers who your expert guide will teach you about their culture, the life style, and the ecosystem of this fascinating place.

Optional (August to Jan): you can pay an extra to take a small canoes paddle by villagers (or wait for the group about 40 mns); will take you deep into the dense flooded forest. The trees of this forest are perfectly adapted to their unusual existence as they are completely submerged a part of the year. 

Return to Siem Reap and drop off at your hotel or requested drop off point within Siem Reap city center.

Duration: 5 hours


  • All activities
  • Local Live English Speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Cold bottled water on tour
  • Group tour
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Sharing local boat ride
  • Pickup time is between 7:30-8:30 am, so please ready from 7:30 am till pickup
  • Entry/Admission - Kampong Phluk Floating Village


  • Canoe ride in mangrove forest (Aug-Jan)
  • Food and drinks
  • Travel insurances
  • Gratuities
  • Others personal expenses

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
+ Morning tour depart at 8:30 am and we start pick up from 7:30 am.
+ Afternoon tour depart at 2 pm and we start pick up from 1 pm.
So kindly ready 60 minutest before departure and ready to go as soon as your guides arrives.

+ Note: Jan to Sep of the year, the village and lake is dry, so no canoe is available for your optional. But the small boat ride is still included on the low murky river taking you to the lake in the dry season.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Variety group size depends on bookings of the day
  • Minimum age is 3 years
  • No wheelchair accessible
  • Travel insurances
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.71 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

We visited Kmpong Phluk in the dry season so our tour was on foot. Very interesting to see how all the homes were built on stilts. We did have a boat tour out to see Tonle sap Lake and a short canoe ride with a local. It would be worth coming back to see the village during the wet season; it would be completely different. Be sure to take a car or mini van tour, not a tuk tuk. The ride by van was 35 minutes and at some points we saw people having to get out of their tuk tuk and walk up small hill's bcz the tuk tuk couldn't handle the extra weight. Our tour guide Chausan was excellent- try to request him. Overall, thoroughly enjoyed our tour.
• Submitted 18 Dec 2019
A great half day trip. Very interesting to see such a unique and different way of life! Definitely recommend this adventure.
• Submitted 08 Oct 2019
Our guide, Jose, was fantastic - he was a wealth of information on the lake and the villages on the lake and his English was very good.
• Submitted 27 Sep 2019
it was a half day trip to a fishing village during which our tour guide Mr. Whaut told us a lot about the history of a region, about its kings and their capitals and temples. Local women from the village were riding boats through mangrove forest, which was very pleasant but too close to the main river. I imagined a deeper route. In general, if this was a longer trip, I would love to learn more about fishing practices of people inhabiting the village, about their life, if it is possible to organize in a non-intrusive way. Overall, was truly fascinating to see the place so unique and fragile, if one may think about the inevitable impact of globalization and climate change on this and other similar communities in the world.
• Submitted 25 Jan 2019
Just when you think that Cambodia could not get any more beautiful, enter Kompong Phluk. Kompong Phluk is a colorful, floating fishing village outside of Siem Reap. Our tour guide, Vanlonh, captured our hearts from the very start. Vanlonh is warm and charming with an infectious smile. He takes great pride in his job and it shows he is a stand out among other tour guides. Our boat ride to Kompong Phluk on Tonle Sap Lake was picturesque and relaxing. Upon arriving at Kompong Phluk, we were met with smiling faces. The townspeople are very welcoming. In fact, I happened upon a one-room schoolhouse where elementary school-aged children were busy learning. The teacher noticed me and invited me in to speak with his students in English. Their command of the English language was impressive...far and away better than my Khmer. : Opt in on the canoe ride through the mangrove fields. It was easily the highlight of our day. Our canoe had the most adorable little copilot he smiled and played as his mother navigated us through the mangroves. What a treat!
• Submitted 21 Aug 2018
The tour guide Mr. Phearom was a great tour guide that answered all of our questions about tonle sap and gave us a great insight to the village and culture.
• Submitted 04 Feb 2018
This trip was great.. we spent time with the locals who lived in a jungle area and learned how they adjusted to the harsh conditions during the rainy season. Interacting with these people and touring in some remote areas, was a highlight of my trip. Our torn guide was awesome and so was our driver.
• Submitted 03 Feb 2018
The experience was great. I loved beautiful lake and sunset.
• Submitted 28 Jan 2018
Excellent tour, worth the money!
• Submitted 25 Jan 2018
A ride along the canals to the largest lake in SE Asia with a canoe ride through a mangrove forest and a short visit to a village thrown in. Overall highly enjoyable. Can provide a refreshing break after days of tiring temple hopping.
• Submitted 20 Jan 2018
This tour was amazing. You get a glimpse of rural Cambodia, a village on stilts, Kumpog Phluk and the biggest lake in Cambodia, Tonle Sap. It includes a boat ride to Tonle Sap and a canoe ride through a mangrove forest. The guide was knowledgeable and very helpful answering our questions.
• Submitted 07 Jan 2018
Excellent value and most enjoyable - take the morning option
• Submitted 30 Nov 2017
Such an incredible experience! I've never seen a village like this in my life and it was great to see it with such a knowledgable tour guide. He took the time to explain everything to me in grave detail and had fantastic English. We went inside the Buddhist Temple and he was able to explain every painting on the wall and answered all my questions and told me stories of what the paintings symbolized turns out the tour guide was a monk for 12 years before becoming a tour guide. I would 10/10 recommend this tour to anyone interested in seeing a beautiful and unique part of Cambodia with a very knowledge guide. Great gun and great experience!
• Submitted 23 Nov 2017
The guide Kim is English speaking and kept us entertained throughout the tour. The fee payable for this tour is the boat ride USD5 through the jungle which is optional but I will recommend to take it. The boat also took us to watch sun-set which is beautiful. Overall I enjoyed this tour.
• Submitted 11 Oct 2017
This tour is Amazing and worth for price with a nice conditioning MPV with a driver and our tour guide Mr Phearon. He is well known with the history of Cambodia and spoke many languages such as Korean, English and more. Apart of this you can know more in depth for Cambodian culture and experiences.
• Submitted 18 Sep 2017
We booked our trip through Tripadvisor and were picked up without any issues direct from our hotel in Siem Reap. We were in a small group of five consisting of our family, with two young boys, and another lady. Our guide was extremely informative and friendly and put us all on our ease on the drive to the the quay at Tonle Sap in an air conditioned van. The route took us out of Siem Reap to more rural areas and gave us a glimpse of how many rural communities live. The boat we met at the quay to take us down to Tonle Sap lake could be considered basic by Western standards, however, it felt a lot more like the real Cambodia than taking a large tourist boat. The trip down river to the lake was absolutely fascinating, taking you the main route through the sunken forest. Although the noise of the engine did mean our guide wasn't able to describe things fully, he pointed out sights of interest to us and answered our many questions. The main destination - the lake itself - is interesting for its impressive scale, but the real highlight is seen on the way - Kompong Phluk. The floating village feels as authentic as it can with the many visitors passing through it, with the tourism confined to the floating restaurant where you can stop for drinks on the way back and have the opportunity to pay a little extra to be paddled around the mangroves and sunken forest on a short trip. This also gives you a brief chance to see some of the village closer to and I would recommend the few dollars extra for the short canoe ride. The whole experience was unforgettable and also an opportunity to talk to our guide and find out more about the lives of the people who live on and around the lake. Some might find the tour itself a little basic for Westerners who might be used to luxury, but I found it to be unforgettable and wouldn't hesitate recommending it to others.
• Submitted 18 Aug 2017
We started early at 7:45 am from my homestay to Kampong Phluk, which was good because we went ahead of other tourists and avoided the crowd. My guide, Jeff, speaks good English, provides interesting facts about the village life and Siem Reap, in general, which made me appreciate the place more. I especially liked the small canoe ride in the middle of dense mangroves. Its like being in a fantasy movie waiting for crocodiles, snakes and monkeys to show up. It is indeed a habitat for these animals, together with different bird species. I wasnt lucky though to spot them at the time I went.
• Submitted 14 Aug 2017
The tour was amazing and thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon. It was fascinating to view the floating village, to see the houses built on stilts and to wonder through the village. Our guide, Van Lonh, was amazing, very knowledgable, polite, good English and a great sense of humour. Money well spent!
• Submitted 04 Aug 2017
Had a great experience with the village of Kompong Phluk and wish I could have had more time there and less on Tonle Sap Lake, but maybe that's because I love people. The guide was great, charismatic and very cool.
• Submitted 27 Mar 2018
A cool way to see a very different part for the world. The guide was great - although we could have gotten more information on what it is was like to live in the stilt village. It might be interesting to see if there is an appropriate way to get out and walk around - although I am sure that might be seen as disrespectful by some. We booked this the day before the tour, and the operator was great in communicating to us when our hotel pick up would be. Overall I thought they did a great job.
• Submitted 13 Mar 2018
Trip is great and we managed to see the kampong life in the village. The ride through mangrove is enjoyable and relaxing. Saw live river prawn. The guide Reem as punctual. He is very helpful always ready to lend his hands to my mum who has difficulties in walking when on and off the boats.
• Submitted 19 Feb 2018
I give it 4 stars because the large boat ride through the village and the small boat ride through the forest was actually really neat. I can't give it 5 stars because the guide himself didn't give us too much background or history but he did warn us that the women operating the small boats would be hitting us up for purchasing their goods they ask you buy drinks/snacks for yourself, etc.. Long, quiet van ride to/from the lake. The other annoying thing is we were first to be picked up and last to be dropped off. So our tour was more like 6hrs instead of 4hrs.
• Submitted 14 Jan 2018
This trip was very enjoyable. The guide was informative. Selling items on the lake was uncomfortable. Not only was a can of pop 2 but they wanted me to buy something for the lady who was paddling us around. That's pressure. I did not appreciate that. I would discourage this type of sale tactic.
• Submitted 03 Dec 2017
The visit wasn't bad, nice variation to seeing the Angkor Wat temples, but we felt it was overpriced for what it was and felt like we were either wasting time or faced with a bit of a tourist trap. Firstly we were told to wait in our hotel lobby between 1-2pm. I've been on plenty of day trips before and have always been given a 15-30min window of pick up. Not only were we unsure when we'll be picked up, these guys arrived at 2pm - and we were first on the pick-ups. The boat ride was fine, good to see the houses on stilts (NOT floating), but then you had to either pay $5pp for a canoe ride or wait for 30-40 minutes. Waste of time. It wouldn't have been bad if this was part of the overall cost. The ride into the lake was good, but again, tourist trap. The boat sat there while smaller boat vendors came to sell drinks or snacks. Sure, it a way to make a living but at least give a bit of a ride around a small section of the lake first.
• Submitted 11 Nov 2019

In Brief

Siem Reap, Cambodia
5 hours
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