Floating Village Cambodia
Floating Village has been a well-known tourist attraction in Cambodia. The villages are located on the Great lake, Tonle Sap Lake. The Tonle Sap Lake is the most prominent feature on the map of Cambodia – a huge dumbbell-shaped body of water stretching across the northwest of the country. The lake is located on the five provinces around it, but just some parts in Siem Reap and Battambang provinces are popular for tourists. The lake’s size, length and water volume varies considerably over the course of a year from an area of around 2,500 km2 (965 sq mi), a volume of 1 km3 (0.24 cu mi) and a length of 160 km (99 mi) at the end of the dry season in late April to an area of up to 16,000 km2 (6,178 sq mi), a volume of 80 km3 (19 cu mi) and a length of 250 km (160 mi).
90% of inhabited people there earn their living by selling souvenir, touring guests around the flooded forest by rowboat, catching fish and making agricultures. The flooded forest surrounding the edge of the lake is the best shelter and also very important for all kinds of fishes spawned and breeding babies. This lake providing many of bio-diversities, over 300 species of freshwater fishes, as well as snakes, crocodiles, tortoises, turtles and otters. More than 100 varieties water birds including storks, pelicans, etc. will explore the different of Khmer, Muslim and Vietnamese floating households and the floating markets, fisheries, clinics, schools, basketball course, pigsty and other boatloads of tourists. Visitors will explore the different of Khmer, Muslim and Vietnamese floating households and the floating markets, fisheries, clinics, schools, basketball course, pigsty, flooded forest, many wild birds and other boatloads of tourists.
The significant floating villages in Cambodia are Chong Kneas, Kompong Phlok and Prek Tuol- located in Battambang province.
In Chong Kneas, more than 5,800 people are inhabited in total. Chong Khneas is the name of famous floating village at the edge of the lake. It locates at Southern part of Siem Reap town about 15 Km, and takes only 30 minutes by vehicles to the boat dock. The trip takes approximately two hours. There is no entrance fee to the village itself, however you’ll need to travel 15km out to the boat port and then from there boats can be arranged for US 13 – 26 for between 2 and 10 persons. Visitors also can buy tickets for floating village tour from tour agents in town.
Kompong Phlok is one among the other famous floating villages on the Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia. It is a cluster of three villages of stilted house built within the floodplain about 22km southeast of Siem Reap. The villages are primarily Khmer and have about 3000 inhabitants between them. Flooded mangrove forest surrounds the area and is home to the variety of wildlife including crab-eating macaques. People there make living by guiding visitors with their rowboat and fishing. Visitors have to take either tuk-tuk or car from Siem Reap town to the dock, and then take a little boat from the lake stream to the Tonle Sap Lake and finally take an engine boat to tour around the village and flooded forest. There are restaurants available on the way as well as visitors will enjoy seeing daily life, school complexes, pagoda, houses and fisheries in the front of each house. The price is absolutely different between local and expatriates- maybe half price. Local people can get a boat with approximately 10 people for 20-25$.
Prek Tuol is known as a bird sanctuary in Cambodia, and it is famous because of its special geography for floating villages. It is located on northwest tip of the Tonle Sap Lake with 31,282 hectares coverage. At there, visitors can watch bird from great observation areas and discover the incredible variety of water birds, including Greater and Lesser Adjuncts, Black-headed ibis, Painted Stork, Milky Stork, Spot-billed Pelican, Grey-Headed Fish Eagle and many more species. The best time of year for viewing is the dry season from December to June. The tickets can be found in any tour agents since they offer tour package including meal and homestay onsite. Inhabitants make their living by selling souvenir, operating place to eat, boat touring and fishing.
Spend your incredible holiday in Cambodia by visiting amazing floating villages and after that head for historical site-Angkor Wat. It is worth visiting!