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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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    Reviewed July 7, 2019

    Great tour with Mr Nak today. Very knowledgeable guide with lots of information about the area and the people.More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Sarah S
    Footprints773772, Guest Relations Manager at Green Era Travel, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2019

    Hello Sarah S, Greeting from Green Era Travel! We are appreciated for your time to review and highly recommend us on Trip Advisor. We are thrilled to hear that you overall enjoyed the tour. We will pass this comment to guide and team as well...More

    Reviewed May 29, 2019

    Really great guide and trip to village and lake. Very informative and good to hear from a local person. Would recommend.More

    Date of experience: May 2019
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    Footprints773772, Guest Relations Manager at Green Era Travel, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 2019

    Hello Andyrjgray, Greeting from Green Era Travel! Thank you so much for highly recommend and review us on Trip Advisor. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the tour. Otherwise, we will pass this comment to guide and team as well and sure they...More

    Reviewed March 18, 2019 via mobile

    Very easy to book .Fast response to emails and tailored trip to our needs . Our tour guide Nak and driver Pheap provided a great day ,Nak very knowledgable and gave us a great insight to the temples and history of Cambodia and village life.Cold...More

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    Footprints773772, Guest Relations Manager at Green Era Travel, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2019

    Hello Trek675363, 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...More

    Reviewed February 11, 2019 via mobile

    The visit was interesting, fun and educational. We were picked up punctually at our hotel. Mr Van Lonh (George), our guide, was very friendly and knowledgeable. Give us a lot of information about the history of Cambodia and the visit objectives. He took many nice...More

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    Footprints773772, Guest Relations Manager at Green Era Travel, responded to this reviewResponded February 12, 2019

    Hello ongth2019, Greeting from Green Era Travel! Thank you so much for your value time to review us on Trip Advisor. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour. We will pass this comment to guide and team as well. We do hope...More

    Reviewed January 15, 2019 via mobile

    Even though it’s the dry season, in hindsight it was more insightful seeing the village on stilts and seeing the shift from floating village to stilted village over time. Our guide, Bun Caaoub was extremely insightful, generous with his attention to the three groups including...More

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    Footprints773772, Guest Relations Manager at Green Era Travel, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2019

    Hello ehrentraut15, Greeting from Green Era Travel! We appreciate you taking the time to provide us with such detail feedback about your tour on Trip Advisor. We are so glad hear that overall your experiences was wonderful. We will pass this comment to guide and...More

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