Community First: Kompong Khleang Floating Village Tours

Community First: Kompong Khleang Floating Village Tours

Community First: Kompong Khleang Floating Village Tours
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Go on an Adventure; Make a Difference - Community Based Day Tours of the Floating Village of Kompong Khleang. Try authentic sticky rice and donuts; ride a boat to see stilted homes and fishermen at work; visit a local home and school; end the day with a sunset on the Tonle Sap. Tours leave daily and all profits are donated to Bridge of Life School
Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Travelers' Choice
2023

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Molly J
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We were picked up at our hostel and were taken through the itinerary for the afternoon by our tour guide who grew up in the floating village. First we stopped off to try bamboo sticky rice, then stopped at a local bakery to try donuts and other sweet treats. The floating village was very eye-opening and a boat trip along the river was great! Would definitely recommend as you are shown how the money you give is invested into the village. The price of the ticket is all inclusive, no hidden costs.
Written March 12, 2020
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asams18
Brooklyn, NY28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
We had an incredible, authentic, and fun day visiting this floating village that is off the beaten path and removed from all the other tourists is Siem Reap. Our guide Saro, who is from the floating village, was very kind, knowledgeable, professional, accommodating, and a safe driver. We visited the community nonprofit school that the Bridge of Life organization founded, walked through part of the village that’s on land, and took a boat around the park of the floating village that is on water. We were the only tourists, which made this extra special. It was clear that Saro is passionate about helping his community and that the funds from the tour support the local people. They’ve funded housing projects, built water wells, etc. We also stopped for local snacks (bamboo sticky rice, mini donuts, and dried jackfruit) along the way which were delicious! Would highly recommend this to anyone who’s looking for a memorable and unique experience!
Written December 18, 2022
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Louiza S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
We had the great opportunity to have a tour in the afternoon guided by Saro. He showed us his home village passionately and answered every possible question that came up to our head during the day. It was all in all really overwhelming and impressive. We can definitely recommend this tour especially if you are looking for an experience that not only shows your the reality but also has an impact for the people who lives at the floating villages in therms of many different projects from the organization. So a highly recommendation from the heart!
Written December 9, 2022
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Kenneth T
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We were looking for a floating village tour on the internet and came across their website. Luckily for us we decided to take this tour even if it was a little more expensive than other tours, for instance on Get Your Guide, because it was simply amazing.

We were picked up at our hotel and together with a total of 7 people we started driving towards the floating village. On the way our great guide Paren introduced hinself and already told us a lot of interesting stuff about the village, its people and the cambodian culture in general. We stopped at a sticky rice shop and a local bakery where we were able to try a lot of local food of which most was delicious.

In the village itself we were guided through the school that is supported by Paren‘s oganization. Thereafter we did a boat tour from the village to the lake where we were able to see some wild buffalos and more real „floating“ houses.

But in the end the best thing about this tour is that Paren grew up in Kampong Kleang and a big part of his family still lives there. For this reason he‘s not only able to provide „real“ insights but he also has a great connection to the people there so you rather feel very much welcomed instead of getting treated like annoying tourists.

After 6 hours precisely we were brought back to our hotel.

All in all just absolutely worth every penny! :-)
Written July 31, 2023
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Alex L
Sydney, Australia25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Kompong Khleang based in Siem Riep connected to Tonle Sap is a floating village where 90% of community are fishermen. The village is catch their fish in the river which connects to Tonle Sap. Tonle Sap is a huge lake that provides the livelihood not only to Cambodian but also to neighbouring Vietnam. These communities are competing with each other but remain peaceful way of lives. Live are poor in materials but rich in happiness. From children faces they are free and enjoy what was given although not much.

Floating village and stilts village comes from the architecture of the houses. To cope with the floods up to 8m in wet season houses are built on top of stilts which is only 1m deep into groups. These structure seems to cope with the dry and wet season. Some houses are attached to oil drums that floats during floods.

Natural disasters seems to be way of lives in Kompong Khleang. Thinking back to bushfires back home. Makes me wonder if first world country comes up with a way to deal with life.
Written January 19, 2020
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Christina L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Some other tourists had cautioned against visiting the floating villages during the dry season and I’m glad I did not listen to them. While the community was not totally flooded, it was fascinating to see this unique lifestyle. Also, the house boats float on the lake this time of year and apparently they do not during flooding season. The guides are from the community so intimately know the way of life. The tour fee also supports locally initiated projects including education and health care. We happened to visit during the building inauguration of the new school built with funds from this org. Anyway, cannot recommend enough.
Written May 15, 2024
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Jack S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Saro showed us around Kompong Khleang, informing all the while about the difficulties and advantages of life on the water. Their Bridge of Life school get's a special mention and highlights the important role the organisation plays in the community. Sticky rice and doughnuts to start things off was a real treat of course! Saro was lovely, ever helpful and informative as well as having a laugh with us. Can't recommend the tour highly enough.
Written September 23, 2022
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Oli S
Dubai, United Arab Emirates36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
What a way to see the floating village by supporting the local community for such a great course. Highly recommend this for all ages it’s very interesting and stunning views on the lake.

Paren was an excellent guide, thankyou for sharing your amazing community and culture with us!
Written July 12, 2023
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dolally
London, UK149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Saro thank you so much. This was by far the best day in Siem reap. Seeing it in the dry season with the children running around was wonderful knowing that in the wet season they are floating high in the water caught in houses or floating boats. I will come back to compare. Saro showed us his family home Took us round the preschool and then onto the boat onto tonie sap lake to see more floating houses. Whole experience humbling. Knowing our money goes back into the project for children’s schooling, sewing classes and computer knowledge is amazing but you can see they need more help. More tours. So please use this company x
Written April 9, 2023
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Jenny D
New York City, NY32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
My husband and I went on the Kompong Khleang floating village tour with Paren and it was such a memorable experience. The group tour is only 10 people max to ensure a comfortable environment with travel, Q&A, etc. Having grown up in the village himself, Paren was so insightful and helped answer all questions about the village, general culture, history and any other ad hoc questions our group had. We stopped to get the bamboo sticky rice and donuts which were both delicious! The village tour was so authentic and Paren did a great job explaining the non-profit future goals and successes to date. We ended with a sunset boat ride which was beautiful. We highly recommend!
Written January 3, 2020
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