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Community First: Kompong Khleang Floating Village Tours

Siem Reap, Cambodia
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About Community First: Kompong Khleang Floating Village Tours
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
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LeeAnne V wrote a review Aug 5
55 contributions10 helpful votes
Hands down this is a great opportunity to view a different part of Cambodian life. Our guide, Paren, lived in this village as a child and now runs tours that support the local school. So by choosing them you are 100% contributing to the well being of this village. He was very enjoyable and we really appreciated his perspective. Pick up at hotel was fantastic- big, air conditioned Mercedes van. We stopped and got sticky bamboo rice sticks and donuts along the way. We learned about the life, saw the school, and took a long boat out into the lake. Highly recommend this tour as there is nothing like it that I’ve ever seen.
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Date of experience: August 2022
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Marius G wrote a review Aug 1
Leeds, United Kingdom5 contributions
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We were really impressed with the tour and happy to get so many insights into the community life. Our guide who grew up in Kompong Khleang provided us with many information and stories from his past. Additionally, it is nice to see what the Ngo was able to achieve (building houses, providing glasses, etc.) in so little time. Another great extra was the food we tried, especially the sticky rice bamboo cakes! Overall, the Community first project, in my opinion, offers a great value for tourists but also for the villages. It approaches tourism in a respectful and responsible manner. This is definitely a great advantage when compared with other tours. That's why I'd highly recommend this tour.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Richard L wrote a review Feb 2022
Manchester, United Kingdom21 contributions12 helpful votes
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Did this trip with Community First . Read about the horrors of other companies offering trips to floating village . Community first stood out as being bar far the best operator. Our guide was Paren who was born and brought up in the village . The proceeds of the trip go to improve life for the village as Community First are a non profit organisation. The trip was very informative, and gave a great understanding of the challenges the deprived area faced with diminishing fish stocks . Paren has lots of family still living at the floating village and at no time was additional money asked . It was great value and gave a great insight to the difficult and complex challenges faced by these wonderful people . If you want to experience the floating villages , Community First should be your only your choice .
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Jayant C wrote a review Dec 2021
Singapore, Singapore3 contributions
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We visited Siem Reap this week when things are just opening up. Heard about this organisation who were still conducting these tours. Communicating with Paren was seamless. He speaks very good English. He picked us up from our hotel at the scheduled time. I liked the idea of first him introducing himself and then getting all the other fellow travellers to introduce themselves. On the way we stopped for 2 snacks breaks. Amazing cakes. Their organization is doing such effective and kind work for the betterment of the village. The boat ride to the village and then seeing the school and village is something very different from the temples and touristy trail in Siem Reap. The highlight was the last bit when we sailed to the Tonle Sap Lake. The sunset is best you can imagine!
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Frances L wrote a review Jul 2020
United Kingdom263 contributions117 helpful votes
A floating village on stilts. Utterly amazing to see local children playing in the water using old plastic wash hand basins as "boats" and small branches as paddles. We sailed past many a floating house which was also used for plying a trade. Boarded one of the larger "structures" and was astonished to find a family of crocodiles.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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