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Kompong Phluk
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Kompong Phluk Village and Tonle Sap Lake Half-Day...
Ranked #88 of 194 things to do in Siem Reap
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Kompong Phluk is a village on the Tonle Sap Great Lake.
Reviewed October 31, 2012

Yea so you have to pay to do this...worth every penny to us, had a great time, after reading the reviews we were a little hesitant because so many felt they were scammed... we had no problem with our visit, payed the fee..$25 each.....already had that figure in mind so no problem., one can only hope that the the village benefits, I know the woman who paddled us in the forest did cause we gave her a fat tip.. Idled through the main canal of the village and watched the goings on of everyday life as well as seeing the way they have to do things to live on the water, floating gardens, livestock pens and storage of firewood in the trees.
Next was the paddle by a local village woman, It was fantastic, a peaceful paddle through the enchanted flooded forest, she took us on a good 45 minute paddle at $5 per. offical tickets were sold, lots of signage indicating the proceeds going to the local village. As expected we ended up a a cafe, where we enjoyed fresh water snake whipped up with onion, basil & extra chilis, washed down with an ice cold Angkor beer, the chief came out, a young fellow who had been to culinary school in Phnom Penh, we talked cooking and he gave me some insights on the fish and mammals for his ultra fresh fare.... (no price gouging here)...
Our main boat capitan was a character, he invited me up to ride on the bow and to go swimming in Tonle Sap. We took tons of Pic's,.. lucked out with plenty of sun and blue sky .
Saw lots of other tourists, some with smiles some with frowns....engage the people of the country, things will lighten up and a good time will be had.
Tight lines O&O

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Reviewed October 30, 2012

I really enjoying the trip to the Kompong Phluk. The journey start from Siem Reap city, the scenery is beautiful along the way to the jetty. Our tuk tuk driver take the boat with us to the Kompong Phluk, and we totally enjoying the scenery along the way before reaching the Kompong Phluk. We bring along some stationery, which we bought at the local market before reaching jetty, for the students at the local school, and they really enjoying getting it.

I never get harassed by boat man for any tips, I also didn't take the ride of the paddle as I don't think I will enjoying it. Maybe our tuk tuk driver is coming wth us, so we didn't get harassed as what other reviews mentioned.

2  Thank sarahlimhh
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

Reading the posts here it would appear that may feel ripped off.

We had hired Sam to do the temple thing with him. It was very interesting albeit very hot and one walks miles.

The next day Sam drove us to Kompong Phluk in his aircon 4WD and then onto a private boat which took us to the village and onto the lake with Sam as the guide and a boat 'driver'. It was one of the highlights of our stay in Cambodia. The village is very interesting and all for $30 for 2 people!

I guess the lesson here is to avoid the 'tourist' boats with meals etc. Just use your temple guide who should give you the best of both worlds at a good price. It pays to do ones homework as we had vastly differing prices and ended up with Sampho Lim (Sam) who was a complete gentleman and very informative. $190 for two people for temples and the lake including entrance fees, aircon transport and everything else over 2 days. One of the reasons why the village can be expensive is because its controlled by Vietnamese and to undestand why one needs some historical background.

Anyway forget about all the fancy boat trips - all one needs to do is to have ones own boat and a guide. Everything else is superflous.

1  Thank lynton1
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

We had a tour guide to too us to one of the temples and then to kompong phluk. The boat ride was a little boring until we go to the village. It is a photographers heaven.

All the houses and school are on stilts in the middle of the lake. I think they said about 500 families. There were children swimming and waving to us. We went on the small boat around the mangroves, luckily we didn't go for long. Then we went into one of the houses for a cold drink.
It was a fantastic insight to see how some families live.

Some of the houses have pigs, chooks etc all under the house. Very unusual in our eyes.

Loved every minute of it.

2  Thank grahunts2016
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

We absolutely did not want to book a famous tour with an all you can eat lunch buffet on a ship but were not comfortable to just head out there with a tuk-tuk and see how far we get on our own.
Finally we decided to book the "Floating Village Kampong Phluk" private tour with Capital Tours Cambodia (Tour Code: CTC-KP-01) at a fraction of the price of the mentioned all-you-can-eat tour. We got very good value for the money. The tour guide was excellent, during our visit of a local market we could "go with the flow" and he translated when necessary, we had plenty of time to explore the Floating Village and finally ended up having lunch at a local (floating) house prepared by the respective family. Again the tour guide acted as translator and enabled some valuable interaction. It is a world of it's own...

2  Thank Mathias G
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