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Review of Kompong Phluk

Kompong Phluk
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Kompong Phluk Village and Tonle Sap Lake Half-Day Tour From Siem Reap
Ranked #57 of 180 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.
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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“Mixed opionion.”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

I was really looking forward to this trip and I think in general it was nice to see how different people live and how their lives differ greatly from mine.
I thought the trip was fairly expensive for what it was. Especially if you take into consideration how cheap most things are in this region. We paid $18 per person for a trip that lasted about an hour. The majority of the trip was us cruising along the river with not much to see. We had a guy on the boat with us who said he was a volunteer and lives in the floating village and likes to do this to practice his English and he studdies in the afternoons. His English was good and he answered all our questions really well.
When we approached the lake we rode slowly through the village and past peoples houses. We then went to the a shop which basically just sold rice, noodles as well as some other basic provisions and were asked if we wanted to buy a large bag of rice for the school at a price of $65, when we told them we didn't have that kind of money to spend on a bag of rice they then said they could charge it to our hotel, when we said no we were rudely told to get off the shop boat and go. We then went to the school and had a brief look around, got back on our boat and went back to the jetty.
We were then asked for a tip even before we had a chance to offer one.
Yes it's lovely to see the village but constantly being asked to donate money made me wary and did make me feel like it was a bit of a rip off. Also the fact that there were many other trips going on at the same time makes me wonder where does all the money go to that the tourists pay for the trip???

Visited March 2013
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Jordan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Amazing day out of Siem Reap”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

We really loved our day trip to Kompong Phluk, our driver took us to the "port" were we had to peay 20 USD each (not sure if it's a rip off), we went on a small boat through the village, it was the dry season so the water was very low, at the end we reached the lake, went around the lake then stopped at the floating restaurant which was amazing!! I wasn't hungry but I really wanted to try their food as I heard it was good, so we ordered fish and it was really good! it was definitely a once in a lifetime experience, very recommended!

Visited February 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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“Unique window into Cambodian village life”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

TLDR; Definitively a must see for $30 (transpo+ticket), and after that we got to use our temple pass at the Rolous group.

After two days of temple touring around Siem Reap, my boyfriend and I were looking for something different but exciting to do for our third day but also didnt want our 3 day temple pass to go completely to waste as we were leaving the day after. We asked our tuk tuk driver who had taken us around the past two days how much it was to take us from downtown to the floating village and he charged us $14 there and back, and took us to the Roluos temple group after visiting the village as well. The trip we found with the tour guides by Pub Street did not include these temples in the trip for around $22.

It takes around 30 minutes to get there which is a nice drive until you turn and go through a more village setting with dirt roads, its bumpy but not uncomfortable (just cover your eyes and mouth if a van drives past you!) Once you get to the ticketing booth for the boat to take you into the village, you are able to negotiate your price lower from $30 down to $20 or $15. We left our hotel at around 9am and got there around 9:30 and there were no other large crowds or people there. We even got our own boat with seats and a driver to take us through the village.

Its incredibly beautiful to go around the dry season as you do see all the houses entirely raised standing around 6ft above the water. We went all the way down the stream and the driver stopped at a floating restaurant, and there you are able to hop off for a bite and go on another smaller boat ride for $5 to see the fish farms. We didn't do this, because it was by paddle and really hot and we cruised through the fish farms afterwards anyways to go back into the village.

on the way back we got off and were able to walk through the village and see their really colorful temple there. We were approached by a lady claiming to be a school teacher and selling books to the students. We politely refused, (as we talked to some restaurant managers in the city the day before and told us this was all a big scam, as the books don't reach the students, and they are all returned for resale, and neither does the rice / also read this on trip advisor too).

Beautiful insight in the village life, residents mostly kept to themselves and we didn't want to be too intrusive taking pictures of everything, but you do see cute kids playing with their kites and running around. If you do want to get the kids anything i suggest getting them something you can see them eat and keep for themselves. We had some oreos which they loved as well.

Visited March 2013
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“More personal than the large tours!”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

Do you want to see the Floating Village with a more personal flavour? Try a tuk-tuk ride with “Lucky”.
“Lucky” Bun Han is a lovely, friendly guy, who took us from our hotel to the markets he & his family used & we happened to meet his mother while we were there. We saw many unusual foods & how they buy their daily foods including fish and meat being prepared in front of you.
From there we went to the ticket office to pay for our boat trip, drove to the boat “ramp” and hopped on the long boat-all to ourselves and were taken through the “Floating Village” of Kampong Phluk. In December it is the dry season and the houses are no longer floating but are stilted houses. We saw the fishing village in its daily activities of washing in the river, mending nets, cooking food with the background of the amazing houses. We were also taken out onto the enormous Tonle Sap Lake.
We had time to actually walk through the village & gave lollies to the children & bought exercise books/pencils to hand out at the school. We also took small clip-on koalas from home to hand out. Be careful though as some of the children are a bit feral & will come back for more & more & some were snatching out of your hands.
We also were taken on a rowboat through the “Flooded Forest”-all the rowboats were manoeuvred brilliantly through the half submerged trees by the women of the village while the men are out fishing.
Lucky then drove us to his family village where his mother & sister had prepared us a wonderful lunch of boiled rice, deep fried fish bought at the market that morning and stir fried vegetables with egg. We spent time talking with Lucky about daily life, schooling and the differences between our cultures.
Being a Sunday the village children weren’t at school & were so cute as they kept on spying on us. We spent a relaxed time playing with them, giving them gifts of lollies, stickers & koalas that they were so happy about. The children sang songs for us in Khmer & English and loved having their photos taken. This was the nicest part of the tour as the children were so polite and engaging and we sadly waved goodbye to them as we were returned to our hotel.
This trip was a great way to see these popular tourist sights with a more personal, local flavour than you get with large tour groups- seeing how the family lives with no electricity, TV running by a battery in 1 one room house is something that gives you a real view of life in a village in Cambodia and you know you are helping a lovely guy to support his family. The tour was very relaxed, we could spend as much time as we liked at things. In a country where there are many thousands of tuk tuk drivers all vying for the tourist dollar Lucky has chosen a different way to stand out by sharing his life with us.
We had a great day & suggest anyone wanting to experience the local flavour to contact Lucky via his website www.luckybunhan.wix.com/lucky-bun-han# or email him at bunhan_siemreap@yahoo.com

Visited December 2012
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“Ruined by the assumption that westerners have money to spare and share.”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

On our first day in siem reap we made a trip to the floating village about 30 minutes away from our hotel. The road quality gradually decreases so you probably want somethibg to cover your eyes and mouth. Our driver explained to us that there were two boats, a group tour boat and a boat association boat which gives money to the village, this choice was $25 per person but you get the boat and a guide to yourselves. This was in one way the better option because the guide spoke very good english and was able to explain a lot about the village, however, unlike this bigger tour boats, ours made a stop at the village orphanage and store where you are asked to get off of the boat and to make a donation by buying a bag of rice or a selection of the other products they have on offer. Although this is a nice idea, you are almost guilted into buying as your tour guide, driver and store workers all try to persuade you. Here, you can pay in any currency also, so they wont except 'i have no dollars' as an excuse, although their exchange rates are not quite up to date! I was going to pay in baht but i checked the price they told me on my currency converyer and turned out I'd be paying £5 more than if i paid in dollars. I was surprised by the prices and annoyed that they expect people to have the spare money after paying $50 as a couple to go on the trip. For a big bag of rice which we were told feeds the 120 kids at the orphanage for 5 days it was $65, and for a bag half the size, $35. The sales man will offer to take a picture of you buying the donation with you camera, although he will charge $1 per picture. Once you have donated, the bag gets put on your boat and you then deliver it too the orphanage. The teacher rounds the kids up and you are allowed a (free of charge) picture with the kids. The kids all seem happy, although there certainly weren't 120 of them...
We stopped off at a gift shop and a crocodile farm and then headed back to the dock. We tipped the driver $10 as he was a volunteer. Altogether the trip cost us $100. Don't get me wrong, I have no problem donating, but the way in which it is almost forced upon you is not so pleasing. Obviously, being on a boat, you cannot simply ignore it and walk away like you might in the street.
Overall, I am glad we went, I have never seen anything like it and the houses are very clever, but the fact that the whole village now operates as a tourist village is a little disapointing. I shouldn't forget to mention all the boats comibg up to the side of yours with babies sleeping or yound children begging for $1 a time. There was even a girl floating in a bucket with snake abs a padel charging $1 to hold the snake. They have seriously thought of everything to make money! In conclusion, I'm not convinced that this village is as poor as it makes out to be.

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