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Review of Meychrey Floating Village

Meychrey Floating Village
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Half-Day Meychrey Floating Village Tour from Siem Reap
Ranked #102 of 181 things to do in Siem Reap
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“If I could give this a zero, I would.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013 via mobile

Complete waste of time and money. We went to buy our tickets and we were told 20 dollars a person. Another couple was told a completely different price. We decided to do it since we already there. It was just the two of us and we had our own boat, our guide spoke okay English and went on to explain to us about the orphanage. He asked us if we wanted to visit it and we thought we better not. After he kept trying to talk us into it and failed he lost interest in the tour. He went to the back of the boat and napped. After about 30 minutes we made it to the village and the guy popped up from his nap and pointed out the church that was next to the orphanage. We acknowledged him and changed the subject. Since we didn't want to go to the orphanage he had our driver take us back and we didn't get to see the floating village and wasted and hour of our time and 40 dollars. It's basically a scam for you to buy food and donate money.

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“industrial tourism”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

I wanted to use the one spare day we had to visit the tonle sap lake because of its significance for the region and its historical importance in shaping the region. Our guide advised us to take this trip; it was our first day and we had yet to learn. I wanted to go to kamchung pluk but as it was the dry season we listened to the guide. It is true that the village was probably not worth visiting but I can't imagine we could not have found a better experience than this one!
We were told the cost beforehand so no complaints there. As others say it is 20 to 30 minutes from siem reap. At the moment at least you arrive in a building site. Korean investors are building a new port and access road. It is an earthen port as might be expected with literally hundreds of boats of varying sizes. We were led to a small boat for 10 people but we were alone with the pilot and our driver for the trip. I am not sure how the pricing works but we paid 20usd each ie 40 in total for the boat - no negotiating.
There followed about 30 minutes motoring down the earth banked channel in a single stream of boats one way and another stream coming back. There were several earth movers on the banks dredging the channel in what is probably a continuous exercise given the number of boats. Upon reaching the lake the boats spread out whilst heading for one of several floating structures a few hundred metres off shore. You pass others and not far from two floating villages but we did not get close to either.
On arrival at the large structure we were embarked to see crocodiles, lake fish, a large snake and a few posters about the lake. Of course there are many things one can buy!
On leaving, two small local boats with women and children were arriving seemingly exhausted by the long paddle. We thought they were just heading for our berth in amongst the jostle of other boats but of course as they arrived the children started begging. Depressingly familiar.
Our return was the same as the arrival. I have written elsewhere about tipping. I had no small change at this time so there was no question of giving to the pilot. However I was surprised to see our driver hand over a few small notes.
Should you do it? If you want to see the lake in dry season, maybe. But go prepared for this industrialised tourist experience.

Visited March 2013
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“Quite an experience but beware of hidden costs!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

We left siem reap at about 10am and it was a half an hour tuk tuk ride to the boat pier. Our tuk tuk driver ( who we booked for the whole day) charged an extra usd10 for the trip.

We paid USD18pp at the pier, which was a surprise as I had read on line that the cost was usd12pp. The payment basically covers the rental of the boat that takes us to and from the floating village.

The boat ride to the village was I eventful, and we passed schools, buildings and even a basketball court which were floating on water on the side of the river. When we got to the floating village, we passed several of the floating houses, where the inhabitants were getting on with their daily lives. We were then told of orphans who lived on a school. We were then brought to a shop where we were encouraged to buy rice, bottled water or noodles for the school children. Rice -usd65, bottled water - usd5 for 12 330ml bottles. Basically, quite pricy.

The guide and boat driver will carry the items onto the boat and then we were taken to the school, where were were shown where the food is cooked, where the children slept as well as the classroom, where there were about 40 children.

We were then taken to the crocodile farm, which had about a dozen crocs in a small enclosure. This was next to a restaurant and shops where we could buy drinks and souvenirs. After leaving the croc farm, we were then taken back up the river to the boat pier.

Overall cost:
Tuk-tuk - usd10
Boat ticket - usd18pp
Purchase of rice and bottled water - usd80

Overall experience : it is worth a visit if you want to see a floating village as well as enjoy a pleasant boat ride on a river. However, be wary that the guide will take you to the shop to buy food and water for the children at expensive prices.

Visited February 2013
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“Don't waste your money”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013

The online reviews are spot on. Our tuk tuk driver said the cost was about $25 per boat, which ballooned to $20 per person at the desk, so $60 for my group of 3. Steep for Cambodian standards. Tried to use the bathrooms, they demanded tips.

The water was very brown and murky and we were splashed while on the boat. Our guide spoke good English but they always tell tourists there are orphaned children you should buy food and drinks for (while randomly gesturing at a floating shack afar). The many who fall for this scam shell out another $65 for a bag of rice. (similar scams can be found in tourist areas of Siem Reap)

The sun set was covered by the clouds so no view. The small viewing platform at the souvenir shop was packed with unhappy tourists as well. The crocodile farm is about 6 crocodiles in a tiny pen full of very dirty water sitting amongst water bottles and other various garbage. The "catfish farm" is a small square of dark brown water where nothing is visible.

The floating houses were neat, but most were very far and couldn't be seen well. On the way home the guide gave sob stories to try to extract tips. He said he is only paid $2, but someone us clearly holding on to the other $58.we still tipped as we customarily do.

If you're considering visiting this attraction, don't.

Visited February 2013
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“A scam and a rip off”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

I love Cambodia and its people, they are fair and sweet natured and I have not felt ripped off at any point untill the floating village. 18 dollars (plus 15 for tuk tuk) would be expensive for a boat ride in the UK in Cambodia it is scandalous. A huge sign at the pier's ticket booth proclaims "No Refunds" because they no doubt get a lot of complaints. The trip itself to the village is not scenic, our guide tried to dress it up but failed to impress us. Almost immediately the guide was impressing upon us the need to buy food for the village orphans. Upon arriving at the floating village we were taken immediately to floating a wharehouse and invited to sit down and hear about how we could help the orphans by buying a 60 dollar bag of rice. We refused and were then taken to a shop and invited to buy overpriced handbags as one of the shop keepers explored our bags on the boat! Unluckily for them our bags had nothing much in. We were then driven back to the pier. Of the floating village we had seen 2 shops and that was it. I still love Cambodia but give this a miss unless you want an expensive, depressing, wasted few hours.

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