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“Tonle Sap”
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Tonle Sap Lake
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Tonle Sap Day Trip and Floating Village from Siem Reap
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Sunset Dinner on Tonle Sap Lake with a Floating Village Tour
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Kompong Khleang Floating Village from Siem Reap
Ranked #66 of 182 things to do in Siem Reap
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: At 4,000 square miles, this is the largest lake in Southeast Asia.
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“Tonle Sap”
Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

Loved everything about visiting Tonle Sap. Even though it is too crowded with tourists, it's an unforgetable experience. I recommend a sunset time visit. Endind the visit at this time is, in my opinion, much better than finishing the day at any Angkor temple.

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“A must do!!!!”
Reviewed August 19, 2014

A must see for any traveler who loves to experience other cultures. This is a beautiful way of seeing how other cultures live and raise their families. It's always the simple things in life that makes us happy. The boat trip to over an hour, cruising through the floating villages, stopping over at the mangrove forest and turning the engine off in the middle of the lake...amazing!!!!

Visited August 2014
1 Thank Dana A
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“Unreal...almost surreal”
Reviewed August 16, 2014

The Lake is the largest fresh water in South East Asia. Its dimension changes depending on the monsoon and dry season. Since I visited in May which is considered part of the dry season the water level was very low. It is just incredible to see how so many people live in these floating villages. Schools, churches, restaurants, stores.....no cars but boats. I also learned that about half or more of the fish consumed in Cambodia comes out of the waters of Tonle Sap. The water doesn't look the cleanest but I imagine if you are indigenous to the area and used to eating fish from the lake it is okay. Most of the fish you see is small, at least the ones I saw, and mostly eaten fried.

The village I visited is called Chong Kneas which is a nice boat trip from the main docks which are located about 10 miles or so from Siem Reap.

Visited May 2014
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“Waste of money and time”
Reviewed August 15, 2014

This was not the only bad experience in Cambodia but the worst so far. 18 USD for the Tuktuk ride which took only 30 mins and another 20 USD for a ride in an old fisher boat through the muddy Brown Waters of tone sap only to see some poor People living a bad life. The worst part: as soon as i entered the 20 Dollar boat, both the tour guide and Driver told me how poor they are and that they wouldn't mind getting a tip from me. I told them that i already paid 20 Dollars for the boat ride i see no reason to pay anyone on top. They brought me to see some tiny crocodiles that were ridiculous and not native to the Environment, afterwards they got me to a place where i could contribute to the poor village: by buying a bag of Rice for USD 70. I laughed at the guy and said you had better told me before and i would have bought one for half the Price in a Supermarket. as soon as they realised there was no Money they can get out of my pockets the tour was finished. They brought me back to my tuktuk Driver and on the way they still asked me to pay them more. when i refused he said: then go and find your tuktuk yourself.

Visited August 2014
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“floating villages”
Reviewed August 14, 2014

Interesting to see but the floating village closest to Siem Reap is very touristic, far from being "natural". I suggest going to Battambang, nice city by itself, and taking daily morning boat to Siem Reap. Few hours of interesting trip along the river, many villages, jungle passages and Tonle Sap lake at the end.

Visited July 2014
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