Kompong Phluk

Kompong Phluk, Siem Reap: Hours, Address, Kompong Phluk Reviews: 3.5/5

Kompong Phluk
3.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Kompong Phluk is a village on the Tonle Sap Great Lake.
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More than 3 hours
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Goannas
Comet, Qld1,662 contributions
A fascinating and very different lifestyle
Feb 2020
This was a really interesting half day on our last day in Siem Reap. We had nothing organised but a friend of our son offered to take us. We didn't quite know what to expect. After a VERY dusty ride in Sam's tuk tuk we arrived and paid for our boat ride up the river towards the lake, we then walked through the village. Absolutely fascinating to see the way the villagers live and the style of the highset houses. Amazing to think that the street we walked down would be totally submerged in the wet season and that, instead of pushbikes and walking, everyone would be travelling by boat.
I'd love to see it again in the wet season and compare it to the dusty, hot and dry day when we were there.
Written 26 July 2020
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chuckymustdie
620 contributions
Not attractive during dry season but interesting
Mar 2020
I’ve read very mixed reviews about Kampong Phluk/Tonle Sap and we weren’t overly interested in going, being the end of the dry season and the water at its lowest, but we had a couple of hours spare and our private driver recommended so we went. He did all the organising of boats etc for us and at no point did we feel we were being scammed like so many other reviewers have reported. The village was very interesting to see such a different way of life to our own. The high stilt houses with everything covered in red dust/silt shows just how much the water level changes from season to season. In hindsight, actually glad we went and will eventually return in the wet season to see what a difference there is.
Written 12 April 2020
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Keith W
Spalding, UK110 contributions
Day trip
Feb 2020
This was a wonderful way to travel around in the water , lots of very interesting birds and plants , boats travel very fast but stop for you to view things , this is a must while in Siem Repp
Written 5 March 2020
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Ashly Amit
Sandakan, Malaysia36 contributions
Too expensive for solo travellers, Boycot this scammer place!
Sep 2019 • Solo
A lot of research before decided to go here at Kampong phluk start at the gate they charge me higher than schedule price i know.. I m asking for joining other group but the cashier refuse! at the gates they seems so rude to me even i m not deal the price they give to me yet! but, she already give the ticket to my tuk2 driver.. I paid $60 USD!. Meanwhile , enjoy the kayaks with old lady the young lady who's waiting for the granma(kayaking with me) ask me to give her a tipping.. even i already paid for USD15 for the small boat??. A vulgar scam under the guise of ecotourism. Many other sites deserve your time in the country.i m confused! Money,money, money... Even a drinking water! 3USD!

NOTE : Do not come here if you alone! looking for a partner then they will charge you a normal price(I think) .. Stop ask your Tuk2 driver all of them is not helpful..
Written 16 February 2020
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SwampeastMike
Cape Girardeau, MO2,935 contributions
Unique and Lightly Touristed
Jan 2020
Our tuk-tuk driver said this was the best "floating" village to visit. We had out doubts at first but it proved extremely enjoyable. Google Maps names it simply, "The Floating Village" and "The Floating Village on Tonle Sap Lake)

Depending on the time of year this village is either in or on the lake as there is a huge difference in seasonal water levels.

It's a fairly long drive (especially by slow tuk-tuk) from Siem Reap with the final 8 kilometers or so on a narrow, elevated, unpaved and presently VERY dusty road. A face mask is a MUST in the dry season! This small road ensures that the large tourist groups do not visit.

Since we visited near the peak of the dry season (mid-January) there was only a narrow waterway through the village with the "floating" homes on high (easily 30') stilts. At first we thought all of the boats moored along the shore of the channel were a result of currently slow tourism. No! They're simply not in use as the village is currently dry. Once the water level rises boats are the only means of transportation.

The stilted homes are very picturesque and it's obvious that a few thousand people call the place home. There are also small homes built on "dry" land but you can tell they flood every year.

The soil as far as you can see is nearly terra-cotta orange. It obviously holds a great deal of clay. The water in the channel and shallow lake is so muddy and thick that we joked it looked like and could be used as slip (the clay mixture poured into plaster molds to make earthenware ceramic items)!

After the village proper you pass through a mangrove forest. While mangrove is associated with salt and brackish water they can grow in fresh water places like this. It's here that you realize just how radical the change in water level really is.

After the village and mangrove forest you enter a large, shallow lake. There are a couple floating restaurants in the area and the one we visited served nice food. Pricing was higher than for similar in Siem Reap but much less than we paid inside the Angkor complex the day before.

While I would like to visit the place when the water level is high the mid-winter low water gives a very interesting perspective with particularly good opportunities for photography.
Written 26 January 2020
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1000_Angela_1000
Birmingham, UK63 contributions
Ok but choose your tour company
Jan 2020 • Solo
This tour was ok, and the village is fine but I think it had the potential to be so much better. The tour company charged $19 US for the tour. It was padded out to be a half day tour, which involved a walk through the village with some information from our guide, a boat trip out to the lake and a 40 minute rest on a floating restuarant. Once we got back to the bus we were given a bottle of water. Woild have been better to give is the water before the walk or boat trip as most people had a drink in the floating restaurant. Siem Riep Shuttle, pull your socks up!
Written 15 January 2020
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mit73
UK183 contributions
Low tides but still worth a visit
Jan 2020
We did our own Tuk tuk to here which was a nicer way to travel than being in a vehicle but ensure that you have a face mask as some of the roads kick up quick some dust. On arrival at the ticket office the people where very friendly and helpful even offering us mask but we had our own. Got on our own boat and sailed through, it does feel a bit intrusive as you just watching people in there everyday lives. Low tides so didnt see the full effect but amazing.

We didnt do the crocodiles as I find it quite distasteful for me but this is worth a visit we enjoyed it.
Written 15 January 2020
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gabylekiri
14 contributions
Money money money
Jan 2020 • Solo
I was food poisoned the evening before so i got sick on the travel there ...
I stayed lying on the bench in front of everyone 1h and half before they drove me back To Siem Reap (which takes another hour)...
No reimbursement, not possible To go another day.
Thank you for taking care of me so Well and being so UNDERSTANDING, i do appreciate To be seen as a BANK instead of a Human Being...
Written 12 January 2020
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michele g
Burnley, UK26 contributions
Nice morning out
Jan 2020 • Friends
There was 4 of us. We hired a private taxi which cost $45 for the day. He took us all over. Here we visited, it cost us $3 dollers each for the boat trip. The driver was well spoken in english and explained the hardship of the village. The people appeared to be happy in their every day chores. We also went on a boat ride to see the floating village
Which was really amazing to imagine people actually do live on those man made boats. There was even a school so the licals could get educated. Seeing things like this makes you feel humble. Go and see for yourself.
Written 11 January 2020
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Tania_EU
Milan, Italy64 contributions
Intriguing tour of a colorful village, beautiful sunset view
Jan 2020
Intriguing tour of a colorful village on tall stilts on the lakefront. Beautiful views of the sunset from a floating platform and the long boat. Very dusty drive to reach the attraction.
Written 9 January 2020
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