Kompong Khleang
Kompong Khleang
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midway42
Georgia3,329 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Most people who read this review will be familiar with the classic four seasons, which are whittled down by half in Cambodia to the “rainy season” and “dry season.” This duality accounts for several oddities in the country, including a reversal in flow of the Tonle Sap tributary of the Mekong River (!), and an increase in the area of the lake by a factor of four to five. Tonle Sap is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and is home to over 90,000 people who inhabit 170 floating villages. Several of these are tourist destinations, with Kompong Khleang being the largest, but given the distance from Siem Reap one of the least visited. I toured with a guide on a day trip from the city during my first full day in the country.

My visit to the village was divided into two distinct phases. The first was a boat ride from the dock to the lake itself. After boarding, we spent about 40 minutes traveling down the inlet and observed the “floating” aspect of the community in all of its aquatic glory. Primary schools, pontoon shops, mobile convenience stores, crocodile farms, and innumerable local fisherman (and women) were visible in all of their day-to-day activities. We spent maybe twenty minutes on the lake proper and then returned in a bit faster fashion to the village. The second half of the visit was on foot through the town proper. We visited a stilted guest house, watched the activity from above, and proceeded to meander around the town to observe the terrestrial daily activity. Among the unique observations were the processing and selling of smoked fish, street food vendors (try the clams), and the local Buddhist temple. The entire visit took a little over four hours.

In summary, this was an absolutely superb experience and for several reasons I count it as one of the highlights during my two weeks in Cambodia. First, it was the only sustained exposure I had to the local population during my trip. Hey, the temples and S-21 are a must but they tend to draw us away from the daily inhabitants and this visit emphasized the latter. Second, it was a superb example of humans adapting to their local environment. Yes, the “floating” aspect of the surroundings is an obvious example, but more subtle ones included recycling of shoe soles for buoyancy of the fishing nets and reuse of parts in the repair shops for boat motors. Third, it was a welcome break from the Ancient Khmer-themed aspect of the rest of the trip. I learned about modern issues such as the recent political election and potential future steps for the ecological preservation of the lake itself.

A superb overall experience and highly recommended.

Tips:

*If your time in Siem Reap is tight, feel free to skip an extra day of the temples and come here. It doesn’t replace Angkor Wat but is a close second in my mind.

*Guided tour is a must! Consider booking through Tour by Locals.

*Morning visit only on the lake! It gets a bit toasty as the day goes on.

*For those with extra time, consider a homestay for 2-3 days in the town. I stopped by to visit a family that does this and the premises was clean, spacious, and had running water and electricty.
Written 15 September 2023
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Loida Joy D
Arvada, CO9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
It was a great way to see the real life of the locals but a bit pricey, $30 per person for just the boat ride. Nevertheless, the people were friendly and it was an authentic peak into their rural fishing village. Don’t miss the stop to see the baby crocodiles being raised by one of the locals.
Written 22 August 2023
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Mark S
Hereford, UK589 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
This was an interesting 24 hour stay. We lived with the family at ST63. The house was immaculately clean and extremely comfortable. The family spoke a little English and made us welcome. We enjoyed home cooked food for lunch and supper, and a tour of the floating village and the lake for sunset. We also got the chance to walk their village; it was a bit of a shock to the system - it is incredibly poor and plastic litter is everywhere - literally millions of pieces scattered all over. Still not sure how to feel about it. We assume that the homestay family must share some of the income with the wider village as the house we slept in was lovely, yet around was obvious poverty. For info, lunch, supper and a bed for 4 people was $95, and family entrance to the village (including a boat tour of lake) was $30. Worth doing.
Written 23 December 2022
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Chris T
London, Canada51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This place is fantastic a great place to see rural Cambodian life! Wonderful to take a boat ride and see all the houses on stilts and see all the locals fishing and going about there day to day activities. Although we love the famous Cambodian temples if you want a break from them and see something different this is a really nice option.
Written 17 April 2020
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Katherine HH
San Diego, CA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
It was a great experience to visit the local area far from town and temples sites. It is a nice fishing community they live in a stilt houses and floating houses. We saw the community workers doing prepare the smoke fish, fish net, crocodile farm and children went to school by boat. The sunset at the lake was so amazing. On the way to there you can stop for sticky rice in the bamboo a long the way. This place is a must-see.
Written 9 December 2019
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Alan L
Toronto, Canada257 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
It was a good experience to see the local side of things. Good to have but nothing too exciting. Would recommend people to go if they have extra time in Siem Reap.
Written 8 December 2019
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Darrandurus
Cheadle Hulme, UK1,155 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Visited Kompong Khleang as part of our tour after a visit to Beng Mealea and thoroughly enjoyed the visit.
This village is much quieter than the one at Kompong Pluk and not as savage to the tourist.
We purchased the ticket at $20 each for the two of us and for this we had the whole boat to ourselves
We also opted for the canoe ride through the mangrove at $10 for two which lasted about 30 minutes.
You do run the gauntlet of the women in boats trying to sell their wears but a firm no thank you was all that was required and at no time did we feel pressurised into buying something that we did not want.
Good to see the village and how learn how they cope with the rise and fall of the Tonle Sap
Very interesting
Written 21 November 2019
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Steve_of_N21
London, UK2,815 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Whilst staying in Siem Reap to no doubt visit the ancient temples I can thoroughly recommend a trip out to this lakeside community.
Kompong Khleang is about an hour or so drive from Siem Reap depending on the traffic in town and how many times you decide to stop on the way.
Firstly it will get you out of Siem Reap and into the real rural Cambodia. Secondly the boat tour through this riverside community is really interesting and it is absolutely fascinating to see how they live and work on the lake. Last week was at the end of the wet season when the water is high enough for the tour boats to operate from the river tributaries and take you past all the stilted houses, shops and school buildings, and then the floating community (those that are too poor to have a stilted house) who during the wet season move from the lake into the river, and then finally out into the lake itself, before returning to the river by travelling through the flooded forest with only the tops of the trees showing above the waterline.
All in all the boat trip took about two hours and although you obviously do pass other tourist boats it wasn’t so many as to degrade the experience.
It was a fascinating trip and I am glad we did it.
Written 9 November 2019
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Bluejays49
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Not as if it isn’t expensive enough as it is,we get there and I go to buy the boat ticket,which is supposed to be 20 dollars each and he tells me 50 dollars for me for the two of us.I tell him it is only 20 dollars each.If I don’t pay I don’t go.It was a long drive out there so I didn’t have much choice.Then we get out a ways in the boat and we turn around before we get to the big part of the lake.(other boats are zooming to that area.We were on some clunker of a boat
My worst experience of our week here.
I am writing this on my way back to Siem Reap.
Written 6 November 2019
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catsailor2014
Truro, UK161 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
As title, this is a village on stilts above the water which rises and falls with the seasons. Interesting but as charged $20 a head to enter the area and the boat trip around village onto the lake not sure it was worth it! However it does show you a different way of life.
Written 6 November 2019
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