An authentic look at the lifestyles of the Tonle Sap’s residents, this Siem Reap day trip takes you to a remote village where few tourists venture. Embark on a boat ride through the village of Kampong Phluck where the fisherman and their families live in stilted houses among the petrified mangrove forests and waterways. Enjoy a lunch of local dishes in a family’s house and enjoy the fascinating scenery of Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake.
After breakfast, embark on an interesting boat trip on the Tonlé Sap Lake, where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. Tonlé Sap is Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake with its size varying greatly depending on the season. During the dry season it is roughly 2,500 km2, swelling to about 4 times it’s size in during the wet season: 10,000 km2!
Travel out to Kampong Phluck, a village further away which receives very few tourists. Thus, this stilted village is the best place to see the authentic life of the local fisherman and their families who live amongst the flooded mangrove forest. At Kampong Phluck, board a local boat for a ride on the lake. On the way, you will see houses on stilts that are submerged with the lake extends, pass by floating houses and impressive flooded forests and get a good feel for life on the water.
In one of the floating houses, a delicious lunch will be prepared for you. Enjoy the beautiful scenery dominated by the tranquillity of the lake. Return back to Siem Reap by boat and private vehicle in the afternoon. (L)
(NOTE: Due to low water levels during the dry season, the boat trip is only possible from June to March. However an alternative floating village at Chong Kneas can be arranged instead).
Enjoy leisurely sightseeing and an afternoon of luxurious pampering with this unique Siem Reap excursion. Travel out to the floating village of Kampong Phluck and embark on a boat trip through the flooded forests, local villages, and on to the Tonle Sap Lake. Return to town for a delicious lunch at Madame Butterfly and an indulgent spa treatment at Visaya Spa.
Depart on an adventure for your senses. Pamper yourself over 3 hours with a deeply relaxing spa treatment at Bodia Spa where the wonderfully calming experience is perfect for anyone suffering from a long journey or a hard day’s activity. First a body massage will relax your mind, then an aromatic salt scrub will revitalize your skin and finally a vitamin facial treatment will ensure you are looking and feeling good.
In the late afternoon, a stylish handcrafted riverboat takes you on a spectacular tour of Tonlé Sap Lake during the most beautiful time of the day. Enjoy the quiet atmosphere on the open water while sipping a refreshing cocktail and lounging in the comfortable sitting area. A truly relaxing experience!
Discover the secrets of authentic Khmer cuisine in a half-day cooking class. Begin with a guided trip to the local market where you will learn about Cambodian vegetables, herbs, and other ingredients before returning to the classroom for a hands-on culinary experience.
Discover the secrets of authentic Khmer cuisine in the course of a half-day cooking class by Cassia Restaurant. The course begins with a walk through a popular Siem Reap market with a Khmer chef where you will learn about Cambodian vegetables, herbs, spices and other ingredients and their uses in Khmer Cuisine. Return to the school where you will be shown how to prepare these delicious dishes by the French restaurant owner, Laurent. The hands-on experience is a great way to learn about Khmer cuisine, which is similar to Thai cuisine but less spicy. At the end of your course, indulge in a lunch of your own prepared meals. (L)
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