Drive to the edge of the Tonle Sap Lake and embark on a cruise to Kompong Phluk (best time between Aug-Feb), an isolated Khmer community of three villages built on wooden stilts, rising from six to eight metres high. The community has about 3,000 inhabitants who farm fish and vegetables on floating platforms.
During your visit, your boat will take you through mangrove forests, a unique ecosystem that survives on flooded soil for months. Mangroves are also hosts for a variety of wildlife, keep an eye out for birds and especially the crab-eating macaques!
Then, continue to drive to a small village called Chansar and youll stop just outside the village and hop aboard an ox cart for a fun ride through the fields and to the home of a Khmer family who specializes in making brooms. Watch how they make brooms from natural materials, and if you like have a go! Then take a guided walking tour around the village where you have the opportunity to participate in fishing, farming or animal husbandry activities, depending on the time of year.
Enjoy a simple Khmer lunch followed by more activities or just spend time chatting with the locals. Funds from your tour go directly to the community to improve the lives of the people. On the way back to Siem reap, you will stop at a Buddhist temple to receive a blessing from the monks.
- Pick-up and drop-off point: clients' hotel
- Recommended departure time: 8:00am - 16:00pm