Kompong Khleang is floating community is located around 1 hours drive from Siem Reap by departing from hotel 7:30am and is generally accessible all year round, though it depends on the lake levels which vary from year to year. Just before turning off National Road No. 6, we stop at a small local market, Phsaa Thnal Jaek where you can see piles of fresh vegetables, local breakfast restaurants, tasty snacks and of course, fish!… still alive, freshly caught and salted and sun-dried all from the nearby lake. We drive another 20 minutes before reaching the boat station, but before we do, we take a short walk in the village to see some of the stilted houses and local shops up close and to say ‘bye bye’ to the very friendly children and villagers. There are very few tourists in the village at this time, so it’s a great time to get some photos and wander around.
We board the boat through the village to see some of the houses from water level, and to see some of the fishing methods up close…such as ‘fish badminton’! The first part of the village is stilted houses but as you progress further towards the lake, the houses disappear and are replaced by mangrove forest and open water. As the water recedes and the land starts to dry out, some fishing families become farmers, growing snake beans and watermelons know as some of the best in the country. Eventually you will reach the floating houses made up of Khmer and Vietnamese fishing families; you can easily tell the difference between their nationalities by the decoration of their houses. When the water is low, they relocate their floating abodes further out onto the lake. Finally we arrive on the main body of the Great Tonle Sap lake called “Kompong Khleang”. The guide will explain about what makes the lake so special and why it is so important to Cambodian and the whole region. Returns around 1 pm and the service is ended at hotel.
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