A Visit to the Floating Village of Chong Khneas – A Drifting Community

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The Siam Reap province is best-known as the gateway to Angkor. But, it’s also the location of Tonle Sap Lake, where’ll you’ll find scenic floating villages like Chong Khneas.

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Christine Zenino from Chicago, US, Floating village of Chong Kneas (4380890080)CC BY 2.0

It’s one of a handful of floating village open to foreigners

Located at the northern end of the lake, the village of Chong Khneas is home to over 1000 families that make a living fishing on the lake. Only 30 minutes away from many of the luxury hotels in Siem Reap, it’s hard to believe the contrast of everyday life once you near the village by boat.

You need to buy a ticket to get there

You’ll have to ask around or check online for tours to the village. Tickets are usually priced at $20 for a two-hour boat ride through the village. However, do note you aren’t allowed to get off the boat to interact with locals, which is a shame.

Be respectful of their privacy

At the end of the day, you’re basically touring someone else’s home. So be respectful of their privacy when taking snaps and do ask questions if you’re not sure about something.

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Christine Zenino from Chicago, US, Chong Kneas floating village (4380157829)CC BY 2.0

There are other floating villages you can visit

If you want a more interactive experience, check with any of the hotels like Anantara Angkor Resort, to see if they organise tours or if there are other private operators that can arrange one.

Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+

 

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