Kompong Khleang Floating Village & Cycling Tour | 1 Day | SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA

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  • Get off the beaten track: Visit the amazing Kompong Khleang, the largest and least touristy floating village on Tonlé Sap Lake.
  • Ethical Tourism: Proceeds from the trip directly benefit local villagers on this community-owned floating village tour.
  • Created by locals: Cycle back streets and eat lunch with locals. This trip was designed to help backpackers explore the unseen countryside of Siem Reap.
  • Includes: Lunch, drinks, transport, English-speaking guide and driver, entrance fees and bike rental.


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Kompong Khleang is a floating village that is home to around 6,000 people (or 1,800 families). They have made their home on the waters of the Tonlé Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Asia!

Community Based Tourism

Unlike other floating villages close to Siem Reap that have been completely ruined by tourism, due to its size, Kompong Khleang has retained its authenticity and the boat service that allows tourists to explore the village is owned by the villagers themselves.

This means that when you visit Kompong Khleang village your money directly benefits the people of the village and helps to maintain local services such as schools, hospitals and environmental projects. If you are looking for an ethical way to experience Siem Reap’s floating villages, this is the tour for you.

NB: You can read more about the floating villages of Chong Kneas and Kompong Phluk Siem Reap and why you should avoid visiting them in this article.

Kompong Khleang Floating Village and Cycling Tour: 1-Day Itinerary

Morning – Cycling

  • Free pick up is included in the price of the trip, between 8 am and 8.30 am at your hotel.
  • Once everyone’s on board, you will head out of Siem Reap (the city) and drive to the beautiful countryside area.
  • There, you will cycle along the red soil roads through some splendid villages (don’t worry, it’s a nice and peaceful ride and flat the whole way!).
  • On the way, you will stop by the local fish market where you can watch (and take part in) traditional Khmer daily fish trading.
  • After the ride, you will take a small break to get a refreshing and well-deserved drink. 

Lunch – Floating Forest and Lunch at Kompong Khleang

  • Next, you will visit of the most impressive floating village in Cambodia: Kompong Khleang.
  • You will board a boat and start to explore the village and the astonishing flooded forest.
  • At some point, your stomach will start rumbling… Worry not! That’s when you will arrive at a stilt house in the village to share a typical Khmer lunch with friendly locals.

Afternoon – Island Pagoda and the Moving Vietnamese Floating Village

  • After lunch, you will get back aboard to reach a pagoda located on an island. Here you can see the monks go about their day-to-day routine.
  • After that, you will head to the Vietnamese floating village. The Vietnamese village is not like the rest of Kompong Khleang, in that it is not composed of stilt houses. The houses there are built on floating objects and therefore float on the Tonlé Sap. The Vietnamese village moves along the river (and sometimes up to the lake) according to the season and is something you’ve most likely never seen before.
  • You’ll get to see the floating school, hospital and local shops (they even have a hairdresser!)… An amazing sight!
  • You will then get back to the bus and start driving back to Siem Reap through other rural villages stopping occasionally to grab snacks or chat with villagers..
  • If you’re lucky, you will get to see some Cambodian famous water-bird species in rice paddies.
  • You will arrive back in Siem Reap around 5 pm after an amazing experience!


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  • In order to book this experience, you will need to pay a deposit online via South East Asia Backpacker.
  • This deposit is fully refundable if you wish to cancel up until 72 hours before the start of the activity. PLEASE NOTE: This policy refers to the payment made to South East Asia Backpacker at the time of booking. All subsequent payments to the operator of your chosen activity fall under their own refund policy
  • For cancellations made fewer than 72 hours before the start of the activity there is no refund available.
  • You can request a change of date at any time.
  • Date changes are entirely down to the availability of the operator and nothing to do with South East Asia Backpacker. 
  • If your date change is not agreed upon, as long as it is more than 72 hours before the start date you originally made your booking for, your deposit can be refunded in full if you wish to cancel.
  • The remaining payment for the experience is payable directly to the operator.
  • The operator can request the remaining payment via an online payment link OR upon arrival at the destination.
  • The refund of the second payment, which goes directly to the operator, is based on the terms and conditions of the operator, over which South East Asia Backpacker have no control.
  • Please see our customer terms and conditions for more information.

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Today, there is so much choice, but there are a lot of poor-quality tours and companies that offer mediocre experiences with little care for the environment. I wanted to create a selection of the best tours and activities to help backpackers avoid scams and dodgy tour companies.

Today, I run this website with my partner, Dave, from Spain, where we live with our energetic two-year-old daughter, Evie. All of the bookable activities that you will find on this website have been vetted by a member of our team and we have a friendly relationship with the operator. There are real humans behind South East Asia Backpacker and we are passionate about sustainable travel and development in Southeast Asia.

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