Floating village on Tonle Sap Lake
If you go to the Angkor temples for three days or more, I strongly recommend not to go there for two consecutive days. Believe me that after a hot, tedious day between the hot stones of medieval buildings, you will gladly relax on a morning trip to Tonle Sap the largest lake in Southeast Asia and explore a floating village.
We'll leave your hotel at 7 am. We have 50 km to go to the village, so if you do not fall asleep, we can talk about what you will see and the peculiarities of the lake that is unique in many ways.
I'll tell you a little bit now. We are talking about a floating village, but it is actually floating only at the end of the monsoon period and shortly thereafter (September - December). Wooden houses are built on up to 10 meters high wooden pillars so that local residents do not have to run away because of gradually rising water during a year.
The lake is shallow, but its depth and extent change dramatically during the monsoon and dry season. At the end of the drought you will stand in the middle of the lake without any problems, and at the end of the monsoon, it will be at least 10 meters deep.
However, in the village of Kampong Khleang, which I like to visit, there is, besides a village with houses on the poles, also a purely floating village, where the locals live all year on boats. The boat trip, which we run through the village and between the rice fields to the lake itself, takes about two hours.
If the village is not flooded, we will take a walk and see how the local people live. In any case, we will also visit a local marketplace, a pagoda and a school, and if you are interested, we can also have look at the nearby brickyard where almost everything is done by hand. It's such a small journey to the ancient times.
For lunch, we stop at the restaurant when we head back to Siem Reap.
If you have tickets to Angkor, we will visit two wonderful, and also the oldest Angkor temples dating back to the 9th century. We will be back in your hotel around 5:30 pm.