Photo: A watery way of life.

Floating village boat tour

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A boat tour up or down the Tonle Sap to visit one of the area’s floating villages is a popular activity with local visitors and the few foreign tourists who make it up this way.

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The predominately ethnic Vietnamese villages of Kandal, to the south, and Chong Kos, to the north, used to be suburbs of Kompong Chhnang city and were moored immediately opposite and on both sides of Phsar Krom. That made village visits easy, but authorities saw fit to relocate the villages a few kilometres up- and downstream of town. That renders it a bit far for a rowing boat taxi now, so you’ll have to hire a motorboat for the hour or so round trip.

A typical floating shop. Photo taken in or around Floating village boat tour, Kompong Chhnang, Cambodia by Mark Ord.

A typical floating shop. Photo: Mark Ord

The tour boat jetty and information desk are just to the left of the marine police on the riverside. Prices vary widely according to number of passengers, length of trip and how much or little work they’ve got that day but we were offered a one-hour tour for two for $15. Boat sizes range from basic small craft to large two-deck boats but all have roofs and ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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