Kampong Phluk – A mesmerizing floating village in Cambodia | Cruise Mekong River

Kampong Phluk – A mesmerizing floating village in Cambodia

Kampong Phluk floating village

A trip to Kampong Phluk floating village to exploring the real side of Cambodia will never let you down. You just need to be prepared for a long journey mostly on water and water.

Kampong Phluk floating village

Kampong Phluk floating village

Kampong Phluk is a stilted rather than floating village which comprisies an array of distinctive stilted houses of a couple of villages ringed by the floodplain of the Tonle Sap Lake about 16 kilometres to the southeast of Siem Riep. Tourists to Kampong Phluk is usually drawn to its tranquil atmosphere, distinguishing stilted house architecture and the locals’ daily lives on boat seemingly alien to the foreigners. Travel to Cambodia

The first work of construction visible on arrival

The first work of construction visible on arrival

The village has been emerged as an attractive destination of Cambodia for the past time wholeheartedly recommended to any visitors either exploring almost every corner in Siem Riep’s Angkor complex or taking a trip on the Tonle Sap Lake.

The village is accessible just by boat heading out through the flooded mangrove forests to reach Kampong Phluk, following several other modes of transports from the provincial city of Siem Riep or from the Tonle Sap Lake. Siemreap in Depth 5D4N

A boat journey within the flooded forest

A boat journey within the flooded forest

The incredible journey hanging around the village will decidedly afford you a profound insight into the Cambodian natural ways of life on water – how the locals get along with the water surroundings? Their stilted houses strangely built on top of wooden poles which are deeply burrowed in to the plain under water surface will be probably attractive to you most! Mekong delta tours

A thatched stilted house

A thatched stilted house

The houses are on six-metre-high stilts, the top of which is closely covered in the height of the wet but exposed during dry season by the sharp recession of floodwater. The engine of this natural phenomenon is the Mekong River which fills the Tonle Sap Lake during its wet season with water from melting snow and runoff from monsoon rain.

A group of the houses

A group of the houses

At that time, the entire surface area of the Tonle Sap Lake is expanded about five fold, inundating the surrounding floodplain and preserving an extraordinary diverse ecosystem. During the dry, the villagers move out into temporary shacks lakeside, which lets them not to have to climb on 6-metre-high ladders everyday. You also can realize a diverse range of stilted houses in Kampong Phluk. On this unique village, shops, floating farmyards and resident houses are interconnected with avenues of water. That is how the locals living in and around the villages influenced by this “tidal” system have adapted to the phenomenon for the past hundreds of year.

The local children

The local children

Fortunately, it charges you no cost to get into Kampong Phluk floating village, but boats usually cost around 45 USD for eight passengers each time.

 The Indochina Voyages team.

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