Floating Village Tour In Siem Reap - 9:00am-12:00pm ( $ 32 per person)(Children 10 years and under are half priced)5yo and under free
Unique cruise tours of the local floating fishing villages and lake with floating houses, markets, police stations (even a floating jail), floating churches, floating vegetable gardens, floating basketball courts, floating health centers, complete floating villages & schools – then chill out on the Queen Tara with fresh local fruits and a cold drink for free. (Voted best lake and river cruise tour by travel guides Cambodia)
This is the largest true floating villages in Cambodia, its home to some 6000 people, its a true floating fishing village, in fact it's actually 2 villages in one, as our very professional Tara lake guides will point out, closest to Siem Reap.
Being a floating village, there are no roads in the actual villages and our tour is done via special flat bottomed long tail boats (Traditional fishing boats converted into passenger cruisers) these are made very comfortable and suited for everyone.
Cruising with the Tara Riverboat tours are priced advertised, we have Zero Scans, great staff and best boats on the lake by far.
Joining this tour will also mean no waiting in lines for other guests to arrive, saving you both time and money as we have our own special riverboats, but the best part is we support local lake families and women directly.
Best floating villages tour in Siem Reap is with the Tara boat guys...Lonely Planets.
Sail into an adventure with Tara Riverboat
Enter a world time has forgotten, accessible only by boats with no roads, the Floating Villages and fishing villages are located less than 15km from Siem Reap. It is the perfect place to visit on the Tonle Sap Lake as its the closest fishing village to Siem Reap and is also a large floating village, actually its 2 villages in one as our guide will point out on route.
The Queen Tara River Boat Half Day cruise will begin at 9am when we pick you up from your hotel or Guesthouse in an air-conditioned vehicle or tuk tuk. Our friendly and knowledgeable tour guides speak English (and Khmer of course) they are a source of great insight as to how the floating villages work as mostly, they were either born in the floating villages or very close by, and they will ensure that you enjoy your cruise and tour, pointing out areas of local interest along the way and answering any questions you may have. It takes about 10 minutes to reach the port and our traditional long tail riverboats. On route to the Queen Tara Boat, we will have an opportunity to stop and take some photo of the lotus flowers (seasonal) which are a deeply important flower in Buddhism. Upon arrival at the port, you will exit the vehicle and board one of our long tails traditional type riverboats. these riverboats will be driven by an experienced and safe local driver and life jackets and toilets are available on all the vessels we operate for your safety and comfort.
Once on the water we will stop at the floating Crocodile & Fish Farm to learn about some of the trades people on the lake work in. If catfish or crocodiles don’t interest you, there is a souvenir shop and a viewing deck on board for you to purchase some presents for loved ones or take a few photos.
cruising along the narrow rivers , close encounters with the wildlife,the villages suddenly appear,watching the villages taking in there over night catch of fish keeps all your senses alive, as we enter the lake itself ,its awesome to realize just how large the Tonle Sap lake is,as far as the eye can see, is this huge inland sea, its the largest lake in SE Asia.
The boat ride through the floating village will allow you to see ordinary Cambodians going about their daily life in the floating village. Fishermen, boat-makers, markets, schools, spirit houses and waving children are always in plentiful supply on this mesmerizing scenic route, and it is not uncommon for the scenery to provoke silence on the Mini Tara, as guests take in the sights and sounds that surround them. with our local experienced guides to lead the way,share stories,and point out the sites,there is nothing to do except take a deep breath,relax,and soak it all in.
The gentle lapping of the water,school children in near by floating schools,waving and smiles everywhere,the simple serenity of getting away crowds and cars.
Join us for our morning floating villages tour and explore our 100 year old ex cargo boat,now serving you as a place to enjoy a complementary drink and local fresh fruits,you will quickly see why this is one of our very popular tours.