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Kompong Phluk is one of the Siem Reap attractions which pertains to the great Tonlé Sap lake as a whole, and we would definitely recommend visiting this village as part of a trip to the lake. Kompong Phluk, literally translated as Harbour of the Tusks, is the name given to a stilted village community found living on the lake. The journey to get to Kompong Phluk is half the adventure, as you need to take 3 modes of transport - car until you cannot go any further, then motorbike until you cannot go any further still, until finally boarding a boat and heading out through the mangrove forests to reach the village.
Once you arrive there you'll be able to see the natural way of life on water as the predominantly Cambodian community go about their business. Shops, floating farmyards, and houses are all interconnected by avenues of water from which individuals or boats full to the brim paddle their way between one another. Most people make their living from fishing here, and the scenery is beautiful - paml huts, flowers and trees growing out from the water, and beautiful birds (parrots, toucans, pelicans amongst others) glide from place to place.
There is no entrance fee to the village itself, but you'll need to take a boat to get there. Boats cost around US 45 and can usually take up to 8 people. You may also have to get to the boat pick-up point also unless you have your own transport.
To see the village and all its surroundings you would need around an hour, but we'd recommend setting aside at least 2 hours to include transport to the site from Siem Reap.
Chong Kneas, Kompong Phluk, Prek Toal, and Phnom Krom are all nearby and can be combined with a visit to Kompong Phluk to complete a full day's itinerary.
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