Lake Tonle Sap and the river of the same name are in themselves a destination absolutely impossible to circumvent when visiting Cambodia. In my opinion, as interesting as the fabulous temples of Angkor. From Siem Reap, it is possible for $ 25 per person to visit the floating village of Chong Kneas with traditional small boats in the port of this village, located 7 km from Siem Reap. We can discover the life absolutely unimaginable for us of the lacustrine villages, where the inhabitants develop an incredible imagination to live there daily.
However, it is true that mass tourism visiting this village does not please everyone. Human relationships in particular are perverted by the number of visitors.
But Lake Tonle Sap is huge. It is a real inland sea. And it is enough to go away somewhat from the usual tourist visits to discover villages floating or perched at the top of piles of about ten meters. These villages are inhabited by communities of fishermen extremely warm, not perverted by the tourism. Some are not even shown on the maps, have no roads to access them, and of course do not have any infrastructure vaguely hotel. The only way to meet them can only be achieved by boat, taking care to take all the necessary supplies.
Small boats can take you there. But they are very noisy, have no comfort, just a wooden bench, take a cooler for drinks and a possible meal, which makes the walk several hours a few times hard. Especially if you want to go to the toilet during the few hours of sailing!
The Sat Toung takes you there in comfort, and allows you to watch the sunset in these lake villages, sleep very comfortably nearby, and wake up in the morning following the most active moments of The day-to-day life of the village, where fishermen leave to bring fish, children go to school in their small floating school, and mothers of families are busy carrying out their many tasks. All in the middle of an exuberant flora and fauna.
This unique and exclusive experience aboard Sat Toung (only 4 cabins and 8 passengers maximum per cruise) deserves to be experienced at least once.
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