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Tonlé Sap Tours

This great lake covering 1,000 square miles (2,600 square kilometers) is not only the largest body of fresh water in Southeast Asia, it’s also a UNESCO-designated biosphere due to its remarkable natural features. The flow of water in Tonlé Sap changes direction twice during the course of the year, expanding and contracting with the seasons.


The Basics

Most travelers choose to experience Tonlé Sap by boat, whether en route between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh or during a daytime or sunset dinner cruise. Depending on the option chosen, a sightseeing boat ride might include a visit to Chong Khneas floating village of stilted houses, a fish and crocodile farm, and a meal at a traditional Khmer floating restaurant. 


Those with an interest in the lake’s biodiversity can opt for a day trip to Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary, a biosphere reserve that’s home to more than 150 bird species.


Things to Know Before You Go

  • Tonlé Sap is a must-see for adventure travelers and first-time visitors.
  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat when cruising the lake.
  • Many boat tours on the lake include hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Tonlé Sap day trips can last anywhere from four to nine hours, depending on the option chosen.


How to Get There

Most tours of the lake depart from Chong Khneas, located 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) south of Siem Reap. The easiest way to get to the lake is on a guided tour.


When to Get There

From November to May—the country’s dry season—Tonlé Sap empties into the Mekong River, making the lake’s natural features much less spectacular. If you want to get out on the lake when it’s at its largest, plan to visit during the rainy season (August and September) when the waters reverse and the enormous lake forms. Water levels are at their lowest between April and June. The best bird viewing happens between December and April.


The People of Tonlé Sap

Spend some time on the lake, and you’ll quickly realize that most residents of the stilted houses and floating villages are fishermen. Many of these families are ethnic Vietnamese who’ve been in the trade for decades. For the most authentic view of life on the lake, head farther afield to the villages near Kampong Chhnang and Pursat.

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Sunset Dinner on Tonle Sap Lake with a Floating Village Tour, Siem Reap, null
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Sunset Dinner on Tonle Sap Lake with a Floating Village Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 31 Reviews

The best way to experience the sunset over the floating village on Tonle Sap Lake, this unique River Boat tour is great for families, groups or single ...  Read more

Location: Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $36.00
Half-Day Tour of Floating Village and Tonle Sap Lake by Boat, Siem Reap, Day Cruises
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Half-Day Tour of Floating Village and Tonle Sap Lake by Boat

4 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Discover the floating village  and Tonle Sap Lake on a traditional long tail boat, travel in comfort to the lake in an air conditioned minivan with your ...  Read more

Location: Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $29.00
Kompong Khleang Floating Village from Siem Reap, Siem Reap, Day Cruises
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Kompong Khleang Floating Village from Siem Reap

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

This small-group tour takes you on an adventure by minivan and boat to Kompong Khleang, one of the less visited floating villages on Siem Reap's Tonle Sap ...  Read more

Location: Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $72.00
Kompong Phluk Village and Tonle Sap Lake Half-Day Tour From Siem Reap, Siem Reap, Day Cruises
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Kompong Phluk Village and Tonle Sap Lake Half-Day Tour From Siem Reap

4 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

Discover the beautiful village of Kompong Phluk with this unique small-group tour and experience the real Cambodian village way of life. Travel by road and ...  Read more

Location: Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $38.00
Mekong and Tonle Sap River Sunset Cocktail Cruise with Dinner Option, Phnom Penh, Day Cruises
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Mekong and Tonle Sap River Sunset Cocktail Cruise with Dinner Option

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

Upgrade from the base cocktail cruise and enjoy an exceptional dinner cruise. Enjoy a barbecue dinner made from fresh ingredients and try some delicious ...  Read more

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $19.00
Full-Day Tour of Kompong Phluk and Tonle Sap Lake by Boat, Siem Reap, Night Cruises
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Full-Day Tour of Kompong Phluk and Tonle Sap Lake by Boat

1 star rating: I do not recommend this 2 Reviews

This unique tour will take you on an adventure through the famous floating villages of Cambodia. You will travel by boat on the Chong Khneas and the great ...  Read more

Location: Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $60.00
HALF DAY TOUR FOR THE WORLD - FAMOUS LAKES, Siem Reap, Day Cruises
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HALF DAY TOUR FOR THE WORLD - FAMOUS LAKES

An Expedition to a remote temple is a great way to see a bit of “real” Cambodia away from touristic areas.    Cambodia is a getaway to an exotic ...  Read more

Location: Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.00
Tonle Sap Day Trip and Floating Village from Siem Reap, Siem Reap, Day Trips
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Tonle Sap Day Trip and Floating Village from Siem Reap

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

On this tour, visit a cultural village to gain a better insight of Cambodian culture, Traditions, food, and more. Cambodian Cultural village is a historical ...  Read more

Location: Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $94.00
Phnom Penh to Siem Reap Mekong Delta Private 3-Day Cruise, Phnom Penh, Day Trips
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Phnom Penh to Siem Reap Mekong Delta Private 3-Day Cruise

Discover this fantastic guided trip from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in a sleeper traditional boat for 2 people during an unforgettable 3 days and 2 nights in ...  Read more

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $950.00
Tonle Sap Cruise Small-Group Tour, Siem Reap, Day Cruises
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Tonle Sap Cruise Small-Group Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 81 Reviews

Discover Siem Reap's secrets by remork (Cambodian tuk tuk) on a half-day, small-group tour. Take a boat trip on the Tonle Sap lake through floating and stilted ...  Read more

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.00

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