Tours in
Siem Reap-2

"Kampong Phluk"

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Tours in Siem Reap-2 -- A sweet woman selling note books and pens

Day trip to Kampong Phluk in Tonle Sap lake (largest fresh-water lake in Southeast Asia).

So, why choose Kampong Phluk?

  • You`ll get to know the real side of Cambodia

  • You get to see the stilted houses of floating villages

  • When you`re crusing along the lake, you`ll think it`s just incredible how the villagers manage their lives in this lake

I booked a 25-dollar-trip via Villa Siem Reap Guest House,

A long drive at first (40 min), then we took a long-tail boat and there were some problems getting through parts of the water cause it was the dry season. During the wet season, the lake floods the area and the inhabitants have to adjust the height of their houses.

It was unusual to see that the everyday life is dependent on boats...

Like, a nice lady paddled to us, and wanted to sell notebooks, pens, fruit, clothing, tobacco etc. I saw another lady washing while kneeling in her boat, and a nude family jumping in the water from their stilted house to take a bath. You can also see pigs in cages floating on the water...!

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The stilted houses of Kampong Phluk Daily life of Kampong Phluk Wall of sins - Buddhist Temple in Kampong Phluk

And then...

... we went on land (I think) and strolled around. Me and my guide stopped by the village Buddhist temple, and went to the backside to see the Wall of Sins (as I call it). There was a huge wall with paintings on it - I couldn`decide if I liked what I saw..

The guide explained the paintings...

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Tours in Siem Reap-2 -- Wall of Sins

Depending on what sins you have committed (murder, theft, jealousy etc.), you`ll get punished for that specific evil act in the after-life. Like, one painting showed that three people was doomed to climb spiky trees in his after-life.

After I was told this horrifying, but interesting story, we went for lunch at a stilted house (lunch included).

While eating and relaxing, I was listening to the exciting stories and facts my guide told me about Kampong Phluk.

After the tour, we took the boat back and stopped for lunch/snacks again, this time among the amazing mangrove trees. But the boat didn`t float still, so it was hard to eat the fruit the guide brought.

I really enjoyed this day and learned a lot as well. I recommend this tour if you want to do something different besides the Angkor Temples.

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