Chong Kneas Floating Village, Siem Reap

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Cycle around or take a boat tour of Chong Kneas Floating Village, where hundreds of boat houses make up one of the many floating household settlements close to Siem Reap. Expect to encounter extreme poverty and poor living conditions, which may make this an uncomfortable visit for many. You'll get a sense of the life here, which depends on the unpredictable lake, touring sights such as a floating classroom of an elementary school. Watch water buffalos shoulder-deep in mud, and imagine life in a shack on stilts stuck in the lakeshore. Plan your visit to Chong Kneas Floating Village and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Siem Reap holiday planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Unfortunately we have not looked at before the reviews because my friend was already once here years ago and it was still great. We paid per person $23. Were promised us 1.5 hour ride on the boat. We went and were not even 2 minutes on the road as our crew was begging after tip. The complete trip lasted maybe 40 minutes with stop at the crocodile enclosure. The complete trip only after tip, and despite multiple negation he didn't give up our drivers asked. Too bad, the village would have been that interesting and beautiful, but unfortunately can you ride not enjoy because we must discuss money. Very disappointing
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  • August 13, 2017
    It was just horrible, and output despite what few positive reviews say, I think that this isn't a matter of guides because the speech was much too well oiled... A description of Calvary is needed: at the company that runs boat excursions, we pay 20 dollars per person. Indeed, it is a good budget, but we say that this is really something that we want to see, so we pay. We were told that the tour will last 1½ hours. We descend so on the pontoon where someone just discreet takes your picture has without your knowledge. We then climb into the boat, here a guide quite nice initially we asked our names and begins to talk. He told us that we can take a ride in a smaller boat that passes in the mangroves where we can see different animals and a crocodile farm. When asked the price, he said "between 30 and 40 minutes", and diverts the subject by talking about the company that exploits them. He said that the 20 bucks we paid per person return to the company and not to the poor people of the floating village. He added that if we make the trip he has to offer, our money will be donated to the poor. Already it feels good come the scam and the malaise settled. Arrived at the boats, they keep asking him the price, answer: $ 20 per person. Of course we refuse because we are not the cash cows! We're going through so fast the village, which leaves us too much time to see (great...). Then meet on the lake where the guide continues to hold a speech still more maudlin. He then asks us what we want to do, and that in the round we paid, only a school for orphans tour is planned. He told us that we can help them concretely by buying them to eat. According to him, it guarantees us to know what happened to our money (basically if you give money, it is unclear who it benefits, whereas if you buy food, it is sure that it goes to the children). He told us that children show clear signs of malnutrition (big heads, skinny body...). Well, you already understand that the poor and orphans are only an excuse for get us money... Arrived at what they call the market (which is purely and simply a hangar where food and stored just in front of the school for orphans), asked us if we want to buy food for the orphans, and we do what we want, but our hearts knows what to do (...). We refuse to buy food, we dropped us off at the orphanage. The guide still trying a maudlin speech telling kids to drink water from the Lake. Arrived on the scene, a few children present (it was Sunday) eat appetizers cakes and ice cream (probably offered by other tourists). We carry around a little, because we have no desire to return to the boat with our "guide". We are so, and here, the guide tells us that we can give a tip to the driver of the boat. One of us asked if this is a joke, answer: "no, no, the company pays very little drivers, you can help him by giving him a little money". As we come to the edge, we run away as soon as we can. I hear the "guide" me: "look around you, all others give tips". We leave further upset, cross a group of maimed people who beg by playing music and then a lady we tends plates with at the bottom of the pictures of us (cuckoo of the beginning photographer!). This place uses the excuse of charity to get as much money as possible... a ripoff. More than to avoid, this place is to report because it serves complement this beautiful country of Cambodia... By far the worst travel experience in Cambodia, but also probably of my life...!
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  • August 10, 2017
    We have a boat trip on our hotel booked. The price was fine we have paid $25 per person. We have the tour because we had a day. Our hotel rade this because a lot of people this trip if they go to Siem reap. Sailing was fine. Your tufte tasty over the water. The noise of the boats is not normal hard. We were halfway dropped on a large boat where we again $10 for the mangrove in could and that money went to children (a part). If we wanted to we could there not have lunch or a drink. We have not done this and wanted to proceed. Eventually the village. There I give my points for because that was pretty but had it not very found to t miss. Eventually after the village we came upon a large lake where we had to buy some of people. Bought a mango that was not ripe. In short a big Downer for us.. reading, shopping, tourist for us ...
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