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Full Day Tour of Kompong Phluk with Tara Boat

Prices: From US$60
Route: Travel by boat via Chong Khneas & the Great Tonle Sap Lake, then row through the flooded forest & stilted houses of Kompong Phluk, and return to the Tara for a 3-course meal & 2 cold drink
 
Tours of Kompong Phluk are a bit pricier than the Chong Khneas tours, but they are well worth the difference.  Kompong Phluk is a set of villages based on the floodplain of the Tonle Sap Lake, near Siem Reap.  There are about 3,000 villagers, most of who live in stilted houses.  The people depend largely on fishing and tourism for their incomes.
 
The Tara Boat Tour of Kompong Phluk will begin at 8am, when we pick you up from your Hotel or Guesthouse in an air-conditioned vehicle.  Our friendly and knowledgeable tour guides speak English, Thai & Japanese (and Khmer of course), and they will ensure that you enjoy your tour, pointing out areas of local interest along the way and answering any questions you may have.  It takes about 20 minutes to reach the port of Chong Khneas, and upon arrival we will exit the vehicle and jump onto one of the Mini Tara’s - smaller boats with life jackets and driven by experienced and safe local drivers.
 
On route to Kompong Phluk we will make two stops.  The first will be the GECKO Environmental Education Centre, which provides a whole host of useful information about the human societies & unique ecology of the Tonle Sap.  The GECKO centre itself is a floating structure - and is a favourite amongst tourists who want to learn a bit more about life on the lake.  The second stop will be the Crocodile & Fish Farm at Chong Khneas.  If catfish, crocodiles and large snakes don’t interest you, there is a souvenir shop and a viewing deck on board for you to purchase some presents for loved ones or take a few photos.
 
The boat ride through Chong Khneas will allow you to see ordinary Cambodians going about their daily life in the floating village.  Fishermen, boat-makers, markets, schools, spirit houses and waving children are always in plentiful supply on this mesmerizing scenic route, and it is not uncommon for the scenery of Chong Khneas to provoke silence on the Mini Tara, as customers take in the sights and sounds that surround them.  Once the trip through Chong Khneas is complete, your boat will begin the journey across the Great Tonle Sap Lake to the Stilted Houses & Flooded Forest of Kompong Phluk.
 
Upon arrival at Kompong Phluk you’ll jump out of the Mini Tara and into a smaller rowing boat.  You’ll then row through the flooded forest, and through / up to the stilted houses of the floating village.  During wet season, this area will be completely submerged, whilst in the dry season, the stilted houses will tower up to six meters above.  After you’ve toured the school and the pagoda in the centre of the village, you’ll begin your journey back across the Tonle Sap to the Tara Boat - the biggest boat on the Tonle Sap Lake. 
 
There you will enjoy a well-deserved 3-course meal and 2 free cold drink.  Afterwards you can lie back in a hammock, take a seat on the viewing deck or get your photo taken at the steering wheel.  Watch as other tour groups drive past on their rickety little boats whilst you chill out, relax, and enjoy the comfort & luxury of the biggest boat on the lake.  At about 3:15pm you’ll leave the Tara and head back to the port at Chong Khneas where your air-conditioned vehicle will be waiting to transport you directly home to your Hotel or Guesthouse.
Price: Price: $60.00 Per Person - Tours from 8am to 4pm
 
Inclusions of the trip
  • Pick up at 8am, 8 hour tour from time of pickup to time of drop off
  • Free Pick up & return in A/C Taxi
  • English, Thai & Japanese speaking guides
  • Free 3 Course Meal
  • Free 2 Drink (soft drink, beer or cocktail)
  • Tour of floating village of Chong Khneas
  • Tour of Gecko Environmental Education Centre
  • Tour of Crocodile & Fish Farm
  • Tour of Flooded Forest and Village at Kompong Phluk
  • Unlimited Bottled Water
  • Includes Hire of Rowing Boat
  • All Check Point fees included in Price
  • Children 12 or under, half price. 5 or under FREE  

The Biggest Boat on the Tonle Sap Lake

At over 41 metres in length, with a 120ft steel haul and weighing in at over 100 dry tonnes, the Tara is the biggest boat on the Tonle Sap Lake. Known locally as the ‘Freedom Boat’, it was originally used for the Cambodia-Vietnam run, and is capable of carrying more than 300 people.

Comfort & Luxury on the Tonle Sap

With a viewing deck, comfortable seating, hammocks, a bar, a large dining area and multiple toilets / bathrooms - the Tara offers a level of comfort and luxury which other boats on the Tonle Sap cannot begin to rival. Get your photo taken at the captain’s bridge or wave at other tour groups as they drive by on their rickety boats, whilst you sip from a cold beer in a comfy chair, enjoying the stunning views that the Tonle Sap has to offer. The Tara Riverboat awaits your inspection and the captain welcomes you abroard.

Food Fit for a King

Our tour guides are experienced and knowledgeable, and our drivers, waitresses & captain are all friendly and professional. Some of our team are also experienced cooks, and we offer a wide range of Western and Khmer dishes. It is food fit for a king, and it is all included in your tour price. We also have beers, cocktails, soft drinks, water and numerous spirits available on the Tara. Read our menu for more information.

Tara - Available for Hire!

Are you a tour agent with a very large group of important customers? An employer looking to motivate the team with a staff party they will never forget? A newly wed couple wanting to kick off your life together in a truly stunning location? If so, look no further than the Tara Boat. The Tara is capable of carrying more than 250 people, and is available for hire for private functions upon request. Enjoy a big buffet dinner then kick aside the tables and chairs and dance away to a live musician. Contact us for more information on booking the Tara for private functions.

Mission Statement

To ensure that each and every customer has a safe,enjoyable and unique travel experiance... to promote best practice and substanablility through training and education of our most valuable asset..our employees.

Where is the Tara?

The Tara is located on the edge of the Great Tonle Sap Lake, a short boat ride from the port of Chong Khneas. Chong Khneas is less than 15km from Siem Reap - which is in the Northwest of Cambodia. You don’t have to worry about finding us though - we offer free air-conditioned pickup from your Hotel or Guest House in Siem Reap

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