Chong Khneas Floating Village

Following the temple tours in Siem Reap, if you're seeking a novel encounter with the charm of rural landscapes and local life, consider exploring Chong Khneas, one of the four floating villages on Tonlé Sap Lake.

Where is Chong Khneas

Chong Khneas Floating Village

Located in the South of Siem Reap, Chong Khneas is a floating village that has been here for about 300 years with over 1000 families living by fishing. Like other floating villages, people here live in houseboats. They build the floating markets, boat docks, schools, clinics and create a village throughout this 1,042 sq mile lake. Because the water levels in Tonle Sap Lake can rise or fall seasonally, all activities of local people are also affected. Coming here, you will have an opportunity to explore the features of floating houses, the distinctive way of life from Khmer, Muslim and Vietnamese people.

Best time to visit Chong Khneas

Chong Khneas Floating Village - Cambodia

If you want to explore this village, you should come to here in the early morning or late afternoon because at that time the light is very warm, everything appears scenically. You can have stunning shots with a view of the sunrise or sunset from the hilltop temple of Phnom Krom.

How to get to Chong Khneas

Chong Khneas floating village is located a distance of approximately 16 km from Siem Reap, and it’s also a gateway to Battambang and Phnom Penh (the capital of Cambodia). Therefore, it's not hard to reach this destination by local transport. It takes about 20 – 30 minutes driving from the center of Siem Reap. Tuk-Tuk or a private car is the most popular transportations now for tourist during their stay in Siem Reap because it has reasonable price and convenience condition, especially it’s very safe. If you have a plan with Chong Khneas floating village on the itinerary, traveling by boat is probably the best way for you to have a unique experience.