Day trip

Siem Reap/Battambang Cruise Guided tour one way

Activity provider: Tara Riverboat

Siem Reap/Battambang Cruise Guided tour one way

Activity provider: Tara Riverboat

From US$ 139 per person

travel by boat between Siem Reap and Battambang. cruise the famous Sangkor River. Explore the numerous floating villages/stilted homes and crossing the Great Tonle Sap lake. English speaking guide

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
pick you up from your guest house or hotel at the tour start time in A/C Mini Van, Car, Tuk Tuk.


  • Explore the amazing floating villages on Sangkor River
  • Learn about the ecosystem and local communities from our expert lake guides
  • Travel in style on a luxurious boat
  • Hotel to Hotel transfers
  • Expert lake guides
Full description
A lake stretches before you without end and birds fly overhead. Here at Tonle Sap Lake, near Siem Reap, experience nature like you've only seen it in picture books - the tour of Mer Chhay is worth the extra effort to get here. Set on the floodplains of Tonle Sap Lake, the numerous floating villages and stilted homes awaits. Starting at 7.30am, set out on an adventure few will experience. Let your expert guide tell you about the culture, lifestyle and ecosystem of this fascinating place. On your way out to the floating village, pass by rice paddies and lotus fields rural villages with some photographs of the lotus flowers, a deeply important flower in Buddhism. Next, stop at the stilted houses just before the lake to see how the water levels affect the way locals live and take a look at a floating school. After that, we board our boat where the true adventure begins. Witness everyday life on the lake. There truly is a floating city out there, and fishermen, boat-makers, markets, schools, and waving children are always just a glance away. Departing from the Mc Chhay , cross the great Tonle Sap Lake to visit the Stilted Houses and passing the Flooded Forest near Prek Toal, (famous for the bird sanctuary) depending .on the water levels at the time your experience will never be the same on any given day, you gently glide through the different floating villages and stilted villages ,Nature is at its best out on the river systems,with huge migration water birds,very rare and some endangered,jumping fish,water buffalo Siamese Crocodiles and much much more,. During the dry season, the houses rise like giants nearly 18 feet or 6 meters above you, while during the rainy season, you'll be right at door level! As we cruise up the awesome Sangkor River its awesome to see traditional fishing methods still being used,in fact,the journey is something out of this world as we know it,its basically untouched for 100s of years as no roads exist, all transport is via boats only,truly a river system that time seems to have forgotten. The Actual cruise is for approx 7 hours,its a fascinating look into a different world, its a journey where for the brave few,a life time memory will be forged,the locals way of life is far removed to what you will normally see,adapting the the ever changing depths of the rivers and lakes has created some very unique ways of living.
  • Pick-up and drop off in an air-conditioned taxi or tuk tuk
  • Unlimited bottled water
  • power boat
  • All checkpoint fees
  • Lake guide
  • Items of personal nature/meals
  • Tips

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Children aged 10 and under pay half price
  • Children aged 5 and under enter for free
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please note that this tour is dependent on water levels in the lake, please inquire on booking.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 3 reviews

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Beeindruckende Tour in eine andere Welt

Wir hatten einen ganz tollen Guide; Besuch einer Schulklasse war sehr berührend

December 21, 2013


Fantastic, and diversified trip

We really enjoyed this authentic tour of the river, lake, and village. Not for the faint hearted. Agility required getting in and out of the aged wooden boats, but the guides are kind and helpful, and the experience well worthwhile.

February 22, 2016

sehenswerte Tour mit langer Bootsfahrt

pünktliche Abholung, kompetenter englisch-sprachiger Guide, recht lange Bootsfahrt ist bis Kompong Phluk notwendig. Wir hatten für die Schule ein paar Hefte gekauft, diese besser direkt an die Lehrer übergeben als an die "bettenden" Kinder.

November 19, 2016


Product ID: 14501