A Scenic Small Boat a.k.a “Sampan” Ride Through The Flooded Forest
After our humbling visit to the floating village of Kampong Phluk
, our young captain brought us to a floating structure located nearby the village. Right next to it was the much anticipated flooded forest of Kampong Phluk
. The floating structure was the ticketing station for the small boat a.k.a “sampan” ride into the flooded forest
. Many visitors were seen buying the tickets and waiting in line to get on-board their small boat a.k.a “sampan” for an unforgettable ride of their lifetime to one of the most scenic spots in Siem Reap, Cambodia and Asia
My sister and I effortlessly purchased the tickets and paid $5 each for the additional 15-20 minutes small boat ride through the flooded forest of Kampong Phluk
. There was no camera/photography fee
which is a good thing. We boarded our “sampan” and began our exploration in less than a minute. Our elderly guide spoke very little English and was not interested to make small talk with us, but that did not bother us for we had a fun time enjoying the view and taking beautiful photographs.
As we cruised in between the submerged trees
, we met several other visitors who were travelling in groups. Our guide was kind enough to paddle at a slow and steady pace, making sure that we enjoyed the ride and was able to take good photos. If one is lucky or unlucky, animals such as snakes or monitor lizards can be seen swimming past the boats
. We passed by a man-made structure that looks like a platform walk and what seems like a restaurant in the air too
. Time passed by quickly when we are having a good time and before we know it, it was time for us to head back to our big boat. We thanked our guide and gave her a $1 tip for her hard work.
Eva & Erika at the flooded forest of Kampong Phluk, Siem Reap
It costs an additional $5 per person for a small boat a.k.a "sampan" ride through the flooded forest
Cruising on our boat through the enchanted flooded forest
Welcome to the flooded forest of Kampong Phluk, Siem Reap
A man-made structure among the trees
The canopy of foliage from the submerged trees provides shade from the sun's rays
The sky-high platform walk amongst the trees at the flooded forest of Kampong Phluk, Siem Reap
The flooded forest of Kampong Phluk, Siem Reap
Our Cambodian guide
Walking Amongst The Trees and A Visit To The Sky Restaurant & Bar
Besides cruising through the enchanted flooded forest of Kampong Phluk
, to our delight, my sister and I got to walk amongst the trees, on the sky-high platform walk
above and if we wish, have lunch at the Sky Restaurant & Bar
After our short but memorable boat ride through the enchanted flooded forest
, our young captain brought us to the flight of stairs where the sky-high platform walk begins and ends. The platform walk is free
. Without hesitation, we left the boat and walked through the scenic sky-high path, enjoying the view along the way. A certain section of the path had trees with autumn-coloured leaves in hues of red, yellow and orange
! It was a beautiful sight! My sister and I took several pretty photos of it.
At the middle of the platform walk was a nicely decorated restaurant and bar where visitors can wine and dine
as they please while enjoying the view from above. The place looks like the perfect place for an exotic wedding venue
or a quiet gathering with family members or a bunch of friends.
This is where the platform walk begins and ends
The flooded forest as seen from the platform walk
Fancy walking through the flooded forest on this elevated platform path? :-)
A taste of autumn in Asia - exclusively at the flooded forest of Kampong Phluk, Siem Reap
Just me enjoying the colourful and vibrant autumn-like ambiance
The view from the platform walk through the flooded forest
Head over to the sky bar for drinks or food
The beautifully decorated sky restaurant
What looks like the perfect place for an exotic wedding venue or a quiet gathering with beloved family members or a bunch of friends
In A Nut Shell
After that, my sister and I made our way back to our boat and back to our tuk tuk for our journey back to Siem Reap
town. We passed by the flooded forest and floating village
again for the last time and bid farewell to it. That concluded our enlightening journey to the floating village and flooded forest of Kampong Phluk, Siem Reap
, but our adventures in Siem Reap are yet to come to an end.
An unforgettable visit to the enchanted flooded forest of Kampong Phluk. Siem Reap
A must visit when in Siem Reap - the floating village and flooded forest of Kampong Phluk
Up next: A traditional Khmer full body massage, Cambodian steamboat dinner and sightseeing in Siem Reap town!