"Floating village - an overpriced attraction" Angkor Wat Tourist Trap Tip by Cheff

Angkor Wat Tourist Traps: 38 reviews and 30 photos

Tourists are advised to visit the floating village near Siem Reap. It is interesting to visit it - for 15-20 min. However, the only option is to rent a boat for 1-1.5 hours at USD 15 per person. This price seems not to be adequate to what you actually see there. In general you are supposed to move around the village for 20-30 min, and spend 30-40 min in floating restaurant in the middle of the village. If you won't do it, there's simply no point to stay in boat for 1 hour as there's not so much things to see.

Unique Suggestions: Don't buy a boat ticket, wait for your mates in car. But be aware that you will spend this time in place where freshly-caught fish is processed, so the smell is fantastic. Maybe you would prefer to go to boat... :-)

Fun Alternatives: Ask your driver to get you to villages around Siem Reap, especially to village markets. It's really fascinating to see the real life of people out there, especially in rural area. But be prepared to see that it is not a tourist attraction, and numerous people (and most sadly children) with legs lost because of landmines just confirm it.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 22, 2005
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