We booked the tour through the hotel USD$38 each for us a group of 4 inclusive of the boat ride to see the fishing village with stilt houses. I don't think this is the same as the floating village. We were picked up in a aircon mini van which is good as you go through dusty road with leaves covered in reddish dust instead of green. Imagine getting there in tuk tuk. It was costly though as we realised you can do half the price from the travel agency but probably check if you need to pay extra for boat ride, etc.
The van took us to the dock for boat transfer, it's just for the four of us with the guide telling us about the village made up of more than 600 "pure" Cambodian families. According to him, we were brought to the middle of the village to show us around. The river was murky. You can't see anything beneath it. The houses were built high up on stilt to combat flood during the season. Yes, you do see naked children running around, playing in the river as part of their life. Oh, they are updated with Gangnam style dance and song and were enthusiatically showing off. Then we stopped to have a walk up in the village and the village is preparing a celebration of thanksgiving. We were lucky to catch this celebration with woman preparing food and religious setup. It's also interesting to meet local teacher teaching English to kids of different age and the kids were just shy to interact in English with you. Then there is a school where the seller sells you overpriced stationery for the children. The guide brings us to the classroom and we were introduced to the kids with the stationery for distribution. If you planned for this visit, bring your own stationery or clothes, toys that you can give away to them. That will be great.
Back to the boat, we were offered a small boat to row on our own which we declined but there are tourists who did. It's a big lake out there and we head back to rest in a floating restaurant for lunch / drinks. We had a taste of fresh fried snake fish USD$10 that was caught in the net before returning to the hotel. I still can't forget that snake looking head fish on the plate till now!
It's a great experience overall but too expensive for the price we paid!
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