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“Nice tour but overpriced”

Ranked #413 of 438 things to do in Cambodia
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Vitoria, ES
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Nice tour but overpriced”
Reviewed 22 May 2014 via mobile

This tour was proposed to me and my wife by our hotel. You go on a Tuk Tuk to a dock area where we were asked to pay 25 dollars each for a 2 hour boat tour. It seems that they charge different prices for everyone that shows up. It was interesting to see how these people live in this village and how they manage to get by. Since it was dry season, all village was located in the lake and we were able to pass near many places. In the middle of the tour the guide tells us about the poor orphans that live in the school and practically made us feel very so bad that we had to buy rice to them. 30kg of rice were 30 dollars. And they want you to buy one for each school (there are 2). You take pictures with the kids and then move to the big market / crocodile farm. It is mostly a small pond inside a large boat were lots of crocodiles are cramped together. In the end, it is a nice tour to visit a different lifestyle but be aware of the money traps.

5 Thank Gustavo F
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
151 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Great experience. A worthwhile visit Hire a tuk tuk not a tour”
Reviewed 1 March 2014

On arrival in Siem Reap ewe hired our own tuk tuk driver associated with the hotel. The best and cheapest way to tour. We did not pay for an expensive tour to the Floating Village and Lake. We were taken to the entrance by our driver, paid $20US entry fee, where then driven along an extremely rough track to the boats. Our driver organised a boat which took us to the village which was just amazing. We spent a leisurely time floating around the village. We were then taken out to the lake. Enjoyed a great lunch at the floating Riverside Restaurant.
Enjoyed the entire day. A great experience. Really glad we went and equally as happy that we did not take an expensive day or evening tour

Visited January 2014
2 Thank jamscone3
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Level 6 Contributor
195 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Rip off boat ride”
Reviewed 8 January 2014

Our driver took us to Lake Tonale Sap, which was an interesting drive seeing the villages on stilts. We paid for our family of five to get a boat to the floating villages, got the tickets, then 10 mins later an official came and asked us for $20 more as apparently our kids were not kids, despite having seen passports at ticket purchase. The boat was ok, the guide was poor despite good English. The floating village was very poor and I found it very sad to see the squalor that these folk live in. The country side villages seemed much better. However, I think thousands of tourists going to this one little village has created a cycle of dependence on begging. Women with small kids, kittens and cobras came up to our stationary boat and demanded money. The driver and guide did nothing to avoid this, in fact I am sure it is all part of the tour. The crocodile farm was just one small pool seething with overcrowded crocs. Skip this and instead get your driver to take you out to the countryside.

Visited January 2014
2 Thank Aucklander68
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Ko Samui, Thailand
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Don't waste your time”
Reviewed 24 December 2013 via mobile

We visited the floating villages on advice from our tour guide that we hired for two days and really feel we got ripped off. Upon arrival we were told we had to pay $20 each to take a boat to the villages which was allot given the price of everything else in Cambodia. Our boats captain stopped for all of the begging children and families on route which were begging us for "one dollar". When we arrived at the villages we were only able to get off at one little market and then turned around and went back to shore. The only interesting thing about these villages was seeing how poor these people were which is sad as we paid over $40 to go out and see them. Wondering where our money went...!

Visited December 2013
1 Thank Stacey C
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Brisbane, Australia
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Waste of time and money!!!!”
Reviewed 13 August 2013

first of all you take transport to the pier for the boat on a road which can only be described as a motorcross track. on arrival you are rushed to the counter to pay $20 for the boat trip without being told anything about the trip.

once you get on the boat you are told about the school on the river and how tourists are supposed to buy rice for the local school... on arrival to the floating market you realise it is not actually a market just a shop that sells rice, the rice is price at $35 for 20kgs of rice (expensive for any part of the world). the tour guide trys to claim that 45% of the money gos to the community but it is very apparant it does not.

other than the school and this shop there is virtually nothing else to see. the tour guide asked for a tip for him and the driver, and i burst out laughing.

Blatently a tourist trap, do not waste the effort on this attraction it really is dissapointing.

Ellis D

Visited August 2013
2 Thank ellis d
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