Amansara Tonle Sap Boat Cruise

Amansara Tonle Sap Boat Cruise

 

This Amansara Tonle Sap Boat Cruise post covers our Tonle Sap cruise organized by Amansara in Siem Reap, Cambodia. A future post will cover other Amansara private tours of Angkor temples.

The posts are part of a trip report including Asiana First Class, Thai First Class, and luxury resorts and dining in northern Thailand. For the previous articles, please see:

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In addition to Amansara's wonderful guided temple tours which are available early morning and mid to late afternoon and included as part of the mandatory half board and touring fee, Amansara offers several non-temple excursions and cultural experiences at additional cost, as part of its “After Angkor” offerings. One of these is a cruise on Tonle Sap lake, which at least during the rainy season is Southeast Asia's largest, and home to the floating village Chong Kneas and stilted village Kompong Phluk.

Here's what we enjoyed about our trip, which included a delicious Khmer picnic lunch:

1. Seeing Stilted Village Kampong Phluk

The first village we got to see was built on stilts, high above the water. This is still a fishing village, and you can see a number of fish traps all around. Car motors seem to power much of the electricity.

Stilted Village, Amansara Tonle Sap Boat Cruise

 

2. Peacefully Taking in the Water and Blue Sky Cruising on Tonle Sap Lake

One of our favorite parts of the trip was during and after lunch, peacefully taking in the blue sky while we cruised across Tonle Sap lake. As befits a resort names for peace, Aman has peaceful relaxation down to an art.

View of Tonle Sap and Blue Sky, Amansara Boat Cruise

 

3. Amansara's Beautiful Boat and Delicious Picnic Lunch

Our Khmer picnic lunch was perfect: fresh and delicious shrimp noodle salad with spicy dressing, more of those yummy minced chicken and fresh herb rice paper rolls, and the most addictive barbecued chicken we've had in a long time. The only part I didn't finish was the rice dumpling dessert, although it was prettily presented.

Khmer Picnic Lunch, Amansara Tonle Sap Boat Cruise

 

4. Seeing the Floating Village Chong Kneas

Many folks revile floating village Chong Kneas as a scam because of less than reputable tour operators, but as you cruise by in Aman's vessel, you don't actually stop anywhere so this is not a concern. It was fascinating to see everything floating (apparently they do have to be rebuilt periodically due to the water damage), from a school to houses to a church:

Floating Church, Amansara Tonle Sap Boat Cruise

Floating School, Amansara Tonle Sap Boat Cruise

 

5. Paddling Through the Mangrove Forest

While this wasn't as interesting, to me at least, as seeing the stilted and floating villages, I did enjoy the quiet paddling by boat through the mangrove forest. I was just glad that, unlike, say, Florida, there was no danger of crocodiles anywhere. 

Paddling Through the Mangrove Forest, Tonle Sap

Mangrove Forest, Amansara Tonle Sap Boat Cruise

 

If you've cruised Tonle Sap on Amansara's boat, what was your experience?

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