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Community First: Kompong Khleang Floating Village Tours

Community First: Kompong Khleang Floating Village Tours is a not-for-profit tour company operating in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Our mission is to connect tourists to Kompong Khleang, a floating village on the Tonle Sap, in a responsible and meaningful way by both seeing the sites and learning about the community. Our tours are unique because we are based in the community, run by local residents, and all profits are reinvested in the community based educational programming – hence the name “Community First”. Our hope is that participants enjoy the sights but more importantly leave the tour with a deeper understanding of the social, cultural, educational and economic issues this and other Cambodian communities face and, if they wish, will be given opportunities to get involved and address some of these issues through the non-profit we support.

The tour leaves Siem Reap at 2:00pm daily and we return around 7:30pm. The village we visit is on the Tonle Sap, a fresh water lake the extends throughout Cambodia. It is approximately 55km outside of Siem Reap city and is home to over 200 families (with more than 5000 living in the area). The economy is dominated by fishing and due to seasonal flooding all homes are on stilts and appear to literally float for part of the year (September – January). On the way to the village we make stops at several off-the-beaten-track locations including a sticky rice “village”, Khmer donuts popular for weddings, as well as a rural market. Afterwards we take a boat (depending on season) to where we work so we can learn about education, visit a home where we operate a school, and do a walking tour of the village. Finally, we head out to the Tonle Sap to see Sunset as well as an ethnic Vietnamese floating village.

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