08:00am you will be picked up and drive to the port at Mechrey (around 30-40 minutes)! Then we will embark on traditional wooden boat will take you on the 1hr to 1hr 30mins journey to Prek Toal floating village, across the flooded forest and the great lake. On the way, your guide will explain you about the unique hydrological system, ecosystem of the lake and its flora and fauna. Snack (fresh fruit, coffee or tea) will be served for you on the boat.
On your arrival at the floating village, you will visit the environmental education class and the water hyacinth handicraft workshop, then, it’s now for you the opportunity to spend time with the women of Saray Tonle (the water hyacinth handicraft cooperative) learning how to weave your own souvenir of your trip! These sessions are important for the self-confidence of the weavers and they are also a unique chance for visitors to interact with community members (even with a common language!).
12:00pm Lunch in the Community Restaurant.
13:00pm After lunch break, on a traditional Khmer paddle boat, you will discover how the local community has adapted to their floating and ever changing environment: visit a family who live on a floating house to observe the local customs and talk with the host about the differences they face living on the water and then continue to visit the crocodile farms, fish farms, floating school, floating gardens: a unique opportunity to see a unique way of life.
15:00pm Visit the Environmental Research Station where you will enjoy a panoramic view of the village.
Return to Siem Reap, back to your hotel around 17:00pm. Evening, enjoy Siem Reap farewell dinner at Chef D’ Angkor www.chefdangkor.com and overnight in Siem Reap
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap