Kampong Phluk floating community, is a popular tourist destination for national and international tourists because of diversities of lives on the water with beautiful green landscape of rain forest such as mangroves and so many other water plants growing naturally causing the whole area becomes home to abundant wildlife and world’s most productive inland fishery.
This floating community consists of three villages together in north part of Tonle Sap Lake, the biggest lake in Southeast Asia with around 3,000 residents, which is located about 16 kilometers from Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Surrounded by flooded rain forest, the lake is home to many types of wildlife and more importantly it is known to be rich in diverse lives including more than 100 bird species, huge variety of fish breed and a lot more wildlife such as crocodiles, turtles, monkeys, etc.
In wet season, water in the lake reaches its size up to 12 000 square kilometers whereas in dry months only 2,500 square kilometers that’s why people living there must make a temporary floating home as the water recedes and when rainy months come they move back to live in their stilted houses because the lake water comes up and their villages get flooded.
To warmly welcome tourists from everywhere, the authority of the community has set up a commission to arrange boats as safe transportation for visitors serviced by villagers in the community. Visitors may find a few floating restaurants serving both Khmer and foreign food there mostly run by local people.
Usually, Tourists visiting there always spend their times as parts of leisure activities rowing small boats under canopies’ shadow of lush tropical rain forest visiting crocodile farm, schools, Buddhist pagoda, hundreds of floating and stilted houses and particularly watching the ways of people living their daily lives in such remote area.
Besides activities mentioned above, this tourist site is also one of the best spot for those who wish to view sun set in the evening and take beautiful photo of the lake stretching across sparkling horizon.
According to The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), ecotourism is “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people”. It simply means that ecotourism’s awareness is very important since we can help conserve and also protect the nature and improve local people’s daily life by taking advantages from ecosystem in the community without leaving any harm to the environment.
Before people living around Tonle Sap Lake, for example, Kampong Pluk Commune, earned their living by doing anything possible taking advantages from environment around them without awareness of important ecotourism. They cut and encroached on the rain forest destroying shelter of wildlife, etc.
Fortunately, with the recent calling of Ministry of Tourism and some other national and international partners on protecting the environment and ecology in provinces around Tonle Sap Lake, the awareness of ecotourism has become widespread throughout the region and eventually villagers in Kampong Pluk Community have turned from damaging forest to survive, they’ve started to protect the environment realizing that it’s very beneficial to their community for sustainable development.
Under the arrangement of community’s commission, now, many of Kampong Pluk villagers have different job from before. Some of them work as boat drivers for tourists while others run restaurants to welcome visitors. And ecotourism in Kampong Pluk floating community has become so popular amongst tourist sites in Siem Reap, Angkor.
Be an eco-friendly traveler, visit Siem Reap and find suitable chance to immerse yourself into some of ecotourism sites to help promote sustainable tourism in Cambodia. Yet, Kampong Pluk is that best recommended.