Siem Reap / Kampong Phluk

We visited Siem Reap for a second time to meet up with Julie and Becky at the start of their Cambodia holiday.

Together we visited Kampong Phluk, approx 1.5 hours drive outside Siem Reap. All the houses are built on stilts 10-12 metres tall or float on pontoons. The village is home to 300 families (around 1500 people) who mostly make a living from fishing.

The boat took us on the narrow river between all the houses to the huge Tonle Sap lake. On the lake we visited a floating restaurant although at this time of year the water level was only 1 metre so it seemed to rest on the bottom.

Great scenery – stilted houses on both sides, kids playing, other boats going about their business and delicate looking bamboo bridges.

The outside area at Le Tigre hotel was perfect for relaxing and the pool was very welcoming after returning from our long and dusty drive to Kampong Phluk. Frederique and Jean-Louis who only bought the hotel a few months ago had some great restaurant recommendations.

On Julie’s birthday we started with drinks at Miss Wong, had a delicious French / Cambodian dinner at Le Malraux and finished with desserts at L’Annexe. 9pm has become our new midnight so we thought we did well to keep up with Julie!

Introducing Julie to the yummy fruit shakes.

Julie and Becky getting ready to splash some cash at the night markets. Lots of shopping to be done (did you get those pepper mills Julie?) before they fly to Sihanoukville.


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