Community First: Kompong Khleang Floating Village Tours is a not-for-profit community-based tour benefiting Bridge of Life School, a NGO providing free educational related programming in Siem Reap and Kompong Thom Provinces. 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 educational programming, hence the name “Community First”.
The particular village we visit and work in is Outaput in Kompong Khleang. Kompong Khleang is about 55km outside of Siem Reap city on the Tonle Sap and is the largest floating village in Siem Reap province and home to more than 10,000 residents. The economy is dominated by fishing and due to seasonal flooding all homes either buoyed or on stilts (hence the name “floating village” – they literally appear to float for part of the year). Water levels drop several meters beginning in December and a sandbank forms during the later part of the season (end of January/February – June).