Chong Kneas is the closest floating village to Siem Reap. It is composed of seven villages in which about 5,000 people live in. As in the other floating villages, their way of life is deeply tied to the seasonal rise and fall of water. They live in houseboats that need to be moved with the changing level of the Tonlé Sap Lake so
you will need to rent a boat to get around it properly.
Visitors should stop at the Gecko Centre, an informative exhibition that is located in the floating village and helps to unlock the secrets of the Tonlé Sap. It has displays on flora and fauna of the area, as well as information on communities living around the lake.
It is very scenic in the warm light of early morning or late afternoon and can be combined with a view of the sunset from the hilltop temple of Phnom Krom
Get to the floating village from Siem Reap with a 3 wheels remork or rent a bicycle and just pedal through pretty villages and rice fields.