How it works:
- Situation: there are 3 floating villages here. Most are brought to the Chong Khneas floating village as it is closest to Siem Reap but you may fall for the well coordinated scam operation.
- Part 1: while on the boat, other boats may approach and ask for money - e.g. a kid on another boat with a water snake holds it up to you, hoping to intimidate you.
- Part 2: the boat captain claims that the community here is so poor that they cannot afford food and water. He suggests buying food or stationery for them, and brings you to a shop where things like rice, noodles and books cost $50-$100. Anything you buy to donate will be returned to the shop with the amount shared amongst the scammers. When the tour ends, tips will be demanded too.
Places to beware:
- Siem Reap: Tonle Sap
What to do:
- If you want to see floating villages, catch them in Vietnam, or engage a licensed, reputable tour operator:
- Offline operators: ask - is the operator licensed? Is there a website, office and working phone number? Are there real online reviews? What does the price cover - is it too cheap?
- Online platforms: Klook (best day tour platform in Asia) - one such tour of Tonle Sap, or check out this page for the best tours in Vietnam.