The Floating Villages of Tonle Sap Lake

Tonle Sap Lake is one of the big water bodies in Cambodia. Approximately 200 km long and about 35 km wide, it is a fresh water lake that flows into the Mekong River at Phnom Penh at its southern end. Siem Reap lies on the northern bank of Tonle Sap and it is around here that one sees the floating villages.

The entire village lives on boats and barges parked out on the waters of the lake. In the monsoon season they move inland and park their water homes along a small estuary, to be away from the fury of the rains.

The schools, shops, mechanic garage, storehouse, you name it, and its on water. Even a crocodite farm.

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