|Mecca of Travelers|
Wandering in a place not too familiar is always a fascination, so when someone asked me to go with them in a village within a lake, I unhesitantly said yes. It was a good fifty minute bus ride from the Town Proper of Siem Reap to a mini terminal where boats leading to Tonle Sap Lake are docked.
Boats of various sizes and capacity are waiting to accommodate you on your cruise to the floating village and flooded forest. It was just an hour past noon so tourists were not yet plenty so there were only just ten passengers occupying the twenty-seater capacity boat. The boat captain said tourists usually flock near dusk for they prefer the sunset cruise.
The great Tonle Sap Lake is a natural wonder of Cambodia - an ecological hotspot & UNESCO designated biosphere. It is considered the largest fresh-water lake in South East Asia and the richest fishing lake in the World. The Floating Village at Chong Khneas & Kompong Phluk, the Flooded Forest at Kompong Phluk and the Bird Sanctuary at Prek Toal are must-see locations for tourists visiting Siem Reap.
The massive seasonal variations in the water level of the Tonle Sap Lake makes a floating village a practical idea. A floating village is quite literally a floating village - schools, markets, houses, businesses... they all rise and fall with the Tonle Sap.
Here are some of the photos I have taken while visiting the place:
|By the Bay|
|See the Cross?|
|Cute Khmer Boy|