CAMBODIA: Tonle Sap Lake

We arrived in Siem Reap by overland bus travel, again everything arranged by our tour operator Blue Ocean Tours. The overland bus was a great experience and I highly recommend it as a way to see so much more of the local culture and country side
Upon arrival in Siem Reap, Cambodia, we were immediately taken out on the waters of Tonle Sap Lake by our fantastic guide, T.



Pics of T on his wedding day in Cambodia!

Tonle Sap Lake is the largest fresh water lake in South East Asia (located in Siem Reap province) that measures approximately 300 kms long by 50 kms wide and is home to many thousands of Vietnamese people who have crossed the border without documentation.

Local residents on Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia
Local resident’s homes on Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia
Tonle Sap Lake homes in Cambodia
Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia

Where the homes and storefronts along the Mekong seemed at times unstable as they stood on stilts in the dank water, these homes on Tonle Sap Lake are completely built on boats and the owners move with the dry and rainy season, further up and down the lake as the water rises and falls. When it is dry season and low water, there are rice fields that are accessible (currently under the waters) and during rainy season these rice fields are flooded out and no planting or harvesting takes place. It is definitely a damp, dank and different way to live, completely in and on the water of Tonle Sap Lake.

Cambodia, where the art of hammock sleeping is perfected!! :)))

The English school on Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia

If you get the opportunity, definitely try to include a visit to Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia to see a very unique, albeit damp way of living!


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