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Floating Villages

The Tonle Sap lake is the largest fresh water lake in South East Asia and an important ecological and environmental area which was designated a UNESCO biosphere in 1997. Tonle Sap in Khmer means “Large Fresh Water River” but is more commonly translated as “Great Lake”.

 

The Tonle Sap lake is the largest fresh water lake in South East Asia and an important ecological and environmental area which was designated a UNESCO biosphere in 1997. Tonle Sap in Khmer means “Large Fresh Water River” but is more commonly translated as “Great Lake”.
The unique hydrological phenomenon of the Mekong river and Tonle Sap Lake causes seasonal inundation of a vast floodplain around the lake. The lake is a sanctuary for biodiversity, with a large range of bird, fish and plant species depending on the lake for habitat.
The beautiful landscape, paddy fields and sugar palms as well as experiencing local village life and meeting friendly people make a visit to the lake a highly recommended activity.

1. Chong Kneas Floating Village

A boat cruise to Chong Kneas allows visitors to get a special look at lakeside life. Fish and crocodile farms are the main attraction in this village and you can see the elementary school of the village, which floats year round.

2. Kompong Phluk Floating Village

The name Kompong Phluk translates to “Harbour of Tusks”, reflecting the past trade in elephants. Kompong Phluk is a cluster of three villages of stilted houses built within the floodplain. It is an attractive small community surrounded by mangroves, virtually untouched by time or tourism.

3. Kompong Khleang Floating Village

This spectacular place is one of the largest settlements on the lake, with over 20,000 people living in high stilted houses which tower up to 10 meters over the river and the lake. The village only gets a small number of visitors which makes going here a special experience. There is a small island at the centre of the village which has a bustling market, a pagoda, a school and health centre.

 

 

 


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