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Lake Tonlé Sap
Lake Tonlé Sap

Lake Tonlé Sap

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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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While you are visiting Cambodia's famous Siem Reap temples, don't miss Lake Tonlé Sap if you want to see what life is like living on the water. Living on Cambodia's "Great Lake" in floating villages, ... Read more
you can view floating schools, temples and sometimes even a floating basketball court. Lake Tonlé Sap is paradise for birdwatchers, with a wide variety of water birds to enjoy in mandrake forests near the shoreline. The surrounding jungle is teeming with wildlife to watch as well. Visitors say experiencing Lake Tonlé Sap is best through guided boat tours, available on the main pier.

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Bangkok, Thailand

I booked a trip with Siem Reap Urban Adventures to Tonle Sap tour that most of the people called the Floating village. Our guide was Yuth, he explained us very clear about the people live on the water. I really love this tour and highly recommend. Cheer

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Local from Siem Reap, Cambodia

There are numerous ways to travel to Tonle Sap Lake and personally, the most important part of this trip is to see the lake. This remarkable lake is the biggest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and it’s incredible to see – feels like you’re on a giant inland ocean when it’s wet season. I’ve been twice with two very different experiences and I would only recommend going with a responsible tour company (Triple A Adventures, Sam Veasna Center or Tara Boat) because going solo or travelling with other companies can mean that local communities are not being considered as the utmost priority. The first time I went it was independently and I felt like my visit was invasive on the local community who’s village we had to travel through to get to the lake. With Tara boat I felt as though we were far away enough from people’s houses not to be a nuisance. So I’d recommend going with a carefully planned tour than going alone.

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New York City, New York State, USA

From what I recall, this is one of the (or the) largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, surrounded by 5 provinces. It was refreshing to get in a boat and just sit for a while, after walking and climbing around temples for most of the day, and it's fascinating to see folks living in floating homes (complete with floating hospital and even a basketball court!). One of the items on the menu at the hotel where I was staying was Tonle Sap fish - wild caught, freshwater fish.

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Local from Siem Reap, Cambodia

An incredible place, with a rich culture in the main floating village. The main income of the population is fishing and now tourism. There are a few tourist scams going on with buying rice, but a traveller with common sense knows how to avoid them. The lake itself is huge and best to experience in the rain season on a cruise to or from either Battambang or Phnom Penh.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tonle Sap lake is located 15km south of the town, about 20-30 minutes away. Its unique ecosystem and local communities offer a distinct sidetrack from the temples and busy town area. You can either arrange a tour with a local tour company or head out there and hire your own boatman. Chong Khneas is the closest floating village from the river edge and most accessible. This is also the meeting dock for boats departing to Phnom Penh. Visit Kampong Phluk if you're up for an adventure, and a slightly off-the-beaten track experience. Meander through ghostly mangrove trees and watch friendly long-tailed macaques swing by. And then there is Kampong Khleang, the farthest floating village with towering stilted wooden houses raised 10m from the ground.

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Klang, Malaysia
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Tonle Sap Lake is on the south of Seim Reap Town( from Seim Reap to Tonle Lake it's 19km).There are many people 1,115 families living in chong khness at The Tonle sap Lake. At the raining season the lake tere're 12000 km3 and 12m of water high. At the Dry season, Tonle Sap Lake only 250 km3 and 1.50m of water.

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Savannah, Georgia, USA

Gorgeous setting, nice little boat cruise. Very interesting to see life on the water.

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Santa Clara, California, USA

Lake Tonle Sap is a fascinating area to go in Siem Reap, especially since there is large floating market and village made up of Vietnamese and Cambodian inhabitants. The size and length of some of the floating boats are impressive. You'll see floating classes, churches, and if you're lucky, you'll even get to see a floating basketball court (which I have pictured under Lake Tonle Sap)!

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Athens, Greece

Went there during the dry season, so instead if using a boat to get to the community I rode a bike. It was great cause there were not many tourist, it was just me so I was able to talk to the local people and to get I a family let my climb to their hut. It was such a great experience to see how they live, but it also made me sad to see they are so poor.

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Shanghai

A great alternative to another day of temple visits. Take a boat tour of the floating village and then head to a viewing platform where you can watch the sun set. Sure it's touristy, but you're a tourist, so just appreciate it for what it is. The lake is beautiful and the floating village is interesting - especially if you've never seen one.

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The are 4 villages on the Tonle Sap that are accessable from Siem Reap.
Chong Khneas ( 20 mins away and super touristy ), Meay Trey ( 30 mins away, not touristy, but not picturesque either), Kompong Phluk ( 40 min away, worth seeing ) and Kompong Khleng ( 2 hrs away and in my option the best ). At all of the village you can take a boat out on the Tonle Sap and see the fishing villages and the bamboo stilted houses, rising out of the water. If you are visiting Beng Mealea it is worth combining it with either Kompong Khleng or Phluk. If you are visiting after the rainy season ( November to Feb ) it's worth going to Kompong Phluk because then you will get to experience the flooded forest. You can take a small canoe out and boat through the mangrove forest, really nice.

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Jakarta, Indonesia

What an interesting place to visit! The best way to go is to hire your own wooden boat for usd 30 and you can go around the floating village at your own pace. During rainy seasons, water level is higher.

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Novosibirsk, Russia

People live in such houses. Settlement
has streets, school, a farm and small
stadium. Also in the lake territory, under water there is a cemetery for locals.
When water covers a cemetery, a body of the dead store in water, under the house.

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Brooklyn, État de New York, États Unis

Though not as big a priority as the temples of Angkor, Lake Tonlé Sap is a great place to take a break from the temples and catch a glimpse of life on the water. The stilted villages here are the main highlight and make the trip here worth the effort. The best way to see the lake is by guided boat tour. Prices are standardized and tickets are sold at the main pier.

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sunset at tonle sap lake

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Unromantic sunset for 3

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Singapore, Singapore

Sky and lake are just one line apart...

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Seoul, Korea

캄보디아 톤레샵에서 강남스타일을 듣다니!!
1달러를 외치는 애들도있고, 저렇게 해맑게 일하는 아이들도 있었다.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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Bellingham, Washington, USA
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