Tonle Sap Lake Tour With Vacation Rental Siem Reap
Tonle Sap Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. It is located 17 km from Siem Reap. The lake is a source of livelihood, food and serves as a home for many Cambodians. There are over 200 species of fish living in this lake and almost half of the fish consumed in Cambodia comes from this great lake. The lake harbors many communities of floating villages and stilted villages. When the water level of the lake falls, the villagers of the floating villages will move their houses to another area to keep them afloat. The floating villages have shops, schools, markets, pagoda, and farms. This spectacular setting is a beauty to behold.
The lake is unique as it changes the direction of flow twice a year and the lake expands and contrasts with the season. During the wet season, the Tonle Sap Lake expands up to 5 times its actual size. The size of the lake makes it popular amongst the locals and tourists. During the dry season, it reverses its direction and water level reduces, making the stilted houses look like towering cranes soaring high into the sky.
Tourists can embark on boat trips across the 4,000 square miles of the lake in both wet and dry seasons. Traveller say the floating villages are less spectacular when the water levels are low. Combine a tour of the floating village of Kampong Phluk, Chong Khneas fishing village, and the stilted community of Kampong Khleang with a dinner cruise on the magnificent Tonle Sap Lake aboard a traditional boat. Enjoy the amazing landscape of the Tonle Sap region set against a breathtaking Cambodian sunset.
Experience the magic of Tonle Sap Lake Tour at twilight. Board a traditional wooden boat to get a glimpse of local life as your boat move past the stilted homes and floating villages and see how fishermen cast their nets. While on board, enjoy traditional Cambodian dishes and drinks and watch as the sky color changes from blue to shades of orange, purple and red. Cruise around the Tonle Sap Lake to explore the beautiful floating village of Chong Khneas, the flooded forest and experience the amazing view of the stilted houses of Kampong Phluk.
Visit the local markets and plantations to get an insight into rural life. Take your time to observe the surroundings for rare wildlife; and watch agricultural traditions of harvesting, rice planting and cricket catching from the lake. Hold your camera to take pictures of the amazing landscape of the Tonle Sap Lake.
The people living in these floating villages earn their living from the lake- fishing, shrimp farming, boat making, crocodile farms and much more. They live in harmony with the lake. They swim, wash and fish in it. These people depend on the lake for their daily activities. The community is a fully-functioning one with streets of water, boats as cars, floating hospitals, markets, schools and even a floating police station.