Floating villages…a way of life for some in Cambodia.
The Tonle Sap “Large Fresh Water River”, but more commonly translated as “Great Lake” is a combined lake and river system.
The Tonlé Sap is unusual for two reasons: its flow changes direction twice a year, and the portion that forms the lake expands and shrinks dramatically with the seasons. From November to May, Cambodia’s dry season, the Tonlé Sap drains into the Mekong River at Phnom Penh and when the year’s heavy rains begin in June, the Tonlé Sap backs up to form an enormous lake.
Stilted houses rising up to 10 meters in the air. In the wet season the waters rise to within one or two meters of the buildings. There are 4 or 5 villages like this along the Tonle Sap and we went to the village of Chong Kneas. It is really quite amazing!