Floating Floating Floating

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 the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and is an ecological hot spot that was designated as a UNESCO biosphere in 1997.

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!

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Adventure For Two

I am from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada and I'm back from traveling with my husband on an expat assignment to foreign lands. 2011-2012 we were in Shenyang, China. Spring 2012- Spring 2013 we were in Resende,RJ Brazil then back to Shenyang, China in July 2013 until the end of July 2014. Expat life WAS amazing! Adventure abounds no matter where we travel to. We really enjoyed the amazing opportunity to live and experience culture and tradition in these places. BUT now we are finished and adjusting to life in our small town in Canada. Our days of travel and adventure are not over.

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