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Tonle Sap Lake
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At 4,000 square miles, this is the largest lake in Southeast Asia.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Marlyn M
Bundaberg, Australia40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
A really good tour an eye opener, educational on how some people live. They called it a floating village although most houses are on very high stilts to cater for rainy season the water level on the lake can rise and fall for up to 10 meters each year and sometime its up to the roof. There is an extra tour for 30 minutes to go around the villages for small price but it’s worth it and helping some of them to earn a small income you hop on this small paddle boat and most of the paddler are older woman and then were off to watch the sunset on the lake.
It is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve listed
Written February 7, 2020
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travellerme
Brighton, UK303 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
An amazing day . Took a boat from the ‘port’ about 20 mins from Siem Reap at 7.30 to avoid the crowds . The boat took an hour to cross the top of the lake passed one floating village to another more remote one. Here you change into a four person boat and thread through some exciting narrow channels before emerging in the nature reserve . Even if you don’t like birds this will amaze you . It’s quite the best ornithological cruise I’ve experienced ...and there’s been a few . The usual egrets , cormorants but then different types of storks, cormorants and even an eagle ! There’s a tree tower to climb for a view across the canopy . Hardly another tourist in sight ....bliss . You need a full day and get the guide to reserve a meal at the floating remote village . A must do !
Written January 29, 2020
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Kim G
Pacific Grove, CA3,188 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
We greatly enjoyed our experience on Tonle Sap Lake with Gate One Tours. We departed from Siem Reap by bus, then boarded a large boat taking us from the dock down river to a refreshment stop on the lake. We passed numerous floating homes and community supporting businesses along the way on the lake, including a church and school. Our stop was at an establishment that had a gator pen, which was both frightening and sad, and Cambodian handiwork for purchase.
Life expectancy of fishermen is roughly 54 years. The fisherman may travel two days to the center of the massive, ocean-like lake on a fishing trip. Waves can become large and threatening. Children are also at risk, with 12% mortality from the harsh living conditions and malnourishment.
With the water level of the lake ebbing and rising to extremes from drought to rainy season, life lived on the water in floating villages became an understandable option. On our return trip to the dock, we encountered another passenger tour boat which was stuck in the muck at a low-level spot in the river, waiting for assistance. Watch the trees along the river for evidence of debris to reveal how high the water level can rise during the rainy season. Quite amazing.
Written February 12, 2020
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chuckymustdie
Australia647 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We visited Tonle Sap at the end of the dry season and the water at its lowest. You can see it is vast, but so shallow and muddy. There were children standing waist deep out in the lake playing. The floating village is interesting to see their way of life but you just observe from the boat and I didn’t think it was worth the effort to get here from Siem Reap.
Written April 12, 2020
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nelsonia_11
Auckland Central, New Zealand21 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Interesting experience but watch out for traps to entice you to spend more money. We were told by our tour guide it would’ve $20 each but we were charged $25. When we reached the village we were asked for another $20 each. We declined. Then our guide said he would take us to the crocodile farm for a big tip. We gave a reasonable tip and were subsequently given the ‘stink eye’ as described in a previous review As we got off the boat we were asked to buy a plate with our picture on it. These extra costs should be explained up front with some transparency. Could get caught out if you are on a budget. Don’t be hesitant to say no and go with a group. Avoid the “ private option” you don’t get any extra. Explanation of expectations was limited and there were some language difficulties. Don’t be put off if this is your thing but be aware
Written February 13, 2020
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Jerome B
Columbia, MD1,010 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Tonle Sap Lake is close to Siem Reap and is the largest fresh water lake in SE Asia. We did a half day excursion on a boat to visit an interesting village on the lake that is floating and migratory depending on the time of year. It had both a Catholic Church and a Buddhist temple reachable only by boat. Also a primary school and several markets. Very interesting.
Written March 1, 2020
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Tim W
London, UK65 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
My wife & I visited the lake with our fantastic Cambodian guide. It’s an extraordinary place & hardly believable that the water from the Mekong can force water levels in the lake to rise so far. That life can carry on normally in what seems like very precarious accommodation is fascinating. The ingenuity of mankind can be very impressive at times & survival here must be a constant battle. There was not much to see on the lake itself. It was really all about the village. We also enjoyed a very tasty lunch on a home visit to one of the stilt houses.
Written April 24, 2020
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mieke p
8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Trip arranged by our guide. Tuk tuk ok, 30 min. In the boat we got some information from a guide on the boat. Experience was ok. After 15 minutes they tell a story about buying something for the local schools. As you come to the shop you can buy rice at 1 dollar/kg and only 30 or 50 kg. Go to school and give rice, children playing. Than crocodile farm...terrible conditions. Pitty, should have read comments and been more assertive....
Written January 2, 2020
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Lucifer
Washington DC, DC2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
Our Tonle Sap lake was a great place among Angkor Wat for travelers to watch sightseeing. Enjoy boat floating or fishingmen and there has some tasty food to test all the food are make from local ingredients. I would like to recommend travelers don't forget to visit Tonle Sap lake if you come to our wonderful city of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
Written June 1, 2022
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paña guia español de Angkor wat
Siem Reap, Cambodia14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Tonle Sap is a fascinating lake in Cambodia that changes its size and direction depending on the season. I visited it during the dry season and took a boat ride to see the floating villages and the wildlife. It was an amazing experience to witness how people adapt to the changing environment and live in harmony with nature. The lake is also home to many endangered species and a UNESCO biosphere reserve. I highly recommend Tonle Sap for anyone who loves culture and nature.
Written May 8, 2023
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