ATTRACTIONS IN TONLE SAP LAKE
TONLE SAP LAKE
The Tonle Sap Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Sourtheast Asia.During the dry season the lake drains into the Tonle Sap River which flows into the Mekong River.But in the rainy season(June to October)the huge amount of water in the Mekong causes the Tonle Sap River to reverse its flow.The combination of flowing into the lake,and the backup of the Tonle Sap River swells the lake to 5-time its size in the dry season.This increase in size floods the surrounding floodplain and forests,creating an incredibly diverse and rich eco-system.
The four main "Floating villages "are listed below :
Floating houses on Tonle Sap Lake
The floating village nearest to Siem Reap ,it is the one most visited by tourists.In the wet season,it really is floating village,with houses,shops,schools,etc.all bobbing on the water.Even though it is somewhat."touristy",it is still interesting and worth seeing.stops usually include a souvenir and snack shop,and the Gecko Environment Center.
This is not actually a floating village as the houses are built on tall stilts.In the dry season the village is high and dry with the tall stilted houses lining the road.When the water level is high the stilts are submerged and the houses seem to "float" .This is also the place where you can take boat rides through the flooded forest.It is visited by relatively few tourists.Home-stay is availble.