Travel with me to the floating village of Chong Khneas, Siem Reap, Cambodia
When I went to Siem Reap, Cambodia I visited a lot of cultural places and ask around what else was nice to see. I wanted to take a break from the temples and I had the option to visit the floating village of Chong Khneas in Tonlé Sap Lake. Tonlé Sap is the biggest freshwater lake in South East Asia. Tonlé Sap is crucial for the living of the Cambodians. During raining season (May-Oct) the Mekong river rises quickly and the water is poured into the Tonlé Sap lake. During dry season when the lake returns to it normal size fertile banks appear which are ideal for the grow of rice.
Tonlé Sap is also one of the richest fishing lakes in the world. This is also the reason that when you visit it you will see many families with nets and baskets to catch the fish. The Tonlé Sap unique eco-system is protected by UNESCO since 1997.
The floating village in Tonle sap that I visited is called Chong Khneas
You can find the Chong Khneas at the foot of Phnom Krom. This is the most popular village as it is the easiest one to access. The people living in the floating village are Khmer but most of them are Vietnamese. You have markets, schools, clinic and churches, even gas stations. The boat trip will show you another way of life of the people in the floating villages.
The best time to visit is in the afternoon around 3:30pm and you can catch a beautiful sunset very nice reflections on the floating life. To get to the boat dock by tuktuk it will take around 20minutes or if you have driver even faster. After you get there rent a boat for 20 dollars or if you book this trip with a travel agency you can get a deal of around 18 dollars which includes the tuktuk.
Enjoy the pictorial tour around the H2O Village lifestyle…