Tonle Sap (the other names are the Large Freshwater River and the Great Lake) is amongst the most valuable icons of Cambodia that attract tourists worldwide. Cruise on Tonle Sap Lake embraces lots of joy when you pass by various scenic and interesting things, such as Khmer traditional houses, friendly fishermen, wooden boats, idyllic countryside, etc. Before a nice cruise trip on this famous lake, know these things: How important is Tonle Sap Lake ? When to cruise? What to contemplate? Let’s find the answers below.
Tonle Sap Lake
This is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and also one of the most exceptional geographical Wonders of the World recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere in 1997. Located in the middle of the country, Tonle Sap has a close connection to the mighty Mekong River. Know that it is bordered by Siem Reap, Kampong Thom, Kampong Chang, Battambang, and Pursat. Admittedly, the wetland of this highlight houses the diverse biodiversity. Some highlights for tourists include Khmer houses, souvenir stores, restaurants, churches, crocodile farms, etc., which are all floating. The impressive lake delivers one of the best cruising experiences that you have ever longed for.
The Best Time for Tonle Sap Cruises
It’s best to enjoy cruising on this significant lake from March to April, and during the wet time. As usual, this natural site gets dried when it comes to the dry season from November to February. After that, the rainy season from March to October feeds the lake with more water for it to regain the big shape and fresh beauty.
The enjoyable experiences on Siem Reap Boat Tours to the Great Lake
First, it’s a joy of sightseeing. Being connected to the mighty Mekong River, this charming Lake lets you contemplate some of the most interesting sides of the Mekong Delta region. Probably, the floating houses, fresh flora, and skillful fishermen who throw fishnet impressively can attract you. While sailing, you can witness how the Khmer people live with the water-based livelihood. While men are focused on fishing, women might come to the river to wash cloth and children are swimming. Perhaps, some kids might wave and say “hello” to you.
Second, eat in a floating house. The Great Lake is impressive in its big size and beautiful sceneries along the banks. This peaceful cruise in Cambodia allows you to see the authentically idyllic aspects of the enigmatic country. If you are going on a Cambodia Tour Package including this lake in the itinerary, ask in advance if you have a meal with a Khmer family right in the floating house. A good place is Chong Khneas Floating Village at the edge of the site. This offers the authentic experience in both Khmer cuisine and their lifestyle.
Third, feast the eyes with the green countryside landscape along the banks. The lake area is so peaceful and charming that many flora and fauna species choose to inhabit. There you find a big variety of birds, reptiles, mammals, and plants. It’s certain that this boat trip brings you back to the primitively gorgeous world of Nature where has not much room for bustle and hustle. Without a doubt, the photography opportunities are hundreds, so make sure you have the camera and phone charged in full.
Fourth, wait for the magical sunset on Tonle Sap Lake. Before the sun begins disappearing out of sight from the sky, it showers the Great Lake with the enchanting color and beauty. When sailing on the lake, you have up to 3 hours to enjoy and wait for the magical moments. The Sunset Cruises bring you around for some nice experiences, and at the end, it is best to savor the amazing sunset over the spectacular biosphere.
The Tonle Sap Lake Cruises will never lack excitement. Go on booking your seat on the beautiful Cruises and expect the happy voyage!
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