When it comes to any discussion about Cambodia tourist destinations, it can’t help talking about the Tonle Sap Lake (also called Large Fresh Water River or the Great Lake). You may have the special passion for Angkor Wat and the endless interest in Phnom Penh, but you should not always miss a short boat trip or excursion to Tonle Sap Lake, where you find the absolutely idyllic background for the best photos ever.
A Significant Introduction to Tonle Sap Lake
Before convincing you of the lake’s charm and vitality, we would like to draw your attention to several absolute facts of the Khmer-named Lake. The so-called tourists should always know before they go. The Tonle Sap Lake is a unified lake and river system of main significance to Cambodia. It is the biggest freshwater lake in the Southeast Asia and is also the ecological impressive site that was admitted as the UNESCO Biosphere in 1997.
Therefore, it’s not the big surprise when the fame of the lake is heard in widespread contexts. The Great Lake has long been famous for its fishing industry, rice industry, species diversity, biosphere reserve, and culture of the local people. You may meet some of the friendliest people on this planet that are working on the river.
The Tonle Sap Lake is revealed as atypical. The direction of its flow will be changed twice a year that helps the lake expand or shrink significantly during the seasons. When the land comes to the dry season (November – May), the Great Lake drains into the Mekong River. Otherwise, during the heavy rain season (June – December), the Tonle Sap returns to its former shape as the enormous lake.
Is Tonle Sap Lake Tour Worth A Go?
If you ask so, we’re happy to answer that “Yes, it is worth indeed”. Just driving about 25 minutes from Siem Reap downtown, you can reach the Lake which definitely looks impressive from the very distant sight. The Tonle Sap Lake Tour is mostly done by a boat trip that lets you witness many floating villages on the river. There are around 160 floating villages available.
You know what? These villages are very special as they cover the floating houses, churches, restaurants, souvenir shops, and even a crocodile farms. You are free to pick up any spot and explore them via the smooth boat. It is the very great appeal to all guests.
The natural wonder or the ecological hot spot brings you closer to the nature. While being onboard, you attain the peace of mind and the energy as wished. There is no place for melancholy or tension on the boat trip. Just fun and joy are kept and boosted constantly.
Expect to feast your eyes with a wide range of species including plants, mammals, birds, and even reptiles here. It sounds like you’re getting back in time throughout the boat tours. In fact, the fees for the boat tours are reasonably priced, and everybody can experience it. However, please note that it may turns to be unsafe when you go further from the shore to reach the deep-water regions! Besides, if you don’t know how to swim, the boat trip may not be ideal. So think twice before you boating!