What makes you a real traveller is the exploration of new places. When your friend or family suggest you to go to Cambodia, first thing that will appear in your mind is Angkor Wat. Indeed, Angkor Wat is the most famous tourism sites of Cambodia, as it’s declared as World Heritage by UNESCO, also it can represent the Cambodia’s history, culture, and religious aspects. But, if you have three days vacation, you’ll love to visit some other places that’s definitely challenging you while in Cambodia.
Although it’s not famous as Angkor wat, Tonle Sap Lake is officially the largest lake in Southeast Asia. You’ll find that Tonle Sap Lake is surrounded by five provinces as it supplies water, fish, and other natural resources to these provinces. The lake is located for about 15 km from Siem Reap as you need to cross the lake heading to Phnom Penh direction.
Tonle Sap Lake is just like a paradise on earth. This lake is home for more than 100 species of water birds and more than 300 species of freshwater fish as it’s surrounded by flood forests. Surprisingly, Tonle Sap Lake is supplying more than 50 % freshwater commodities consumption of the entire Cambodia.
Along with that, Tonle Sap Lake has a floating village named Kompong Phluk and Chong Khneas that can be also you travel destination. You’ll soon know that the attraction of this village it’s not only about its floating but also the people on it. You will find a very distinctive Cambodian culture in this region. It is because most of those people aren’t Vietnam citizen even they’ve lived there for centuries for some officials’ reasons. When you arrive Kompong Phluk, you’ll learn some anthropology, economics, cultures and somehow, politics.
Despite of the water and Kompong Phluk village, there are ways to enjoy Tonle Sap Lake. The most conventional and challenging one is by boat touring. You can choose between traditional boats or first class boats, both of them will depart through the dock of Chong Khneas village. In this dock, there are always boats available to be rented, so, you don’t need to worry for not having one.
As you’ve been informed that Tonle Sap Lake has most reasons that you should travel on. You can start with checking your schedule and making a list of the travel vendors which include Tonle Sap Lake into their packages, find some competitive price, and go!