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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

足跡 新里程碑 . Tonlé Sap Lake

The Tonlé Sap, "Large Fresh Water River", but more commonly translated as "Great Lake") is a combined lake and river system of major importance to Cambodia.

The Tonlé Sap is the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia and is an ecological hot spot that was designated as a UNESCO biosphere in 1997.
The Tonlé Sap is unusual for two reasons: its flow changes direction twice a year, and the portion that forms the lake expands and shrinks dramatically with the seasons. From November to May, Cambodia's dry season, the Tonlé Sap drains into the Mekong River at Phnom Penh. However, when the year's heavy rains begin in June, the Tonlé Sap backs up to form an enormous lake.
Along the way we saw some great magnificent view, a very huge Lotus Farm and Paddy Field just right beside us.

After a long hard and uneven journey, finally we have reached the dock, here we need to pay 20USD each person to hop in to boat which able to carry us to visit the village or you might want to call it the flooding home at this Tonle Sap Lake.

After we paid, we are lead by one of the so called tour guide to the lower dock. The boat is waiting for us down there and we have our very own boat which just fetching us.

The Tonle Sap Lake and its surrounding provinces are part of the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve. There are nine provinces that are part of the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve. These are Banteay Meanchey, Battambang, Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Thom, Preah Vihear, Pursat, Siem Reap, Otdar Meanchey, and Krong Pailin.
The Preak Toal Bird sanctuary in the lake is known to be home to large colonies of spot billed pelicans, oriental darter, painted stork and greater adjutant stork.

The area is home to many ethnic Vietnamese and numerous Cham communities, living in floating villages around the lake.

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