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  • Lake Tonlé SapPro 2014
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    Lake Tonle Sap is a fascinating area to go in Siem Reap, especially since there is large floating market and village made up of Vietnamese and Cambodian inhabitants. The size and length of some of the floating boats are impressive. You'll see floating classes, churches, and if you're lucky, you'll even get to see a floating basketball court (which I have pictured under Lake Tonle Sap)!

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    People live in such houses. Settlement
    has streets, school, a farm and small
    stadium. Also in the lake territory, under water there is a cemetery for locals.
    When water covers a cemetery, a body of the dead store in water, under the house.

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  • Lake Tonlé Sap

    캄보디아 톤레샵에서 강남스타일을 듣다니!!
    1달러를 외치는 애들도있고, 저렇게 해맑게 일하는 아이들도 있었다.

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    Went there during the dry season, so instead if using a boat to get to the community I rode a bike. It was great cause there were not many tourist, it was just me so I was able to talk to the local people and to get I a family let my climb to their hut. It was such a great experience to see how they live, but it also made me sad to see they are so poor.

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  • Lake Tonlé SapPro 2014
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    What an interesting place to visit! The best way to go is to hire your own wooden boat for usd 30 and you can go around the floating village at your own pace. During rainy seasons, water level is higher.

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    A great alternative to another day of temple visits. Take a boat tour of the floating village and then head to a viewing platform where you can watch the sun set. Sure it's touristy, but you're a tourist, so just appreciate it for what it is. The lake is beautiful and the floating village is interesting - especially if you've never seen one.

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    The are 4 villages on the Tonle Sap that are accessable from Siem Reap.
    Chong Khneas ( 20 mins away and super touristy ), Meay Trey ( 30 mins away, not touristy, but not picturesque either), Kompong Phluk ( 40 min away, worth seeing ) and Kompong Khleng ( 2 hrs away and in my option the best ). At all of the village you can take a boat out on the Tonle Sap and see the fishing villages and the bamboo stilted houses, rising out of the water. If you are visiting Beng Mealea it is worth combining it with either Kompong Khleng or Phluk. If you are visiting after the rainy season ( November to Feb ) it's worth going to Kompong Phluk because then you will get to experience the flooded forest. You can take a small canoe out and boat through the mangrove forest, really nice.

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  • Lake Tonlé SapPro 2014
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    Though not as big a priority as the temples of Angkor, Lake Tonlé Sap is a great place to take a break from the temples and catch a glimpse of life on the water. The stilted villages here are the main highlight and make the trip here worth the effort. The best way to see the lake is by guided boat tour. Prices are standardized and tickets are sold at the main pier.

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    Gorgeous setting, nice little boat cruise. Very interesting to see life on the water.

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    Unromantic sunset for 3

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    Sky and lake are just one line apart...

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While you are visiting Cambodia's famous Siem Reap temples, don't miss Lake Tonlé Sap if you want to see what life is like living on the water. Living on Cambodia's "Great Lake" in floating villages, you can view floating schools, temples and sometimes even a floating basketball court. Lake Tonlé Sap is paradise for birdwatchers, with a wide variety of water birds to enjoy in mandrake forests near the shoreline. The surrounding jungle is teeming with wildlife to watch as well. Visitors say experiencing Lake Tonlé Sap is best through guided boat tours, available on the main pier.

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