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Discover The Tonlé Sap Lake Cambodia

The very large Tonlé Sap Lake is worth a detour. You will discover a whole life organised around fishing there, with mobile villages on rafts that move in accordance with the variations in the water level caused by the Mekong in spate. Connected to the river by a channel 6 miles long, Lake Tonlé Sap is located almost in the centre of the country. It is known for being one of the largest freshwater fish reserves in the world. It owes this richness to an astonishing natural phenomenon. From mid-May to the beginning of October, the level of the Mekong rises, forcing the channel water back. This sees its water course reverse in the direction of the lake, whose surface doubles. During the dry season, the channel resumes its usual course, draining the lake waters towards the Mekong.

  • The Tonlé Sap Lake , Lake Tonlé Sap, Cambodia , Cambodia
    Lake Tonlé Sap, Cambodia

    Lake Tonlé Sap is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia.

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  • The Tonlé Sap Lake , Tonlé Sap, Cambodia , Cambodia
    Tonlé Sap, Cambodia

    'Tonlé Sap' is commonly translated as 'great lake'.

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  • The Tonlé Sap Lake , A village on the lake of Tonlé Sap , Cambodia
    A village on the lake of Tonlé Sap

    The Tonlé Sap is the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia.

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  • The Tonlé Sap Lake , Houses of Tonlé Sap, Cambodia , Cambodia
    Houses of Tonlé Sap, Cambodia

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

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  • The Tonlé Sap Lake , Tonlé Sap villages, Cambodia , Cambodia
    Tonlé Sap villages, Cambodia

    The Tonlé Sap Lake is an ecological hot spot that was designated as a UNESCO biosphere in 1997.

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  • The Tonlé Sap Lake , Tonlé Sap fishing, Cambodia , Cambodia
    Tonlé Sap fishing, Cambodia

    The floodplain provides a great breeding ground for fish.

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