Tonle Sap is the largest freshwater lake in South-East Asia. As it sustains a lot of wildlife and small communities it’s a great place to visit once you get “templed out”. After the amazing temples of Angkor a change feels good.
I visited the submerged forest and one of the villages on Tonle Sap on my third day in Siem Reap. It is pretty easy to arrive to the lake – and all the villages nearby gladly provide you with a motorboat and skipper.
Although the motorboat was an old rowboat which got upgraded by adding a car engine we had no problems on the lake. Usually the trip take 3 or 4 hours which feels too little for the many things you can find on this lake: from the eerie atmosphere of a submerged forest to of course the fishing villages built on the lake.
Sometimes the waterways become pretty crowded as market boats, school boats, fishing boats and of course tourist boats all try to navigate the village. I took a lot of pictures and generally enjoyed this day trip from Siem Reap.