Place of interest in Siem Reap

/ Tonle Sap Lake

A boat trip on the Tonle Sap is a pleasant break from temple roving and gives you a chance to see a fishing village. You take a boat to the edge of the lake. Along the way you will see the fishermen and their families who live on the water and form the so-called “floating village”

The Tonle Sap is the largest permanent freshwater lake in south-east Asia. As the main source of fishing and agriculture to people living on the surrounding plain, it has played an important role in Angkor throughout history. The lake which is connected to the Mekong River by the Tonle Sap River, joins the Mekong River at Phnom Penh. The hydrological process that caused the lake to increase in size during the monsoon rain, and then recede, is believed to be of importance in maintaining the ecological system of the lake, which include various species of fish and birds.