If you want to reach these floating villages, you just have to follow the Tonle Sap River from Phnom Penh upstream… .. no .. ..downstream … ..okay it really depends on dry and rainy season …
A special feature of the Tonle Sap River is that it changes its direction of flow during the rainy season.
Not only on the Tonle Sap Lake, but also on its tributaries you will find the floating villages.
During the rainy season, the water level can rise up to 6 meters in these rivers and flooding the large floodplain areas. Many villages on these rivers are then no longer accessible by land. But for that brings the flood nutrient mud on the rice fields and offers many species of fish a breeding ground.
If I would tell you that I was in a village with a school, a supermarket, a petrol station, a mosque, a church, a city hall and many houses you would probably say… …so what?
But if I would tell you that this village is floating on a lake, you probably are the same surprised as I was, when I heart the first time of that floating village.
You’ll find the village of Chong Khneas on the very north end of the Tonle Sap lake in Cambodia. About 2.000 people life here and get their income from fishing. No traffic jams, no cars… …but everybody got its own vehicle to go from house to house.
…to be continued…