Half Day Tonle Sap Lake
Half Day Tonle Sap Lake
Hopping on board a small shaded vessel and moving between the floating homes and small fish farms
you will experience daily lake life at one of Asia’s largest freshwater lakes – Tonle Sap.
A stunning testimony for Cambodia’s lush flora and fauna.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Cambodia’s Great Lake is often compared with the big, blue sea…simply because it is just that large. Better known as Tonle Sap, the country’s largest freshwater lake covers five provinces, provides for an income of millions of Cambodians, and has long been a favourable spot for nature and cultural explorations for visitors.
The size of Tonle Sap diminishes more than 50% in size during the dry season, and with the constant changes in water levels, farming communities and villages have opted for both stilted and floating homes to adhere to the changing of the seasons. A few hours on this magnificent natural phenomenon and one will unanimously agree that Tonle Sap is surprisingly diverse and worth to be included in your Siem Reap itinerary.
08:00 - 11:00
14:00 - 17:00
Your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel in Siem Reap for sailing adventure over the Tonle Sap Lake. The largest fresh water lake in South East Asia, it is the lifeblood of the Cambodian fishing industry.
From mid-May to early October (the rainy season in Cambodia), the level of Mekong River rises. This will back up the Tonle Sap River and causing it to flow north-westwards into the “Great Lake”. In this period, the lake swells up to more than double its size (from 3000 square kilometres to over 7500 square kilometres). Due to this annual returning annual phenomenon, the Tonle Sap Lake is considered to be one of the world’s richest sources of freshwater fish.
With some photo stops along the way from Siem Reap to the lake, it is also home of the floating fishing village, where the tourists take local fishing boats to see many common things floating around: from your floating restaurant, school, police station, to even floating grocery cultivation. The daily activity of the fishermen living in and on their boats, living day in day out from fishing also gives the opportunity to observe how they breed the fishes in their fish tank and the techniques they use to prepare the fish.
We return back from the lake to your hotel either just before lunch time or, when booked as an afternoon excursion, at the end of the afternoon. The tour itself will take approximately 3 hours.