Living on the Water or Up on Stilts

Trip Start Jan 28, 2013
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Trip End Mar 09, 2013


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Flag of Cambodia  , Siem Reap,
Friday, February 15, 2013

Tonie Sap Lake is the largest freshwater lake In SE Asia. During the rainy season, the Mekong River rises and pushes the water in the Tonle Sap River at Phnom Phen northward, reversing the river's flow and flooding a huge area around the Tonie Sap Lake. In October of each year the lake drains and the river reverses its flow, leaving very fertile land for growing rice. One million of Cambodia's 14 million people's live on the lake in floating villages, changing locations several times per year as the water level changes. Another million Khmer live in kampongs along the rivers. We drove through the kampong area and also took a boat ride to visit one of the floating villages.

In the afternoon we drove 45 minutes from Siem Reap to the Banteay Srei Temple, known for detailed, well-preserved carvings on pink sandstone. We stopped to see how palm sugar is made and purchased candy wrapped In palm leaves. We also had an opportunity to walk around their land and see the sunset there. Back in Siem Reap we stopped at the Angkor Pyunyu Fair where families gather for an evening meal or picnic, buy things from the market, and ride on carnival-like rides. Dinner was at local open-air restaurant.
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