Tara Boat Tours of the Floating Villages & Flooded Forests of Chong Khneas, Kompong Phluk & Prek Toal on Tonle Sap Lake, Siem Reap, Cambodia
About the Tonle Sap Lake

The Tonle Sap Lake (otherwise known as the Great Lake) is a combined lake and river system in Cambodia. It is the largest fresh water lake in Southeast Asia and the richest fishing lake in the World.

The Tonle Sap is a unique ecological hotspot. Its flow changes direction twice per year, and the lake itself expands and shrinks by four times its size with the changing seasons. In the dry season, the Tonle Sap drains into the Mekong River at Phnom Penh. And when the monsoon rains begin in June, the Tonle Sap grows from approximately of 2,700 square km to 16,000 square km ! This provides a perfect breeding ground for fish and birds, and is one of the many reasons why the Tonle Sap Lake has been designated a UNESCO Biosphere.

It is one of the most productive fishing lakes in the World, supporting over 3 million people and providing over 75% of Cambodia's annual inland fish catch and 60% of Cambodians' protein intake. The colossul floodplains host ‘flooded forests’ which spend much of the year under metres of water with only their top branches visible. The local population has also adapted to the unique ecology of the lake with floating villages and stilted houses.

The Tonle Sap Lake is a natural wonder and a spectacle to behold. It is often overlooked by tourists visiting Siem Reap for the Temples of Angkor, who do not realise that less than 15km South lies the Great Tonle Sap Lake.

Map of the Tonle Sap - ©Courtesy of Canby Publications

Tara Boat Tonle Sap Lake Tours from Siem Reap, Cambodia:

$23 - Halfday tours of the Floating Fillage of Chong Khneas in Siem Reap, Cambodia

$33 - Sunset Tours of the Flaoting Village of Chong Khneas  in Siem Reap, Cambodia

$55 - Tours of the Floating Village & Flooded Forest of Kompong Phuluk  in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Tour the Bird Sanctuary at the Prek Toal Biosphere Reserve in Siem Reap, Cambodia


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