Best places to visit in Cambodia: Our pick #3
Tonle Sap Lake
The largest lake in Southeast Asia, Tonle Sap provides fish and irrigation water for over half of Cambodia’s population and is well-known for its floating villages and flooded forests. 90,000 people, most of which are ethnic Vietnamese, live in 170 villages on the lake. Chong Kneas, just outside of Siem Reap, is one of the most famous floating villages in the area. It is a particularly scenic village, best enjoyed in the light of early morning or late afternoon. Like many floating villages, Chong Kneas moves depending on the season. The friendly village of Kompong Pluk is another popular place to visit. Houses are built on stilts 6 to 7 metres tall and the flooded forest, whose petrified trees are exposed when the water levels drop, gives the village an other-worldly atmosphere. Tonle Sap Lake is just a short drive from Siem Reap, making it an ideal day trip.