Travel Memories: Tonle Sap

Welcome to the A to Z Challenge, an initiative that invites bloggers to post an alphabet-themed post every day (excluding Sundays) during the month of April.  As part of this challenge, I’ll be sharing some of my travel memories to known and unknown places in the hope to inspire your travel dreams.

Tonle Sap floating village
Cambodian child dumps water from his boat at the Tonle Sap village

T is for…Tonle Sap (Cambodia)

Tonle Sap is more commonly known as the floating village outside of Siem Reap in Cambodia. After several days of touring the ruins of Angkor Wat, we headed out for something a bit different. A visit to this floating village is fascinating and worth a detour from the more well known sites of Siem Reap.

Tonle Sap Floating village
Children play outside of their floating school, Tonle Sap

The entire village’s community lives on the water – their shops, the schools, everything is done right here on the water. Taking a boat through the area you will see women doing laundry, or cooking on their floating houses. You will see kids running and playing outside of their school. And of course you will see the men out fishing.

Most people make a living by fishing, which in turn accounts for almost 16% of Cambodia’s GDP! This fresh water later lake/river is vital the the economy, food source and livelihood of so many in this area. Unfortunately, they are also some of the poorest in Cambodia.

Tonle Sap, Floating Village
On the Tonle Sap water, it’s common to see small children manning their own boats

It’s fascinating to see the circumstances humans are able to survive and often thrive. But it’s also hard to imagine one spending most of their lives on the water. Check it out if you are near Siem Reap.

Other posts in the A to Z Challenge:

Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Belchite, Spain
Czesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
Devi Garh Hotel, Udaipur India
Emeishan, China
Flores, Guatemala
Gimmelwald, Switzerland
Highway 1, California
Istanbul, Turkey
Jaisalmer, India
Kashmir, India
Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives
Machu Picchu, Peru
Niraamaya Retreats, Thekkady Kerala India
Okonomiyaki in Hiroshima Japan
Perhentian Islands, Malaysia
Queso – all over the world
Red Square, Moscow Russia
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona Spain

7 thoughts on “Travel Memories: Tonle Sap”

  1. An amazing place and your photos capture so much movement. Dropping in from the A to Z I have given your blog a shout out from my letter U

    Rosie Amber – Book reviewer. Campaigning to link more readers to writers.


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