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Day three - page three
(relief in Banteay Srey)

An excursion to Tonle Sap

At work on the lake (1)

Tonle Sap (the Great Lake) is a sort of safety valve of the Mekong River hydrogeological system: during the rainy season it receives water from the Mekong which flows back to the river during the dry season: its shallow waters are a gigantic fishery which provides Cambodians with a significant part of their protein intake.
Usually tourists visiting Angkor are shown a fishermen's village on the northern section of Tonle Sap: its inhabitants are of Vietnamese origins and they wear the straw conic hat which is also part of the Chinese tradition.

At work on the lake (2)

Children learn very early to move about Tonle Sap with flat boats and to continuously check the depth of the water to avoid running aground.

The fruit seller

The village has a busy market but there is also a door-to-door service providing isolated households with basic commodities.

Cleaning the net

In order to maintain the fisheries in the long term, nets are periodically checked and young fish are thrown back into the water.

The floating houses

Some fishermen live on boats: they may lack many modern comforts, but they do have a battery-powered TV set.

Building a new house

Cambodian traditional houses, both on land and on water, are built on poles; they are not regarded as a lifetime investment because almost every second year they need to be rebuilt.

The crocodile farm

The star of Tonle Sap's wildlife is the crocodile and taking a picture of these terrifying beasts is a temptation nobody can resist.

Farmers and herdsmen

Most of the inhabitants of Siem Reap, the modern town near Angkor, are involved in one way or another with tourism: yet it is still possible to find someone busy in a more traditional occupation.

PS: romeartlover thoroughly enjoyed visiting Angkor and making the excursion to Tonle Sap: yet he could not avoid longing for the day he went to Aizani, where he was the only visitor to its ancient monuments!

Angkor in 3 Days

Day One - Page OneIntroduction - Angkor Thom (Southern Gate and Terraces)
Day One - Page TwoAngkor Thom (Temples)
Day One - Page ThreeAngkor Vat
Day Two - Page OnePrah Khan - Ta Som
Day Two - Page TwoBanteay Srey
Day Two - Page ThreeEast Mebon - Pre Rup
Day Three - Page OneBaksei Chamkrong - Ta Prohm
Day Three - Page TwoPrasat Kravan - Phnom Bakheng
Day Three - Page ThreeAn excursion to Tonle Sap

SEE THESE OTHER EXHIBITIONS (for a full list see my detailed list).