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Tonle Sap is lake and river system in Cambodia and designated as a UNESCO biospehre in 1997. It is the largest freshwater lake in South-East Asia. In the dry season it drains into the Mekong river at Phnom Penh and shrinks dramatically. The houses that line the waterways are raised on stilts to cope with the dramatic changes in water levels.

Tonle Sap is an essential source of fish for Cambodia and said to support over 3 million people.

The people who live in the villages have adapted to their watery environment. Even young children clamber over boats and rickety buildings overhanging the water. This picture was taken about 45 minutes drive south-east of Siem Reap. A grab shot.

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