Chong Khneas is the floating village at the edge of the lake closest and most accessible to Siem Reap. If you want a relatively quick and easy look at the Tonle Sap, boat tours of Chong Khneas are available, departing from the Chong Khneas boat docks all day long. Take a motodup or taxi the 11-15km from Siem Reap to the boat docks where there are always boats waiting for passengers. A two-hour boat trip through the floating village runs $6 and the boats may carry as many as 15 other people. The boatman will probably point out the differing Khmer and Vietnamese floating households and the floating markets, clinics, schools and other boatloads of tourists. Chong Khneas, while interesting, is over-touristed and is not as picturesque and 'unspoiled' as floating villages further from Siem Reap. The boat trip usually includes two stops: one at a touristy floating 'fish and bird exhibition' with a souvenir and snack shop, and the other at the very highly recommended Gecko Environment Centre, which offers displays and information introducing the ecology and biodiversity of the lake area. The H20 Boat offers cruises around Chong Khneas and the flooded forest on a unique, comfortable, fully stocked ‘lounge boat.’
These are vendors that sell their vegetables and other goods to the habitants of the floating village.
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ChrisJ (114759) 2008-04-26 0:57
A superb daily life scene from Cambodia with good colour, sharpness & reflections. This looks Vietnamese. My tuk tuk driver refused to take his vehicle on the rough dirt road to the lake, so tfs!
robertosalguero (284) 2008-04-26 1:01
Interesting way of life for these people. I see a huge contrast with Western societies in this scene. Nice composition with an interesting daily scene. The image is sharp and the colours properly saturated. Nice one!
bakes888 (18499) 2008-04-26 1:18
Hi Danos. Wonderful capture. Excellent colours and excellent composition with good foreground interest creating depth and context. Thanks for sharing.
gracious (20025) 2008-04-26 1:28
great pov with depth on this floating village!
the lighting is awesome here and it's truly beautiful
the image is sharp with good colour and details
many thanks for the sharing
have a wonderful weekend, my friend!
pastadog (13111) 2008-04-26 1:40
Hi Danos, excellent compo to present this attractive floating village, skillfully including this colorful dynamic boat on the foreground. The light and the colors are very pretty; I esp. like to look at the water surface you've captured. Regards, Daniel
chrkont (4005) 2008-04-26 2:29
Γεια σου Δάνο
Μια ακόμη υπέροχη φωτογραφία από τα μέρη που ταξιδεύεις. Πολύ καλά χρώματα και λεπτομέρειες από την πραμάτεια των βαρκάριδων σε μια πανέμορφη σύνθεση.
Να 'σαι καλά και Καλό Πάσχα
MLINES (12516) 2008-04-26 2:48
Hi Danos, I like river scenes as they always look very calm and inviting. I guess the temperature here was quite high? Goodd interesting composition with lots of details visible. TFS. Murray.
feather (51130) 2008-04-26 4:32
Good shot of the floating village. The light doesn't look as harsh as it might be. The floating vegetable shot is well captured with clear details and despite the brown murk of the water you have captured some good reflections. I think the most abiding memory of visitors here is the smell.
Vames (4356) 2008-04-26 4:40
Γειά σου Δάνο,άλλη μία εξαιρετική λήψη από τα τα ταξίδια σου.Η έκθεση των χρωμάτων παραστατική!Καλή Ανάσταση,Βάιος
siolaw (38292) 2008-04-26 4:53
A good view in good light and fine colors of the floating village. No tourists in sight too. Sharpness is very good. Only maybe the horizon is a little bit tilted to the right side, but easy to adjust!
jlbrthnn (76037) 2008-04-26 5:20
I like the conditions of the photograph, with this superb light. I like also the sight of this floating village on a water with the color "chocolate". A superb scene of remote life. Cheer, it is also an image of quality.
Have a nice day
labro33 (2807) 2008-04-26 5:35
Γεια σου Δανο,
Μια σκηνη που σπανιζει στα δικα μας ματια.Ομορφο καδρο με ζεστα χρωματα με τονους..ανατολης.
belido (19934) 2008-04-26 6:10
another great catch of the daily life in Cambodia. Once more you have brought very real luminosity and superb details. I like to see the reflections on the muddy water. Well done!
mesutilgim (95400) 2008-04-26 7:54
Hi dear Danos,
Wonderfull capture from Cambodia. Very good pov and nice compo with amazing colors and details. And very nice info's. Another typical TE job done.
TFS and best regards
crckt (7222) 2008-04-26 8:32
A really nice daily life scene! I love the way you've composed this. Wonderfully presented.
emilbo (22616) 2008-04-26 10:08
Magnifique scène journalière, c'est pas les bateaux qui manquent, dommage que l'eau semble polluée.
J'aime bien le bateau en avant avec les vendeurs de fruits et puis la réflection. La ligne d'horizon est légèrement inclinée mais ça reste une belle photo.
Bravo!... et bonne fin de semaine,
AiresSantos (56155) 2008-04-26 10:28
Great view in this beaitiful daily life composition.
Excellent POV and colours
Have a nice weekend
carper (96) 2008-04-26 10:37
very interesting shot here Danos,
good pov, fine details and very good balance in the shot, good one, have a nice evening.
ahmetgedikli (25605) 2008-04-26 14:06
Very beautiful daily life composition. Excellent colors, light and good point of view.
papagolf21 (102460) 2008-04-26 14:30
Bonsoir, cher Danos,
J'aime vos compositions, cher Danos, elles sont réalisées avec un oeil aiguisé, une envie de présenter, de donner vie à l'image, et cela, c'est du talent.
L'ambiance générale est parfaitement restituée.
paura (47186) 2008-04-26 20:31
The boat is very interesting and your shot very well composed to show it. Colors and shapes are great.
Graal (102928) 2008-04-26 23:43
good reportage and interesting informations. Amazing "floating life". You had fine trip. Good work. Well quality.
axiotea (21651) 2008-04-27 0:05
You've captured a beautiful scene on this floating village with great luminosity and many details to look at! Love the smooth texture of the water, colors and framing. Thanks for the note too!
Have a nice day
marietom (34609) 2008-04-27 1:40
Magnifique scène de vie quotidienne, très colorée.
j'aime beaucoup !
trekks (14348) 2008-04-27 2:37
The water looks dirty and hopefully the people not using it for drinking. The floating houses and boats on the water make an interesting feature of living here.
jafadabret (56501) 2008-04-27 2:58
Γεια σου Δάνο
J'aime beaucoup cette photo reportage sur la vie quatidienne dans ce village flottant. Ici c'est la vraie vie avec ces marchands de légumes. Belle couleurs et atmosphère typique authentique assurée.
salvator (19110) 2008-04-27 7:26
Wonderful details allover and very nice sharpness. The colors both in the sky and water are well balanced. The reflections on the muddy looking water look superb.
Se xereto. Salvator.
Fis2 (98691) 2008-04-27 8:39
Curious place, curious photo. I like the frame and colors. I like this Daily Life shot.
Emile (20352) 2008-04-27 9:11
A very good daily life shot captured from a good POV, great view of this lovely place. Wonderful colors, sharpness and frame.
Well done. TFS.
Wish you a nice week.
Budapestman (82620) 2008-04-27 10:39
Great daily life shot with excellent composition. I like the splendid details and the atmosphere, the soft lights are very impressive. Very well done! Have a nice evening,
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2008-04-27 12:37
excellent daily life pic! It's nice to see how the people live in other areas in the world.
stego (24132) 2008-04-27 13:04
Γειά σας Danos,
Again, a great photo that is as effective aesthetically as it is as documentary, well complemented by the informative note. I like very much the colours and the zigzagging disposition of the boats.
TFS, χαιρετισμός, José
gunbud (34066) 2008-04-27 20:25
Wonoderfully clear colors and exceptional details to this traditional Cambodian scene. The floating markets are seen in wonderful setting as they make a striking reflection in the firffling waters of the river. The yellow and blue colors look especially appealing.
mursaloglu (8682) 2008-04-28 1:31
Geia sou Danos my friend
Great typical boaüt scene from Vietnam the colors are very saturated. There is also great POV... Bravo ine poli orea ihsan
Miha2ou7 (5162) 2008-04-28 1:38
A very fine rural - daily life scene. Looks so lovely, yet so alien to me. Definitely something I`m aspiring to see in the future. A very good POV and colors.
See you around.
kiwi_explorer (12209) 2008-04-28 3:29
Very interesting daily life scene ... I like taking photos like this ... culturally interesting. Nice placement of elements ... looks very balance. Your notes are informative and interesting. Well captured and composed. Excellent work! tfs
UnTrained (0) 2008-04-28 6:11
excellent clarity and I like very much the good texture of the water surface with all those boats as colour spots in this one. The reflection of the boat in the foreground is amazing.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf
zmey (7335) 2008-04-28 7:41
i like this scenery. very unusual for me. great detail and good light management on your part. i guess, i would have preferred a POV closer to the water though. could have been difficult given where you were (i presume, on a high-deck boat).
elitsa (509) 2008-04-28 12:58
Very interesting image, Danos!
Very strange and curious scene for me.. I like your composition, the colours and the atmosphere! Good job
parbo (11092) 2008-04-28 19:34
Muddy waters are great every time for reflections with their dark surfaces. Here you captured a very good view with reflections, especially with the biggest boat and its yellow pano, at background. Great one, natural movements and poses on boat. Congratulations.
flory (4848) 2008-04-28 22:42
the light is excellent and well framed.hard life,hm..
dip (23888) 2008-04-29 0:35
geia sou kai pali Dano,
oraio to taksidi meso ton fotografion sou se auta ta makrina kai exotika meri,
oraio to kadrarisma kai i poiotita se auti edo,
asunithisto ek merous sou na anevaseis duo fotografies mesa se duo meres:)
MarcT (20964) 2008-04-29 2:54
That's an interesting place. There's probably a slight tilt in the picture. Your picture brings naturel colours in these muddy waters.
nisko (2642) 2008-04-29 3:45
poli endiaferouses fotografies eferes apo to taksidi sou,gemates prototipes eikones kai stoixia apo topous diaforetikous apo tous dikous mas!poli omorfi gonia lipsis,zontana xromata,oreo timing kai katharotita sti lipsi sou!
thiv56 (1628) 2008-04-29 3:59
Xristos Anesti, Dano!
Mou aresei i synthesi kai i polyxromia tis fotografias sou! TFS.
Skeftomai mono pos zoun autoi oi antrhopoi mesa se tosi ygrasia...
syd1946 (18663) 2008-04-29 5:20
Γεια σου Δάνο,
Πραγματικα μια πολυ ενδιαφερουσα καταγραφη μια καθημερινης στιγμης στην μια τοσο μακρινη χωρα.Το timing πολυ σωστο,ειδικα στον κωπηλατη μπροστα.Τα χρωματα και ο φωτισμος επισεις ειναι πολυ ελκυστικα,οπως επισης και το παντα ενημερωτικο σημειωμα σου...
σε χαιρετω και χρονια πολλα,
saylan-cb (12738) 2008-04-29 6:36
superb photo!Great colours and wonderful light,reflections,details are excellent.
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2008-04-29 12:03
I like this shop on the boat. Nice capture and beautiful colours.
Tue (37980) 2008-04-29 13:28
A very nice and pleasant view of the river and the many boats of the village. The light from the side is really very nice and the composition is excellent too with a large inclusion of the water and only a small strip of the sky. Very well seen and captured, thanks for sharing!
delkoo (68) 2008-04-30 0:26
I love those "everyday life" scenes... showing the true face of the life of those people... what I like the most about your picture is how you have perfectly managed the light and colors.
Jakab (3867) 2008-04-30 9:08
this late afternoon photo has very strange atmosphere - may be due to the mildered lights and contrasts the floating village seems to me even more sorrowful. It is a pity we can not see the face of at least one of the women in the foreground but I am not sure whether this really would add to the picture which I hold for very good.
chrisnet (22978) 2008-04-30 12:43
Nice daily life scene From Cambodge, I can see a little tilt of the horizon line but it's well captured.
emka (98894) 2008-04-30 23:59
Wonderful photo pof the floating viillage. I like the boat here in the foreground with women in triangular hats.
kdialyna (3148) 2008-05-01 1:16
Το σκηνικό, το φως, τα χρώματα και όλη γενικά η ατμόσφαιρα δείχνει Ανατολή. Ένας κόσμος διαφορετικός από αυτόν που έχουμε συνηθίσει με το έντονο φως και τα κορεσμένα χρώματα.
Πολύ καλή η γωνία λήψης, συμπεριέλαβες στο κάντρο σου Δάνο, όλα τα απαραίτητα στοιχεία και λεπτομέρειες που μας δίνουν την πλήρη εικόνα του συγκεκριμένου τοπίου.
Χαιρετώ και εύχομαι καλή Πρωτομαγιά.
plimrn (21344) 2008-05-01 10:00
I've read a lot about these floating villages on TE, however, you have captured the best sense of such a village that I have seen on TE. Not only is the framing perfect but colors, detail & light management are all outstanding. Light management on the water is always tricky. Good info in the note too. I see I'm not alone in my high opinion of this work.
Having lived in a floating village myself for many years, in San Diego Bay, this has to go to my favorites.
jemaflor (98109) 2008-05-05 9:59
Well comosed your shot, dynamic scene with the foreground, good sharpness.
Truja (4953) 2008-05-05 14:40
excellent composition of formidable colors and great quality of image. It's a great photography, the reflections of the canoe on brown waters are fabulous and add dynamism to the scene.
But the detail that I like more is the great sensation of tranquillity that trasnmite.
clnaef (6289) 2008-05-06 7:30
Comme la vie doit être rude dans ces régions.
Angshu (56758) 2008-05-08 20:42
Your note tells the other side of the sad lifestyle of the people in Tonle Sap, the tourism side. The colours and the light is very good in the scene. Wonder why the two people in the boat are wearing handkerchief around their face...is it the smell? A fine post with a very good note.
sweet_universe (1697) 2009-01-20 5:58
What a fantastic shot!!!!! I've never been there, but i'd like to visit these places. I think they are very interesting, isn't it?
Wonderful composition, amazing light, precious atmosfere and good point of view, very well done!
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2010-04-15 5:09
very good capture of this daily life on river from your oldies. Great light and fine depth. The boats are nice to watch at. Great natural colours. Very well composed shot. Tfs.
Have a nice day.
fritzi007 (10837) 2011-04-25 3:17
Very good photo and information, I would never go swimming there!
Wish you and your family a happy Easter
geoant68 (331) 2011-08-06 7:25
αυτή η σκηνή από την λίμνη Chong Khneas με τους πλωτούς πωλητές να περνάνε από τις σχεδίες σπίτια και να προμηθεύουν τους ενοίκους με τα απαραίτητα για την καθημερινή διατροφή τους.Τα χρώματα είναι εξαρετικά με τα υπόλοιπα πλωτά καταλύμματα να συμπληρώνουν το όλο σκηνικό.
kato (11630) 2011-09-27 4:58
You're capturing well this floating vilage by a good angle and excellent tone, so it's impressive and interesting to see the village on river. We can find life style from this picture. Transportation is carried out by the boat. It's impressive in front boat carryng many fruits/vegetables and traditional hat of sellers, too. And, the slightly shadow projected to the river draws out an additional good effect for the whole, I think.
pajaran (61268) 2011-11-11 10:36
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o selu na vodi ...
Lepo mesto i pogled preko camca sa robom na brodove kuce, plutajuce selo, lepa fotografija.
Dobar trenutak snimka sa camcem koji prodaje robu, perspektiva i kompozicija, lepe boje.
Prijatno vece i mirna noc sa lepim snom.
Sve najbolje za vikend, imajte lepo vreme za odmor.
Very interesting and good article about the village on the water ...
Nice place and the view across the boat with goods of the house boats, floating village, beautiful images.
A good time recording with the boat that sells, perspective and composition, beautiful colors.
Pleasant evening and a quiet night with a beautiful dream.
All the best for the weekend, have a nice time to relax.
elenimavrandoni (0) 2012-11-19 14:38
Δάνο, όχι ότι ξέχασα τήν πατρίδα αλλά αυτή η φωτογραφία βγήκε μόλις άνοιξα τήν συλλογή σου, είπα να τήν δώ και εντυπωσιάστηκα! Δεν έχω ταξιδέψει σε αυτά τα μέρη, είσαι πολύ γενναίος πού έφτασες μέχρι εκεί και ακόμη μακρύτερα. Είναι μια πολύ φυσική και αληθινή φωτογραφία, μια σκηνή απο τήν πραγματικότητα με εξαιρετικά αποτυπωμένη τήν κίνηση, τό νερό, τα τοπικά χρώματα, τήν λεπτομέρεια στήν "πραμάτεια" και φυσικά το ατελείωτο βάθος πού προσθέτει μια μαγευτική όσο και εξωτική πινελιά στήν τόσο όμορφη φωτογραφία σου!
Miguel82 (27646) 2013-03-18 13:41
Excellent daily life scene on the famous Tonle Sap
Good action shot
A really life on water
Good sharpness, fine colors and pov
ikeharel (72227) 2013-06-09 2:09
Living on water, a unique pic. taken.
Real life goe's on in this view. The brown color of the river due to erosion, not helping thinking about how they managed such hardship. Excelent perspective conveyed.
serp2000 (44336) 2015-11-07 6:49
This photo reminds me my trip to Thailand. The night float markets are very popular in Bangkok, but I have never seen them unfortunately. I think this is very romantic life style but only if you can choice to change this village for other place. And these people are living and dying here. No chance to go out.
- Copyright: Danos kounenis (danos) (98561)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-03-18
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 5 D, Canon Zoom EF 16-35mm 1:2.8 L II USM, B+W SLIM 82E C-POL MRC
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/750 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Cambodia-Laos
- Date Submitted: 2008-04-26 0:52
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