Photographer's Note

The Tonlé Sap is a unique combination of a lake and a river. For most of the year the lake is fairly small, around one meter deep and with an area of 2,700 square km. During the monsoon season, however, the Tonle Sap river which connects the lake with the Mekong river reverses its flow. Water is pushed up from the Mekong into the lake, increasing its area to 16,000 square km and its depth to up to nine meters, flooding nearby fields and forests.

Fishermen don't really have any other choice than following the mood changes of the lake during the year. That's why floating villages are common in this part of the world. Chong Kneas is such a village on the Tonlé Sap not far from Angkor. All houses there are floating houses including schools, shops and all what is needed in a village. When the time has come to move you can get your house towed to the new place where the village will float for a while, until the lake level has changed again.

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Additional Photos by JM Hullot (vincz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2604 W: 77 N: 5252] (19113)
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