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Tonle Sap Lake Exploration Tour

Tonle Sap Lake Exploration Tour Packages
Country: Cambodia
City: Siem Reap
Duration: 1 Day(s) - 0 Night(s)
Tour Category: Canoeing

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Tonle Sap Lake Exploration Tour

The Great Tonle Sap Lake (Boeung Tonle Sap), one of the main natural wonders of Cambodia, an important ecological hotspot for freshwater in Asia during a wet season, and a UNESCO designated biosphere. Its combined lake and river system in Cambodia, that supposed to be the richest fishing lake in the World.

Unique ecological hotspot, The Tonle Sap, which flow changes direction twice in a year and lake itself expands and shrinks by four times depending on the season. Approximately during monsoon rains it grows from 2700 square km to 16 000 square km that provides a breeding ground for the fish, birds, and all rich ecosystems of Cambodia.

Designated as a UNESCO Biosphere, it's one of the most productive fishing Lakes in the World, able to support over 3 million Cambodians and provide over 75% of Cambodia`s annual inland fish catch, as well as 60 % of Cambodians` protein intake. The local population adapted to the unique ecology of the lake life, built floating villages and stilted houses.

Truly a natural wonder it is easily reached from Siem Reap, as it lies less than 15 km South from a home town of ancient Angkor Complex and there are several ways to see wildlife and way of local day by day life in this rich ecosystem.

Contact our travel specialist and come to see floating villages at Cong Khnears and Kompong Phluk, Flooded Forest at Kompong Phluk, and the Bird Sanctuary at Prek Toal.


The Lake is the largest fresh water in South East Asia. Its dimension changes depending on the monsoon and dry season. During raining season from June to October, the lake is filled by water flowing from the Mekong with 14 meters in depth and expands the surface of 10,000 square Kilometers. In dry season from November to May its size 3,000 square kilometers with two meters in depth and water flows out from the Lake to the Mekong, in and out flowing is a natural phenomenon occurrence.

The flooded forest surrounding the edge of the lake is the best shelter and also very important for all kinds of fishes spawned and breeding babies. This lake providing many of biodiversities, over 300 species of freshwater fishes, as well as snakes, crocodiles, tortoises, turtles, and otters. More than 100 varieties of water birds including storks, pelicans, etc

Chong Khneas is the name of the famous floating village at the edge of the lake. It locates in the Southern part of Siem Reap town about 15 Km and takes only 30 minutes by vehicles to the boat dock where there are always boats waiting for visitors. The boat trip through the floating village takes approximately two hours. You will explore the different Khmer, Muslim, and Vietnamese floating households and the floating markets, fisheries, clinics, schools, basketball courses, pigsty, and other boatloads of tourists.

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.

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