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    Cat Fish Farm at Tonle Sap lake

    by machomikemd Written Jul 19, 2012
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    Catfish is one of the major fishes that you can catch at the huge tonle sap lake besides another favorite local fish, called the snake fish. Cat Fish can literally live everywhere as their are tough hence is a favorite of Cambodians. There are several cat fish aqua culture farms in the tonle sap lake and there are mini cat fish farms at the souvenir stores in Chnong Keas where you can get bread crumbs at the containers near the cages and feed them and watch the catfish feed. Cat fish sizes in Indochina are among the largest in the world.

    you can then have a cat fish meal at the mini restaurant inside the souvenir store.

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    Tonle Sap Mini Museum at Floating Village Store 2

    by machomikemd Written Jul 18, 2012
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    Part two of my tip with more pictures inside

    Along the Big Tourist Stores in the Chnong Keas Floating Village is a minu museum that showcases the biodiverse flora and fauna at the tonle sap lake. they have assorted poster figures of the fishes, plants, other information about the tonle sap lake. They also have some actual mementoes like the different cambodia fish traps, the fishing nets, the kind of fish that you can catch at the lake and other tid bits of information. Admission is free and is located just besides the souvenir shop too.

    opens: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday

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    Tonle Sap Mini Museum at Floating Village Store 1

    by machomikemd Written Jul 18, 2012
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    This will be a two part tip with more pictures inside

    Along the Big Tourist Stores in the Chnong Keas Floating Village is a minu museum that showcases the biodiverse flora and fauna at the tonle sap lake. they have assorted poster figures of the fishes, plants, other information about the tonle sap lake. They also have some actual mementoes like the different cambodia fish traps, the fishing nets, the kind of fish that you can catch at the lake and other tid bits of information. Admission is free and is located just besides the souvenir shop too.

    opens: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday

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    Crocodile Farms

    by machomikemd Written Jul 18, 2012
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    They have many crocodile farms around the floating villages in Tonle Sap lake and they have their crocodile farms incorporated within the houses and is separated from the houses or stores only by wood. They harvest these crocodiles for leather ware for use as tourist items like wallets, bags, belts, hand bags and more ansd they also eat crocodile meat, which is a delicacy in these parts. When visiting one of the big Souvenir Stores in Chnong Keas Floating Village, you will see these crocodile farms at the surroundings and they make nice photo opportunities too.

    wanna buy a crocodile skin shoes anyone?

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    Chnong Keas Floating Village (2)

    by machomikemd Written Jul 18, 2012
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    Part two of my Chnong Keas Floating Village Tips with more pictures.

    The Chnong Keas Floating Village is the most touristy among the floating villages lining the huge tonle sap lake since this is the nearest area to the Boat Station and is nearest to Siem Reap. The village changes its location depending on the height of flooding that the tonle sap goes during the wet season but is usually about 7 to 8 kilometers south of the Chnong Keas boat station.

    Chnong Keas is the nearest floating village to Siem Reap hence it gets the lion's share of the tourist trade going to the tonle sap lake and having a tonle sap lake tour.

    The Ride to Chnong Keas floating village from the boat station is about 30 minutes and you will ses regular cambodians making a living at the lake by fishing. In the Floating village itself are scattered floating houses and stores and even a school house that the children go to. The main stop of the tonle sap tour is at a big souvenir shop which houses a souvenir store, a catfish farm wher you can feed the catfish with bread and see them eating and a crocodile farm. There is also a snack stand for thirsty and hungry tourists and a second floor viewing deck where you can have a wonderful view of the area.

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    Chnong Keas Floating Village (1)

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    The Chnong Keas Floating Village is the most touristy among the floating villages lining the huge tonle sap lake since this is the nearest area to the Boat Station and is nearest to Siem Reap. The village changes its location depending on the height of flooding that the tonle sap goes during the wet season but is usually about 7 to 8 kilometers south of the Chnong Keas boat station.

    Chnong Keas is the nearest floating village to Siem Reap hence it gets the lion's share of the tourist trade going to the tonle sap lake and having a tonle sap lake tour.

    The Ride to Chnong Keas floating village from the boat station is about 30 minutes and you will ses regular cambodians making a living at the lake by fishing. In the Floating village itself are scattered floating houses and stores and even a school house that the children go to. The main stop of the tonle sap tour is at a big souvenir shop which houses a souvenir store, a catfish farm wher you can feed the catfish with bread and see them eating and a crocodile farm. There is also a snack stand for thirsty and hungry tourists and a second floor viewing deck where you can have a wonderful view of the area.

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    Tonle Sap Lake (at the Lake)

    by machomikemd Written Jul 18, 2012
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    This will be my tips with pictures of the tonle sap lake from the lake itself

    The Tonle Sap lake is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and is also a UN Biosphere reserve in 1997. The huge lake will also be seen by air when you are approaching the siem reap international airport. This lake remains relatively small for most of the year, measuring about a meter in depth and covering around 2,700 square kilometers and just a depth of 2 to 3 meters at it's deepest. However, the river that connects to the lake starts to swell during the monsoon season as water that flows from the Mekong river reverses, helping to expand the Tonle Sap up to 16,000 square kilometers with a depth up to 9 meters deep.

    The Surrounding rice fields that you see going to the tonle sap lake from siem reap becomes flooded. With the floodplains acting as the core breeding ground for the Tonle Sap’s plentiful supply of fish. The seasonal flow from lake and river are responsible for creating more than 75% of Cambodia’s fresh water fish catch and are estimated to directly support more than 3 million people.

    That is why the floating villages around the tonle sap are never in one area in most parts of the year and why you see floatation materials surrounding the houses. If you are not part of a tour package, the price of a 2 hour boat tour to the Tonle sap lake and floating village including boat ride is $ 20 per person if less than 10 people in a boat or $ 15 if more than ten.

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    Annual Flooding of the Tonle Sap Lake

    by machomikemd Written Jul 18, 2012
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    The Surrounding rice fields that you see (in my pictures) going to the tonle sap lake from siem reap becomes flooded during the 6 month wet season of june to november where the tonle sap lake rises up to 9 meters in deoth, hence flooding the nearby areas incuding the rice fields. With the floodplains acting as the core breeding ground for the Tonle Sap’s plentiful supply of fish. The seasonal flow from lake and river are responsible for creating more than 75% of Cambodia’s fresh water fish catch and are estimated to directly support more than 3 million people.

    That is why the floating villages around the tonle sap are never in one area in most parts of the year and why you see floatation materials surrounding the houses.

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    The View Along the Tonle Sap Tributaries

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 18, 2012
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    The Boat Stations going to Tonle Sap lake and the floating villages are not at the Tonle Sap Lake proper, rather they have docks along the many tributary rivers that flow to the tonle sap lake. the chnong keas boat station is located 8 kilometers away from the tonle sap lake and the tributary river cris crosses along and you will see the local cambodian life (floating houses, stores, fishing, mangroves, swimming, etc) along the banks of these tributary rivers.

    The Surrounding rice fields that you see going to the tonle sap lake from siem reap becomes flooded. With the floodplains acting as the core breeding ground for the Tonle Sap’s plentiful supply of fish. The seasonal flow from lake and river are responsible for creating more than 75% of Cambodia’s fresh water fish catch and are estimated to directly support more than 3 million people.

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    Tonle Sap Lake Depth Markers

    by machomikemd Written Jul 18, 2012
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    While cruising on a boat going to the chnong keas floating village or to the kampong pluk, you will notice many depth markers and bare ground that line the tributaries going to the Tonle Sap Lake. these serve as a guide on how high the tonle sap lake rises during the wet or rainy season and a reminder to locals on not to swim at the lake (mostly ignored).

    This lake remains relatively small for most of the year, measuring about a meter in depth and covering around 2,700 square kilometers and just a depth of 2 to 3 meters at it's deepest. However, the river that connects to the lake starts to swell during the monsoon season as water that flows from the Mekong river reverses, helping to expand the Tonle Sap up to 16,000 square kilometers with a depth up to 9 meters deep.

    The Surrounding rice fields that you see going to the tonle sap lake from siem reap becomes flooded. With the floodplains acting as the core breeding ground for the Tonle Sap’s plentiful supply of fish. The seasonal flow from lake and river are responsible for creating more than 75% of Cambodia’s fresh water fish catch and are estimated to directly support more than 3 million people.

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    Boats are the Main Mode of Carrying Goods

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 18, 2012
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    since the tonle sap lake is rather a very large lake and with numerous tributaries surrounding it. Supplying the assorted floating villages lying around the huge lake is made by using the native small boats and canoes and they carry many kinds of needed stuffs like ferrying people, live stock (chicken, pigs, fowl) food, dry goods, wood for buidling houses, machineries and more. you can see a lot of these multi purpose boats while cruising the many tributaries going to the floating villages in the tonle sap lake. The shallowness of the Tonle Sap lake is also the reason why the floating villages around the tonle sap are never in one area in most parts of the year and why you see floatation materials surrounding the houses.

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    Watch Fishermen Fishing at Edge of Tonle Sap Lake

    by machomikemd Written Jul 18, 2012
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    The Tonle Sap Lake maybe the largest fresh water lake in South East Asia but is also shallow and during the dry season months, the average depth of the lake is between 1 to 2 meter hence you can see lots of local cambodians fishing near the shore of the tonle sap lake using native local fish trap. you can see them while on your boat going to Chnong Keas Village.

    This lake remains relatively small for most of the year, measuring about a meter in depth and covering around 2,700 square kilometers and just a depth of 2 to 3 meters at it's deepest. However, the river that connects to the lake starts to swell during the monsoon season as water that flows from the Mekong river reverses, helping to expand the Tonle Sap up to 16,000 square kilometers with a depth up to 9 meters deep.

    The Surrounding rice fields that you see going to the tonle sap lake from siem reap becomes flooded. With the floodplains acting as the core breeding ground for the Tonle Sap’s plentiful supply of fish. The seasonal flow from lake and river are responsible for creating more than 75% of Cambodia’s fresh water fish catch and are estimated to directly support more than 3 million people.

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    Tonle Sap Lake (from the air view)

    by machomikemd Written Jul 18, 2012
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    If you have a powerful ultra zoom camera and is above the huge tonle sap lake, you can take pictures and videos of this mighty lake from your window side seat.

    This will be my tips with pictures of the tonle sap lake from the air

    The Tonle Sap lake is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and is also a UN Biosphere reserve in 1997. The huge lake will also be seen by air when you are approaching the siem reap international airport. This lake remains relatively small for most of the year, measuring about a meter in depth and covering around 2,700 square kilometers and just a depth of 2 to 3 meters at it's deepest. However, the river that connects to the lake starts to swell during the monsoon season as water that flows from the Mekong river reverses, helping to expand the Tonle Sap up to 16,000 square kilometers with a depth up to 9 meters deep.

    The Surrounding rice fields that you see going to the tonle sap lake from siem reap becomes flooded. With the floodplains acting as the core breeding ground for the Tonle Sap’s plentiful supply of fish. The seasonal flow from lake and river are responsible for creating more than 75% of Cambodia’s fresh water fish catch and are estimated to directly support more than 3 million people.

    That is why the floating villages around the tonle sap are never in one area in most parts of the year and why you see floatation materials surrounding the houses. If you are not part of a tour package, the price of a 2 hour boat tour to the Tonle sap lake and floating village including boat ride is $ 20 per person if less than 10 people in a boat or $ 15 if more than ten.

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    Siem Reap River

    by machomikemd Written Jul 18, 2012
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    The Siem Reap River is the Life Blood of Siem Reap and the Angkor Complex. It connects the town and the canals along Angkor Wat and the Angkor Complex Big Canals of West Baray and East Baray to the Majestic Tonle Sap and in the time of Khmer Empire, was the lifeblood of the Angkor Complex who uses the river for navigation to get supplies by boat to the Angkor Complex. The River Starts as a Tributary of the Tonle Sap and runs several kilometers into Siem Reap, cutting it into two, then to the Majestic Angkor Complex. Although you cannot get a boat to ride the muddy river, you can see the river while walking along pokambor avenue at the West Siem Reap or the River Road at the East Seam Riep.

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    Chnong Keas Boat Station

    by machomikemd Written Jul 18, 2012
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    The Chnong keas boat station is located at the end of the road going from sivutha boulevard in siem reap to the boat station. The road is dusty and the boat station is the starting point for various tours around the tonle sap lake, depending on your tour package, either a tour of the chnong keas floating village or kampong pluk and or both or a sunset cruise or lunch cruise or if you are just backpacking.

    The boat station is run by the local cooperative where there is a main big boat station house with the ticket buying station and some souvenir shops and food stalls. If you are not part of a tour package, the price of a 2 hour boat tour to the floating village including boat ride is $ 20 per person if less than 10 people in a boat or $ 15 if more than ten.

    there are many boats huddled in the complex and you will see that there is a long concrete stairs going to the boats (because of the rising and falling tides of the tonle sap lake where it can rise up to 6 meters hence the concrete staircase, which are submerged during the wet season months of june to november).

    opens: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday

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