Tonle Sap, Phnom Penh

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  • Nomades living on the Tonle Sap River
    Nomades living on the Tonle Sap River
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  • One of the cruise boats on the Tonle Sap River
    One of the cruise boats on the Tonle Sap...
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    View from cruise boat on Phnom Penh
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    Boat trips on the Tonle Sap or Mekong river

    by kelnsha Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Cruise boats at the bank of Tonle Sap river
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    They are popular with some visitors. Local tourist boats are available for hire on the riverfront in Phnom Penh and can usually be arranged on the spot for between USD10 and USD20 an hour, depending on negotiations and numbers.

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    Boat trip on Tonle Sap River

    by Tedsocoa Written Mar 27, 2008

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    Very pleasant ant interesting trip to make is a smal boat trip on the Tonle Sap River.
    Or you can do this on day time, just walk along the boulevard of Sisowath Quai, at the river side and ask a boat if he is ready to make a tour of about one and a half hour. The price is about 10 us$/pp and when more passagers, you can negociate.
    He will wake a tour on the Tonle Sap before, and afterwards on the Mekong river.
    You will have excellent views on the city of Phnom Penh, the fishermen, the nomades living on the overside of the river, and the local water transport.

    Very relaxing trip. When full sun, don't forget a hat and some sunprotection lotion !

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    Even The River Goes The Wrong Way

    by Blatherwick Written Mar 27, 2005

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    Tonle Sap River

    A walk along the Tonle Sap River's waterfront presents a variety of different parks, pubs, restaurants, shops and other businesses. Of course tourist boats line the way as well if you are so inclined.

    The confluence of where the Tonle Sap meets the Mekong is the location of one of the most interesting natural phenomenons. During the wet season (May to October) the level of the Mekong rises causing the Tonle Sap to actually reverse direction back towards its source lake. This helps to make the river one of the richest sources of freshwater fish as flooded forest makes for great spawning grounds.

    The reversal of the river flow has caused more than one person to remark that, "this country is so messed up that even the river doesn't know which way to go."

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    Sisowath Quay

    by pmarshuk Updated Jan 5, 2004

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    This road runs alongside the Tonle Sap by its junction with the Mekong. On the riverside is a broad pavement which gets crowded with Cambodians in the evenings. The other side is lined with a collection of French colonial buildings, now mainly converted to hotels, restaurants and bars.
    This picture was taken early afternoon on a very hot day in the dry season while I enjoyed a cool iced tea in the FCCC. Locals have more sense than to be out at that time of day.

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    The River Front

    by Scottyj36 Written Dec 27, 2002

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    The river front of the Tonle Sap river is a nice place to walk. There is some nice restarunts and your better hotels are there. there is a long line of flags on the River Front. It is pleasent to walk around, and it is a little cooler.

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    The River Front

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    A stroll or cyclo ride along the riverfront is a must. The view of the confluence of the Mekong and the Tonle Sap is geographically unique and the area near the Palace is a park - pubs, restaurants, shops and tourist boats line the way. Early risers, check out sunrise over the river in front of the Palace.

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    River Cruise

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Le Deauville runs organized boat cruises, including lunch and dinner cruises on the river. Call 012-843204. Alternatively, small tourist boats can be found along the riverfront north of Street 178. They offer 1-2 hour cruises along the river in front of the Royal Palace.

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    Walking on the banks of the Tonle Sap river

    by extrajoce Written Feb 25, 2003
    Street along the Tonle Sap river

    Walking along the banks of the river is a pleasant way to escape the bustle of the city centre. One finds many Cambodians just hanging around - a good insight at the SE Asian pace of life.

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