Tonle Sap is an incredibly enormous lake connected to the Mekong River and Tonle Sap River. Tonle Sap River is unique in the fact that the river's flow reverses--6 months a year in each direction. The lake itself is 4,971 square miles during the dry season and 6,178 square miles at the peak of monsoon season. It's the largest freshwater lake in SE Asia. Fish from the lake produce 16% of the national GDP. There are 149 species in the lake. It's actually a UNESCO biosphere because it's so important for the area and needs to be protected.
I bought a ticket for a small-group tour of the lakes, since I was in Siem Reap for such a short amount of time. In this case, small group meant just me and the tour guide, which was interesting. But he was full of information!
We took a tuk-tuk to the lake, then were on a boat alone, heading out to lake.
We first drove past the partially submerged forest. During monsoon season, it is completely submerged, yet the trees still thrive throughout the season.
Smaller boats frequently went by.
Here's a man fishing.
The children were drinking water from the lake. It was alarming. I am sure that it was very unhealthy. The water was visibly dirty and I don't want to think about what is in it. Unfortunately, it was not an option for them to have affordable clean water.
I took worm pills basically the moment I returned to America, which I'd bought in Cambodia for a dollar.
My tour guide actually said that foreigners got sick if they ate food from the market, since the locals had built up a tolerance to the germs on the food.
Afterwards, I went to the hostel for a bit. I met Thomas from England and we got lunch. Then, I rested a bit before going to see the sunset at the temples. But that will be the next blog!