Tonle Sap - Southeast Asian Biggest Freshwater Lake
Southeast Asian biggest freshwater lake is Tonle Sap Lake which pours into Mekong River. This lake flows into Tonle Sap River in the parched season whereas in the rainy one from June to October Tonle Sap River backs up the stream because of the effect of the enormous deal of water of Mekong River.
It enlarges as 5 times as its arid-season size due to the mix of Tonle Sap River reverse and the pouring water in the lake. This expansion immerses the jungles and deltas around which makes eco-system strikingly abundant and various.
Tonle Sap Lake is immense with the floating villages.
It is the South East Asian biggest freshwater lake which changes its size based on arid season and monsoon. This lake is made full of water with 10 thousands km2 wide and 14m deep from Mekong River from June to October in rainy season. It is about 2m deep and 3000 km2 wide to Mekong River from November to May in arid season. The out and in stream is a normal occurrence of the nature. Encompassing the side of the lake is the deluged jungle where all fish species inhabit, lay eggs and nurture their offspring. The biodiversity in this lake is plentiful with more than 300 kinds of freshwater fish, crocodiles, otters, turtles, snakes, tortoises and over 100 water birds species such as pelicans and storks.
It is the major source of trading which is the supply of over 50% of the fish products for this country. The work of people alongside the lake cooperates with the private ecosystems. It is remarkable to admire the big fish nets, stilt houses and floating villages. The lifestyle and economy here are sticking with the wildlife, tides, fish and lake.
You actually like the rural villages on Tonle Sap Lake.
Situated around 15 kilometers far from Siem Reap City, the lake can be reached by boat rowed at Chong Khneas village in the capital city from Siem Reap within 6 hours. You are suggested to visit in monsoon because sometimes the boat will be stuck in mud in the arid season when the water lever is low. It has a variety of ways to admire the wildlife and culture of Tonle Sap Lake which matches your interest and time.