"Kampong Khleang (Floating Village)" Cambodia Things to Do Tip by worldtraveler55

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Floating Village

While in the dry season the Tonle Sap lake "only" streches for approximately 150 km in length and average round 20 km in with, at the peak of the wet season the lake can expand to 250 km long and in places more than 100 km wide.
about one million of people inhabit the floodplain itself, and like those for centuries before them, these people have developed many strategies for surviving in this hostile environment.
One of the most common adaptations to life on the lake is the floating village.
Wooden houses are built upon great mats of bamboo, metal drums or boat hulls, such that the front veranda floats a metre or so above the water. As the lake rises and falls so do the houses. villges move, not only metres up and down during the year, but also several kilometres back and forth as the Tonle sap contracts and expands.
Otherwise life in a floating village is much the same as in any Cambodian community. In larger villages the high street is lined with shops, restaurants, hair dressers, fuel stations and even pagodas - all floating.
The only difference is that the street is made of water and people travel by canoe or motor boat rather than bicycle or motorcycle.

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  • Written Feb 2, 2008
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