Tonle Sap is the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia and is of major importance to Cambodia. The lake expands and shrinks dramatically with the seasons. From November to May, Cambodias dry season, the Tonl Sap drains into the Mekong River at Phnom Penh. However, when the years heavy rains begin in June, the flow of the Tonl Sap changes directions and an enormous lake forms. Tonl Sap is home to many ethnic Vietnamese and numerous Cham communities, living in floating villages around the lake.
Angkor Wat Archaeological Park
Home to world-famous Angkor Wat, this UNESCO heritage site stretches across more than 400 kilometers squared and contains hundreds of temples and structures dating back to the Khmer Empire era. The most popular are Angkor Wat, Bayon and its multiple faces and root-riddled Ta Prohm, which was the location for parts of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, starring Angelina Jolie.
Crab Market, Kep
The famous Cambodian dish of Kampot pepper and crab was born in this stylish seaside town, and a visit to the Crab Market serves up an authentic taste. Watch women wade into the sea to haul in the crab baskets ahead of being served the freshest dish in the Kingdom. There are several neighboring shacks to enjoy an accompanying beer. Looking for Luxury Villa Siem Reap?
In Kompong Som Province, Sihanoukville is a tale of two halves, with a bustling but drab central district and its shoreline area home to a vibrant beach resort. The beaches here are Cambodia’s top destination for sand and sun holidays and are popular with both local and foreign tourists. There’s something for every kind of beach-goer here. Sokha Beach and Independence Beach boast the luxury hotels. Brash Ochheuteal Beach and the Serendipity Beach area are the most popular sandy strips and in recent years have emerged as one of Southeast Asia’s backpacker party areas. For a much quieter scene, just to the south is Otres Beach with beach huts huddled directly on the sand, a sprinkling of classy boutique hotels, and a number of up-and-coming restaurants.
Tonle Sap is Cambodia’s most important waterway and Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake. As well as being an important source of food and a vital tool for Cambodian irrigation, the lake itself is home to 170 floating villages that depend on fishing for their livelihood, with homes built directly on the water. The houses, shops, churches, schools, and temples of these villages are built on rustic buoy foundations of lashed together barrels and bamboo, and all transport is by boat. They’re a fascinating place to spend a day exploring. One of the most interesting is the sprawling village of Kompong Luong, near the town of Pursat on Tonle Sap’s western shore, although the most popular village to visit is Chong Kneas near Siem Reap.
If you are done with beaches and islands in Cambodia and want to visit a commercial and urban market place for a change, Banlung is the place for you. You will find a lot of shops in the markets here and you can buy many souvenirs from here at attractive prices for your dear ones back home.
Highlights Banlung is the capital city of Ratanakiri Province, which is surrounded by Vietnam and Laos. Apart from local shopping hubs, you will get to see a lot of natural extravaganza here like hills, waterfalls, volcanoes, national park and reasonable water sources. While you are here, do pay a visit to the Yak Lom Crater Lake. You can also engage in border crossing tours at Le Thanh, at about 70km from Banlung.
Location At a distance of about 636km from the Cambodian capital city of Phnom Penh.
Timings Can be visited any time during the year.
Price Depends on the accommodation of your choice.
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