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Ton le Sap

The Stilt & Floating Villages of Ton Le Sap

Tonle Sap is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, but its exact size depends on the season.

During the monsoon season, its size can increase incredibly from 2500km2 to 16,000km2 with waters rising up to 10m. The floodplain has been an important agricultural area since the Angkorian civilisation.

Today, over a million people live in the greater Tonle Sap area riding out the lake's rise and fall in stilt houses and on floating villages.


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