Thursday, May 29, 2008

Farewell to Kompong Khleang

One of the main streets in the permanent-quarter of Kompong Khleang village
A few more pictures from my recent visit to the largest community on the Tonle Sap lake at Kompong Khleang. With the water levels low, the houses stand well above the surface of the road or river in these first couple of photos. As a group of about twenty people, we took a boat from the main hub of the village along the river channel and out into the open expanse of the Tonle Sap lake, where we enjoyed our picnic lunch aboard our boat before heading back to our starting point a couple of hours later. The families along the riverbank were extremely friendly and welcoming, lots of waves and shouts of hello and it was clear that tourists, even Khmers, are still quite a novelty in the area.
The water level in the wet season will mean that the stilts of these houses will disappear
The open expanse of the Tonle Sap lake, though the low water level reveals some of the water plants underneath
Lunch aboard our boat, as we bob along the Tonle Sap lake next to the floating village
As we head back, this water-taxi ferries a family with children out to the floating houses

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