Friday, August 27, 2010
From Siem Reap we visited the floating village of Chong Kneas where hundreds of poor families live on the Tonle Sap lake in rustic little house boats. The village moves with the seasons. During the wet season, the vast amount of water that travels from the mountains down the Mekong, causes the Tonle Sap to flow upstream and swells the lake to nearly 8 times it's size!!
We visited the local school which also floats, buoyant with chirpy children.
We motored to the nearby (floating of course) shop and purchased some school books and pencils (at exorbitant prices) to give to the headmistress of the school.
Floating Village Life