The next day, the floating villages of Kompong Phluk on the Tonlé Sap lake were waiting for us. We booked a tour to go, first by van and then by boat. It was raining “monsoon style “ all the way until arriving at the boat. We saw the way that these communities live around the biggest lake in South East Asia, not an easy life, but they are improving everyday. They’ve had electricity 24 hours a day for the past 2 years and now they have schools from infancy through high school. The houses are above tall pillars and they will be covered by water around October. Then, in the dry season, the lake will be completely dry. We found out that 900 hundred families (each with 5-7 children) make up the community, which depends totally on fishing in wet season and farming in dry season. For us, it was interesting and novedoso to have a ride around mangroves in small boats that only women can navigate.
At the end of the trip, we enjoyed the best view from the top of the boat. We were in the middle of the huge and calm lake (the biggest in Asia) without realizing that, crocodiles, snakes, some creatures and a big variety of fishes were under us and that the immense water amount will disappear in some months becoming the lake in a desert, starting the farm season.Tomorrow…Battambang!~c~