Our journey starts again. This time from Cambodia and to be more precisely from Siem Reap which is the capital city of Siem Reap Province in northwestern Cambodia. We’ll only have one means of transport so we’ll be needing one Visirun control unit.
We are now going to visit Tonlé Sap, literally large river (tonle); fresh, not salty (sap), commonly translated to “Great Lake”) refers to a seasonally inundated freshwater lake, the Tonlé Sap Lake and an attached river, the 120 km (75 mi) long Tonlé Sap River, that connects the lake to the Mekong. The largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, that contains an exceptional large variety of interconnected eco-regions with a high degree of biodiversity is a biodiversity hotspot and was designated as a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1997. Two years with no rain lowered about 10 meters the level fo the lake. The Tonlé Sap Lake occupies a geological depression (the lowest lying area) of the vast alluvial and lacustrine floodplain in the Lower Mekong Basin, which had been induced by the collision of the Indian Plate with the Eurasian Plate.The lake’s size, length and water volume varies considerably over the course of a year from an area of around 2,500 km2 and a length of 160 km at the end of the dry season in late April to an area of up to 16,000 km2, a volume of 80 km3 and a length of 250 km as the Mekong maximum and the peak of the South-West monsoon’s precipitation culminate in September and early October.
The harbor is surrounded by abandoned ships but the place has something magical: the people are real and it was worth it to come here!! 😀
We’re on a small boat and there’s no much water… We hope not to get stuck in the mud!!!