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Getting a glimpse of the life of Cambodia's river people. Floating villages sprawl across the lakefront. The people who live on the water have tied their lives to the lake's cycles, and are constantly on the move as the water level rises or falls throughout the year. Tonle Sap means "Great Lake" and is one of the world's geographical wonders as well as the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. When the rain begins in June and July, the Mekong River begins to rise, but instead of flooding its own banks it begins to push the waters of the Tonle Sap at Phnom Penh northward reversing the river's flow. The waters of Tonle Sap river than flood the lake, increasing its size tenfold and flooding surrounding forests and fields, leaving behind fertile silt for rice cultivation. In October after monsoon season has passed, the lake drains and the river returns to its southern flow. Previous text taken from our Overseas Adventure Travel itinerary.

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