Life on the Water: Floating Villages of Cambodia

Speaking of water, did you know Tonlé Sap commonly translated as ‘great lake’ that connects the lake to the Mekong River is home to many ethnic Vietnamese and numerous Cham communities, living in floating villages around the lake? 
These floating villages are self-contained units where each house is electrified using diesel transported by boats. These villages include floating groceries stores, schools, temples/churches, hospitals, etc. 

According to a New York Times report, about 1.2 million people living in the greater Tonlé Sap make their living by fishing the local waters – which has unique hydrology that makes it one of the most fertile ecosystems on the planet. 

In terms of the history of these floating villages’ no one knows exactly when the first one appeared in Cambodia. The French naturalist Henri Mouhot — who “discovered” Angkor Wat in the 1850s, although it had never been lost to locals — found in Phnom Penh a floating population of 20,000, more than twice as many as lived on land.

Today, the great lake and its surrounding ecosystems are witnessing increased deforestation, infrastructure development, and climate change in recent years.

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Life on the Water: Floating Villages of Cambodia

Speaking of water, did you know Tonlé Sap commonly translated as ‘great lake’ that connects the lake to the Mekong River is home to many ethnic Vietnamese and numerous Cham communities, living in floating villages around the lake? 
These floating villages are self-contained units where each house is electrified using diesel transported by boats. These villages include floating groceries stores, schools, temples/churches, hospitals, etc. 

According to a New York Times report, about 1.2 million people living in the greater Tonlé Sap make their living by fishing the local waters – which has unique hydrology that makes it one of the most fertile ecosystems on the planet. 

In terms of the history of these floating villages’ no one knows exactly when the first one appeared in Cambodia. The French naturalist Henri Mouhot — who “discovered” Angkor Wat in the 1850s, although it had never been lost to locals — found in Phnom Penh a floating population of 20,000, more than twice as many as lived on land.

Today, the great lake and its surrounding ecosystems are witnessing increased deforestation, infrastructure development, and climate change in recent years.

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Angkor was once the largest city on earth. Archaeologists using LiDAR sensors and aerial mapping have found that the area of Angkor was the size of modern-day Los Angeles. What is more interesting is the fact that the early engineers of the 1000-year-old city built an ingenious network of canals and reservoirs throughout the city. The centerpiece of the system is an 8 kilometers long and 2 kilometers wide reservoir built by the early Cambodians as a technological solution to store rainwater and disperse the same to the rice fields during the dry season.    

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Angkor was once the largest city on earth. Archaeologists using LiDAR sensors and aerial mapping have found that the area of Angkor was the size of modern-day Los Angeles. What is more interesting is the fact that the early engineers of the 1000-year-old city built an ingenious network of canals and reservoirs throughout the city. The centerpiece of the system is an 8 kilometers long and 2 kilometers wide reservoir built by the early Cambodians as a technological solution to store rainwater and disperse the same to the rice fields during the dry season.    

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Angkor was once the largest city on earth. Archaeologists using LiDAR sensors and aerial mapping have found that the area of Angkor was the size of modern-day Los Angeles. What is more interesting is the fact that the early engineers of the 1000-year-old city built an ingenious network of canals and reservoirs throughout the city. The centerpiece of the system is an 8 kilometers long and 2 kilometers wide reservoir built by the early Cambodians as a technological solution to store rainwater and disperse the same to the rice fields during the dry season.    

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Angkor was once the largest city on earth. Archaeologists using LiDAR sensors and aerial mapping have found that the area of Angkor was the size of modern-day Los Angeles. What is more interesting is the fact that the early engineers of the 1000-year-old city built an ingenious network of canals and reservoirs throughout the city. The centerpiece of the system is an 8 kilometers long and 2 kilometers wide reservoir built by the early Cambodians as a technological solution to store rainwater and disperse the same to the rice fields during the dry season.    

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The Bayon temple is the largest and richly decorated Khmer temple in Cambodia that was built in the late 12th or early 13th century. The temple features 216 serene and smiling stone faces on its many towers around the central peak. Scholars believe that the faces are associated with Buddha or the Hindu god Brahma or King Jayavarman VII. The temple is an architectural masterpiece that tells enduring tales of Cambodian history and legends.

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The Bayon temple is the largest and richly decorated Khmer temple in Cambodia that was built in the late 12th or early 13th century. The temple features 216 serene and smiling stone faces on its many towers around the central peak. Scholars believe that the faces are associated with Buddha or the Hindu god Brahma or King Jayavarman VII. The temple is an architectural masterpiece that tells enduring tales of Cambodian history and legends.

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The Bayon temple is the largest and richly decorated Khmer temple in Cambodia that was built in the late 12th or early 13th century. The temple features 216 serene and smiling stone faces on its many towers around the central peak. Scholars believe that the faces are associated with Buddha or the Hindu god Brahma or King Jayavarman VII. The temple is an architectural masterpiece that tells enduring tales of Cambodian history and legends.

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The Bayon temple is the largest and richly decorated Khmer temple in Cambodia that was built in the late 12th or early 13th century. The temple features 216 serene and smiling stone faces on its many towers around the central peak. Scholars believe that the faces are associated with Buddha or the Hindu god Brahma or King Jayavarman VII. The temple is an architectural masterpiece that tells enduring tales of Cambodian history and legends.

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