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Tonle Sap Cruise, Siem Reap

#133 of 198 in Outdoors in Siem Reap
Boat Tour · Outdoor Activity
Tonlé Sap refers to a seasonally inundated freshwater lake, the Tonlé Sap Lake and an attached river, the 120km long Tonlé Sap River, that connects the lake to the Mekong River. They form the central part of a complex hydrological system, situated in the 12876km2 Cambodian floodplain covered with a mosaic of natural and agricultural habitats that the Mekong replenishes with water and sediments annually. The central plain formation is the result of millions of years of Mekong alluvial deposition and discharge. From a geological perspective, the Tonlé Sap Lake and Tonlé Sap River are a current freeze-frame representation of the slowly, but ever shifting Lower Mekong Basin. Annual fluctuation of the Mekong's water volume, supplemented by the Asian Monsoon regime causes the unique flow reversal of the Tonle Sap River.
The Tonlé Sap Lake occupies a geological depression 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 2500km2, a volume of 1km3 and a length of 160km at the end of the dry season in late April to an area of up to 16000km2, a volume of 80km3 and a length of 250km as the Mekong maximum and the peak of the South-West monsoon's precipitation culminate in September and early October.
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  • Our guide took us to Tonle Sap Lake. We had our own long tailed boat and captain and set off through the muddy brown water. We then got to see how the locals live aboard the many houseboats moored...  more »
  • This is just a boat ride out into the lake to watch the sunset. The boat itself is an older wood boat owned by one of the locals, The kids on board would come around, give you a short back massage...  more »
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