Posts Tagged "Tonle Sap Lake"

APAD 096: This is my Phnom Penh!

Posted by on Feb 26, 2013 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, sights, That's My World, What's On in Cambodia | 4 comments

This is Phnom Penh, the city I call home for more than a decade now. It is a city that has changed a lot since the first time I set foot here in 2000.

apad 096 this is phnom penh

Photo taken from top of the Mekong Tower View in Chroy Changvar peninsula.

It’s landscape has changed a lot. Skyscrapers are starting to populate Phnom Penh’s skyline, the number of vehicles increased how many folds and there are now a lot of shopping malls, ATM machines, coffee shops high-end hotels and high-rise serviced apartments, just to name a few. In a few years time, it will be just like any other city in Southeast Asia.

While the city might have changed it still has the same chaotic feel that I, and lots of other expat-residents and travelers who’ve come and gone, love about Phnom Penh. It gets too crowded at times, dusty, gritty, but it is a good place to live. The locals are helpful, polite, and friendly. The city has everything we want as expats and there are definitely a lot more to discover and explore.


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APAD 009: Prek Pnov flooded forest

Posted by on Sep 25, 2012 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, Cambodia, Cambodia life, sights, That's My World, travel, What's On in Cambodia | 3 comments

It’s the time of the year again in Cambodia when, during the rainy season, the Tonle Sap Lake changes its size making it the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia.

Each year when the monsoon season begins, the waters from the Mekong river reverses to the Tonle Sap Lake, increasing its size to tenfold and engulfing the surrounding forests. Hence, the name, flooded forests. An example of which is shown in this picture:

The submerged forests are rich breeding grounds for fish and other aquatic resources. Photo taken at Prek Pnov, Kandal Province.

As the Mekong flood water abates around November each year, the Tonle Sap water reverses and the fish swim out.  This reversal of the current is marked and celebrated  by holding Bon Oum Teuk, or Water Festival, in Phnom Penh. It is a national celebration and is the merriest and rowdiest celebrations, next to the Khmer New Year.

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