Search Results Image

The Vietnamese floating villagers on branches of Lake Tonie Sap, Cambodia are a unique nomadic community. With permission from the Cambodian government, they have built an entire floating community of houseboats, churches, clinics, shops and community centers on the river near Siem Reap, Cambodia.  As the seasons change and the tides shift the entire village changes its location.  The villagers rely on sales of fruits and soft drinks to the many tourists who have come by boat to see firsthand the hardships of life on a floating village.  ..The Mekong river starts its journey in the Himalayas, flowing through China, Laos and Cambodia before discharging into the sea at its delta in South Vietnam. The Mekong Delta cannot absorb all the river water; so in May, the river reverses its normal seaward flow and begins for flow back up the Tonle Sap River. The 160km long Tonie Sap Lake fills with water and, expands to 250 kms long by up to 100 kms wide over a period of 3 months.  As the lake rises it floods the surrounding forests and rice fields forcing the floating villagers to move upstream.

The Vietnamese floating villagers on branches of Lake Tonie Sap, Cambodia are a unique nomadic community. With permission from the Cambodian government, they have built an entire floating community of houseboats, churches, clinics, shops and community centers on the river near Siem Reap, Cambodia. As the seasons change and the tides shift the entire village changes its location. The villagers rely on sales of fruits and soft drinks to the many tourists who have come by boat to see firsthand...
more »

MM_Cambodia_3960.TIF
Copyright © Major Multimedia, Inc.
Size: 3772x2525 / 27.5MB
Keywords:
Cambodia
Cambodian
Southeast Asia
Asian
Siem Reap
Vietnamese floating village
Hammock
Young child
Poverty
Boat
Raft
Blues
Solitare
Secluded
Unattended
Tonie Sap Lake
Mekong