Cambodia has the largest lake in Southeast Asia. It is huge and feeds almost the entire country. There are also several water villages where people live on the water almost like in the movie Waterworld.
There are two types of villages: in some villages people live on water 365 days a year, and in others only during the rainy season, the rest of the time they have the ability to move on the ground.
Let’s take a walk in one of these villages.
I was there in the dry season, so there was no water in the village, but you could see exactly how the houses and villages in General are arranged. The height of the houses varies from 3 to 6-7 meters.
In some ways, the village resembles the wild West.
People do not live very richly and not very poor, but sometimes there are quite modest houses.
This house is more affluent, the residents even have their own store.
Lots of greenery, looks beautiful.
In the rainy season, the water rises under the floor of the houses, so the only means of transportation is an ordinary boat.
Stores move up to houses during the rainy season. All land economy moves in the same direction.
Previously, houses were built from palm panels. These are specially bonded palm leaves that overlap each other like tiles. This is one of the cheapest ways to build housing. Some residents still use it today.
The main sources of income in the village are tourists and fishing. Lake Tonle SAP feeds almost the entire country.
The vegetable seller is resting.
This is drying hundreds of metal cages for fishing.
This is how the village looks from the side of the river, which only becomes a river in the dry season. During the rainy season, it turns into a lake.
Some buildings resemble locations from Mad max.
In places, the village does not look very attractive.
A girl plays with a rubber band. Yes, they also have this game.
A modest way of life. After 50 years, Cambodian women cut their hair and start following certain rules to move to a new level of Buddhism.
Someone lives very modestly.
Main street. A temple can be seen in the distance.
The village is large, there are many houses.
This is how the village looks from the torona of the river.
And here, in fact, is lake Tonle SAP itself. The lake has a dirty yellow hue, because water during the rainy season flows here from almost all over the country.
There is also a famous forest growing right in the water.
It looks mysterious.
Let’s go back to the village. The piles of some houses reach a height of more than 10 meters.
In the rainy season, you can’t get here by land, only by boat.