Tonle Sap & Angkor: 5 Oct 2003


Mekong Express

A new fast boat service plying Phnom Penh and Siem Reap... we took on their introductory offer of a mere US$10 per journey.


Long Ride

A long 5 hour journey. This boat ride is probably one of the most spectacular in Cambodia as it passes through protected wetlands, narrow channels and riverside villages.


Land Ahoy

The ferry slows down as it approaches the floating village of Chong Khnies. In the distance is the unmistakable landmark hillock of Phnom Krom.


Floating Homes

Chong Khnies floating village is divided into two sections, the outer being resided mainly by Vietnamese immigrants who live on larger floating homes far off from land.



As the water level of the lake changes in accordance to the rainfalls, the village shifts accordingly. During the dry season, the floating village may be many kilometers away from it's wet season position.


Phnom Krom

At the height of 140 m, Phnom Krom stands out from the surrounding flat wetlands. Atop this hill is an active modern-era temple and the ruins of an 11th century Hindu temple.


Land Dwellers

Closer to land is the other half of Chong Khnies village. Dominated by Khmers, the dwellings are usually of smaller floating homes or permanent land based huts on stilts.



With no permanent electrical supply, the villagers rely on portable lead-acid batteries for their lighting needs.


Hill View

From Phnom Krom are magnificent panoramic views of the great Tonle Sap Lake, the floating village of Chong Khnies, the surrounding countryside and flood plains, and of Siem Reap town some 12 km away.



The ancient temple ruins atop of Phnom Krom dates from the 11th century. Three towers stand in dilapidation, were dedicated (from north to south) to Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma.


Enjoying Sunset

The only high point overlooking the great lake, many tourists and locals flock to Phnom Krom in the evenings just to enjoy the sunsets.



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