On the 3rd day of our tour in Cambodia, we visited the Tonle Sap Lake, the Great Cambodia Lake that has a large flood plain. During the wet raining season, the river flood the lake and increase its size by ten folds, making it one of the largest lake in South East Asia.
About 6000 people stay at Tonle Sap (according to our tour guide) and mostly Vietnamese. No power supply and all depend on generator and battery to power the basic electrical appliance such TV. Life seem to tough on this flood plain and the lake but I guess they are happy and live a simple life. In the floating village, there are floating basket ball court, church, police station and more. The road leading to the Tonle Sap was bumpy as no proper road was built due to the fact that the whole area will be flooded yearly. Most houses there are simple floating house which are ready to be moved from time to time depending on the water flooding condition.
However, it is sad to see that a small number of people at Tonle Sap teach their young children to beg from tourist. Not a pretty sight but should change in time to come.