Toples lake (Tonle Sap Lake) — one of the most popular attractions near the city of Siem Reap in Cambodia, of course, besides the temples of Angkor. Despite the fact that many tourists call the place a “trap for tourists”, the place is quite interesting and exotic.
Second name Tonle SAP lake (Tonle Sap) — the “Big lake”, because it is the largest lake in Southeast Asia. When you look at this huge water surface, especially in the rainy season, it becomes clear admiration of the locals before the “Inland sea of Cambodia” area of 16 thousand square km (for comparison, the area of the Moscow region a total of 47 thousand square km). The maximum depth of the lake Tonle Sap – 9 meters. But these numbers are only true for the rainy season when the lake is filled with water and increases in size almost six times compared to the dry season and the depth of the lake at this time rarely exceeds 1 meter.
This volatile nature of the lake is under an obligation arising from the same river, which in the rainy season changes the flow direction and turns back, filling it with water. And because of these large-scale changes in size and periodically moving at many miles of shoreline around the lake and it formed an extraordinary life – the many floating villages. Indeed, thanks to the ever-changing water level in Tonle Continue reading