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The Tonlé Sap

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Introduction

One of the natural wonders of Asia, the 100-kilometre-long freshwater Tonlé Sap lake links the capital Phnom Penh to Siem Reap.

Uniquely, the Tonlé Sap River, a tributary of the Mekong, reverses its flow twice a year - an effect caused by high water levels in the Mekong and seasonal rain that pushes water back up the Tonlé Sap.

During this time its size increases significantly, taking up as much as a seventh of Cambodia's land area at its peak. This process is a blessing for rice farmers and fishing communities who live on floating houses on the lake.

Visits to the floating villages and bird watching for cranes, storks, pelicans and other species are popular activities on scenic river cruises.

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Best of Cambodia

14-day tailor-made journey from £2,715 pp incl. flights

Following the brutal years of the Khmer Rouge regime, Cambodia has bounced back. Uncover the country's fascinating and sometimes turbulent history as you discover that although compact, Cambodia contains a wealth of riches and treasures way beyond its diminutive stature.

Laos & Cambodia Experience

14-day escorted tour

With fascinating history, beautiful scenery, superb cuisine and some of the most hospitable locals anywhere in the world, the southeast Asian countries of Laos and Cambodia rank highly on many travellers' to-do lists.

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