Image of The Week: Floating Village of Chong Kneas – Lake Tonle Sap Cambodia

This weeks image was captured at the floating village of Chong Kneas that is situated at the Northern end of Cambodia’s Lake Tonle Sap. It would no doubt be a hard life for most of the people living here, although there were quite a few very respectable houses throughout the village. Most of the people living within the floating village are refugees from neighboring Vietnam, and sadly were looked down upon by some of the local Cambodia’s I talked to in Siem Reap.

The village of Chong Kneas is only a short moto ride away from Siem Reap, and makes for an easy half day trip if you need a break from the temples of Angkor. You won’t have any issues in organizing a boat to take you for a quick cruise around the area.

Floating Village of Chong Kneas on Cambodia's Lake Tonle Sap

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Captured at the Floating Village of Chong Kneas in This Location


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  • Erica Kuschel

    Wow. This totally looks vintage. Love it.

  • Dave from The Longest Way Home

    A tough life indeed, I think a lot of immigrants from around the world live lives many of our ancestors did. And, we really don’t know what they went through

  • Andi Perullo

    I so want a floating home!!!

  • Jason

    Hey Erica. Thanks for that, I was trying some new vignette settings and I though that I may as well post an image using this setting. I was trying for the vintage look, so I’m glad you brought that up. Thanks for stopping buy.

  • Jason

    Hey Dave. Yeah there’s no doubt that these people are doing it tough. I believe you’re right when you describe the life they lead as something similar to our ancestors. I can’t even begin to image living in this manner, even though I’ve witnessed it so many times. Thanks for your comment mate.

  • Jason

    Hey Andi. Yeah a house boat would be a nice dream, but I’m sure you wouldn’t want to live in the conditions that these poop people have to endure.