Small Cambodian hamlet near Kampong Kleang on the Tonle Sap
In May, my friends and I made a trip from Siem Reap, the location of Angkor Wat, to the village of Kampong Kleang on the Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. The Tonle Sap with its reversing water flow, depending on the season, is one of the great wonders of the world. Any visit to Angkor Wat should include travel to this lake. On the way there we passed this hamlet that this time of year was high and dry. By mid-June the situation changed as the lake waters rose to a level just below the top rung of the stairs. The 18 foot rise in the water level signaled the beginning of the wet season.
We stopped at this village to take a quick walk through town and found that it was difficult to leave as the people were very friendly, walking with us. Mainly it was the children who shadowed our every move, yelling “good-bye” nonstop. On those days when you are tired of visiting temples, you might consider a trip to the Tonle Sap. With a stop or two in a village like this one.
Photos taken with a Leica M8 and Summicron 35mm f/2 lens.