Tonle Sap is the largest lake in South East Asia and the third one in the world. What is amazing is that there are multiple villages on that lake and we visited one in boat. If you are in Siem Reap, there are tons of tours going to a village very close to the city. There are about 9,000 people living there.
Yes, it is now VERY touristic but it still worth to see it. The most beautiful part for me was the school. A school on water! Our guide was someone who grow in that village and was speaking English very well. We did the trip in April 2013 and obviously, the government was building infrastructures around to welcome even more tourists in the area.
Not all tourists go to the school. We made a donation (in food) and were lucky enough to give it directly to the children. You can give water, rice or items that you purchase on the water, in the community store. You are not forced to do it.
They tell you that you will also visit a fish farm and a crocodile farm… these are small and just tourist scams. There were both in the same <boat> and there were about 5 crocodiles in a space of about 10 meters square. Nothing fabulous….
But the scenery of the houses all around is so nice. Just look at an example below.
It costs about 20$ us per person for a tuk tuk to go to the pier (10km?) the boat trip (2 hours?) and the return. Do not give money to children. Give money to charity organization or give food. Children should not beg or work, but you will see dozens doing it.
The rest of the pictures are here if you are interested: