Floating Villages of the Tonlé Sap (ទន្លេសាប) in Cambodia

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Over the course of the year, Southeast Asia’s largest lake, the Tonlé Sap (ទន្លេសាប) in Cambodia, can fluctuate from depths as low as two meters to as high as 14 meters. The inhabitants of the Tonlé Sap’s banks survive this ebb and flow by building floating villages. Their houses, churches, police departments and post offices are built on stilts, they navigate their neighborhoods in boats (children sometimes use large buckets!), and they construct elaborate traps to catch fish as the tide drains. Check out the photos taken by some of the intrepid Instagrammers who’ve made it to the lake.