Adventure to Tonlé Sap’s ‘Buffalo Lake’
As Cambodia’s seasonal Tonlé Sap Lake recedes during the dry season, it leaves behind what’s known locally as ‘Buffalo Lake’. Surrounded by forest and difficult to find, this stretch of water becomes an incredible sanctuary for birds and fish during the dry season.
We start our adventure in a small village and pedal along dirt paths and trails between stilted houses and gardens, before heading across the Tonlé Sap floodplain and into the low forest that only a few months before was underwater!
Our kayaks will be waiting at the water’s edge from where we explore the many inlets and tributaries of this seasonal lake and conservation area. In 1997, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, deemed Tonlé Sap to be an ecological hotspot and this led to the government of Cambodia issuing a royal decree in 2001, making the lake and surrounding provinces a protected area, known as the Tonlé Sap Biosphere Reserve.
Free from engine noise, with only the cry of birds above us and croaking of frogs below, our journey takes us paddling slowly through a network of water channels, until we come to a small island where, in the shade of ancient trees, we’ll set up a picnic and enjoy a relaxing break.
After lunch, we can board our motorboat, or continue by kayak along a river that flows into the paddy fields, where we find our bikes waiting for us – ready to ride along the buffalo tracks through stunning scenery back to our waiting transport.
This amazing adventure, which is available from February to July, is also great for young families with children.
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