In June and November the Tonle Sap River changes direction. In June, with monsoon rains swelling the Mekong, excess water is pushed into the Tonle Sap that then drains back upstream into the lake, flooding the surrounding low plains. By monsoon's end, in November, the pressure is relieved and the Tonle Sap reverses course and returns to the direction of flow expected of it.
However, the waters of this, the largest of Southeast Asian lakes, take several more months before they begin to recede, and it is not until February that Tonle Sap Lake begins its return to normal size.
The mud banks created by the flooding are extremely fertile, and local rice farmers have developed a deepwater rice that is unique to this area.
The months of flooding also encourages the growth of huge fish stocks and other aquatic life, that become extremely easy to catch once the waters begin to reside. Fishing families string nets and bamboo traps across the lake's mouth and the numerous fish can almost be plucked from the water. The Tonle Sap Lake's level drops so fast that it catches out many of its inhabitants, and it is not unlikely to see fisherman picking their catch from the trees.
One particularly interesting lake dweller is the Elephant Fish, which has developed the ability to last for several hours out of water, in case the fast receding waters leave it stranded in the mud. This fish is an Asian delicacy and can fetch as much as US$60 in a Singapore restaurant.
By the end of May the lake has returned to its original size - just in time for the June monsoons to turn the tide of the waters all over again.
Is the cultural and natural resort locating at An Dong Chrey village, An Dong Snay commune, Ro Lea Pha Ear District in 12-Kilometers distance form the provincial town or 103-Kilometers distance from Phnom Penh by the National Road N.5. The local people in the province are usually interested in:
There are small mountains, natural beauty and fresh air. The site related to the Cambodia folk legend There is a footprint of Ta Phrum On the mountaintop, there is a pagoda where people meet each other during the festival days.
Is the natural resort locating at San Touch village, Sre Thmey Commune, Ro Lea Pha Ear District in three Kilometer distance from the provincial town or 94-Kilometer distance from Phnom Penh. The local people are usually interested in:
There are many big rocks related to Cambodian folk legend.
There is the beautiful natural beauty for filming the performance of songs and other Stories.
There is an enchanting view (Panorama) of Tonle Sap.
Is the natural resort having big trees with cool Shadow and fresh air, and locates between Sre Thmey commune and Svay Chrum Commune, Ro Lea Pha Ear district in two-Kilometer distance from the provincial town of Kampong Chhnang or 13-Kilometer distance from Phnom Penh by the National Road No 5.
Is the natural and historical site related to the Pol Pot time (1977-197). The site is located at Phnom Touch village, Pong Ro Commune, Ro Lea Pha Ear District in 10-Kilometer distance from the provincial town or 101-Kilometer distance from Phnom Penh by the National Road No 5, then turning left by the Road via the new airport.
Phnom Ta Reach, the place where Pol Pot mobilize prisoners to carve the mountain rock having 200-meter length, 2.8-meter width and six-meter height. In a large space, there are many small concrete apartments. At outside, there are a lot of big and small mountains, palm trees and fresh air.
Thos area can attract tourists to visit during the festival days. In addition, there are many other temples and historical sites in Kampong Chhnang which have not been developed such as: Prasat Ponarey: Located at Ei Lech village, Chra Nuk Commune, Kampong Leng District in 13-Kilometer distance from the provincial town. Prasat Pros or Saklor: Located at Kang Kep village, Chra Nuk Commune, Kampong Leng District in 19-Kilometer distance from the provincial town. Prasat Srey: Located at Pra Sat village, Da Commune, Kampong Leng District in 17-Kilometer distance from the provimncial town. Prasat Thmar Pdey or Slotey: Located at Chra Leang village, Da Commune, Kampong Leng District in 15-Kilometer distance from the provincial town. Prasat Kampong Preach: Located at Wat kampong Preah, Chhnuk Tru Commune, Boribo District in eight-Kilometer distance from the provincial town. Wat Leng Keng: Is the old capital located at Lung Vek Commune, Kampong Tra Lach District in 24-Kilometer distance from the provincial town on 76-kilometer distance from Phnom Penh.