Inside Cambodia’s Floating Village, Where 40% of People Are Ethnic Vietnamese
Chong Kneas floating village, only 15 kilometers south of Siem Reap, is one of hundreds that line Tonle Sap Lake. Tens of thousands of families live in these clustered homes, around 40% of whom are Vietnamese living as undocumented migrants.
During a visit in March, the sun held all firmly in its grip, forcing villagers inside. Rarely have so many people been so close to water yet so desperate to stay cool. Nonetheless, a small number paddled around in flat-bottomed sampans, rowboats or, for the more adventurous kids, plastic tubs.
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