Collection by Tiffany Chu

Living on Water: Floating Villages

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During my jaunt to Cambodia last month, when I was not hauling bricks to build an outdoor school kitchen with my studio, I had the chance to see a multitude of informal building in both urban and rural areas of the country. On one of our precious days off, we dashed off in tuk-tuks, motorbikes, and boats to explore the legendary floating villages on Cambodia’s Tonle Sap lake.

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My first stop was the village of Chong Khneas, located on the northwestern edge of Tonle Sap and the closest to Siem...
Several of the colorful wooden tourist boats lined up, also known as ‘river...
As I learned from the Gecko Environmental Center in Chong Khneas, the Tonle Sap lake is unique because its flow...
For the most part, living on the water is very harsh -- there is no sanitation or drinking water connections, and...
A few children playing on the village basketball court.
After chatting with my boat guide, I was able to glean that many of these villagers on the Tonle Sap lake are, in fact,...
This is the ‘Freshwater Fish Exhibition’ - a fish farm and a large gathering hall.
The houseboats and other transportable dwellings are constructed by each family, occasionally with a the help of a more...
As a result of the seasons, the position of these villages must constantly change with the ups and downs of the water...
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