In order to explore some lesser known sights outside of Phnom Penh, my former colleague Alison and I recently ventured out to visit the Tonle Bati lake about 35km outside of Phnom Penh. Tonle Bati is a popular spot for locals for a weekend picnic, meaning you don’t get to see many foreign tourists here, which is perhaps why I liked it so much. It is only a few minutes from the Angkorian ruin Ta Prohm, so a visit can easily be combined.
If you are a child and have a stomach of steel it is the perfect place for a little swim or paddle boat ride too. But if you are an oversized Westerner like me you will be too big for the small Swan shaped paddling boats, and probably don’t want to risk swallowing any of this water either. :-0
So what do chunky Westerners do here then if they can’t go swimming or renting a paddling boat?? We cooled down with a delicious ice coffee, had a bite to eat from one of the many food vendors who came to visit us in our rented huts, and just let the world go by in our hammocks.
The huts on the lake can be reached via a small bridge. The food vendors and waiters did a great job balancing their goods and managing not to fall into the water. I think I looked a bit less elegant when I walked on these poles.
So if you find yourself tired out by the hectic Phnom Penh, I can thoroughly recommend Tonle Bati as a place to escape from the chaos!
Have you been to Tonle Bati? Do you like sights off the beaten toruist track?
Tammy & Chris are a couple hailing from Germany and England, meaning between them they are efficient and polite, but unable to talk about football. Find out why they stopped pushing pens around the British civil service to travel the world on their blog.
We are a couple hailing from Germany and England, meaning between us we are efficient and polite, but unable to talk about football. In 2011 we left the rat-race in London behind to work in international development and see the world.