A floating village on the northern compasses of the Tonle Sap, Mechrey isn’t the loveliest spot on the planet, however it offers some incredible bird-spotting openings, and an opportunity to witness a remarkable lifestyle for the individuals who live on the lake.
Obviously, it’s not exactly Prek Toal with its extensive states of waterbirds, whose populations are making a striking rebound as indicated by a 2016 report issued by the Wildlife Conservation Society. Genuine birders and nature darlings should absolutely put that on their rundown of activities. However, it’s not as far away, nor as costly to get to, either.
Mechrey is on the outskirts of Puok district, toward the west of Siem Reap, and the trip there is in reality far lovelier than the goal. Try not to fall asleep when your vehicle kills the primary street (National Route 6) onto a red soil track, as there is some delightful view along the 15 kilometer course that is flanked by conduits, rice fields and villages. We likewise spotted an enormous gathering of storks spinning in the skies above along here, so keep your eyes peeled.
A people group based tourism station is at the edge of a long, human-manufactured trench that associates with the Kambot River, which streams out into the Tonle Sap. Here people group primarily angle professionally from the regularly lessening supplies of fish. The Tonle Sap is as yet the world’s most beneficial inland fishery, yet the fish populace faces critical and regularly developing dangers. The abundance of fish is straightforwardly owing to the cadence of the lake, which rises and falls by up to 10 meters every year, and whose region expands six-crease from 2,500 square kilometers to 15,000 square kilometers amid the wet.
The development of dams upstream on the Mekong, and there are more in the pipeline, environmental change, uncontrolled over-angling and transformation of lake territories to farming have all incurred significant damage. In 2015, it was accounted for that the Tonle Sap River hardly turned around its stream the earlier year; it would be phenomenal for it to not invert stream, yet that bleak prospect appears to be always likely. Without that nurturing mood, the fate of the Tonle Sap, and the general population who rely upon it, which is pretty much all of Cambodia, looks exceptionally dinky.
The foundation of activities, for example, the one at Mechrey can’t entirely be called ecotourism, despite the fact that it gives individuals contrasting options to angling as a wellspring of pay. In any case, they are a chance to witness an uncommon lifestyle that is likewise under risk, and to clock up some flawless birdlife.
The visit itself begins off in a quite rancid simulated trench which you go along for about a kilometer until the point when the conduit opens out on to the fundamental waterway and the floating village.
Here you skim by as life proceeds as it has long done: individuals shopping in floating markets, doing their clothing, getting a brisk dinner, going to class, offering tattle to companions. You’ll be guided through everything, and after that stop for a drink, or a dinner of you wish, on one of the floating stages. Bunches of Cambodians additionally cultivate crocodiles, pitching the meat and skins to Thailand, and you’ll get an opportunity to see one of the crocodile cultivates as well.
Mechrey offers a chance to investigate life as it is lived actually on the Tonle Sap Lake. It’s not as exquisite a spot as the considerably advance away Kampong Khleang, or offer as much social understanding as Kampong Phluk, yet on our visit, it had the far more noteworthy chances to see birds. This might be on account of its closeness to the waterbird settlements at Prek Toal, and furthermore to the way that it is less thickly populated.