Cambodia - Late July/August - problems of flooding?

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1. Posted by gracious12 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey, me and a friend have just booked a trip through Thailand,Cambodia and Vietnam in late July til the end of August. However we are a bit concerned as we have read that some of the areas especially in Cambodia - e.g.Phnom Penh - suffer from bad flooding and heavy rains. Was just wondering if any one has been in the area previously around this time and if they found that it was still ok to travel? As this is our first time travelling to the area any advice would be much appreciated, thanks :)

2. Posted by dbchase53 (Full Member 88 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

There were of course very bad floods in 2000 but these were out of the ordinary. Some degree of flooding occurs every year - essentially the centre of Cambodia and Mekong river valley are a flood plain so it is to be expected.

Tonle Sap is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. Depending on the flood level of the Mekong the lake fills from or empties into the river for 6 months at a time. Beating to this seasonal rhythm the lake increases in area five-fold from 2,500 km2 (1,000 square miles) to over 13,000 km2 (5,000 square miles).

This pumping of water in and out of this heart of Cambodia maintains rich level of nutrients enabling the lake to rank among the world’s richest fishing grounds.

Thus flooding is a natural and indeed essential phenomena for the livlihod of many Cambodians whether living rurally or in Phnom Penh. (I love to get the word Phenomena and Phnom into the same sentance!)

Deforestation in the Northeast (and in general over large areas of Cambodia) doesn't help the flooding situation but is only going to effect you if you are travelling to upland eas of the Northeast or North

pm me if you require any more specific information. In Summary I would say that for 'usual tourist activities around PP and SR flooding shouldn't cause a major problem to you but of course the weather is a fickle thing and you should keep abreast of the news.

I hope this helps

Andy