[birding] Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary – One Day Trip

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Daily Tour 1 day
Prek Toal Village, Cambodia Prek Toal (PT)

Day Trip to Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary, Tonle Sap Lake, Floating Village (5.30am to 4 pm)

Prek Toal bird sanctuary is the largest waterbird colonies in Southeast Asia located at the edge of Tonle Sap Great Lake. This stunning Ramsar site of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is covered mostly by seasonally inundated freshwater swamp forest, is home to the rare waterbirds in the dry season. Come on our Prek Toal trip from Siem Reap to:

  • Enjoy bird watching in the core reserve for the global significance Spot-billed Pelican, Milky Stork, Painted Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Greater Adjutant, Black-headed Ibis, Oriental Darter, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, cormorants…over 150 species have been recorded in this protected reserve.
  • Experience the boat trip across the Tonle Sap Great Lake and through the shrub of flooded forest inside the protected area.
  • Get to see the Cambodia locals livelihood at the real floating village – Prek Toal.
  • Enjoy delicious Cambodian lunch prepared by the community’s floating restaurant – Saray.
  • And learn more about birds, conservation projects at Prek Toal, and local’s lifestyle and culture.

Spot-billed Pelican


INCLUSION
  • English-speaking bird guide
  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off
  • Boat excusion per program
  • Breakfast, lunch, drinking water
  • All entrance fees
  • Conservation contribution

EXCLUSION
  • Gratuities (tip)
  • Soft drink / beer
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

What to Expect

  • Our expert guide with our aircon minivan driver will pick you up from your hotel lobby at 5.30am, as early as we can so we get the most of the morning time which is best for the birds and nature. We will arrive back in Siem Reap at 4 pm but sometimes as early as 2.30pm or as late as 5 pm depends on your interest in the tour.  We can either take you back to your hotel or to another destination of your choice in town.
  • Transfer from hotel to Mechrey pier will take about 40 minutes each way on a 26km road (some parts passing rural villages on a dirt road).
  • Breakfast is provided by CBGA with a croissant, two slides of cereal bread with butter and jam, some fresh fruit, and coffee or tea. Please do if you may wanna pack breakfast also from your hotel.
  • It is kind of wintertime for Cambodia from November to February, so when traveling on the boat it is sometimes windy and cold. You might wanna bring your jacket along or at least a long sleeve shirt during the trip which also helps.
  • Other things to bring: hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
  • CBGA will provide drinking water in a big container to refill, so we request you to bring your own water bottle from home or from your hotel. It is our campaign to reduce plastic waste.

 

Note:

  • The best time to explore Prek Toal bird colonies is from November when most bird species are coming. Yet some species like Milky Stork and Greater Adjutant will get there later in December, and until the end of May when the rain comes and birds are leaving. The access to the bird colonies inside the core reserve also plays an important factor for visitors. By late February the water level is getting low which not allow us to get through to the observation platform. Fortunately, without being at the platform where it is very muddy and our boat could not access, we are still able to enjoy the area with the finding of many bird species in flocks gathering along the waterways where they come to feed.
  • April to June is possible with birding too but the water level is quite low which make the access difficult to get to the best place for birding.
  • July to September is not recommended.
  • From October birds start to arrive.
Day trip to Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary, Tonle Sap Lake, Floating Village

  • 5.30am pick up from your hotel by CBGA English-speaking bird guide, with our A/C vehicle, transfer Mechrey Pier for the boat trip to Prek Toal village.
  • 7 am half-way on the lake, enjoy packed breakfast on the boat.
  • 7.30am arrive at the Prek Toal village,
  • 7.45am transfer into smaller community boats and explore the core reserve.
  • 8 am enjoy birding along the way one hour through the core reserve.
  • 9 arrive at the observation platform, climb the tree top to enjoy the wider views of the bird colonies.
  • 10 am return back to Prek Toal village for lunch at Saray Community Restaurant.
  • 1 pm after lunch, visit the Water Hyacinth Handicraft Workshop located next to the restaurant.
  • 1.30pm we will take you on paddled boats around the floating village, observing how locals adapt their floating environment, visiting the crocodile farms, fish farms, floating school, floating gardens, etc.
  • 2.15pm travel back to Siem Reap
  • 4 pm arrive back at your Siem Reap hotel.

Prek Toal village is located at the northwest corner of the Tonle Sap Great Lake, it is where we will start from, to get into the bird sanctuary - largest waterbird colonies in Southeast Asia, a stunning Ramsar site is covered mostly by seasonally inundated freshwater swamp forest, home to the rare waterbirds in the dry season.

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