Tonle Sap Waterbirds and Floating Village Adventure

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A magical day with an abundance of birds in a flooded forest wonderland!

Tonle Sap is the largest natural lake in Southeast Asia, increasing in area by up to 25% annually as the floodwaters of the Mekong River cause the Tonle Sap river to flow backwards and fill the lake. Situated at the western end of the great lake is the largest waterbird colony in Southeast Asia.

It is an astonishing site to visit. Prek Toal is globally important for eight species of bird; Spot-billed Pelican, Greater Adjutant, Lesser Adjutant, Milky Stork, Painted Stork, Black-headed Ibis, Oriental Darter and Grey-headed Fish-Eagle. Thousands of commoner waterbirds also breed here, and over 150 species have been recorded. The colony is at its busiest between December and April, but most species can be found throughout the year.

We will take you into the flooded forest to the core area of the breeding colony where observation towers give great views at treetop height. Binoculars can be provided for the trip.

Having visited the colony, lunch will be taken in the floating village of Prek Toal itself. All buildings in the village are constructed on a mat of bamboo, so the whole villages rises and falls with the lake. We tour this fascinating village and we travel to and from the bird sanctuary.

Our tours are tailor-made – the itineraries shown are suggestions based on our deep knowledge, or we can work with you to create your trip for your unique requirements, interests, and capabilities.

Information

When to go

November to March, though the best time is between December and February. Water levels can change from day to day meaning access to the core reserve shifts.

Habitats & Species

Find out more about key species, habitats and seasons on this tour Prek Toal

One of the nicest and interesting water bird watching tour ever. Plenty of water birds such as pelicans, herons etc. at close distance and in flight, we recorded about 40+ species, our boat was the only one for the entire time in the sanctuary. The setting was amazingly beautiful and relaxed. There was an observation platform to observe the gathering of thousands of birds from the distance without disturbing them. The guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic in explaining the habitat as well as the role of the Center. 
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Itinerary

05:30

Pickup from your hotel by an English speaking SVC guide and travel to Chong Khneas or Meicherey.

06:00

Board the boat to take us across the great Tonle Sap Lake to Prek Toal, with breakfast and a full briefing from the guide on the way.

07:30

At Prek Toal we will pick up a ranger for the boat trip into the core bird reserve flooded forest, where we may have to transfer to smaller boats when the water levels fall.

09:00

Arrive at the treetop observation platform opposite the bird colonies to view the panorama of the flooded forest reserve and teeming birdlife.

11:30

Arrive back at Prek Toal and have lunch in a floating house.

13:00

Paddle boat tour of the floating village (optional)

15:00

Return boat trip to Siem Reap, arriving back at your hotel around 17:00.

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