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Prek Toal Reserve Bird Watching Day Trip
1 Day (Tour Code: B1)

Tour Name: Prek Toal Reserve Bird Watching Day Trip
1Day (Tour Code: B1)
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Prek Toal Floating Village Bird Watching Tour

Dress Code
Flexible for birding.

Currency
The official currency in Cambodia is Cambodian Riel. It trades at around 4,000 riel to one US dollar. The US dollar is Cambodia’s unofficial second currency; therefore, there is no need to change the money. In fact, it is best to carry US dollars with you while you are traveling in Siem Reap, Cambodia. There are ATM everywhere in Cambodia where you could pick up US dollars as well.

Tour Payment
The payment for the tour is in American dollars, USD.

Creating Unique Touring Experiences
Our expert travel team has planned your trip so that you can experience the very best of what Cambodia Vietnam, Laos and Thailand have to offer. We understand that many will have various needs and wants for each particular tour that may not be included in an itinerary. We will plan any tour to meet your particular demands. Please Send inquiry>>>

Or feel free to contact us at
Oversea call and WhatsApp +85512 971 645
Within Cambodia dial 012 971 645
Email us at: poan45@gmail.com or info@cambodiatraveltrails.com

Tour Name: Prek Toal Floating Village Bird Watching Tour
Tour Code: B1
Tour Duration: 1 day
Tour Operates: all year round / on demand
Number of Pax: available upon request
Tour Price: available upon request

Pick-up and drop off location
Can be anywhere upon request
Hotel in Siem Reap
Upon arrival at Siem Reap airport
Upon arrival at Siem Reap bus station
Upon arrival at Chong Kneah peir by speed boat from Phnom Penh
Any AirBnB and residences in Siem Reap.

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PREK TOAL FLOATING VILLAGE, CORE BIRD RESERVE FLOODED FORTEST
05:00 - you will be met and welcomed by our English speaking guide, and then transferred onward to Chong Khneas or Mechhrey floating village.

05:30 - arrive at Chong Kneah floating village peir or Mechhrey floating village peir, board the private boat, cross the Tonle Sap Great Lake to Prek Toal floating village. Breakfast boxes from your hotel, tour briefing by our guide along the way.

07:00 - arrive at Prek Toal floating village, buy your ticket at Prek Toal environmental office in Prek Toal floating village, take smaller boat to which you are escorted by a ranger from Prek Toal environmental office for the boat trip into the core bird reserve flooded forest.

08:30 - 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, have lunch in a floating house.

13:00 - paddle boat tour of the floating village.

15:00 - return boat trip to Siem Reap, arriving back at your hotel around 17:00.

Tonle Sap Lake & Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary
Cambodia’s Great Tonle Sap Lake sits only 15 km south of town, a unique eco-system and cultural area offering the opportunity to see a different side of the Siem Reap - floating villages, cultural and nature tours, birdwatching.
 
The Tonle Sap Lake is the most prominent feature on the map of Cambodia - a huge dumbbell-shaped body of water stretching across the northwest of the country. In the wet season, the lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia, swelling to an expansive 12,000 km2. During the dry half of the year it shrinks to as small as 2500 km2, draining into the Tonle Sap River, which meanders southeast, eventually merging with the Mekong River at the 'chaktomuk' confluence at Phnom Penh. During the wet season a unique hydrologic phenomenon causes the Tonle Sap River to reverse direction, filling the lake.
 
The engine of this phenomenon is the Mekong River, which becomes bloated with snow melt and runoff from the monsoon rains. The swollen Mekong backs up into the Tonle Sap at the point where the rivers meet at Chaktomuk, forcing the waters of the Tonle Sap River back into the lake. The inflow expands the area of lake more than five-fold, inundating the surrounding forested floodplain and supporting an extraordinarily rich and diverse eco-system.
 
More than 100 varieties of waterbirds including several threatened and endangered species, over 200 species of fish, as well as crocodiles, turtles, macaques, otter and other wildlife inhabit the inundated mangrove forests. The Lake is also an important commercial resource, providing more than half of the fish consumed in Cambodia. In harmony with the specialized ecosystems, the human occupations at the edges of the lake is similarly distinctive - floating villages, towering stilted houses, huge fish traps, and an economy and way of life deeply intertwined with the lake, the fish, the wildlife and the cycles of rising and falling waters.

Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary
The sanctuary at the Prek Toal core area of the Biosphere Reserve has been called "the single most important breeding ground in Southeast Asia for globally threatened large waterbirds." The Biosphere covers 31,282 hectares at the northwest tip of the Lake and plays host to species including Greater and Lesser Adjuncts, Black-headed Ibis, Painted Stork, Milky Stork, Spot-billed Pelican, Grey-Headed Fish Eagle and many more species. Of the three Biosphere core areas on the Tonle Sap Lake, Prek Toal is the most accessible from Siem Reap and the most popular with birdwatchers. The best time of year for viewing is the dry season (December-May) when flocks of migratory birds congregate at Prek Toal. As the dry season progresses and the water recedes, the number of birds increases but the travel to some of the more important viewing areas becomes more difficult.
TOUR ENDS


INCLUDED
- Full transfers from Siem Reap to Chong Kneah pier or Mechhrey pier by private luxury A/C vehicle
- English speaking guide
- Private boat from Chong Kneah pier or Mechhrey pier to Prek Toal floating village
- Ticket to bird colony
- Private boat with ranger from Prek Toal floating village to bird colony
- Paddle boat ride at Prek Toal floating village
- One lunch at floating house restaurant at Prek Toal floating village.

EXCLUDED
- Meals not mentioned
- Accommodation
- Visa fees $30 (visa on arrival, please bring 1 of your recent passport-size photo to visit your Cambodia visa). Southeast Asian passport holders do not require a Cambodian visa
- Drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips and expenditure of a personal nature
- Personal travel insurance
- Any services not mentioned in itinerary.

Creating Unique Touring Experiences
Our expert travel team has planned your trip so that you can experience the very best of what Cambodia Vietnam, Laos and Thailand have to offer. We understand that many will have various needs and wants for each particular tour that may not be included in an itinerary. We will plan any tour to meet your particular demands. Please Send inquiry>>>

Or feel free to contact us at
Oversea call and WhatsApp +85512 971 645
Within Cambodia dial 012 971 645
Email us at: poan45@gmail.com or info@cambodiatraveltrails.com

PRICE
- private solo tour: USD205
- private tour for 2 persons: USD135 per person
- private tour for 3 persons: USD105 per person
- private tour for 4 persons: USD90 per person
- private tour for 5 persons: USD85 per person
- private tour for 6 persons: USD80 per person
- private tour for 7 persons: USD75 per person
- private tour for 8 persons: USD73 per person
- private tour for 9 persons: USD72 per person
- the more people, the lower price.

INCLUDED
- Full transfers from Siem Reap to Chong Kneah pier or Mechhrey pier by private luxury A/C vehicle
- English speaking guide
- Private boat from Chong Kneah pier or Mechhrey pier to Prek Toal floating village
- Ticket to bird colony
- Private boat with ranger from Prek Toal floating village to bird colony
- Paddle boat ride at Prek Toal floating village
- One lunch at floating house restaurant at Prek Toal floating village.

EXCLUDED
- Meals not mentioned
- Accommodation
- Visa fees $30 (visa on arrival, please bring 1 of your recent passport-size photo to visit your Cambodia visa). Southeast Asian passport holders do not require a Cambodian visa
- Drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips and expenditure of a personal nature
- Personal travel insurance
- Any services not mentioned in itinerary.

Creating Unique Touring Experiences
Our expert travel team has planned your trip so that you can experience the very best of what Cambodia Vietnam, Laos and Thailand have to offer. We understand that many will have various needs and wants for each particular tour that may not be included in an itinerary. We will plan any tour to meet your particular demands. Please Send inquiry>>>

Or feel free to contact us at
Oversea call and WhatsApp +85512 971 645
Within Cambodia dial 012 971 645
Email us at: poan45@gmail.com or info@cambodiatraveltrails.com

Many thanks for taking your precious time to write us reviews. We are glad that you had a good experience with our services. We do appreciate your feedback, and it is our hope that you will give us the opportunity to serve you again in the near future.

Dr. David Graham

From: Canada
Posted Date: 11/May/2013

We booked a one-day trip to Prek Toal which turned out to be truly memorable although the water level was too low to permit out boat to get all the way into the reserve (we visited in April, at the very end of the dry season, when the water is lowest). Sophoan Rath was a terrific companion: friendly, helpful, highly knowledgeable about the history, culture, and natural history of Cambodia. Everything ran like clockwork, and the "lunch boxes" from the Blue Pumpkin contained enough (wonderful) food for an army! Sophoan even thought to call our hotel to ask them to make up a packed breakfast for us because of the 5:00 a.m. pickup which meant that we could not get breakfast at the hotel. Highly recommended, though I would suggest visiting earlier in the dry season when the water is higher. Even so, we had great views of many birds, including three of our four main target species (Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Lesser and Greater Adjutant). No Milky Stork, alas. Getting a close-up look at the local fishing culture was fascinating, though it is distressing to see that fishing continues within the Prek Toal sanctuary and that the rangers turn a blind eye in exchange for a payoff in fish. A day to remember forever!

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