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

Tour Name: Prek Toal Reserve Bird Watching Day Trip Excursion
1Day (Tour Code: B1)
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The bird sanctuary at Prek Toal core area of the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve is called "The single most important breeding ground in South-East Asia for globally threatened large water birds." The Biosphere covers 31,282 hectares at the north-west tip of the Tonle Sap 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 when flocks of migratory birds congregate at Prek Toal. As the dry season progresses and the water recedes, the number of bird is increased but travel to some of the more important viewing areas becomes more difficult. A day trip is commended to visit the bird sanctuary with early departure. 

Indian cormorant, Spot billed pelicans, Greater adjutant, Oriental darter, Milky stork, Maroon oriole, Masked finfoot, Spot billed pelican, White souldered ibis, Sarus crane, White wingded duck, Palecapped pigeon, painted stork, Grey headed fish eagle, Greater hornbill, Viltures, Brown wood owl, Coral billed ground cuckoo, Spot throated babbler, Black eagle, Comb duck, Bengle florican, Manchurian reed warbler, Giant ibis, Small toothed palm civet, greater hornbill SPF, Orange necked partridge, Asian golden weaver, Small pratincole, Oriental pied hornbill, Black headed woodpecker.
At 05h00am beginning from picking you up at your hotel in Siem Reap (B, L).
Transfer to Chong Kneah floating village dock at the shore of Cambodia’s great Lake of Tonle Sap. Upon arrival, get on board a small boat cruise for an hour across Tonle Sap Lake to the floating village of Prek Toal situated on the Sangkae River, 4km from the lake shore. Breakfast on boat or at Prek Toal village. 
Continue by smaller boat with ranger to bird colony, spent bird-watching from a wooden boat and watching towers in the flooded forest. Prek Toal is one of the largest concentrations of water birds in South-East Asia with Spot-billed Pelican, Painted and Milky storks, Asian Open bill, Greater and Lesser adjutants among the species that can be seen.

Lunch on Board
A typical lunch of fresh fish will be served in the middle of the seasonally inundated forest.
Return to Siem Reap around about 5pm after a visit to the small GECKO (Global Environmental Chhong Kneah Office) visitor centre if the water level allows. Note that this itinerary may vary depending on local conditions at Tonle Sap.
Tour Duration: Day Trip
Tour Price: $129US per person (Guaranteed to depart with minimum 2 people).
Departure Date: Any day during the period between October and May.

Tour Price Inclusive of:
- Tour and transfers by private luxury A/C vehicle
- Experienced bird watching English speaking guide
- One Breakfast and one lunch
- Boats
- All entrance fees as mentioned visit

Tour Price Exclusive of:
- International Flights
- Departure Tax $25 (international)
- Visa Fees $20 (issued on arrival)
- Accommodation, please Contact Us
- Drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips … and expenditure of a personal nature
- Personal travel insurance
- Any services not mentioned in itinerary.

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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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