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Prek Toal is a bird sanctuary and Ramsar site located within the Tonlé Sap Biosphere Reserve, at the north-west corner of the Tonlé Sap. It is a popular area for ecotourism and birdwatching given the area’s rich biodiversity and rare waterbirds, particularly abundant during the dry season. There are several organisations and projects operating in the area, so plenty to do and choose from.

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Prek Toal is a bird sanctuary and Ramsar site located within the Tonlé Sap Biosphere Reserve, at the north-west corner of the Tonlé Sap. It is a popular area for ecotourism and birdwatching given the area’s rich biodiversity and rare waterbirds, particularly abundant during the dry season. There are several organisations and projects operating in the area, so plenty to do and choose from.

  • 1-3 bedrooms in a traditional house with mosquito net, cotton sheets, blankets, pillows
  • Local style toilet and shower
  • Limited Electricity
  • Provides drinking water,
  • Parking: car, van, motorcycle

 

 

  • Bird watching
  • Watching Wildlife including birds, monkeys, and fireflies which often appear during the evening
  • Hiking with a local guide
  • Experiencing traditional livelihoods and enjoy the rural Cambodian lifestyle

 

NOT TO BE MISSED

Prek Toal is one of three biospheres on the Tonlé Sap lake, and this stunning bird sanctuary makes it the most worthwhile and straightforward of the three to visit. It is an ornithologist’s fantasy, with a significant number of rare breeds gathered in one small area, including the huge lesser and greater adjutant storks, the milky stork and the spot-billed pelican.

The park guides are equipped with booklets with the bird names in English, but they speak little English themselves, hence the advantage of visiting with a tour company that provides English-speaking guides.

 

 

1 – 2 DAYS STAY

Trips to the sanctuary also bring you up close and personal with the fascinating floating village of Prek Toal – a much more rewarding destination than over-touristed, scam-ridden Chong Kneas closer to Siem Reap. Part of your entrance to the sanctuary goes towards educating children and villagers about the importance of the birds and the unique flooded-forest environment.

 

 

Prek Toal can be difficult to reach without a tour operator. The closest town is Siem Reap. From there take a 20-minute moto (US$3 or so) or taxi (US$15 one way) ride to the floating village of Chong Kneas on Tonle Sap. From there take a boat to the Prek Toal environment office (around US$55 return, one hour each way). From here, a small boat (US$30 including a park guide) will take you into the sanctuary, which is about one hour beyond. if you plan to visit the Bird sanctuary, please be aware that you will be able to pay US$30 for the boat that will take you around the sanctuary.

 

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