Bird Watching at Tonle Sap’s Inundated Forest

Bird Watching at Tonle
Sap’s Inundated Forest

There is more than meets the eye when heading to Tonle Sap. The Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary is home
to a large number of birds that use the flooded forest reserve as their nesting home.
Bear witness to teeming wildlife and see a different side of Siem Reap.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Just like the vastness of the Angkor empire, Tonle Sap certainly does not stat behind when seeking hidden corners, unique views, and trying to catch some of the documented sights and sounds of fascinating Siem Reap. Located within the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve on Tonle Sap, Prek Toal is home to one of the most important colonies of water birds in South-East Asia.

A true testimony, encapsulated in an adventurous day out, where guests can see from up close how conservationists tirelessly work to keep the often indigenous population of birds and wildlife among us for the next generation. For seeking sustainable trails with a good dose of local authenticity, look no further.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Bird Watching at Tonle Sap’s Inundated Forest

05:30 - 15:30

To wake up with the birds, one has to wake up early. We leave the hotel at around 5.30 am by your guide and driver (joint transfer) and travel as the sun rises to Chong Khneas, where you board the boat on the great Tonle Sap Lake to Prek Toal floating village with breakfast and a full briefing from the guide on the way.

Arrival at the starting point of this feather-themed exploration will be approximately 7:30 am, where a ranger from the centre itself heads with us deep into the core of the birds’ breeding grounds inside the flooded forest. From here, to get a panoramic view over the area, we head up to a treetop observation platform, constructed opposite the bird colonies. The panorama in the early morning is simply breathtaking from this viewpoint.

The Prek Toal bird sanctuary has gained global recognition for eight particular species of bird; the Spot-billed Pelican, the Greater Adjutant, the Lesser Adjutant, the Milky Stork, the Painted Stork, the Black-headed Ibis, the Oriental Darter and Grey-headed Fish-Eagle. Thousands of common water-birds also breed here, where over 150 species have been recorded in total, in and around the Tonle Sap Lake.

We return to our floating base camp where you will have a simple yet delicious lunch while floating on the water. After our lunch break, you will tour this fascinating village by taking out paddle boats to bear witness to the unique way the inhabitants of Tonle Sap make their living on their floating homes. We say goodbye to the families and head back by boat to the mainland before our final stretch back to Siem Reap brings you safely to the doorstep of your hotel accommodation. You can expect to be back in Siem Reap at around 3.30 pm.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • Boat ride over the Tonle Sap Lake
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on joint basis with English-speaking guide only.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Siem Reap. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Tonle Sap, Koh Ker, Banteay Srei and Siem Reap International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users
  • Part of this excursion includes walking over unpaved roads and paths. This may not suit guests with walking issues.
  • Bear in mind that such paths may turn slippery / muddy after a rain shower. We suggest wearing good walking shoes, preferred closed shoes, when booking this tour
  • To avoid any issues pertaining obtaining an arrival visa at the airport, please ensure that your passport contains at least two empty pages. Failure to do so may result in not gaining entrance into the Kingdom of Cambodia
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • The bird colonies are at its busiest between December and April, but most species can be found throughout the year.

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