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.
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.