ITINERARIES Tonle Sap Waterbirds and Floating Village Adventure

Tonle Sap is the largest natural lake in South East Asia, increasing in area by up to 25% annually as the floodwaters of the Mekong River enter the lake. Situated at the western end of the great lake is the largest waterbird colony in South-East Asia: Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary.

It is an astonishing site to visit. Prek Toal is globally important for eight species of bird; Spot-billed Pelican, Greater Adjutant, Lesser Adjutant, Milky Stork, Painted Stork, Black-headed Ibis, Oriental Darter and Grey-headed Fish-Eagle. Thousands of commoner waterbirds also breed here, and over 150 species have been recorded. The colony is at its busiest between December and April, but most species can be found throughout the year.  

We will take you into the flooded forest to the core area of the breeding colony where observation towers give great views at treetop height.

Binoculars can be provided for the trip and having visited the colony lunch will be taken in the floating village of Prek Toal itself. All buildings in the village are constructed on a mat of bamboo, so the whole villages rises and falls with the lake. We can tour this fascinating village by taking out paddle boats to investigate the curious reality of living in a house that floats.
 
Typical itinerary:
05:30 – Pickup from your hotel by an English speaking SVC guide and travel to Chong Khneas.

06:00 – Board the boat to take us across the great Tonle Sap Lake to Prek Toal, with breakfast and a full briefing from the guide on the way.

07:30 – At Prek Toal we will pick up a ranger for the boat trip into the core bird reserve flooded forest.

09:00 – 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 and 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.