Prek Toal is one of three biospheres on 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. Even the uninitiated will be impressed, as these birds have a huge wingspan and build enormous nests.
Visitors during the dry season (December to April) will find the concentration of birds like something out of a Hitchcock film. It is also possible to visit from September, but the concentrations may be lower. As water starts to dry up elsewhere, the birds congregate here. Serious twitchers know that the best time to see birds is early morning or late afternoon and this means an early start or an overnight at Prek Toal’s environment office, Siem Reap Shuttle Tour, offers trips to Prek Toal . The trips cost about US$100 per person for a group of five or more, with additional charges for smaller groups. Our Tour Agency also runs organised day trips to Prek Toal. The day trips cost US$95 per person with a minimum group of four.
Tours include transport, entrance fees, local guides, lunch and water. Binoculars are available on request, Some proceeds from the tours go towards educating children and villagers about the importance of the birds and the unique flooded-forest environment, and the trip includes a visit to one of the local communities. Day trips include a hotel pick-up and Drop off.
Sunscreen and head protection are essential, as it can get very hot in the dry season. The guides are equipped with booklets with the bird names in English, but they speak little English themselves,
|Transports||Duration / Hrs||Cost||Plus + other extra|
|Toyota Camry 4 seats + safety Belts||$ 25||English Speaking Tour guide|
|Mini Van Mesedez ben 12-15 seats + safety Belts||$ 35||English Speaking Tour guide|
|Toyota VIP Mini Lexus 300 + safety belts||$ 25||English Speaking Tour guide|
|Tuk Tuk 4 Seats||$ 15||English Speaking Tour guide|