Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary

Prek Toal, the largest bird sanctuary in  Cambodia in particular and South-East Asia in general is known as one of attractive destinations for nature lovers and especially birdwatchers. This site is a part of Tonle Sap Biosphere recognized by UNESCO.

Located at the North west of Tonle Sap Lake, Prek Toal covers 31,282 hectares surrounded by freshwater swamp forests. The reserve nourishes many species of fish, birds, amphibians and plants, particularly rare waterbirds endangered. Over 150 bird species have been recorded in this protected area that we can observe such as Greater and Lesser Adjuncts, Milky Stork, Black-headed Ibis, Spot-billed Pelican, Painted Stork, Grey-Headed Fish Eagle and many more. You will have an impression on these native birds not only by the variety of species but also by their huge wingspan and enormous nests. Besides watching birds, you’ll have an opportunity to see the life of Cambodian locals at a real floating village, enjoy Cambodian meals and have a deeper insight into conservation projects and local culture in Prek Toal.

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The best time to explore Prek Toal bird sanctuary is the dry season from December to early February. Because at that time, the water recedes, flocks of migratory birds will congregate and breed at Prek Toal. It’s also an ideal time that you will find the concentration of birds like something out of a Hitchcock film. However, due to being covered mostly by freshwater swamp forest, visiting Prek Toal bird sanctuary requires a small motorboat to drive along the stream to the bird tower.

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From Siem Reap or Battambang, it’s about a couple of hours to transfer by car or boat to Prek Toal floating village. From here you will take a small boat with oar inside the sanctuary and begin the interesting jounrney.

Prek Toal bird sanctuary is a paradise for nature experience in Siem Reap. If planning to visit this place, you can combine with floating villages on full day tour. Please do not hesitate to contact Travel Authentic Asia if you need further information.

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