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Address: Tonle Sap, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary Day Trip from Siem Reap
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It is not easy to reach Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary. It was "low water" season, so first a tuk-tuk ride over incredibly bad dirt roads to the boat landing. Then via the Meychrey... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2016
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016

It is not easy to reach Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary. It was "low water" season, so first a tuk-tuk ride over incredibly bad dirt roads to the boat landing. Then via the Meychrey Floating Village, over Tonle Sap Lake to the Prek Toal Floating Village, where the office of the management of the Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary is situated. Here... More 

1 Thank Hendrik_NL
Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

My son and I are from a city in which we rarely can see birds. It is really amazing to have seen 37 species of birds in one afternoon by strolling around the Lotus fields. The guide has a very strong eye sight to spot the birds and tells their names. He shows us the bird at his strong binoculars... More 

Thank Playfullady
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Keen to see something different other temples we made the mistake of organising this whole day trip to Prek Toal via the floating villages when we visited Siem Reap last September. At that time of year there is a lot of water and virtually no birds. After a long monotonous boat trip, we eventually climbed up into a tree hide... More 

Thank Reluctant-Gardener
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We had an almost identical experience to that of Ian J on 2nd March. The birdlife was fantastic, amongst the best we've ever seen and the floating village was fascinating. The children were lovely and frantically waved at us as we passed by. We found the journey however somewhat gruelling with the bumpy road and the noisy boat which did... More 

7 Thank brianwest4
Hanoi, Vietnam
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

This is a description of four very amateur birdwatchers visiting Preak Toal.  It may seem I'm criticizing a lot here, but I write this so you know what to expect, actually we thought it would be much worse, didn't know if we would find somewhere to sleep at all... So since the tours from Siem Reap are so expensive and... More 

9 Thank vaaards
Bakewell, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

If you are remotely interested in seeing some of South Est Asia's water birds, this is the trip for you.It involves a pre-dawn start from your hotel, and in dry season a rather bumpy drive along a dried out canal bank to get to enough water to float a boat , passing a modern Wat en route . The interest... More 

5 Thank Ian J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We sailed through the sanctuary on our way to Siam Reap from Battambang along the Sangker River. We saw so many birds. Blue-tailed bee-eaters were flying all around us! Swallows, whiskered terns, cormorants, darters, pond herons, drongos, egrets. Whole flocks of wooly and painted storks flew overhead, with a few pelicans in tow as well! Plus the fishing villages are... More 

1 Thank J L
Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

After two very full days visiting temples this proved to be a a great option - relaxing but exciting! We crossed the lake at dawn to arrive at the entrance to the park as early as possible and then transferred to another boat to take us down the river. As we moved along the river thousands of birds flew up... More 

1 Thank Jenny H
Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Took a boat tour to visit the bird sanctuary, but the highlight was the boat ride and climbing up the super high treehouse instead. The birds were in my opinion too far for viewing (super long zoom lens from the treehouse), because it is said that water levels were too low to take the small boat to get closer towards... More 

1 Thank Mei O
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

The tour of Prek Toal is mostly on the water and is fantastic. I saw so many birds, especially painted storks, spoonbills, eagles, egrets, etc. A special sight is a large pond of painted storks on a pond of lotuses

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