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Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took a tour that had been hand-crafted by our Air BnB host and his driver. It was a beautiful journey first to the lake, then by mid-sized boat out to the floating village, and finally through the narrower waterways on a smaller boat. The...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Meg S
Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

This 22,000 hect area on the Tonie Sap lake provides protection for some of SE Asia’s endangered bird species. We visited at breeding time when huge flocks of giant maribou, painted storks, asian openbills and spot billed pelicans can be seen in vast numbers. They...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed July 5, 2018

We had been there one day trips took Siem Reap by boat .So many bird and nutural places .hightly recommend to place .

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Sok K
Reviewed February 16, 2018

We went to the Sanctuary in January, which is dry season. Getting to the sanctuary involves a long drive from Siem Reap to a somewhat challenging "port" on a canal, a boat trip across Lake Tonle Sap, and up a river to a floating village,...More

Date of experience: January 2018
3  Thank viajeracuandopueda
Reviewed January 2, 2018 via mobile

We hired the tour and began the tortuous ride to the nearby floating village with super-guide Mr. Sam Mony. A larger flat-bottomed boat carried us through the canal/grasslands/swamp to a smaller floating village. We changed to a small long-tailed boat... and cruised the grasslands to...More

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank Robert B
Reviewed December 30, 2017

We spent a day birding at the Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary and Reserve in December, which is the start of the dry season, after making arrangements by email with the Sam Veasna Center for Wildlife Conservation. I've included the Center's web address. Our guide, who...More

Date of experience: December 2017
4  Thank Marjorie P
Reviewed November 30, 2017

We travelled in October, when the Mekong is in full flow, and the Tonle Sap lake is in full flood. This means that the birds have far more territory to spread out over, and the diversity is not as compelling if you are a serious...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank Andrea W
Reviewed November 26, 2017

As part of my 4 night trip on the Aqua Mekong River Boat from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh we went to the Prek Toal bird sanctuary on skiffs from the river boat. The birds were in full array, everything from Storks to small birds....More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank Junebughiker
Reviewed November 25, 2017 via mobile

This tour with Mr. Hoksan was a great addition to our Cambodian vacation. He was a very welcoming, friendly and informative guide. The day was long and a lot of travel was involved, but you see birds and floating villages along the way. I will...More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank Andrea B
Reviewed July 20, 2017

The best way to see some of the beautiful birds of SE Asia. We saw 8 of the rare birds and plenty others. the Spotted billed pelican was a favourite. Climbing to the lookout was a little heart stopping, lashed together tree branches to the...More

Date of experience: March 2017
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Alice S
January 29, 2018|
Response from Andrea W | Reviewed this property |
I am sure you can. The trip is basically a bus ride to the canal leading to the lake; hire a boat; park entrance cost only if you actually go into the sanctuary itself. If the water is low on the lake this is a good idea... More
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Seeking travelling companions to Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary (1 Reply)
Hello! My wife and I will be visiting Siem Reap for a few days in December 2014. We're planning to do some bird watching at Prek Toal, a day trip. I've found several tours, that look great, but the cost goes down with the number of participants, and so we're looking for a few people to join us. Would anyone here be interested? For example, with Capitol Tours Cambodia the costs are: Day trip: $ 95/person for a group of 2pax $76/person for a group of 3pax $66/person for a...More
November 26, 2014|
Response fromNaturewriter|
Hi Mikhail I am interested, and I found it expensive for a solo traveller. I arrive in Siem Reap late on 16 December and plan to see some temples on 17 December, so your dates suit me. I am not sure how to send you a private message, perhaps if you are still looking you can pm me? it would be nice to have some company. Cheers, Fiona
Perth Australia
Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary (12 Replies)
I will be in Siem Reap early March. Is that a good time to see the waterbirds? Is it better to hire a private guide, a ranger from the Sanctuary or go on a boat cruise such as the Tara riverboat tour? Thanks
November 15, 2009|
Response fromManeki-neko|
Lenny, that's on the Canby link I posted. :-)
Copenhagen, Denmark
birdwaching - Sam Veasna Center or Osmose? (2 Replies)
Hi I would like to do some birdwaching in Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary in February. I know that Sam Veasna Center and Osmose organize bird-trips. And would very much like to hear from people who have been birdwaching with the two companies :-) How are the trips? thanks Karen
October 12, 2011|
Response fromJenny P|
WOW! We just came from our trip with Sam Veasna and it was beyond TERRIBLE! We have lived in SE Asia for 1 1/2 years now and it was our WORST experience! It is WAAAYYY over-priced and all you we saw was a few specks through a spotting scope that was supposed to be birds. When we tried to talk to someone-all of a sudden no one was in the office and the manager was in Thailand and nobody could assist us. My vote...Sam Veasna NEVER again and I'll tell all my friends!