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- One nice hiking site in Angkor park , we hiked about 4 kilometers from parking through rain forest and it is good to do hiking to see waterfall and carving.Written August 9, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Please go and support the work they are doing here. After two years of Covid, they are trying to re-open fully, but they need tourist support to do so. Then they can get more staff back and more farmers onboard to farm butterflies (meaning they train them about the importance of the pollinators and not using pesticides - important work). The staff here love what they do and are passionate about the butterflies. We learned about the whole life cycle and saw butterfly eggs, many pupa and butterflies. It is worthwhile stop and very near Banteay Srey. When we went, the entry fee was by donation - so please support them!Written May 9, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Fabulous view. I paid a guy to take me up and back down on his moto. Well worth the few dollars spent considering the temperature was 38C.Written May 13, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- this place is absolutely fantastic, a paradise where they help poached animals to have a second life and when possible they are released into the wild. the knowledgeable and passionate guide accompanied us on this journey. I recommend the visit if you pass by siem reap.Written August 4, 2022
- once upon a time a swimming pool of Royal size, now it is forbidden for normal folks to have a swim. but it is still a nice place, just accross the Banteay Kdei compound. sitting in the shade, gazing out on the water, and watching out for some Royal swimmer... relaxing.Written January 13, 2020
- Very friendly people, they explained a lot about the process of breeding butterflies. Very nice garden with lots of beautiful plants and butterflies. Nice activity to do if you want yo do something chill ❤️Written August 2, 2022
- Great trip birding and exploring Beng Mealea. It was raining very hard but the team was well prepared and they kept everyone excited. Hang was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and he took good care of everyone.
Highly recommended, especially since the organization is locally owned and supports conservation across Cambodia.Written May 8, 2022
- Aside from the expected natural beauty, the highlights of the tour are the Pagoda with the sleeping Buddha, the traditional village, the waterfall and the riverbed carved with a thousand lingas. Along the way you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the tropical forest.
The waterfall has two levels and the lower level has a bigger drop and is more fun. Don't forget to pack your swimming gear - the water is cool and inviting especially in hot weather.
The place is also historical as this is where the Khmer empire was proclaimed over a thousand years ago. You need to start early as the road to the mountain is one-way only - you can go to the top in only the morning and return in the afternoon. And you need a car, van or bike to go up. Tuk-tuks cannot make the steep grade. The drive is a bit bumpy but offers scenic views. Needless to say, the waterfall is more fun in the rainy season.Written November 9, 2019
- The locals go here
To swim and just take it lightly, the water is as it is but it is good to swim in
You can lie in a hammock with a cold drink and do nothing at all for a couple of hoursWritten June 2, 2020
- It was our first visit to water bird sanctuary anywhere and we were very excited but things didnot went as per the plan. But before going into detail, want to update few things:-
a) This is a quite remote place to visit and there is no comfortable source of travelling available to reach here
b) You will start very early in the morning and reach one of the river docks, our route was all countryside and with almost zero roads, so it can be a bumpy ride in middle of no where
c) Post reaching dock, you will get into a boat which will take you to Prek Toral floating village. This boat is common motor boat and completely open so you might feel cold as its early in morning with wind coming at you at super speed, so do carry some jacket
d) Once you reach village, your guide will give you some knowledge of area.
Above all is for guidance for others and not issues.
Now issues I had:-
a) Language, she was just speaking with 50% things going above my head and i tried to check couple of times but accent is big problem. Still its not a big problem
b) We started journey to bird sanctuary in a kind of a local jet boat which create noise may be more louder than an airplane. This was the most terrifying part of our journey. How can we have such loud motor boats in natural reserves??
c) Boat driver and guide were just driving and driving and I had to shout among this loudiest boat to stop so that I can take few pics
Also there is a big man made bamboo/wood watch tower and you can climb it you want. It gives a good bird eye view of area but not necessarily view of birds
I was expecting a more calmer and trip with naturalist which will guide slowly and let us enjoy and capture nature.
Overall was able to take some good pics but nothing outstanding. It gave me more headache then pleasure.
Cambodia government in collaboration with locals need to treat this area with more care and love. Naturalists need to be more trained in accent so that foreigners can understand things better. Lot of things to be done hereWritten May 24, 2020
- A rather long, dusty and bumpy car ride (from Kampong Chhnang) brought us to the office of Natural Community Based Tourism Merchrey (clean toilets but stock up on tissues). Another 20 km (passing farm land, villages) of a dustcart road and we arrived at the pier. It was very distressing to see the piles of litter, plastic and garbage dotted all along this beautiful landscape. The boat did not take off from the pier landing. We had to climb down a river bank (quite treacherous) and getting into the unkempt boat was another ordeal. No evidence of life jackets.
The river trip is not that gripping... We were taken to the area of the so called Mechrey floating village which we observed from afar and then the boat moved towards the Tonle Sap lake which has fish farms - a few children swimming here and checking out the nettings.
This was a long trip and in hindsight we would have skipped it. I have my doubts as to whether the guide actually took us to the Mechrey floating village. He appeared too keen to promote The Natural Community Based Tourism Mechrey - I would support local initiatives too, provided they delivered...Written April 17, 2018
- As other reviewers have stated, Jhony was punctual, friendly and gave us some good tips. He sometimes acted as a guide when other guides were not around (Jhony is not a licensed guide). The cool water was really appreciated.
The only aspect I wasn’t too keen on was the floating village tour. On the morning we were told we were going out of town and doing a private boat tour. We only found out it costs $20 each when we got there, which we didn’t have. We had to dip into Jhony’s fee and top it up later. It seems to be run by some sort of mafia cartel as that is very expensive for Cambodia. At least we didn’t have the extra scams as mentioned in the TA reviews of it. I would have liked more information and the option not to do it.
He worked hard and it was good value for money. I wouldn’t hesitate to use Jhony again but I might do a bit more homework first.Written February 14, 2020
- This is the river that runs through the heart of Siem Reap. We crossed it a few times whilst heading to the different parts of town. It’s nice at night when there’s some light decorations floating in the riverWritten February 25, 2020
- We are mid-level birders and were having quite a bit of trouble finding more than a few species in Siem Reap. Pearaing Biodiversity Conservation Center is making headway with the protection of birds in their local community, which will hopefully expand to communities beyond their borders.
Our trip was late November, a time when waters are low and so the boat trip was impossible. Our tuk tuk driver picked us up in Siem Reap and we were met by our guide Sam on arrival in one of the villages participating in the Center’s projects. Sam took us to the local market and educated us on most of the vegetables...what they are, what they are used for and where they come from. Many locally grown. He purchased some delicious rice and banana snacks for our trip. We also toured a local rice and vegetable farm before heading out on our birding trip.
In a space of about two hours we identified 19 species, 16 of which were new to us. We drove dirt roads to get to mostly wetlands and rice fields in our pursuit. It was an excellent morning!
Get out of the city and craziness of temple tours and see the countryside! It is stunning! This experience was much more than birding. We highly recommend it for our guide Sam, the excellent conservation work being done with the local communities, and the awesome scenery!Written December 8, 2019
- We visited the Kulen national park in June as part of our 4 day Angkor tour plan. This is a welcome break after couple of days of temple hopping and allows a different experience. The drive to Kulen national park is pleasant and take an hour plus from city center. We visited the Buddha temple and also the river of thousand lingas. We enjoyed the two waterfalls. The second and bigger water falls has stalls offering swim wear and more usefully; lockers and change rooms (well steel boxes for lockers and thatched huts as change rooms). This allowed us to enjoy getting into the waterfall and enjoy ourselves. There are also nature walks and many more sights so one can convert this into a full day tour as well.Written July 2, 2019
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