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“Interesting while humbling!”
Review of Osmose Ecotours

Osmose Ecotours
Ranked #70 of 867 Tours in Siem Reap
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Osmose Eco-tours and Community Based Eco-tours of the Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary, flooded forest and traditional floating villages of the Tonle Sap Lake, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Your experience contributes directly to support the livelihoods and well-being of the floating community members, and includes trips to the bird sanctuary, traditional paddle boat tours of the floating village and the flooded forest by day and night, Community Based Home Stays, Community Restaurant, Community Based Activities, a visit to the Saray Tonle Cooperative, the Water Hyacinth Handicraft Workshop and much, much more.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed June 22, 2012

This is the REAL floating village that is trying to help some of these people. We saw an alligator, fish farm, many birds some endangered and the doctors for Siem Reap that come once a month to help the children. Sovann our guide is the nicest guy! Smiles all the time and passionate about his job and the birds! Most interesting!

Thank Barpro2
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Reviewed May 19, 2012

As we were visiting the area in April, the only Osmose option open to us was #3 tour. Three of us made the journey. We were picked up from our hotel and taken to a canal landing about 35 minutes from town where we boarded a small travel boat typical of the area. We started down this long causeway toward a floating village. Along the way our very pleasant guide pointed out many species of birds, many rare or endangered, and then we paused for a light snack. Eventually we reached a floating village not affected by tourism. We visited a true crocodile farm, saw the villages floating gardens, checked out several fish farms, had an outstanding luncheon prepared by osmose cooperative women. The highlight of the day was learning how to make reed mats out of water hyacinth stems. The local women have been fought this ancient art by the Osmose folks and their products provide a modest income as well as finding a use for this noxious invasive exotic weed.
As we returned to the original docking area our boat went several kilometers out into the great lake where we saw local fisherman plying their trad. This time of year the lake isVERY shallow . Occasionally the coolant water for the engine took on the color of dark chocolate milk as the intake was in the mud below the boat.
We were returned to our hotel having learned a great deal about rural Cambodian life.

This is not an inexpensive day but all proceeds go to improving the daily lives of shockingly poor individuals.

Highly recommended!

7  Thank Ojairc
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Reviewed May 15, 2012

It was the wrong time of the year weatherwise and water level wise as it limited our opportunity to get to the Bird Sanctuary but the experience was still an amazing day.
We saw "painted storks" plus literally dozens of other birds, we met wonderful "lake people", had a great lunch prepared by the "ladies" and watched and participated in a "weaving exercise" as well as see the incredible lifestyle the "lake people" live.
We also met a passion young Cambodian who belief in his role as an environmental warrior was obvious.
A higly recommended experience to help you see a different side of life.
Thank you Osmose for your care

1  Thank patto46
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Reviewed April 28, 2012

Immediately at pick up from my hotel I was impressed with Vutha, our guide for the day. He was a wealth of knowledge, passionate about his role, spoke english very well and was appropriately cheeky. I had done the quad bike tour only days prior and as an extra we went to the village on stilts so i thouht maybe I had already seem a significant part of the lakes manmade attractions. I could not have been more wrong! This was a really well thought out tour and provided more variety of experiences in a relaxed manner far beyond my expectations. If you only do the tours of the temples and miss this experience (which has the NGO feel good factor as well) you will be missing some of the best uniquely Cambodia experiences Siem Reap has to offer. Definitely worth the moneyand I would love to do it again after the wet season.

1  Thank TammysTour
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Reviewed April 20, 2012

First let's confess that we went at totally the wrong time (very hot, lowest water level) and that we're not actually very interested in birds. It was still amazing.
Prek Toal is an amazing floating village with no other tourists to be found when we visited. People were just getting on with their everday lives as we floated by. Children stood up out of their metal bath tubs to give us a wave from their front (only) room. Our guide from Osmose, Sa Wan, was the nicest, easiest person to be around with very good English and an excellent understanding of the lake and the people of Tonle Sap. We had to go around the longest route on the hottest day to get to the ranger station. Pelicans, cormorants, kingfishers were everywhere. Food at the station was excellent and it was a great adventure for our girls (young teenagers).
Go to Prek Toal and the bird sanctuary with Osmose for a great adventure.

1  Thank NorthLondonHousewife
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