The Prek Toal Biosphere Reserve is one of the most important bird sanctuaries in Southeast Asia, but the only way to visit is by boat. Grab your camera and seek out rare birds like Spot-billed Pelican, Black-headed Ibis, and Masked Finfoot on this full-day cruise of Tonle Sap Lake from Siem Reap. That’s not all: visit the Chong Khneas crocodile farm, get a glimpse of local life as you cruise through floating villages, then tuck into a delicious Cambodian-style lunch (included) at a floating restaurant.
Full-day tour of Tonle Sap and Prek Toal Biosphere Reserve from Siem Reap
Marvel at crocodiles, snakes, and catfish at the Chong Khneas Crocodile and Fish farm
Pass stilted houses, flooded forests, and floating markets as you cruise across Tonle Sap Lake
Spot ibis, storks, and pelicans on a cruise around the Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary
Enjoy lunch at a floating restaurant
Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up, transfers and lunch
Make an early start with a 6am pick-up from your Siem Reap hotel and travel by minivan to the port of Chong Khneas. Hop aboard your boat and kick off your tour with your first wildlife encounter – at the Chong Khneas Crocodile and Fish Farm. Marvel at menacing crocodiles, water snakes and gigantic catfish as you glide around the farm, take the opportunity to feed the fish or purchase some handmade souvenirs at the farm shop. Hear more about the local fishing trade as you pass fishing boats, boat-makers and fish markets along the lakeside, then take in the views as you cruise across Tonle Sap Lake. As you arrive at the Prek Toal Biosphere Reserve, switch to a traditional flat-bottomed boat to explore the swamps and flooded forests of the reserve. As you paddle around the reserve, your guide will point out the different birds, which include over 150 bird species. Look out for Spot billed Pelican, Painted Storks Black headed Ibis, Grey-headed Fish Eagles and the rare Masked Finfoot. Leave the reserve in the early afternoon and head to the famous Queen Tara to tuck into a typical Khmer lunch as you gaze out across the lake. Finally, cruise back to Chong Khneas port, where a driver will be waiting to take you back to your hotel. Please note: The best time for bird watching in Prek Toal is during the dry season between December and May, when many different species of migratory birds can be seen. However, as the water recedes it may not be possible to reach all of the viewing areas.