Bird Watching in Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary, Cambodia
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Best time to visit
Nov - Apr
About Bird Watching in Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary, Siem Reap
There is a reason why the Prek Toal bird sanctuary within the Tonle Sap Lake Biosphere is called the most important breeding ground in South-East Asia for large water birds. Tonle Sap has three distinct ecological spheres within its vast expanse. Among them, Prek toal with its 31,280 hectares area of lowlands and swamps is the best refuge to the multitude of avian creatures that comes flying from up north to soak in the heat of the tropics, and also the best accessible one from Siem Reap.
Bird-watching is the most popular activity here. Prek Toal bird sanctuary of Siem Reap is literally a paradise for the ornithologists and professional bird-watchers, or simply avian-enthusiasts. The eclectic variety of birds range from lesser and greater adjutant storks, milky storks, spot-billed pelicans, black-headed Ibis, painted storks, grey-headed fish eagle, Asian openbill and many other common, rare and rarer species of birds. These birds are not only spotted here, but they make big nests in the trees and the lowlands of the sanctuary for the time period of their breeding.
Prek Toal is practically based around a floating village. As the wooden boats meander through the water streams and the forest gets denser, the fluttering of wings and cawing of voices increases – it creates an absolutely stunning scenario to behold. There will be occasional stops to witness the shenanigans of the birds from watchtowers.
To find the right time of making Prek Toal bird sanctuary tour is a tricky thing. The weather conditions are best during the post-monsoon season when the sky is clear, but the streams are full to the brim. But there will be fewer birds to spot. The migration usually starts from December. So the time between December and February is ideal for a visit to Prek Toal bird sanctuary Cambodia.
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Usually day trips include a return by evening and it is enough to see a lot of birds during peak season. But agencies arrange for overnight stays as well, for a thorough tour for wilderness enthusiasts.
Given it is pretty much a floating sanctuary, boats issued from the main office is the only way for tourists to go around the sanctuary.
The best months to visit Prek Toal bird sanctuary is from December to February. The time of the day right during sunrise and sunset gets the most bird-spotting.
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