Prek Toal is a bird sanctuary located within the Tonlé Sap Biosphere Reserve, at the northwest corner of the Tonlé Sap. It is a popular area for ecotourism and birdwatching given the area’s rich biodiversity and rare waterbirds, particularly abundant during the dry season
It is an ornithologist’s fantasy, with a significant number of rare breeds gathered in one small area, including the huge lesser and greater adjutant storks, the milky stork and the spot-billed pelican. Even the uninitiated will be impressed, as these birds have a huge wingspan and build enormous nests. Tours indochina Cambodia
The Bird Sanctuary at the Prek Toal Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve is one of the most important breeding grounds in the whole of Southeast Asia for endangered water-birds. The Biosphere covers 31,282 hectares at the northwest tip of the Tonle Sap Lake and plays host to species including but not limited to Greater and Lesser Adjuncts, Black-headed Ibis, Painted Stork, Milky Stork, Spot-billed Pelican, Grey-Headed Fish Eagle and many more species.
The flooded forest of Prek Toal has been designated as a core area (21,000 ha) of the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve based on its botanical diversity and its nesting colonies of threatened water-birds. Cambodia travel packages
The Prek Toal area consists of seasonally inundated freshwater swamp forest with a high botanical diversity. Short tree shrub makes up most of the landscape, forming a dense under story with scattered large trees, which form the vital nesting ground for large water birds.
Boat trip to Prek Toal takes about two hours from Chong Kneas boat dock. The Bird Sanctuary at the Prek Toal Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve is a unique eco-system and cultural area offering the opportunity to see a different side of the Siem Reap – floating villages, cultural and nature tours, bird-watching. For those with a more general interest in nature and bird watching, specialist operators can also arrange kayaking trips combined with birding at Prek Toal; the floating village here is too far for mass tourism to reach, providing a very different experience to Chong Kneas.