Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary, located inside the Tonle Sap Lake Biosphere, is known as the most significant nesting place for big waterbirds in Southeast Asia. Within Tonle Sap’s great expanse, there are three separate ecological spheres. Prek Toal, with its 31,280 hectares of lowlands and swamps, is the ideal shelter for a variety of birds and it’s also the most accessible from Siem Reap.
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With a large number of uncommon breeds concentrated in one tiny region, it’s an ornithologist’s dream, including the enormous lesser and larger adjutant storks, the milky stork, and the spot-billed pelican. Even the inexperienced will be astounded by the size of these birds’ wingspan and the size of their nests.
What is the best time to visit
It’s difficult to determine the best time to visit the Prek Toal bird sanctuary. The ideal weather is during the post-monsoon season, when the sky is clear but the streams are overflowing. However, there will be fewer birds to observe. The migration typically begins in December. So the months of December to February are excellent for a visit to Cambodia’s Prek Toal bird sanctuary.
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A tour to the sanctuary also lets you see the magnificent floating village of Prek Toal, which is far more rewarding than the over-crowded, scam-ridden Chong Kneas in Siem Reap. A portion of your admission fee goes to teaching children and villages about the value of the birds and the unique flooded-forest ecosystem.