Siem Reap is famous for not only the ancient Angkor complex but also the beautiful natural scene, especially PrekToal Bird Sanctuary will make you amazing because the beauty of wild nature and rare birds at risk of extinction in the world.
Situated on the banks of the Tonle Sap Lake and about an hour from the west of Chong Khneas, Prek Toal is one of the bird sanctuaries having the largest scale in Cambodia with the area of 31,282 hectares and the number of birds up to thousands. It is also the major area which was protected and taken care carefully of the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve, called "the single most important breeding ground in South-East Asia for globally threatened large water birds."This includes species of birds of Southeast Asia as well as precious birds in the world such as: Milky Stork (10 pairs), Painted Stork (100 pairs), Asian Open Bill (1500 pairs), Lesser Adjutant (40 pairs), Greater Adjutant (30 pairs), Spot-billed Pelicans (700 pairs), Black-head Ibis (200 pairs), Glossy Ibis (50 pairs), Grey-head Fish-Eagle (15 pairs), Masked Fin-foot (10 pairs) (According to statistics fromresearchers and managers of PrekToal Bird Sanctuary). It is also dubbed as the paradise of birds.
The dry seasonis the time for migratory birds to stop at PrekToal so tourists can watch a huge number of birds in here. However, this crowding fettle will cause some obstacles and difficulties in watching birds in some areas. Tourists will explore the flooded forests and watch birds in a wooden boat. This is really a great opportunity for you to enjoy yourself in nature and enjoy moments of gentle relaxation. Through PrekToal Bird Sanctuary, visitors will discover the other hidden charms of Siem Reap: the beauty of life and present instead of the ruins from the past. PrekToal is also ideal destination for families on weekends or holidays.