Not far from the ancient temples of Angkor, in the heart of Cambodia, lies the huge Tonle Sap Lake, one of the world’s most productive bodies of fresh water. Each year, millions of fish come to spawn in the seasonally flooded forest surrounding the lake, attracting a myriad of water birds as well as people, who have settled in villages along the shores and who live with the rhythm of the water.
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The best time for visiting is November to March. From April to June, birds are still numerous but the lake level is too low so that we can not access the bird colonies by boat. Later, as the water rises again, most of the birds scatter away to other areas in South-East Asia. Hat, long sleeved shirts and trousers, sunscreen, your binoculars if you have some (we also provide binoculars).
Day 01 Siem Reap
Welcome at the airport and transfer to hotel. If time permits, visit the grand circuit: Neak Pean, Preah Khan and Pre Rup. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 02 Siem Reap
Morning, breakfast at the hotel. Visit the south gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon, Baphoun, Phimeanakas, Terrace of Leper king and Elephant. Afternoon visit the Angkor Wat “The Great Wonders”, Bakeng and enjoy the sunset at Bakeng Hill. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 03 Explore Natural Heritage
Early morning, breakfast at the hotel. Departure from the hotel at 6 a.m and drive to the Tonle Sap lake.
6.30 am Board on the boat and travel for 1 to 1.5 hours across the lake and its flooded forest. After registering at the local environmental station (Ministry of Environment), we board the boat to glide through the waterways into the bird sanctuary.
The rest of the morning is dedicated to bird watching along the waterways, the lakeshore and from the top of the watching towers where the rangers are guarding the colonies.
We’ll provide Typical fresh fish meal cooked by villagers.
Depending on the season, it will be served either in the village either in the middle of the flooded forest.
Visit the floating village on a paddle boat tour organised by the community.
You will discover different aspects of the village activities: crocodile farming, fish raising, fishing operation preparation, traditional medicine, boat shops, spirit houses, floating schools, etc.
We will return to Siem Reap around 5pm or 6pm, depending on the season.
NB: The visit of the village may not be done on paddle boat at certain periods of the year, when the water level is too low and the weather is too hot.
Day 04 Siem Reap
Morning, breakfast at the hotel. Visit the small circuit: Ta Keo, Ta Phrom, Bantey Kdey, East Mebon and Srah Srang. In the late afternoon, visit Bantey Srei “The City of Women” and Bantey
Samré. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 05 Departure
Morning, breakfast at the hotel. Visit old market, Artisans Angkor, etc. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for the departure.