Tonle Sap Waterbirds Tour

Discover rare and magnificent waterbirds on the Great Tonle Sap. A magical day with an abundance of birds in a flooded forest wonderland!



1 Day




Peak season


Starting Point

Siem Reap

** IMPORTANT UPDATE: SVC is not currently operating scheduled tours in 2023 due to a higher demand for private tours. Visit Tonle Sap Waterbirds and Floating Village Adventure to learn more about our private tour option **

Tonle Sap is the largest natural lake in Southeast Asia, increasing in area by up to 3x annually as the floodwaters of the Mekong River cause the Tonle Sap river to flow backwards and fill the lake. Situated at the western end of the great lake is the largest waterbird colony in Southeast Asia.

It is an astonishing site to visit. Prek Toal is globally important for eight species of bird; Spot-billed Pelican, Greater Adjutant, Lesser Adjutant, Milky Stork, Painted Stork, Black-headed Ibis, Oriental Darter and Grey-headed Fish-Eagle. Thousands of commoner waterbirds also breed here, and over 150 species have been recorded. The colony is at its busiest between December and April, but most species can be found throughout the year.

What’s included?

Entry & admission fees
All entry and admission fees to parks.
Guide Fees
You will have a dedicated tour guide for the entire trip.
All Transport
All of your transport throughout the trip including transfers.
Water will be provided to you throughout the trip.
All Meals
You will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Conservation Contributions
SVC will contribute part of the trip cost towards conservation.
Tip or gratuity
It is your own decision should you wish to tip staff.
Wifi not available outside of major cities and towns.


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Subject to change depending on seasons and personal requests

Locations you’ll visit

TitleAddress Description
Siem Reap
Pokambor Ave, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Prek Toul
Kaoh Chiveang, Cambodia

Prek Toal

Things to note


Tuk-tuk or 4*4 Car to the pier

Local Motorboat on the Tonle Sap

When to go

November to March, though the best time is between December and February. Water levels can change from day to day meaning access to the core reserve shifts

Things to bring

  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream
  • Appropriate closed-toe shoes. Walking boots are best
  • Light clothing covering shoulders and knees- this is especially relevant when visiting temples and religious sites. Clothing should not be bright when birding
  • Insect repellent
  • Waterproof coat
  • Small denominations of money. This is especially relevant when entering Northern Cambodia. $20 is the maximum denomination of money that should be taken

Complete the form below to register your interest or book this scheduled tour.

Scheduled Tour - Register Interest

  • Please note: this tour only runs at set times throughout the year.

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