The Prek Tuol Bird Sanctuary and floating villages with Osmose

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day tour

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: All day

8 hours    English, German, French, Spanish, Russian    Siem Reap

tour highlights

  • Enjoy breakfast while taking a boat ride to a bird sanctuary
  • Learn about the ecosystem and surrounding habitats
  • Watch for water birds
  • Dine on a fried fish lunch
  • Visit a floating village and learn about crocodile farming and spirit houses

tour details

We chose to do this tour with Osmose, a non-profit NGO working in conservation, environmental education and sustainable development. The ecotourism project offers alternative livelihoods to the local communities through opportunities in guiding, paddling, sales of water hyacinth handicrafts, ect. Osmose employs more than 25 locals to protect the water bird colonies.

tour description

At 08:00 hours, your Osmose guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you to a fishing village where you will board a private wooden boat and start your journey.

Cruise for 1h to 1h30 through the floating villages of the Tonle Sap to the Biosphere Reserve of Prek Toal and enjoy bird watching while drinking a tea or coffee and observing the natural splendour of the country as well as the centuries-old lifestyle of the inhabitants of the lake.
In the Bird Sanctuary, you will discover and be explained the incredible variety of water birds, including endangered species such as storks, pelicans and ibises.
Upon arrival at Prek Toal floating village, visit the water hyacinth handicraft workshop, where you will have the opportunity to spend time with the women of Saray Tonle (the water hyacinth handicraft cooperative) learning how to weave your own souvenir!

Lunch will be served in the Community Restaurant.

After lunch, hop on a traditional Khmer paddle boat and head out into the village to discover how the local community has adapted to their floating and ever-changing environment. Visit a family who lives on a floating house to observe the local customs and talk with the host about the differences they face living on the water and then continue to visit the crocodile farms, fish farms, floating gardens: a unique opportunity to see a unique way of life.

Stop at the Environmental Research Station and go up on the roof from where you will enjoy an amazing panoramic view of the village before cruising back to Siem Reap


  • Transfer to and from hotel by minivan
  • Port fees
  • Light refreshments on the boat (coffee, tea, water, snacks)
  • Lunch at the community restaurant (1 beer or soft incl.)
  • Osmose certified tour guide


  • Supplement for translator/other language guide
Tour code: REPOSOSM

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