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Tonle Sap Lake and floating villages 1D
Tour Duration: day tour.
Tour Operates: all year round / on demand.
Number of Pax: upon the size of your private party (private tour only).
Tour Price: available upon request.

Pick-up location: available upon request.
- a hotel in Siem Reap.
- upon arrival in Siem Reap airport.
- upon arrival in Siem Reap bus station.
- upon arrival in boat pier in Chong Kneah floating village.
- any residences in Siem Reap.
Pick-up time: available upon request.

Drop-off at your available location:
- a hotel in Siem Reap.
- Siem Reap airport.
- Siem Reap bus station.
- pier for speed boat in Chong Kneah, Tonle Sap Great Lake.
- any residences in Siem Reap.
Drop-off time: available upon request.

WE HAVE CRAFTED TOURS TO EACH OF THESE FLOATING AND FISHING VILLAGES, SO THAT YOU CAN PICK ONE TO BE YOUR TOUR.


Tonlé Sap literally large river (tonle), fresh, not salty (sap), commonly translated to "Great Lake" refers to a seasonally inundated freshwater lake, the Tonlé Sap Lake and an attached river, the 120 km (75 mi) long Tonlé Sap River, that connects the lake to the Mekong. They form the central part of a complex hydrological system, situated in the 12,876 km2(4,971 sq mi) Cambodian floodplain covered with a mosaic of natural and agricultural habitats that the Mekong replenishes with water and sediments annually. The central plain formation is the result of millions of years of Mekong alluvial deposition and discharge. From a geological perspective, the Tonlé Sap Lake and Tonlé Sap River are a current freeze-frame representation of the slowly, but ever shifting Lower Mekong Basin. Annual fluctuation of the Mekong's water volume, supplemented by the Asian Monsoon regime causes the unique flow reversal of the Tonle Sap River.
The Tonlé Sap Lake occupies a geological depression (the lowest lying area) of the vast alluvial and lacustrine floodplain in theLower Mekong Basin, which had been induced by the collision of the Indian subcontinental plate with the Eurasian plate. The lake's size, length and water volume varies considerably over the course of a year from an area of around 2,500 km2 (965 sq mi), a volume of 1 km3 (0 cu mi) and a length of 160 km (99 mi) at the end of the dry season in late April to an area of up to 16,000 km2(6,178 sq mi), a volume of 80 km3 (19 cu mi) and a length of 250 km (160 mi) as the Mekong maximum and the peak of the South-West monsoon's precipitation culminate in September and early October.
As one of the world’s most varied and productive ecosystems the region has always been of central importance for Cambodia's food provision. It proved capable to maintain the Angkorean civilization, the largest pre-industrial settlement complex in world history. Either directly or indirectly it affects the livelihood of large numbers of a predominantly rural population to this day. With regards to a growing and migrating population, ineffective administration and widespread indifference towards environmental issues the lake and its surrounding ecosystem is coming under increasing pressure from over-exploitation and habitat degradation, fragmentation and loss. All Mekong riparian states have either announced or already implemented plans to increasingly exploit the river's hydro-electric potential. A succession of international facilities, that dam the river's mainstream is going to be the gravest danger yet for the entire Tonle Sap eco-region.
The largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, that contains an exceptional large variety of interconnected eco-regions with a high degree of biodiversity is an ecological hot spot and was designated as a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1997.

OPTION I - PREK TOAL RESERVE BIRD WATCHING TOURS

The bird sanctuary at Prek Toal core area of the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve is called "The single most important breeding ground in South-East Asia for globally threatened large water birds". The Biosphere covers 31,282 hectares at the north-west tip of the Tonle Sap Lake and plays host to species including Greater and Lesser Adjutants, Black-headed Ibis, Painted Stork, Milky Stork, Spot-billed Pelican, Grey-Headed Fish Eagle and many more species of the three Biosphere core areas on the Tonle Sap Lake, Prek Toal is the most accessible from Siem Reap and the most popular with birdwatchers. 

The best time of year for viewing is the dry season when flocks of migratory birds congregate at Prek Toal. As the dry season progresses and the water recedes, the number of bird is increased but travel to some of the more important viewing areas becomes more difficult. A day trip is commended to visit the bird sanctuary with early departure. 

Aditional bird found there
Indian cormorant, Spot billed pelicans, Greater adjutant, Oriental darter, Milky stork, Maroon oriole, Masked finfoot, Spot billed pelican, White souldered ibis, Sarus crane, White wingded duck, Palecapped pigeon, painted stork, Grey headed fish eagle, Greater hornbill, Viltures, Brown wood owl, Coral billed ground cuckoo, Spot throated babbler, Black eagle, Comb duck, Bengle florican, Manchurian reed warbler, Giant ibis, Small toothed palm civet, greater hornbill SPF, Orange necked partridge, Asian golden weaver, Small pratincole, Oriental pied hornbill, Black headed woodpecker.

Tour begins
At 05h00am beginning from picking you up at your hotel in Siem Reap (B, L). 
Transfer to Chong Kneah floating village dock at the shore of Cambodia’s great Lake of Tonle Sap. Upon arrival, get on board a small boat cruise for an hour across Tonle Sap Lake to the floating village of Prek Toal situated on the Sangkae River, 4km from the lake shore. Breakfast on boat or at Prek Toal village. 
Continue by smaller boat with ranger to bird colony, spent bird-watching from a wooden boat and watching towers in the flooded forest. Prek Toal is one of the largest concentrations of water birds in South-East Asia with Spot-billed Pelican, Painted and Milky storks, Asian Open bill, Greater and Lesser adjutants among the species that can be seen.

Lunch on Board
A typical lunch of fresh fish will be served in the middle of the seasonally inundated forest.
Return to Siem Reap around about 5pm after a visit to the small GECKO (Global Environmental Chhong Kneah Office) visitor centre if the water level allows. Note that this itinerary may vary depending on local conditions at Tonle Sap.
Return to Siem Reap, then it's time for shopping at the Artisans d'Angkor, where you can observe young Cambodians being trained in the making of traditional crafts.

OPTION II - CHONG KHEAH FLOATING VILLAGE TOURS
In the morning or in the afternoon, you will be met and welcomed by our English speaking guide then transfers to the Phnom Krom pier for boat on Tonle Sap Lake to visit floating village of Chong Khneah at the edge of Tonle Sap Lake. Cambodia’s Great Lake, the Boueng Tonle Sap (Tonle Sap Lake) is the most prominent feature on the map of Cambodia – a huge dumbbell-shaped body of water stretching across the northwest section of the country. In the wet season, the Tonle Sap Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia, swelling to an expansive 12,000km2. During the dry, half of the year the lake shrinks to as 3000 km2, draining into the Tonle Sap River, which meanders southeast eventually merging with the Mekong River at the “Chaktomuk” confluence of river opposite Phnom Penh.
Return to Siem Reap, then it's time for shopping at the Artisans d'Angkor, where you can observe young Cambodians being trained in the making of traditional crafts.

OPTION III - KAMPONG PLUK FISHING VILLAGE TOURS
In the morning, or in the afternoon, you will be met and welcomed by our English speaking guide and then transferred onward to Kampong Pluk, is a cluster of three villages of stilled houses built within the floodplain about 16 km southeast of Siem Reap. The villages are primarily Khmer and have about 3000 inhabitants between them. Flooded mangrove forest surrounds the area and is home to a variety of wildlife including crab-eating macaques. During the dry season when the lake is low, the buildings in the villages seem to soar atop their 6-meter stilts exposed by the lack of water. At this time of year many of the villagers move out onto the lake and build temporary houses. In the wet season when water level rises, the villagers move back to their permanent houses on the floodplain, the stilts now hidden under the water. Kampong Pluk’s economy is, as one might expect, based in fishing, primary in shrimp harvesting.

Kampong Pluk sees comparatively few foreign visitors and offers a close look at the submerged forest and lakeside village file. The area can be reached by boat from the Chong Kneah or by road. During the wet season, drive to Rolous village just off Routs #6 east of Siem Reap and then take a boat through the flooded forest the rest of the way. During the dry season the road is clear, making the boat unnecessary.
Return to Siem Reap, then it's time for shopping at the Artisans d'Angkor, where you can observe young Cambodians being trained in the making of traditional crafts.

OPTION IV - KAMPOUNG KHLEANG FISHING VILLAGE TOURS
KAMPONG KHLEANG  - in the morning, or in the afternoon, you will be met and welcomed by our English speaking guide and then transferred onward to Kampong Khleang, is located on the northern lake-edge about 35 km east of Siem Reap. It is more remote and less touristed than Kampong Pluk. Visitors during the dry season are universally awestruck by the forest of stilted houses rising up to 10 meters in the air. In the wet season the water rise to within one or two meters of buildings. Kampong Khleang is a permanent community within the floodplain of the Lake, with an economy based in fishing and surrounded by flooded forest. But Kampong Khleang is significantly larger with near 10 times the population of Kampong Pluk, making it the largest community on the Lake.

The area can be reached by boat from the Chong Kneah docks or by a combination of road to Domdek on Route #6 and then boat to the village, the best method depending on the time of year. During the dry season, boats cannot get all of the way to the main villages.
Return to Siem Reap, then it's time for shopping at the Artisans d'Angkor, where you can observe young Cambodians being trained in the making of traditional crafts.

OPTION V - MECHHREY FLOATING VILLAGE TOURS
In the morning or in the afternoon, you will be met and welcomed by our English speakingguide then tranfer to Mechhrey floating village.
Return to Siem Reap, then it's time for shopping at the Artisans d'Angkor, where you can observe young Cambodians being trained in the making of traditional crafts.

Return and drop off at your available location:

- a hotel in Siem Reap.
- Siem Reap airport.
- Siem Reap bus station.
- pier for speed boat in Chong Kneah, Tonle Sap Great Lake.
- any residences in Siem Reap.
TOUR ENDS

DETAILED PRICE 
- Guide fee + transportation fee = (upon request).

INCLUSIVE
- Tours and transfers as mentioned in itinerary by private luxury air-condition vehicles.
- Local English speaking guide.

EXCLUSIVE
- Entrance ticket to Prek Toal bird colony
- Boat fee from Chong Kneah village in Siem Reap to Prek Toal floating village in Battambang provine.
- Boat fees
- Accommodation, please contact us!
- Meals as mentioned in itinerary.
- Visa fees $30 (issued on arrival, please bring 1 photo passport size to visit your Cambodia visa), but it is free for Asian nation travelers.
- Drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips and expenditure of a personal nature.
- Personal travel insurance.
- Any services not mentioned in itinerary.

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