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Tonlé Sap Tours

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Tonlé Sap

This great lake covering 1,000 square miles (2,600 square kilometers) is not only the largest body of fresh water in Southeast Asia, it’s also a UNESCO-designated biosphere due to its remarkable natural features. The flow of water in Tonlé Sap changes direction twice during the course of the year, expanding and contracting with the seasons.


The Basics

Most travelers choose to experience Tonlé Sap by boat, whether en route between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh or during a daytime or sunset dinner cruise. Depending on the option chosen, a sightseeing boat ride might include a visit to Chong Khneas floating village of stilted houses, a fish and crocodile farm, and a meal at a traditional Khmer floating restaurant. 


Those with an interest in the lake’s biodiversity can opt for a day trip to Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary, a biosphere reserve that’s home to more than 150 bird species.


Things to Know Before You Go

  • Tonlé Sap is a must-see for adventure travelers and first-time visitors.
  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat when cruising the lake.
  • Many boat tours on the lake include hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Tonlé Sap day trips can last anywhere from four to nine hours, depending on the option chosen.


How to Get There

Most tours of the lake depart from Chong Khneas, located 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) south of Siem Reap. The easiest way to get to the lake is on a guided tour.


When to Get There

From November to May—the country’s dry season—Tonlé Sap empties into the Mekong River, making the lake’s natural features much less spectacular. If you want to get out on the lake when it’s at its largest, plan to visit during the rainy season (August and September) when the waters reverse and the enormous lake forms. Water levels are at their lowest between April and June. The best bird viewing happens between December and April.


The People of Tonlé Sap

Spend some time on the lake, and you’ll quickly realize that most residents of the stilted houses and floating villages are fishermen. Many of these families are ethnic Vietnamese who’ve been in the trade for decades. For the most authentic view of life on the lake, head farther afield to the villages near Kampong Chhnang and Pursat.

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139 Tours and Activities to Experience Tonlé Sap

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Siem Reap 2nights /3 days package

Siem Reap 2nights /3 days package

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Unique experience to see the people living on floating village. Visit the largest temple in the world
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.52
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$20.52

Sunset Dinner on Tonle Sap Lake with a Floating Village Tour

Sunset Dinner on Tonle Sap Lake with a Floating Village Tour

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Experience the magic of Tonle Sap Lake at twilight on this romantic 4-hour dinner cruise from Siem Reap, including hotel pick-up. First, enjoy a small boat cruise around the floating village, lotus fields and crocodile farms of Chong Khneas. Then, board the Taras floating restaurant for a delicious buffet dinner and enjoy unlimited cocktails as you watch the sunset over the lake.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.49
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$39.49

Half-Day Tour of Floating Village and Tonle Sap Lake by Boat

Half-Day Tour of Floating Village and Tonle Sap Lake by Boat

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Set sail for a scenic 4-hour cruise around Tonle Sap Lake from Siem Reap, including hotel transfers and lunch. Hop aboard a traditional longtail boat and drift through the floating village of Chong Khneas, stopping to admire the lotus fields and peek into a crocodile and fish farm along the way. Finally, arrive at the Tara floating restaurant, where you can tuck into a delicious meal, sip complimentary cocktails and relax in a hammock as you soak up the views.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.34
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$33.34

 Floating Village Tour Kampong Phluk Group Tour

Floating Village Tour Kampong Phluk Group Tour

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We will pick you up from your hotel in Siem Reap by our local tour guide with minivan (please make sure you provide your hotel information at time of booking). Discover Cambodian’s traditional life on Tonle Sap lake by visiting the Kompong Phluk floating village. Kompong Phluk is a permanent community that has based its economy on fishing and is surrounded by flooded forest. During the dry season, you will be able to sight stilt houses rising up to 8 meters in the air while in the wet season, the water rises to within one meter of the edifices. Embark with this small group which will allow you to share not only your sightseeing experience but also sharing travel cost when visiting Kompong Phluk village. This half-day tour will allow you to discover one of the most interesting floating villages that lie on the TonLe Sap lake. Have a high regard for people’s living while you will end your tour admiring the sunset over this gigantic lake.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$19.80
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$19.80

Sunset on Tonle Sap Lake

Sunset on Tonle Sap Lake

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To see the real local life on the lake. Enjoy the most beautiful, peaceful, sunset, and experience in a lifetime.
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  • 4 hours
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$21.80
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$21.80

Kompong Phluk and Tonle Sap Lake Cruising Tour from Siem Reap

Kompong Phluk and Tonle Sap Lake Cruising Tour from Siem Reap

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Whole communities thrive at the edges of Tonlé Sap, South-East Asia's largest freshwater lake. Expect to learn how Khmer people have begun to live in houses built on stilts and hear how the locals live and interact within this unique ecosystem during this half-day tour. Your professional guide is the key to understanding Kompong Phluk and reveals highlights of the floating villages that are difficult to access on your own.
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  • 6 hours
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$35.00
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$35.00
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3-Day Majestic Angkor Wat, Siem Reap and Tonle Sap Lake Tour

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3-Day Majestic Angkor Wat, Siem Reap and Tonle Sap Lake Tour

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Immerse yourself in ancient history and Cambodian culture on a private, 3-day tour of Angkor Archeological Park and Tonle Sap Lake. With two full days to explore the Angkor temples, you can see top destinations, then leave crowds behind at exquisite temples set outside the main site. After your time in Angkor, cruise Tonle Sap Lake to spot remarkable birds and see a traditional fishing village on stilts.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$152.24
$160.26
$8.02 savings
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$160.26
$8.02 savings
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Half-Day Sailing Adventure on Tonle Sap Lake

Half-Day Sailing Adventure on Tonle Sap Lake

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Grab your camera and experience the wild beauty of Tonle Sap Lake on this 3-hour cruise from Siem Reap. Set sail to explore the lake’s floating villages and flooded forests, stopping along the way to admire the stilted houses and waterside pagodas. Then, get an insight into local life as you watch fishermen at work, glide through the lively floating markets and peek into a floating school.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$65.11
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$65.11
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Tonle Sap Lake - Fishing Village & Flooded Forest

Tonle Sap Lake - Fishing Village & Flooded Forest

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Explore the countryside and the real life of Cambodian local people. Take the boat cruise to visit the fishing villages, flooded forest and learn about the world’s second largest freshwater Tonle Sap Lake.     
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$52.00
Price varies by group size
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$52.00
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Sunset Cruise on Tonle Sap

Sunset Cruise on Tonle Sap

Experience the magic of a Cambodian sunset with a romantic evening cruise around Tonle Sap lake. Hop aboard a traditional wooden boat for a scenic 3-hour cruise and take in the highlights of Southeast Asia’s largest lake, a protected UNESCO biosphere reserve. Get a glimpse of local life as you drift past floating villages and stilted homes, and watch fishermen casting their nets, then enjoy complimentary drinks and nibbles as the sunset casts red and orange hues across the lake.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$39.00
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$39.00

Kompong Phluk Village and Tonle Sap Lake Half-Day Tour

Kompong Phluk Village and Tonle Sap Lake Half-Day Tour

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- Personalized experience of Angkor Archeological Park from Siem Reap - Explore in an intimate group limited to 10 people - Stay cool with hotel pickup and drop-off in an air-conditioned vehicle - Discover historical info you may have missed if exploring on your own
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  • 4 hours
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$18.47
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$18.47

Tonle Sap Cruise Small-Group Tour

Tonle Sap Cruise Small-Group Tour

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Discover Siem Reap's secrets by remork (Cambodian tuk tuk) on a half-day, small-group tour. Take a boat trip on the Tonle Sap lake through floating and stilted villages. See seasonal agricultural activities of rice planting and harvesting, making fish paste, duck farming and cricket catching! Explore a local village, where you will sample Cambodian snacks and visit a Buddist monastery
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.00
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$45.00
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Kompong Kleang Tour - floating Village on the Tonle Sap Lake

Kompong Kleang Tour - floating Village on the Tonle Sap Lake

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Our experience - with more than 8 years in the tourism sector, we ensure our clients have the best experience for a lifetime of memories.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.70
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$32.70

Explore Siem Reap 2 Days Private Tours

Explore Siem Reap 2 Days Private Tours

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Explore Siem Reap 2 Days Private Tours is the best choice for your holiday in Siem Reap,  Cambodia to visit the world heritage site of UNESCO and the natural biosphere of the largest lake in south east Asia and it known as Tonle Sap and we selected the most highlighted to add in the tours itinerary as Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom , Bayon, Elephants Terrace, Ta Promh and watch sunset at the ancient temple of Angkor park at Pre Rup temple and another unique of the tours activities is to visit the floating village on the Tonle Sap Lake and go by cruise around the floating village.
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  • 2 days
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$162.00
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$162.00
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Kompong Phluk Village and Tonle Sap Lake Half-Day Tour From Siem Reap

Kompong Phluk Village and Tonle Sap Lake Half-Day Tour From Siem Reap

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Get a taste of rural Cambodia on this 5-hour tour from Siem Reap, including hotel pick-up. Cruise around the serene Tonle Sap Lake and keep your camera to hand as you glide through the flooded forest, admire the stilted houses of Kompong Phluk village and pass a scenic panorama of floating markets, fish farms and rice paddies.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$38.98
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Phnom Kulen and Tonle Sap Sunset Cruise Day Tours

Phnom Kulen and Tonle Sap Sunset Cruise Day Tours

The Phnom Kulen National Park is home to the Thousand Lingas, one of Cambodia’s most important Hindu sites. On this tour, combine a morning tour of the national park with an afternoon visit to Tonle Sap Lake. Visit the Reclining Buddha Statue and take a swim beneath a waterfall at Phnom Kulen, then cruise around Tonle Sap and experience local life in the floating village of Kampong Phluk.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$176.00
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$176.00
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Full Day Tonle Sap Lake Tour with Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary

Full Day Tonle Sap Lake Tour with Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary

Explore Tonle Sap Lake’s wildlife, flooded forests, and floating communities on a full-day tour from Siem Reap that includes the Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary. Rise early for a birding trip through the forest, traveling by boat to spot some of Tonle Sap’s remarkable water birds, then paddle through the floating neighborhoods of Prek Toal village. This full-day Tonle Sap tour includes pickup and drop-off in Siem Reap, lunch, and all transport, and it’s the perfect introduction to Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$276.93
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$276.93
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Full-Day Tour of Kompong Phluk and Tonle Sap Lake by Boat

Full-Day Tour of Kompong Phluk and Tonle Sap Lake by Boat

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Immerse yourself in local life on this full-day tour of rural Cambodia from Siem Reap. Cruise along Tonle Sap Lake, stopping to explore the lively floating village of Chong Khneas along the way. Keep your camera to hand as you wind through the dramatic scenery of the flooded forest and admire the stilted houses of Kompong Phluk. Finally, tuck into a delicious buffet lunch (included) at the Tara floating restaurant, then sip a cocktail and relax in a hammock as you soak up the views.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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$61.54
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$61.54

Sunset at Tonle Sap Lake from Siem Reap

Sunset at Tonle Sap Lake from Siem Reap

Enjoy the beauty of Tonle Sap Lake at sunset during this memorable tour from Siem Reap. Follow your friendly guide through the floating markets, talk to local people living in stilted houses and gain a deeper understanding of the unique way of life found in rural Cambodia.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.47
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$38.47

Siem Reap Lake-Side Village Tour

Siem Reap Lake-Side Village Tour

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Our professional tour guide can explain what the guest are about to see about the lifestyle, culture, history of Cambodian people who live on the water. ​It is a fascinating tour to learn about the living of Khmer people at the lakeside. We'll visit the floating buildings, crocodile farms and local markets.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$67.31
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$67.31
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Kompong Khleang Floating Village from Siem Reap

Kompong Khleang Floating Village from Siem Reap

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Head off-the-beaten-track and visit the floating village of Kompong Khleang on this 4-hour small-group tour from Siem Reap, including hotel pick-up. Get an insight into rural life as you visit the local markets and plantations by minivan, then cruise around the floating villages, flooded forest and stilted houses of Tonle Sap Lake. Finally, tuck into a lunch of typical Cambodian cuisine (included) at a local restaurant. 
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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$73.85
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$73.85

Lake-Side Village Tour

Lake-Side Village Tour

The tour has two options, so it is fit to several types of visitors. Our professional tour guide can explain what the guest are about to see, the history, culture and religious of Cambodian in the past and today. We start at 9:00am and travel to Kampong Phluk village. Then, we take a motorized boat to the village and visit stilted houses, a pagoda, a school and local shops. A small rowing boat can be rent to go through the forest. From October to January is a good time to visit Kampong Phluk.
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  • 5 hours
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$68.76
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$68.76
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Kampong Phluk Floating Village tour

Kampong Phluk Floating Village tour

Discover the beautiful Kampong Phluk, a floating village built of stilted houses on the flood plain of Tonle Sap lake. On rain season, lake rises and submerges the foundation of those houses, which you get to explore by boat. On dry season when the water level drops, you can actually walk on the ground and see the lively rural village. After exploring the village, we'll sail into Tonle Sap lake where you relax under the gorgeous sunset.
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  • 3 hours
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$19.62
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Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary Day Trip from Siem Reap

Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary Day Trip from Siem Reap

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Encounter Cambodia’s startling wildlife on a thrilling full-day cruise around Tonle Sap Lake from Siem Reap. Get a glimpse of local life on the water as you pass floating villages, markets and stilted houses, then enter the protected biosphere reserve of the Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary. Paddle around the flooded forests and swamps in a traditional flat bottomed boat, and look out for over 150 bird species, including Spot billed Pelican, Black headed Ibis, Grey-headed Fish Eagles and the rare Masked Finfoot. This small-group tour includes hotel pick-up and lunch.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$169.24
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$169.24

Prek Toal Birds Watchers and floating Village Cruise Tours

Prek Toal Birds Watchers and floating Village Cruise Tours

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On the morning after breakfast at your hotel our tour guide and driver will meet you at your hotel lobby and transfer you to pier to take the traditional wooden boat and drive through the Tonle Sap lake to Prek Toal floating village and visit Tonle Sap Biosphere and after that take next boat to visit largest birds sanctuary Prek Toal and explore Prek Toal floating village. During your sightseeing and enjoy picnic lunch at Prek Toal Birds Sanctuary in the jungle, Prek Toal is the most popular with birdwatchers. Your entrance expense use to help promote responsible tourism in Cambodia, and contributes to the conservation of the area especially educate children, villagers about the importance of the birds and the unique flooded forest environment, all your expenses go through to local communities 'bird sanctuary' at the Prek Toal core area of Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve has been called "the single most important breeding ground in Southeast Asia for globally threatened large water birds.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$181.74
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$181.74
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Should I book Tonlé Sap tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Tonlé Sap can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 139 Tonlé Sap tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Tonlé Sap 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Tonlé Sap costs USD 20.52. Guided Tonlé Sap tours start around USD 20.52 per person. See all 139 Tonlé Sap tickets and tours on Viator.
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