Day tour to Prek Toal floating village and bird sanctuary- not to miss

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We did the one day tour. They also have an overnight home stay and a few other tours on their website.
This small community enterprise is run by Mr Hoksan, a young man who is using his education to give back to the community. In addition to running these tours, he has a reforestation and a housing projects.
The tour started early, with a hotel pick up. We were then driven to the Tonle Sap where we caught a boat. Unlike closer floating villages, the Prek Toal is only accessible by boat. We then arrived at the village, where we transferred to smaller boats to go out to the bird sanctuary. Despite being birdwatching low season, we still managed to see plenty of birds, and were even lucky enough to see two different types of Eagles. The view really is quite breathtaking. We then returned to the village for lunch at Mr Hoksan's floating home. We were warmly received by his father, and his mother cooked a wonderful meal. We proceeded to have a tour of the village by boat. We visited several important buildings, including the school - fortunately, it was still school holidays, so we could visit the old primary school without disturbing any students. We got a good idea of how the village sustains itself on fishing, raising its own chickens, producing vegetables in the floating gardens, raising crocodiles, and weaving using water hyacinths. We came back to town taking the long route through the To me Sap lake.
It was one of the best days we had in Cambodia. It was also a full day without seeing any other tourists!
I really do highly recommend this tour. It is quite a change from the local attractions of Siem Riep, and contributes towards a valuable community development project.

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Dear CD_Butterfly,

Thank you for your taking a values time to shared your detail positive feedback review for 5 star.

I am Hoksan, from Prek Toal village who is the local owner of Prek Toal Tours & Travel and also Prek Toal Home Stay.

I am really surprised that you enjoyed your trip with our locally owned and support to my Prek Toal community. As we are with 100% of host revenue is invested back into the local Prek Toal community.

With our project of The “Greening Prek Toal Project” (GoFundme website), which is focusing replanting small trees to the damaged area from the fired last year in early April to June 2016.

And also the Prek Toal Home and Life Project, designed to improve villagers’ housing and living quality and repair the damage to families’ homes in the Prek Toal floating village.

This will be done through working with donors, community developers and Prek Toal Tours and Travel’s guests who wish to make a difference to our community. Please feel free to share the link and information to your colleagues and friends. We hope to gather as much financial support as possible through this website (GoFundme website): gofundme.com/prek-toal-home-and-life-project.

However, I would like to say big THANKS to you all that always supported to the local tours own to help them to developing their community.

I am Hoksan and family, also my villagers are looking forward to seeing you again for next visit and also your friends and family.

I wishes all the best and successful to all of your careers.

Warm regards,

Hoksan AN