Day 5 - Battambang - Siem Reap (B,L)
Today, you will embark on one of the most stunning boat trips in Cambodia, as you will be taken from Battambang to Siem Reap by a comfortable private boat. A packed lunch will be provided on board. (Duration 6-7 hours).
(Note: This boat trip is only possible in the high water period from July to December as water levels are too low during the dry season and transfer times can be extremely long. From January to June alternative transfer by road.)
First, you will float along the Stung Sangker River until you will reach the Prek Toal bird sanctuary, one of the most important breeding grounds for waterbirds in the region. The largest freshwater lake in Asia, Tonlé Sap Lake, is an exceptional water system as it is swelling to almost five times its size during the raining season.
The water of its main drainage, Tonlé Sap River, is being pushed back from the Mekong, carrying an incredible amount of water from the rains, causing the river to reverse its direction and thus causing the lake to overflow, flooding nearby fields and forests and supporting an extraordinarily rich and diverse eco-system. The Lake is also an important breeding ground for fish, providing more than half of the amount of fish consumed in Cambodia. The particular water system requires the people living of the lake to adapt to the living conditions. You will see many villages on the way where people live on stilted or entirely floating houses.
Arrive in Siem Reap mid-afternoon, the gateway to the majestic temples of Angkor and a charming little city. Enjoy some time at leisure to discover Siem Reap or to relax by your hotel’s charming pool.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Distances and journey time:
Battambang – Siem Reap (174 km): 03 hours