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WHAT’S THE GUESTS SAY ABOUT THEIR TRIP WITH US

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Prek Toal Village tours is THE BEST!! (29th Oct 2018, Trip Advisor, Guest: “amandaemays”)

Mr. Hoksan was the best host we could have ever asked for.

Him and his staff fetched us from our hotel, sharing with us conversation, culture, and a few laughs along the way to the river. Once there, we boarded a boat outfitted with a speaker for music and refreshments. During every step of the journey, our group was so well cared for.

Mr. Hoksan even offered to help us take photos. We arrived at his home to enjoy a homemade lunch by his family. I was blown away by their generosity and hospitality in opening their home to us.

After that, we took their boats over to the floating pagoda where Mr. Hoksan and staff even taught each of us how to conduct a Buddhist prayer/blessing.

We made some other stops, getting the chance to fully emerge into village life. Every single moment of the day was so well thought out and considerate of making our experience the most special.

I would recommend this tour to anyone and will only bring my group back to Mr. Hoksan in the future! Thank you so much!

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A genuine, ethical tour experience sustainable supporting the local community (Sep 29, 2018, Trip Advisor, Guest: “ Renee C”)

Hoksan is a young entrepreneur who established Prek Toal Tours and Travel as part of his broader initiatives to promote and support the community that he’s from.

I was part of a local NGO group that engaged Hoksan to take us around the floating villages and to see the local sights. Hoksan was an extremely knowledgeable, personable and professional guide who genuinely seeks to provide his guests an insight into the life and beauty of his community.

For people who are after sustainable and genuine experiences of Cambodia - that is, an opportunity to engage meaningfully and ethically with the people of Prek Toal, share a meal with them and learn about life in Cambodia, then Prek Toal Tours & Travel (and Homestay) is highly recommended.

Hoksan will take you to his home where you will share a meal with his family. Not only will you be giving back to the community you will be visiting, but you’ll also be supporting a very genuine and bright individual committed to improving the lives of people in Prek Toal.

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Authentic homestay in floating village (1st Aug 2018, Trip Advisor, Guest: “Hans073”)

We stayed with the family of Mr Hoksan for one night in their floating house in the floating village of Prek Toal.

It was a very special experience to stay in this remote village where it feels like time has stopped. We really enjoyed visiting the local school and the fishermen working on the lake.

Also the food that was prepared by a local family was great. To be short, can really, recommend!!

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Eye Opening Experience (11st April 2018, Trip Advisor, Guest: “Steppin-owt”)

To visit something so different to what you’ve ever experienced before leaves you slightly lost for words.

It is difficult to comprehend how people can live their lives in such a manor but they certainly seem to be thriving, not sure how the rainy season would be for them however.

It is surreal to see boats delivering goods and supplies to both individual homes and shops.

We enjoyed a meal in a community restaurant where the hospitality was fantastic and the food to a high standard. An excellent and enjoyable experience.

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A truly authentic and unique experience in Siem Reap! (10th April 2018, Trip Advisor, Guest: “linderlou6”)

I booked this trip for my husband’s birthday because birdwatching is one of his favorite pastimes, but little did I know that the day in Prek Toal would give us so much more.

Sopol (not sure I spelled that right), Mr. Hoksan’s brother-in-law was our phenomenal tour guide and we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to spend the day with him in his wife’s village.

The first part of the day consisted of visiting the bird sanctuary, we visited during the dry season, but I think my husband was able to identify at least 9 new species of birds.

The drive/boat rides out to the sanctuary are an experience in and of themselves. We loved strolling past the floating villages and watching the fisherman along the river.

While the stairs up to the lookout, especially in the dry season, are not for the faint of heart, we never felt unsafe and even our 9 year old was able to climb up and down with no problem. Once up there, we’d never seen so many birds in one place! Literally thousands.

Once back in the village we were welcomed to Mr. Hoksan’s home and ate a delicious lunch and enjoyed a visit and blessing from a local monk.

We then toured around Prek Toul, a floating village with a poplulation of over 7,000! We saw the school, the pagoda, and made a few other stops in the village.

Mr. Sopol escorted us back to our hotel where we were greeted by Mr. Hoksan.

The day was a truly eye opening and unique experience and will stay with us forever.

Mr. Hoksan also uses a large portion of the money earned from these tours to give back to his community, we were able to visit a new home that was gifted by Mr. Hoksan to a man who was living on a boat with his wife and five children.

It was a wonderful day for our entire family.

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Fabulous experience (19th March 2018, Trip Advisor, Guest: “billdwhizz”)

We had a day tour to the bird sanctuary and floating village. Hoksan was the perfect guide and host helping us to see many different birds and explaining all that is happening in the village. He described how the local people live and the projects he is involved with to sustain and improve life for the villagers. Meeting his family for lunch was a pleasure. The whole day was a highlight of our holiday.

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Great experience! (27th Feb 2018, Trip Advisor, Guest: “Karlis B”)

We did the bird watching and floating village tour and it was fantastic! Mr Hoksan is a local and knows this area very well. He told us a lot about the birds, nature, village and the people who live there. It was a real insight in the locals life.

Mr Hoksan has a great eye for the birds. He found even the smallest birds in a far distance. He even gave us his own camera because we just had our phone-cameras and we could get the pictures via Dropbox.

After a good meal in his own house we had a small trip to a tower so we could see the whole floating village.

Just a tip: Ask Mr Hoksan to show you whats inside the wooden boxes next to the tower ;) It is also mentionable that Mr Hoksan does a lot of work for the community. He helps the poor and does a lot of charity work. During the tour you could see that the money you spend does not go to a big company but to the local projects that help the village.

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Interesting bird watching trip with home stay (24th Feb 2018, Trip Advisor, Guest: “Thomas K”)

We participated on a two days’ trip with Mr Hoksan. The experience was interesting because of the many birds that we observed, but also because of the insight in the daily activities in Hoksan’s floating village and in his parents’ home on the river.

Mr Hoksan was an enthusiastic guide, and he was also very patient with people like us, who didn’t know too much about these birds and their English names.

This is a local enterprise, and not a big company, so the local community will benefit.

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Prek Toal bird watching and floating village tour (3rd Feb 2018, Trip Advisor, Guest: “Mike P”)

This was an amazing day out. The bird watching was fantastic, the number of birds overwhelming and several species new to us.

We very much enjoyed our meal with the family and the tour of the floating village, it was great to get close to the real Cambodia.

We would encourage any one who wishes to go on this tour to go with Hoksan, his tour is the best value and he uses so much of his time and money supporting projects in his village.

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Spettacolare visita alla riserva avifaunistica di Prek Toal e alla sua comunità! (January 2, 2018, Trip Advisor, Guest: “ibiscus81”)

La riserva avifaunistica di Prek Toal è una delle più importanti per la sua biodiversità di tutto il sud est asiatico. Un’escursione di grande fascino anche per i non appassionati di birdwatching.

Ma ciò che ha dato un valore unico a questa giornata è stata la nostra guida, Mr. Hoksan, un giovane ragazzo che mosso da un profondo amore per la sua comunità, gestisce questo tour operator volto a far conoscere la reale Cambogia e l’unicità dei villaggi galleggianti.

Ci ha ospitato nella sua casa, spiegandoci gli usi e costumi del popolo, mentre la sua famiglia ha preparato per noi un pranzo delizioso condito da un’ospitalità singolare.

La sua professionalità, cortesia, e desiderio di condivisione ci ha consentito di conoscere uno spaccato di realtà molto distante dalla nostra e ci spingerà a supportarlo in tutti suoi progetti volti a migliorare le condizioni di vita della sua comunità. Un’esperienza che consigliamo vivamente soprattutto per la sua carica emotiva!

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Great experience with birding and floating village! (November 9, 2017, Trip Advisor, Guest: “Shummie”)

My wife and I booked a tour with Prek Toal tours and travel for late October 2017. Mr. Hoksan was our guide. We had a wonderful experience - basically, this was one of the key highlights of our Cambodia trip. Here I would like to share some details.

When we went for this tour, we have two main matters in mind: 1. birding (I am an amateur birdwatcher) and 2. floating village.

To start with birding - Prek Toal is a globally significant bird sanctuary and offers unparalleled opportunities to see some of the beautiful and rare birds. We went in October, which a wet season and not all birds were present. Still we managed to see 24 different kinds of birds on the trip, including some of the rare birds like Grey-headed fish-eagle, Spot-billed pelican and the Oriental Darter plus two kind of kingfishers (which is always a highlight for me). Hoksan made every effort to show us as many birds as we could see. I really liked his attitude.

The tour of the floating village was also very nice (if maybe a bit too long). My wife and I were really impressed with the work Hoksan is doing to help the local community. Needless to say, the very visit to a village where houses rest on water is a unique experience for us, coming from a different continent with different realities.

We had a DEET mosquito sprey with us, but we did not notice any mosquitoes on our way.

While we really loved the trip, I would advise all people to manage their expectations before they go on this trip. This is basically a journey into a remote corner of Cambodia, where the conditions are pretty basic as are the boats you will be riding. Also, in case one has absolutely no interest in seeing wild birds, this trip might not be as interesting as it was for us (to be clear - my wife is not a birder but she enjoyed the trip).

Have fun at Prek Toal!

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Don’t miss this amazing trip - our best day in Cambodia! (October 29, 2017, Trip Advisor, Guest: “amyduffin”)

We found ourselves in Siem Reap after finishing a tour of Cambodia, and came across Prek Toal Tours & Travel by chance. We are so glad we did, as we had an amazing day and loved meeting Mr. Hoksan and his family and learning about the village.

The bird watching was amazing and the whole experience was so peaceful compared to visiting the temples, which are completely full of people. This was definitely one of the best days we had in Cambodia.

I highly recommend this tour!

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