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Welcome to Tonlé Sap Lake

Tonlé Sap Lake

Boeung Tonlé Sap(Tonlé Sap Lake) is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia, and boasts a rich and diverse eco-system. Inhabitants include birds, fish, crocodiles, turtles, macaques and otter, as well as villagers living in stilted or floating houses. The Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary in the Tonlé Sap Biosphere Reserve is home to ibis, stork, pelicans and fish eagles; the best time to view these birds is in the dry season. There is also a Tonlé Sap Exhibition in Siem Reap, showcasing Khmer heritage through a display of the local people's culture and environment.


Information & Facts

Address
The lake is about 9 miles (15km) south of Siem Reap
Admission
Chong Khneas floating village boat tour: US$6; Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary entrance: US$5, tour US$15-25; Tonlé Sap exhibition: free.
Language
Khmer is the official language. French is also spoken, but English is fast becoming popular with the younger generation.
Money

Riel (KHR) is the official currency and is divided into 100 sen. Foreign currency is difficult to exchange with the exception of US Dollars. Most transactions require cash. US dollars and Thai Baht are accepted, although smaller transactions are usually done in riel. A torn US dollar note renders it useless. Credit cards are only accepted in a limited number of tourist-orientated hotels and restaurants in Phnom Penh and larger towns. There are a few ATMs in Phnom Penh, but they shouldn't be relied upon as a source of money; travellers cheques in US dollars or sterling can be cashed at a limited number of banks and larger hotels, though travellers cheques are not recommended due to limited acceptance.

Opening Times
All attractions are open daily, though the exhibition is closed between 12pm and 2pm
Time
GMT +7.
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