Mechrey isn't the loveliest spot on the planet, anyway it offers some unbelievable bird-spotting openings, and a chance to witness a striking way of life for the people who live on the lake.
Clearly, it's not precisely Prek Toal with its broad conditions of waterbirds, whose populaces are making a striking bounce back as showed by a 2016 report issued by the Wildlife Conservation Society. Honest to goodness birders and nature sweethearts should completely put that on their summary of exercises. Be that as it may, it's not as far away, nor as expensive to get to, either.
Mechrey is on the edges of Puok locale, around the west of Siem Reap, and the trek there is truly far lovelier than the objective. Do whatever it takes not to nod off when your vehicle murders the essential road (National Route 6) onto a red soil track, as there is some wonderful view along the 15 kilometer course that is flanked by channels, rice fields and villages. We similarly detected a huge social occasion of storks turning in the skies above along here, so keep your eyes peeled.
A social order based tourism station is at the edge of a long, human-made trench that partners with the Kambot River, which streams out into the Tonle Sap. Here society fundamentally edge professionally from the consistently reducing supplies of fish. The Tonle Sap is up 'til now the world's most advantageous inland fishery, yet the fish people faces basic and routinely creating threats. The plenitude of fish is clearly attributable to the rhythm of the lake, which rises and falls by up to 10 meters each year, and whose area grows six-wrinkle from 2,500 square kilometers to 15,000 square kilometers in the midst of the wet.
The advancement of dams upstream on the Mekong, and there are more in the pipeline, natural change, uncontrolled over-calculating and change of lake regions to cultivating have all caused noteworthy harm. In 2015, it was represented that the Tonle Sap River scarcely pivoted its stream the before year; it would be extraordinary for it to not reverse stream, yet that grim prospect seems, by all accounts, to be constantly likely. Without that sustaining inclination, the destiny of the Tonle Sap, and the all inclusive community who depend upon it, which is basically all of Cambodia, looks incredibly dinky.
The establishment of exercises, for instance, the one at Mechrey can't completely be called ecotourism, in spite of the way that it gives people differentiating alternatives to calculating as a wellspring of pay. Regardless, they are an opportunity to witness a phenomenal way of life that is in like manner under hazard, and to clock up some impeccable birdlife.
The visit itself starts off in a very foul mimicked trench which you come for about a kilometer until the point when the moment that the conductor opens out on to the principal conduit and the floating village.
Here you skim by as life continues as it has long done: people shopping in floating markets, doing their dress, getting an energetic supper, going to class, offering snitch to allies. You'll be guided through everything, and after that stop for a drink, or a supper of you wish, on one of the floating stages. Clusters of Cambodians also develop crocodiles, pitching the meat and skins to Thailand, and you'll get a chance to see one of the crocodile develops too.
Mechrey offers an opportunity to examine life as it is lived quite the Tonle Sap Lake. It's not as impeccable a spot as the impressively progress away Kampong Khleang, or offer as much social understanding as Kampong Phluk, yet on our visit, it had the unmistakably significant opportunities to see birds. This may be because of its closeness to the waterbird settlements at Prek Toal, and moreover to how it is less thickly populated.