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Please note that most Birdingpals are serious birdwatchers. It is a privilege to contact them, and your message should reflect it. A local Pal does not get paid, but should he/she offer to take you out birding, using their own vehicle, it would be courteous to pay for the fuel. A lunch and/or a small gift would also be appropriate, something as simple as a souvenir of your country, or a pin from your local birding club.
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Veasna Kith (David)
Sam Veasna Center (SVC)
Wat Bo, Siem Reap, Cambodia
English, Tagalog, Spanish, Khmer, German
My name’s Mardy, I am the original Siem Reap citizen. And I am married with no children. I have been working at Sam Veasna Center for 6 years, and I love my job so much because I can work to conserve the wildlife and nature.
The achievement for me of working at SVC is I know more deeply about wildlife and the site wild’s movement. I think that it’s very important for SVC to do conservation in Cambodia because there are not many organizations which work on the wildlife prevention role, so, we will really need your organization and people to work together in this field work.
In addition, if I could change one thing about my career I would improve efficiently communication that the clients will buy more our trip.
My name’s Sang Mony. I live in Siem Reap province. I have been working at Sam Veasna Center for 12 years. It has been a lit long, however, I love working there because I have a chance to learn more about the nature, and I could understand clearly about conservation work. Furthermore, I can work to prevent the endanger wildlife in Cambodia.
If I could change one thing about my work I would try my best in order to build up the capacity of nature conservation resources in order to make them much better that present day.
My best memory of working for SVC is shooting the photos of the wildlife and nature. It looks really beautiful and attractive to me.
Village of Tmatboey
The endangered Giant and White-shouldered Ibises, Pale-capped Pigeons and Great Slaty Woodpeckers
Based in Siem Reap, the Cambodia Bird Guide Association is a conservation NGO which provides bird watching and natural heritage tours across Cambodia. CBGA tours are led by professional local bird guides to 17 different destinations. Eight of these sites are around Siem Reap, with the remaining nine spread across the country.
Founded in December 2016 by a group of already accomplished birdwatchers and conservationists, CBGA’s staff have many years of experience, specifically in avian and wildlife preservation.
We believe that through our birding and ecotourism initiatives, we can inform and influence the thinking of local people. Helping them to understand the value of the wildlife and the natural world, then joining with us to protect that environment for the next generation of Cambodians.
Our bird guides have many years’ experience bird watching, leading trips in Cambodia and in Southeast Asia.
CBGA bird guides are: Johnny Orn, Sophoan Sanh, Nara Duong, Chea Seab, Sophal Chen (Naran), Sikol San (Srun), Pech Mogn, Kunthea Chhoun, Huth Lean, Chanthea Promh (Thea), Yeat Sean, Chamnan Kour, Brak Mogn, Chhoum Choeng, and Sreymom Muth.
Sophoan Sanh Sophoan (or So) is a senior guide, tour leader and temple guide. So was born in Pursat and moved to Siem Reap at an early age. She has guided birding tours since 2006 and is one of the most experienced bird guides in Cambodia. Over many years she has developed the ability to quickly spot and identify a large number of bird species. Sophoan is well travelled as a guide and often takes birding tours to other countries, especially in Southeast Asia. She has previously worked as a guide for companies such as Albatros, Birdquest, Rockjumper, Zoothera, Wings and amongst others. She is also active in many other CBGA projects, in particular with the environmental education program. In addition to her vast knowledge of birds, she has also developed a strong interested in Dragonflies.
Nara Duong Nara is one of our senior bird watchers and guides. He grew up in a rural area of Siem Reap and became active as a guide in 2007. He has led tours for a number of birding groups, including: BirdQuest, Wings, Vent, Avifauna, amongst others. With 12 years of experience in the field, he is able to identify almost all birds by their call or song. Nara loves birding, travelling, meeting people, and leading tours to see the wonders of the Cambodian countryside. He also coordinates the bird call and mammal identification class for CBGA. He has personally identified over 500 of Cambodia’s 620 bird species.
Sophal Chen Known as Naran. Naran is a senior guide and co-founder of CBGA. He was born and grew up in Siem Reap province and started working as a bird guide in 2012. Being part of CBGA from the beginning has given him the chance to mould his own career in wildlife conservation. Naran believes that bird watching is a serious pursuit, which can be both fun and enjoyable as well. More recently, Naran has been working more with bird photographers. He has grown more interested in this area and has developed his own photo album of birds in Cambodia. Naran still lives in Siem Reap, with his wife and their son. In addition to guiding, he sometimes acts as a driver for CBGA’s tours to Phnom Krom.
Sikol San Known as Srun. Srun is a senior guide and a key member of our office staff. He started working as a bird watching guide in 2010 and has taken many tours, with both individuals and groups, across Cambodia. He has worked with international birding organisations such as Field Guides, AVIFAUNA and Y.BIRD, and has travelled on birding missions to countries including: Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, The Philippines, Great Britain and most recently Taiwan. Srun is particularly active with CBGA’s environmental education and community development programs. Through this work, he is able to pass on his conservation knowledge to local communities. His aim to support and educate local people, in looking after the natural world. Srun and his wife Kunthea (another one of our team), are also studying butterflies, dragonflies, plants, orchids and developing a more holistic understanding of Cambodia’s ecosystem.
Chea Seab Chea is also a senior guide and another a co-founder of CBGA. A key part of our office staff, he has been birding since he finished high school at the age of 19. The Sarus Crane was the bird that first made an impression on him and attracted him to birdwatching. Chea started work with SVC in 2009, and was later promoted by them to a position of senior bird guide in 2014, before taking up his new role at CBGA in 2016. He is highly skilled in bird identification and works hard to find target species for his clients. He wants people to be inspired by nature and to get the best possible experience from the trips he leads. Besides guiding, Chea has been contributing to CBGA’s conservation projects, sharing his rich knowledge in the areas of entomology, butterfly and plant life. He has travelled to Malaysia for the Bird Race, attended the Philippines Bird Festival, as well as birding in Laos, Thailand and Singapore.
Pech Mogn Pech was born and raised in Siem Reap. He has a bachelor degree in Tourism Hospitality Management, from Angkor University. He started working as a guide in 2014 and had proved himself a quick learner. He was worked quite a lot in the eastern plains (Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary, Mondulkiri) and has become an expert in birding and trekking there. He has a good manner and works hard to look after his clients. Pech is committed to CBGA’s projects in environmental protection and also works in the office as an ecotourism co-ordinator. He organises training and education with local communities and is also developing a field guide to Cambodia birds. Pech lives with his wife, Sreymom (another member of our birding team), and daughter, in Siem Reap.
17 birding hotspots:
- Phnom Krom Marshland (waders & countryside birds)
- Angkor Wat (temple & birds)
- Kbal Spean (temles & birds)
- Changkran Roy (Bar-bellied Pitta, Oriental Bay Owl)
- Koh Ker Beng Mealea (White-rumped Pygmy Falcon)
- Prek Toal bird sanctuary (big water birds: Milky Stork & Greater Adjutant)