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Birdwatching in Cambodia

The deciduous dipterocarp forests that once spread across much of Indochina and Thailand were formerly home to the greatest aggregation of large mammals and water birds that have existed beyond the savannas of Africa. These forests have largely disappeared from Thailand and Vietnam; currently, the Northern and Eastern Plains of Cambodia form the largest remaining contiguous block of this unique and critically important habitat.

"Deciduous Dipterocarp Forests "



Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has a number of protected areas in northern Cambodia and has given Sam Veasna Center for Wildlife Conservation (SVC) the responsibility of managing demand as well as organizing tours to the protected sites, where the local communities are actively involved in the projects. Tourism visits are linked to community conservation agreements, whereby ecotourism income supports local development and engagement in conservation activities.

Electronic map of Cambodia


Cambodia Bird Guide Association (CBGA)




Bamboo Street, Wat Damnak Village, Sala Kamreuk Commune,
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Tel: (855) 092 657 656 Email: info@birdguideasso.org
Website: www.birdguideasso.org

“Supporting Local Communities and Wildlife Conservation
through Responsible Ecotourism Initiative Project”



Birding Cambodia – 14-Day Best Birdingpal

Sites cover: Angkor Wat - Prek Toal - Ang Trapaeng Thmor - Florican Grassland – Tmatboey – Vulture Restaurant – Kratie – Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary – Cambodian Tailorbird

"Giant Ibis"



"Red-headed Vultures"



Day Date Itinerary Stay Species
1 11 Mar Group Arrival Siem Reap
2 12 Mar Full day birding at Angkor complex Siem Reap Hainan Blue, Taigar and Asian Brown Flycatchers, Black Baza, Parakeet
3 13 Mar Full day birding at Prek Toal, Tonle Sap Siem Reap Large waterbirds – Great Adjutant, Milky Stork, Spot-billed Pelican
4 14 Mar Full day birding at Ang Trapaeng Thmor Siem Reap Sarus Crane, Eld’s Deer, Water fowls, Harriers, Owls and Stork
5 15 Mar AM birding at Florican Grassland, PM at Tmatbeoy Tmatboey Bengal Florican, Manchurian Reed Warbler, Harriers
6 16 Mar Full day birding at Tmatbeoy Tmatboey Giant and White-shouldered Ibis(s), Woodpeckers, Owls
7 17 Mar Full day birding at Tmatboey Tmatboey White-rumped Pygmy Falcon, Pale-caped Pigeon
8 18 Mar AM birding at Tmatboey, PM birding at Boeng Toal Boeng Toal Red-headed, Slendered-billed and White-rumped Vulture(s)
9 19 Mar AM birding at Vulture Restaurant, PM birding at Kratie – Mekong Kratie Asian Golden Weaver, Baya Weaver and Streak Weaver
10 20 Mar AM Kratie ; PM birding at Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary Senmonorom Mekong Wagtail & Irrawaddy Dolphin, Small Pretincole, Plain Martin
11 21 Mar Full day birding at Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary Senmonorom Green Peafowl, Great Hornbill, Douc Languor, Germain’s Peacock Pheasent
12 22 Mar Full day birding at Dakdam Highland Senmonorom Annam Barbet, Golden Crested Myna, Black Bulbul, Marron Oriole
13 23 Mar Morning KSWS; PM Cambodian Tailorbird; finish in Phnom Penh hotel/airport Phnom Penh Cambodian Tailorbird
14 24 Mar Transfer to airport for departure flight



View Our Detailed Itinerary in .docx format



Tour I

16 day birdwatching tour in Cambodia

Itinerary
16 Days is: 2 pax US$3270 per person. 4 pax US$3410 per person.
A single supplement is US$270.
Note: Single supplement is not valid for Prey Veng, Tmatboey, and Veal Krous, however if there’s room available at these places then we could arrange it with no charge.

Due to currency fluctuations and fuel cost we reserve the right to adjust any pricing prior to departure.

50% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm booking.


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Included:
All guides fees, airport transfers, and all transfers to sites, all accommodation, all meals, drinking water, soft drink, all park entrance fees and all Conservation Contributions.
Excluded:
Drinks, tips, personal expense, trip insurance, international flights, visa, airport tax, laundry. Transport from hotel to town for free-time is the responsibility of the guest.


Notes.
The Sam Veasna Center for Wildlife Conservation arranged a hassle-free birding trip to search for the endangered Giant and White-shouldered Ibises. Reliable and comfortable vehicles took us to the village of Tmatboey, where we have basic lodging with electricity from Solar Deck, hot-cold shower, and nice Cambodian cuisine, all arranged by the community. The knowledgeable and friendly local guides took us out early in the morning and easily found our target species. A host of other interesting birds, including Pale-capped Pigeons and Great Slaty Woodpeckers, was also seen. The trip was very well run and we were glad to see this small, rural community profit from our visit. A wonderful, memorable time was had by all.
The above birding itineraries are based on what are essentially popular routes for birders. It can be shortened or extended.
All the date of itineraries include arrival and departure dates.
Trips are best booked during the dry season in Cambodia from November through to April some sites including most of our day trip destinations are available year round, but prices may be adjusted around special holidays.
For booking allow minimum six(6) weeks prior to departure.
To check availability for tours on short notice, fill out “Request for Quote” form with desirable dates.
Fitness:
The tour does not require a high level of fitness but participants should be in good general health. Should you have any physical limitations please contact us.


Should you only need a guide for a day please send a message to Sopheap.   

Birding guide Sanh Sophoan, your local Birdingpal guide
Sophoan, or So, is a Senior Bird Guide and has worked for SVC since 2006. She has led tours for companies including Albatros, Zoothera and Bird Tour Asia as well as for many individual birders from all over the world. A dedicated birder Sophoan is always keen to get out and see more birds and has visited Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia in pursuit of new species. She is also a qualified temple tour guide for the many cultural wonders of the Angkor area. She lives with her family in Siem Reap.

Birding guide Nara Duong, your local Birdingpal guide
Nara is a Senior Bird Guide. He joined SVC in 2007 and has led many birding groups, including tours for BirdQuest, Vent and Avifauna along with many individual birders. He is also a driver. He loves exploring new things, meeting people and taking them to see his nature and culture. He will do his best to find specific birds that his clients want to see. Nara is also excellent at picking up birds on call. Nara was born to a farmer family with 6 children to the east of Siem Reap and left in 1998 to find work and study English. Soon he managed to get a job as a driver taking tourists around the Angkor area before joining SVC. Nara lives with his wife and their young sons in Siem Reap.



Testimonial.

The Sam Veasna Center for Wildlife Conservation arranged a hassle-free birding trip to search for the endangered Giant and White-shouldered Ibises. Reliable and comfortable vehicles took us to the village of Tmatboey, where we had basic lodging (no electricity or plumbing)** and good meals, all arranged by the community. The knowledgeable and friendly local guides took us out early in the morning and easily found our target species. A host of other interesting birds, including Pale-capped Pigeons and Great Slaty Woodpeckers, was also seen. The trip was very well run and we were glad to see this small, rural community profit from our visit. A wonderful, memorable time was had by all.
dana(AT)gardnerbirds.com
** WCS has built a new eco-lodge for tourist in Tmatboey, there are 3 bungalows (the 4th is coming), 2 rooms for each bungalows, and 2 single beds in each room with bathroom attached and solar power.
I spent almost two weeks in Cambodia, birding with Sophal, in February 2007 and his punctuality, good humour, enthusiasm for birds, and ability to cope with all organizational eventualities were remarkable. As a guide, I would recommend him.
pdround(AT)ksc.th.com
We really enjoyed our guide Sopheap who was so enthusiastic about the birds and wanted to show us every species of note in Cambodia. … The local guide at Tmatboey worked very hard as well; after we had been out all day, he went out in the evening trying to find the white shouldered ibis for the next day's birding.
Talking of working hard, the two women who prepared our meals seemed to work around the clock. Their day started at 3:30AM and lasted till well after dark. Their effort to provide vegetarian fare was much appreciated …
We were quite impressed with how the birding has helped the village of Tmatboey with the rebuilding of the main street and the employment opportunity for the young women who had cold drinks for sale after we had been out birding in the heat. The drinks made the heat bearable.
Cambodia, which we decided on as an afterthought, was a very enjoyable part of our trip and I would recommend it as an integral part of any South East Asia tour, birding or otherwise. Now, if they would only finish the road from Thailand to Siem Reap. Thanks again for all your efforts and our best wishes to Sopheap.
macnest(AT)mnsi.net

Some facts about Cambodia.

Cambodia covers 181,040 square kilometers in the southwestern part of the Indochina peninsula. Much of the country (75%) consists of the Tonle Sap Basin and the Mekong Lowlands, mostly rolling plains. Much of the Northern Plains is still covered in intact habitat – extensive areas of deciduous dipterocarp forest, with scattered seasonal wetlands (called trapeangs in Khmer) and large grasslands (veals), which flood during part of the wet season (June-October). Driving from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap during the wet season is a stark contrast to the same trip in the dry season (November through May): the plains fill with the dun-colored water from sediment and turn into rice paddies, chartreuse with young rice. Dense evergreen forest is found along water-courses and in the more fertile soils of the upland regions.
There are mountain ranges in the southwest: the Cardamom Mountains and Elephant Range, and to the north: the Dangrek Mountains. Cambodia’s tropical climate has a wet and a dry season of equal length; temperature and humidity are normally high throughout the year. The coolest time of the year is birding season, late December through March.


More facts about Cambodia.

Guide books and CD’s recommended:

A Guide to the Birds of South-east Asia: Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia by Craig Robson.
A Guide to the Birds of Thailand by B. Lekagul and P. D. Round.

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Birds of Tropical Asia.

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