Cambodia Birding Tour 13Days
For many years Cambodia suffered from a seemingly unending civil war, which effectively closed the country off to visitors…
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Cambodia Birding Tour 13Days
For many years Cambodia suffered from a seemingly unending civil war, which effectively closed the country off to visitors. Finally however this conflict ended and Cambodia is now open to the outside world and is welcoming tourists. Certainly the most outstanding tourist attractions are the temples surrounding Siem Reap in the heart of the Khemer Empire – an empire that lasted from the 9th to the 15th centuries. The best known of these temples is Angkor Wat, with its soaring towers and intricate wall carvings, but many lesser known temples abound, some growing out of the dense jungle that has reclaimed them over the centuries.
Beyond the archeological highlights, which are spectacular in themselves, Cambodia also offers outstanding birdwatching opportunities. Many of the larger species that have largely or completely vanished from surrounding countries can still be found in Cambodia, sometimes quite commonly. In particular, we have a chance of seeing seven species of stork – including the highly-threatened Milky Stork and the Greater Adjutant along with Sarus Crane, Spot-billed Pelican, Bengal Florican, and the highly-endangered White-shouldered and spectacular Giant Ibis.
The above birding itineraries are based on what are essentially popular routes for birders. It can be shortened or extended.
Things to bring: Light walking boots or sports shoes. Long or short trousers and long-sleeved shirt. Mosquito repellent, hat, lotion sunblock.
To check availability for tours on short notice, fill out “Request for Quote” form with desirable dates.
Habitats Covered: Broadleaved evergreen forest, wet land, rice field, mountain/pine/bamboo forest, 1,200 MSL, lake.
Photographic Opportunities: October – April is excellent.
Excellent Month & Climate: October – April – 10-25 C. Fairly Month & Climate: May – September – 25-32 C.
- Day1 ARRIVAL SIEM REAP (- / – / -)
Upon your arrival in Siem Reap international Airport, welcome by our guide and transfer to check-in at your reserved hotel. Rest of the day free at your leisure to enjoy the nightlife of Siem Reap. Overnight stay in Siem Reap
- Day2 ANGKOR COMPLEX (Breakfast/ – / -)
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, we will visit to the magnificent ancient complex of Angkor Wat, and to Angkor Thom included South Gate of Angkor Thom with its majestic doors, Bayon Temple, Baphuon, Terrace of the Elephant and the Terrace of Leper King and Ta Prohm temple and other nearby temples. In particular Ta Prohm is a wonderful experience as it has been left to the Clements with strangler fig roofs snaking around the crumbling walls and ancient statues of the temple. The birding in the beautiful forests of the Angkor is a great adjunct to this experience with large congregations of oriental Pied-Hornbill, Red-breasted and Alexandrine Parakeets, super views of Black Baza. Numerous Asian Barred Owlets and Hill Mynas, in the drier forests we might find Greater Flameback, Black-hooded Orioles and Hainan Blue-Flycatchers. Lesser Adjutants can occasionally be seen flying overhead. this whole area is alive with birds. Culture and histories. Rest of the day spent at your leisure to enjoy the nightlife of Siem Reap. Overnight stay in Siem Reap
- Day3 KBAL SPEAN with Forest Species (Breakfast/ – / -)
Early morning excursion with breakfast boxed to Kbal Spean to visit the forest species bird, such as Pied Hornbill, White Rumped Falcon, Collared Falconet, Hill Myna, Grey Capped Pygmy Woodpecker, Black Headed Woodpecker, White Bellied Woodpecker, Common Flameback, Greater Flameback, Heart Spotted Woodpecker, Sooty headed BulBul and etc…Overnight stay in Siem Reap
- Day4 PREK TOAL with Bird Sanctuary (water species) (Breakfast/Lunch/ -)
Early morning excursion with breakfast and lunch boxed to Prek Toal floating village of Tonle Sap. Upon arrival transit to other boat to reach the flateform of bird sanctury. Visit of the area and bird. Overnight stay in Siem Reap
- Day5 ANG TRAPAENG THMOR with water Species (Breakfast/Lunch/ -)
Early morning we drive to westward of Siem Reap to Thai border to visit a very special reserve. Originating as a man-made irrigation and water storage reservoir rebuilt in 1976 by slave labour during the Khmer Rouge Regime on the historical Angkorian Highway, the reservoir now harbors a unique wetland associated with grassland, dipterocarp forests and paddy fields. Aside from being a staging ground for more than 300 Sarus Crane in the dry (non-breeding) season, more than 200 species of other birds occur here, of which 18 have been classified as globally or near globally threatened. This is also one of the handful of sites in Cambodia where the endangered Eld’s Deer can be seen. The best time to see the Sarus Crane is from February to May though an abundance of bird species can be viewed all year. Overnight stay in Siem Reap
- Day6-7 TMAT BOEY (the province of Preah Vihear)(Breakfast/Lunch/ -)
These 3 days 2nights Overnight in village house(s)
are excursion in Tmat Boey area. Tmatboey is an isolated village located in Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary in the Northern Plains of Cambodia. It is the site of a unique community ecotourism project established by the Ministry of Environment and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Cambodia Program. Access to this remote site is coordinated exclusively through SVC. A typical trip to Tmatboey takes 3 days and 2 nights. The best time to see the White-shouldered Ibis is January to March, and the Giant Ibis from January to April. The success of the project can be seen in the increased numbers of breeding pairs and individual White shouldered Ibis.
- Day8 KAMPONG THOM (Breakfast/ – / -)
Early morning is excursion in Tmat Boey area and then transfer to Kampong Thom. Overnight stay in Kampong Thom
- Day9 FLORICAN GRASSLAND-KRATIE (Breakfast/Lunch/ -)
Early morning pick up from hotel and transfer to the Florican Grassland located in Kampong Thom province, Designated Integrated Farming and Biodiversity Areas, the seasonally flooded grasslands of Kompong Thom and Siem Reap harbor the largest known population of Bengal Florican in Cambodia (and likely the world). There are several sites we visit that comprise important non-breeding grounds for many large water birds, such as the Greater Adjutant, Painted Stork, and Sarus Crane. Also found in this area is potentially the largest single concentration of over wintering Manchurian Reed Warblers. In the afternoon transfer to Kratie. Overnight in Kratie
- Day10 KAMPOT BOKOR (Breakfast/ – / -)
In the morning, we drive to the North of Kratie the Mekong River flows through riverine forest and supports a rich array of nesting birds including several species of terns, waders, swallows, large water birds and individual species such as the Pied Kingfisher and Indian Skimmer. The Mekong Wagtail, Moctacilla samveasnea, honouring the Cambodian pioneer naturalist after whom the centre is named, is present in low numbers all along the river. The visit to Kratie always includes a boat trip to see the endangered Irrawaddy Dolphin and then overland to Kampot. Overnight stay in Kampot
- Day11-12 Bokor (Breakfast/Lunch/ -)
After breakfast, transfer to the Bokhor National Park on the Southern coast of Cambodia to see evergreen dwelling species in the forested slopes of the mountain. The Chestnut headed Partridge, the key attraction is found on the plateau reached on foot. Overnight stay in Kampot
- Day13 Kampot-Phnom Penh (Brakfast/ – / -)
After breakfast, you free at leisure until transfer to Phnom Penh international Airport for onward flight. End of our services
Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey
It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around Indochina area will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.
We pick hotels for you based on:
Location: most of properties we selected are either located in downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.
Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.
Variety in Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.
3-Star Class It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.
4-Star Class Across Indochina, a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.
5-Star Class Top-notch services and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience
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Normally Journey Expedition Travel includes two meals each day during tour: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.
It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.
Lunches are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants arranged by Indochina Odyssey Tours selected carefully and evaluated constantly based on customer feedback and our on-site inspection.
Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in “tasty” Indochina area. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.
If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs
You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across Southeast Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility
All tour guides of Journey Expedition Travel are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.
Private Tour Guide
You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.
All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.
If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.
Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver
With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across Southeast Asia.
Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.