Welcome to Cambodia Bird Guide Association (CBGA)

Based in Siem Reap, the Cambodia Bird Guide Association is an NGO which provides birding and natural heritage tours across Cambodia. We are committed to the preservation of wildlife, nature and developing the livelihoods of people in conservation areas. We work closely with the provincial Department of Environment, in this regard, to raise awareness and educate local people on avian and environmental issues.

 

CBGA tours are led by professional local bird guides to 17 different destinations. These range from half a day tour, around Siem Reap, to a full three-week tour across Cambodia. Contact us and we can help plan a perfect birding itinerary and an unforgettable holiday.

Birding Sites - Cambodia, Southeast Asia

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Birding and Ecotourism - Our Mission

The CBGA was founded in December 2016 by a group of accomplished birdwatchers and conservationists, who collectively have many years of experience, specifically in avian and wildlife preservation.  Our organization is dedicated to the protection of the environment and is actively working to make a difference in the Cambodian countryside.

 

We believe that through our birding and ecotourism initiatives, we can inform and influence the thinking of Cambodians.  Helping people to understand the value of the natural world and wildlife, then joining with us to protect that environment.  The role we play is designed to help local people develop their livelihoods, meanwhile ensuring a clean and sustainable environment for the next generation of Cambodians.

 

  • positive review  CBGA organized a 12 day birding tour for me from December 3-14, and it was a tremendous success, with all targets seen, excellent food throughout, and flawless logistics. Nara was a top notch guide and great company!

    Bryan Gieszl Avatar Bryan Gieszl
    January 16, 2019
  • 5 star review  My wife and I recently did a 16 day trip with CBGA. The first couple of days at the beginning were with guide Yeat at the temples around Siem Reap. We really enjoyed the experience and found Yeat to be a kind and knowledgeable guide. The next two weeks were with bird guide Nara and driver Da touring some of the best birding sites in Cambodia. The trip was flawlessly organized and well executed by their entire team. We had a great time and saw over 300 species of birds including several difficult to see species. Nara is an expert birder and guide, and a lot of fun to be with. Thank you CBGA team for the exceptional trip.

    Bob Steele Avatar Bob Steele
    March 20, 2018
  • 5 star review  Bird watching with CBGA in May/June 2017 was an amazing cultural and Ornithology experience. It was a perfect combination of visiting UNESCO site Angkor Wat and viewing endemic and endangered species that are difficult to find. Several unique habitats and locations were investigated because of their superb driving skills and the guide knowledge. This organization truly supports the establishment of local eco tourism development as a means to protect wildlife.

    Sally Wilder Pfeiffer Avatar Sally Wilder Pfeiffer
    June 9, 2017
  • 5 star review  Altogether a nice trip. We were there end of March 2018 for a week. Hotel at Siem Reap was excellent. We travelled in a comfortable, air conditioned SUV. Guide was competent. Saw alot of birds and firsts. Food was great. Day at Angkor Wat was perfect accompaniment. Highly recommended.

    Warren Bilkey Avatar Warren Bilkey
    April 30, 2018
  • 5 star review  I love this group work in the term of wildlife conservation and local livelihood support through Eco tours.!

    Khun Ratana Avatar Khun Ratana
    February 11, 2017
  • positive review  Terrific experience with CBGA guides over a four day period. I had the pleasure to spend time with Kunthea Chhoun, Yeat, and Nara Duong. They we all so knowledgable and fantastic people to spend my days with.

    Dave Nemazie Avatar Dave Nemazie
    November 5, 2018
  • positive review  I spent 4 days with guides from CBGA. I had come to Cambodia to run the marathon and to do some bird watching while there. August is not a good month for bird watching in Southeast Asia (January-February is better) but they were able to show me 111 different species. They also were very informative about the different temple complexes where we spent time. So if you happen to be in Cambodia for a few days, look these people up, you won’t be disappointed!

    Joe Church Avatar Joe Church
    August 9, 2018
  • 5 star review  Hans and I, so excited! 41 different species in just a few hours. AND 9 LIFERS !! We were met at 5.30am our bird guide Nara Doung from CBGA (Cambodian Bird Guide Association) took us to Phnom Krom. Just a little to the south west of Siem Reap was a vast marshland area where lotus was farmed. Thousands of blossums swayed in the breeze but lurking on the wide lillypads were Chinese Pond-herons. Then suddenly a dark glossy bird with a chestnut coloured back flapped into view. It had the most ridiculously long toes. It was the Bronze-winged Jacana! A new bird. Then a flock of White-shouldered Starlings flew in. Another new bird!We moved around the fields and ponds picking up more common birds like all the Egrets and Doves but Bitterns were around too. A couple of resident Black Bitterns gave us great views as they flew close by. A Cinnamon and a Yellow Bittern afforded us just fleeting glimpses.Playing a little bit of "call back" recording, we managed a good head view of the Chestnut-capped Babbler that continued to call and chirrip from the thick roadside brush. Another Lifer (new bird).But what was truely stunning was to venture to Kuk Chreav Rd, south-west of Siem Reap and see +1000 Oriental Prantincoles. I have only seen the occassional one in Australia. Here, they were residing after their breeding season. Milling in between were both Common and Wood Sandpipers, a Pacific Golden Plover with fading breeding plumage, a Little-ringed Plover and a passage migrant Long-toed Stint.And then there were several Pin-tailed Snipes feeding nearby. Wow what a delight! The list is too long for this review.

    Burnice Starkey Avatar Burnice Starkey
    September 16, 2017
  • 5 star review  The guides were extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic to have us all there and share the information. The Phnom Krom half day tour started early in the morning so that we could see as many birds as possible. The lunch they brought with was delicious and included in the price. I appreciate all that they’re doing in the name of conservation and would highly recommend them.

    Sharlee Hughes Avatar Sharlee Hughes
    March 14, 2018
  • positive review  Definitely a great joy to travel with the skillfull staff of CBGA. We were able to find all our target species thanks to the excellent guides.

    Johannes Hohenegger Avatar Johannes Hohenegger
    February 21, 2019