Welcome to Cambodia Bird Guide Association (CBGA)

Based in Siem Reap, the Cambodia Bird Guide Association is an NGO which provides birding tours 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 in 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  I took a half day evening tour with CBGA in January. It was a perfect tour. My guide, Sean, and our driver picked me up from my hotel and we drive out of town to the marshlands. We saw 56 different species and a beautiful sunset. Please don’t hesitate to use this tour company.

    Ruth Roling Devereaux Avatar Ruth Roling Devereaux
    February 26, 2019
  • 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
  • 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  I cannot say enough good things about the fabulous 3 days that we spent with CBGA in the Siem Reap area earlier this month. The entire experience, from the flawless online booking process to the excellent birding and temple tours, was phenomenal! We booked a half day visit to the Phnom Kroam wetlands, a full day at the Angkor Complex, and a full day to Koh Ker and Beng Mealea. I consider us to be extraordinarily fortunate to have had Sanh Sophoan as our birding and temple guide. It's just not possible to overstate how wonderful she is! So's spotting and identification skills are outstanding, she is a knowledgable, and entertaining temple guide, and her personality is simply delightful. Her passion for her country's history and its natural wonders, and for ensuring that her clients have a wonderful experience, is very clear. I could go on and on, but I'll close by saying that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend CBGA, and Sanh Sophoan, to anyone considering a trip to Cambodia!

    Elizabeth Rausch Avatar Elizabeth Rausch
    November 17, 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
  • positive review  A great association with the passion of kind sharing of knowledge and best practice on environmental protection to the bigger world. Staff are kind, friendly and willing to share. I really Thank them for sharing their knowledge to our group of students for free!

    Sophea Phon Avatar Sophea Phon
    January 22, 2020
  • positive review  Kunthea was an excellent birding guide with a sharp eye, quick with the scope and good knowledge of the birds and their habitat. It was a wonderful day trip!

    Pierre Richard Avatar Pierre Richard
    March 5, 2019
  • 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  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  In June 2017, I did a 3 days tour for birdwatching and bird photo in Northern Cambodia (Siem Reap and Northern Plains). It is a great place for birding, with a large number of specie, where some are really very rare and difficult to find. Actually it is the second time that I spend time for birding with these guides.My guide from CBGA has an excellent knowledge of the places where to find birds, but also an amazing bird culture: he knows every songs and noises of any bird you may hear in Cambodia.Last but not least, the guide's English is excellent, and he is a very friendly and sympathetic guy. It was a great pleasure to enjoy birding with him (he is as passionated as I am) and I'm looking forward to spending another bird tour with this association.Obviously, I strongly recommend CBGA and its guides.

    Olivier Picard Avatar Olivier Picard
    June 9, 2017