White-winged Duck

Okoki (OKK)

Okoki is located remotely in Preah Vihear Province near the Laos border in Chhep Wildlife Sanctuary, where pools of mixed evergreen forest following a watercourse provide habitat for globally endangered bird – White-winged Duck. Combined habitats with also DDF, there is also the great possibility of spotting the Bar-bellied Pitta, Banded Broadbill, Banded Kingfisher, Green Peafowl, Siamese Fireback, White-rumped Pygmy-falcon, Oriental Bay Owl and Blyth’s Frogmouth.

Since Okoki is a remote area, the only accommodation available is camping on safari style tents among the tall trees, set up by the local community of Dangphlet. The local villagers are one of the main stakeholders in the bird-conservation, assisting as service team for setting up the camp, cooking and local guiding.

A trip to Okoki is recommended in the dry season from December to March, and usually done as 2-nights (one night if in a hurry) add-on in an itinerary that combines with other sites of the northern plains like Tmatboey.

Distances to Okoki: 5 hours from Siem Reap, 3 hours from Tmatboey, 1 ½ hours from Vulture Restaurant, and 3 ⅕ hours from Kratie. The access in the wet season is almost impossible when some part to Okoki are cut off due to the rain and flood.

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