This 20-day trip covers most of our current birdwatching sites in Cambodia! By opting this package, you could contribute more to conservation projects we are implementing together with the Ministry of Environment and our local community partners across landscapes. This itinerary covers around 400+ species of the total 602 species lead by a professional senior guide who has full experience in leading birdwatching tours across the country and Southeast Asia.
The highlight iconic species are: Milky Stork, Greater and Lesser Adjutants, Grey-headed fish-eagle, Painted Stork, Black-necked Stork, Sarus Crane, Manchurian Reed-Warbler, Bar-bellied Pitta, Oriental Bay-Owl, Brown Prinia, Giant Ibis, White-shouldered Ibis, Great-slaty Woodpecker, White-bellied Woodpecker, Black-headed Woodpecker, Yellow-crowned Woodpecker, Spotted Wood-Owl, Brown Wood-Owl, Greater and Lesser Yellownapes, Greater and Common Flamebacks, Savanna Nightjar, Great-eared Nightjar, Indian Nightjar, Black Stork, White-winged Duck, Green Peafowl, Silver Broadbill, Siamese Fireback, Scaly-breasted Partridge, Bar-backed Partridge, Blue Pitta, 3 species of resident vultures, Mekong Wagtail, Asian Golden Weaver, Maroon Oriole, Grey-faced Tit-Babbler, Red-vented Barbet, Rufous Woodpecker, Pale-capped Pigeon, Cambodian Tailorbird, Chestnut-headed Partridge and many other not-mentioned species. Besides birds you may also experience Angkorian temples of Khmer arts and an unrecorded life of people on the floating villages in Tonle Sap – the biggest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and the greatest waterbird breeding colony in Asia, designated as a Ramsar site in 2015 after a recognition by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve of Tonle Sap.
Day 1: Arrival to Siem Reap, Cambodia
Day 2: Full day birding at Angkor complex
Day 3: Full day birding at Prek Toal, Tonle Sap
Day 4: Full day birding at Ang Trapaeng Thmor
Day 5: Full day birding to Changkran Roy
Day 6: AM birding at Changkran Roy, PM back to Siem Reap
Day 8: Full day birding at Tmatboey
Day 9: Full day birding at Tmatboey
Day 11: Full day birding at Okoki
Day 13: AM birding at Boeng Toal, PM birding at Kratie – Mekong
Day 15: Full day birding at Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary
Day 16: Full day birding at Dakdam Highland
Day 18: Full day birding at Bokor National Park
Day 19: Full day birding at Bokor National Park
Day 20: Morning birding at Saltpan; then transfer to Phnom Penh airport
Accommodation in Siem Reap/Kratie/Mondulkiri/Kampot are in comfortable air-con rooms (two single beds each room). In Tmatboey, the accommodation is basic with solar power. In Okoki and Boeng Toal, the accommodations are in safari style tented camp.
Single supplement is not valid for Tmatboey/OKoki/BoengToal, however, we could arrange it with no extra charge when there is a room available.
Arrive at Siem Reap International Airport and transfer to hotel. Stay in Siem Reap.
Our first birding hotspot is chasing around the temple of Angkor where you can combine with historical, cultural tour as it one of the world attractive sites for tourists. A full day tour of the Angkor temples includes the magnificent 12th century Angkor Wat, the fabulous Ta Prohm Temple, embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers, the mysterious Bayon Temple. Beside temple, you can explore some bird species such as White-throated Rock-thrush, Black-capped Kingfisher, Black Baza, Alexandrine, and Red-breasted parakeet, Hainan Blue and Taiga Flycatchers. Stay in Siem Reap.
An early start to transfer to Cambodia’s great lake, Tonle Sap. The day is spent birding at the Prek Toal Biosphere Reserve by boat and from watchtowers in the flooded forest. Prek Toal has one of the largest concentrations of waterbirds in South-East Asia with Oriental Darter, Spot-billed Pelican, Painted and Milky storks, Asian Openbill and Greater and Lesser adjutants among the species that can be seen. Return to Siem Reap in the late afternoon. The itinerary may vary depending on local conditions at Tonle Sap. Stay Siem Reap
Today our birding hotspot is going to the wetlands at Ang Trapeang Thmor to look for Sarus Crane, duck, Black-necked Storks, Greater Spotted Eagle, Milky Stork, Painted Stork, Oriental Plover, and many other species. One globally threatened species – the Eld’s deer (Rucervus eldii). About 200 bird species recorded in the reserve.Overnights at Siem Reap.
Today we wiill pick you 5.30 am and take you to the Changkran Roy for one night camping, the drive takes about 90 minutes. Today we make the trek to the top of the mountain at Changkran Roy – this incredible natural phenomenon looks like hundreds of traditional stone stoves. This area has a stunning array of butterflies, dragonflies and birds which we will spot and identify en route. At night time we are looking for Oriental Bay-Owl.
We will have breakfast on our walk and will hear calls from birds singing in the canopy, perhaps your vivid pleasant memories of this wonderful site. Returning to the camp for lunch before spending a few hours around the basecamp waterfall on the hunt for butterflies, insects, and birds, or learning about traditional farming techniques with the local community and visiting the village. We return the 1.5 hours to Siem Reap via an ancient Buddist temple at the base of the mountain.We will arrive back in Siem Reap around 4pm.
Leave Siem Reap early morning for the grasslands at Kompong Thom to search for the rare and endangered Bengal Florican and wintering Manchurian Warbler. Raptors including Eastern Marsh Harrier, Pied Harrier, and Greater Spotted Eagle are often seen cruising over the grasslands here. In the afternoon continue to Tmatboey, one of the last strongholds of the very rare Giant Ibis and White-shouldered Ibis. Overnight at Tmatboey.
We start to leave at 4.30am with packed breakfast, go for the Giant Ibis roost. We will spend the whole morning also for other key species and come back for lunch and rest before the afternoon birding that start at 3 pm.
Beside the two critically endangered Giant and White-shouldered Ibis. Tmatbeoy also supports other target species such as Woolly-necked Stork, Black-headed woodpecker, White-rumped pygmy Falcon. The Pale-capped Pigeon is another highlight along with Night-birding is often productive; Spotted and Brown Wood Owls, Collared and Oriental Scops Owl, Brown Fish Owl and Spotted Owlet all being possible viewing at daytime. Stay in Tmatboey
Today we will spend the morning birding Tmatboey, and we will spend time between 9.30am to 2.30pm to visit Preah Vihear Temple located on the top of the mountain, 90 minutes away from Tmatboey.
After back from the temple and rest, we still can do another late afternoon birding around Tmatboey for more species we have missed. Stay in Tmatboey
After last morning birding around Tmatbeoy, the group will head toward Okoki passing Dongplet village from where the community that serves your services at the site. The group will arrive at Okoki around noon time then bird watching around the campsite especially waiting in the hide near the feeding pond for the White-winged duck. The group will stay here for 2 nights, rising early to walk through the forest to arrive predawn at hides constructed next to the pools favored by the duck. Bird watching throughout the day could produce a plethora of dry-forest specialists including Green Peafowl and White-rumped Pygmy-falcon. In the gallery forest, we can find a different suite of birds including Bar-bellied Pitta, Banded Broadbill and Banded Kingfisher. On our night walks, we are likely to encounter Oriental Bay Owl and Blyth’s Frogmouth. Overnight at Okoki camp tent.
In the late morning, we leave from Okoki to Beong Toal (vulture restaurant) arriving late afternoon then enjoy bird watching around the campsite especially Woodpeckers and Vultures. The Vulture Restaurant is a feeding program set up by the government of Cambodia and conservation NGOs to help sustain the 3 critically endangered species of vulture: Red-headed, White-rumped, and Slender-billed Vultures. Overnight at Beong Toal camp.
Before dawn, the group will make their way to a hide positioned not far from the vulture restaurant. The beautiful scene with up to 70 vultures may be present, often competing for the carcass with Golden Jackal usually happens. After the observing the vulture having their breakfast the group leave from vulture restaurant to Kratie arriving late afternoon where we will stay overnight looking for Asian Golden Weaver, Mekong River Dolphin, Mekong Wagtail, and other wetland birds.
We’ll take a 90-minute river trip from Kratie to look for Irrawaddy Dolphins, Mekong Wagtail and Small Pratincole on the Mekong River, then head up to Seima Forest and Mondulkiri, near the Vietnam border. Depending on how we are doing on time, we may have time for some late afternoon birding around Seima which holds good birds like several species of Barbets and Green-Pigeons, and much more, and then head for a site for the locally rare Green Peafowl. Overnight at Mondulkiri in a comfortable hotel.
Birding Seima Forest, and lunch at Oramis Resort which has a very productive strip of riparian forest, before heading out to some other pieces of great microhabitats, including some higher elevation spots. Crimson and Black-throated Sunbirds, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Banded Broadbill, Bar-bellied Pitta, Green-eared, Red-vented and Indochinese Barbet, Phylloscopus warblers, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Black Eagle and maybe Scaly-breasted Partridge are all exciting possibilities. Seima is home to the largest population of Black-shanked Douc in the world, along with Northern Pig-tailed and Long-tailed Macaque and Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon, all of which are regularly seen on our tours. Overnight at Mondulkiri in a comfortable hotel.
Dak Dam is hill evergreen forest located just an hour from Mondulkiri, the hills along the Vietnamese border reach over 800m asl. Remaining forest patches here hold an interesting collection of birds unlike any other site in Cambodia. Black eagle, Pale-capped pigeon, Indochinese Barbet, Blue-winged Siva, Silver-eared Mesia, White-cheeked Laughingthrush, Rufous-capped Babbler, Black-chinned Yuhina, Black-crowned Parrotbill, and Black-browed Fulvetta are some of the records from this site.
We will spend our last morning birding at Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary again until 9 am we will travel toward Kampot. We will make a stop along the way to locate the newly discovered species of Cambodian Tailorbird (Orthotomus chaktomuk). This area is also excellent for open-country species such as Plain- backed Sparrow and we often see large waterbirds such as Oriental Darter and Painted Stork.
We will arrive in the early evening at Kampot and stay three nights
Early morning start at 5.30am drives uphill to Bokor National Park. There will be a few stops for birding on the route and for having breakfast. We will spend the whole day on Bokor look for the target species including the near-endemic Chestnut-headed Partridge, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Long-tailed Broadbill, Indochinese Green Magpie, Great Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon and many more. Then back to Kampot for the night
Today we will spend another whole day birding at Bokor again for more species and the species we missed. back to Kampot for the night.
This morning we will spend our last birding at the saltpan near Kampot to look for the shorebirds including Whimbrel, Sandpipers, Little-ringed Plover, and Red-necked Phalarope. After that we will finish our tour by transfer to Phnom Penh airport or continue for an extension to Aural in the Cardamon Mountains for Cambodian Laughingthrush – an endemic of Cambodia.
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