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Cambodia Birding Tour - 13 Days


Exploring Preah Vihear Province on the northern plains, stopping en route near Kompong Thom to search for the endangered Bengal Florican and Manchurian Reed Warbler in the floodplain grasslands.

Other grassland birds may include Small Buttonquail, Australasian Bushlark, and Asian Golden and Streaked Weavers.

As we near the dry dipterocarp woodland surrounding Thmatboey, we’ll look out for birds such as the Alexandrine Parakeet and the near-threatened White-rumped Falcon, endemic to Southeast Asia.

We’ll settle into our accommodation in the village’s ecotourism cottages, arranged under the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Ibis Tourism Project


Day 1 - Arrival – Siem Reap


Arrive at Siem Reap International Airport and transfer to the hotel. The same day, at late afternoon we will experience the sunset at Phnom Bakheng where the spectacular view can be watched especially the Angkor Wats’ five towers appears from the dense of forests.

Overnight in Siem Reap.


Day 2 - Explore Angkor Complex


After breakfast, we’ll have a full day to explore one of the architectural wonders of the world, the ruins of the old Khmer capital of Angkor, lost in the jungles for almost five hundred years until discovered by French explorer Henri Mouhot in the mid-nineteenth century.

We first visit The South Gate of Angkor Thom, the magnificent carvings and temple friezes at the Bayon, we’ll also find many birds, including Alexandrine and Red-breasted Parakeets, Lineated and Coppersmith Barbets, Asian Barred Owlet, Black Baza, Black-headed Bulbul, Asian Brown Flycatcher and then Elephants Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, lunch at local restaurant.

In the afternoon, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat, the temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture.

Angkor Wat's five towers symbolize Meru's five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. Continue to Ta Prohm, one of the area's most beautiful temples, Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, looking very much the ways most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them, as well Takeo. Overnight in Siem Reap


Day 4 - Siem Reap – Ang Trapaeng Thmor excursion


After breakfast, we’ll take a full day’s excursion to the Ang Trapaeng Thmor protected area. This large wetland, constructed for irrigation during the rule of the Khmer Rouge and surrounded by rice paddies, is now an important area for a variety of waterbirds. Here we expect to find over 200 Sarus Cranes, hundreds of Comb Duck, Cotton Pygmy-goose, Purple Swamphen, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, and Greater Painted-snipe. We may also see Small Buttonquail, Australasian Bushlark, and, if we are lucky, Milky Stork, Greater Spotted Eagle, and perhaps some other scarcer waterbirds.

Overnight in Siem Reap.


Day 5 - Siem Reap – Prek Toal cruising


After breakfast, we’ll take a full-day boat excursion to the magnificent waterbird breeding colony at Prek Toal, the core area of the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve. Among many other species, we expect to see hundreds of Oriental Darters, Great and Indian Cormorants, Spot-billed Pelican (listed as threatened), Painted Stork, Asian Openbill, Lesser and a few of the endangered Greater Adjutants, Black-headed Ibis, and Grey-headed Fish Eagle (listed as ‘near-threatened’). A few pairs of Milky Stork also nest here.

Overnight in Siem Reap.


Day 6 - Siem Reap – Preah Vihear Province


After breakfast, we’ll have an all-day drive to Thmatboey, in Preah Vihear Province on the northern plains, stopping en route near Kompong Thom to search for the endangered Bengal Florican and Manchurian Reed Warbler in the floodplain grasslands. Other grassland birds may include Small Buttonquail, Australasian Bushlark, and Asian Golden and Streaked Weavers.

As we near the dry dipterocarp woodland surrounding Thmatboey, we’ll look out for birds such as the Alexandrine Parakeet and the near-threatened White-rumped Falcon, endemic to Southeast Asia.

We’ll settle into our accommodation in the village’s ecotourism cottages, arranged under the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Ibis Tourism Project.

Overnight in Thmatboey.


Days 7-8 - Thmatboey Discovery


We’ll have two full days of birding around Thmatboey, one of the richest lowland habitats in Southeast Asia. While birds can be hard to see in many other Asian forests, birding around these relatively open woodlands, savannahs, and pools is an absolute delight and at times we’ll be seeing birds faster than we can possibly note them down. The diversity of woodpeckers is outstanding, with sixteen species recorded including Black-headed, Streak-throated, White-bellied, Great Slaty, and Yellow-crowned Woodpeckers. There is also a chance of Rufous-bellied Woodpecker.

Other medium-to-large birds include Indian and Javan Nightjars, Yellow-footed Pigeon, Green Imperial Pigeon, Blossom-headed and Alexandrine Parakeets, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Rufous-winged Buzzard, White-rumped Falcon, Blue Magpie, and Rufous Treepie. The many smaller birds include colourful minivets, Common Woodshrike, Indochinese Cuckoo-shrike, White-browed Fantail, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, and Brown Prinia while we have at least a reasonable chance of seeing the vulnerable and elusive Pale-capped Pigeon. We’ll also expect to see Woolly-necked Storks, but the real prizes awaiting us are the two critically-endangered ibises, Giant and the even rarer and more threatened White-shouldered Ibis. Giant Ibis, in particular, may be heard from our accommodation bugling in the early morning.

Overnight in Tmatboey Ecotourism Committee Cottages.


Day 9 - Thmatboey – Tbeng Meanchey


After stocking up on supplies in Tbeng Meanchey and adding cooks and local guides to our number, we’ll drive six hours to Chhep, along rough roads that in places are little more than a cart track. We’ll take short breaks along the way, which will allow for some birding in better-quality forest.

We may expect to see some of the same species we have already encountered, including Lesser Adjutants, Black Baza, and other raptors and woodpeckers, but there is always the possibility of surprises and new additions.

Overnight in wooden field houses.


Day 10 - All Day Birding in Chep


All day will be spent birding in Chep. We’ll spend time at the vulture restaurant where, from the cover of hides, we should see all three of the globally-threatened vultures, Red-headed, White-rumped, and Slender-billed, the latter two critically-endangered. The grasslands and surrounding mature deciduous forest here are largely undisturbed, and reflect what parts of Southeast Asia looked like many decades ago.

Raptors are numerous here, and the surrounding forests are full of birds. We may see Black-necked and Woolly-necked Storks, more Grey-headed Fish Eagles, and there is also the possibility of Aquila eagles.

Later we’ll drive to a site for White-winged Duck before settling into our campsite for the night.


Day 11 - Explore at Chep


We’ll have an early visit to some ponds to look for the rare White-winged Duck. In addition to this sort-after species, we’ll encounter many other birds including possibly Siamese Fireback, White-headed Duck, Swinhoe’s Minivet, and Black-necked Stork. Overnight at campsite.


Day 12: Chep – Kompong Thom – Siem Reap excursion


After another early morning visit to the duck ponds, the rest of the day will be taken up with a drive to Siem Reap.

Overnight in Siem Reap.


Day 13 - Siem Reap – Departure


After breakfast, free at leisure until transfer for departure flight.


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