Half Day Kbal Spean

Birding and rural Cambodia

Duration

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6.5 hours

Availability

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All year

Peak season

Jan-Dec

Starting Point

Siem Reap

The Siem Reap River originates in the sacred mountain of Phnom Kulen, some 50km northeast of Siem Reap. Our route passes through timeless rural Cambodian villages and countryside before we stop at the dry deciduous forest near the slopes of the mountains.

From here we will visit Kbal Spean, walking through protected forest to see the famous carved lingas in the stream-bed.

What’s included?

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Transfers

You will be collected and dropped back to your hotel.

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Refreshments

Water will be provided to you throughout the trip.

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Entry & admission fees

Your entry fees are covered on this trip.

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Meals

Breakfast is included on this trip. 

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Tip or gratuity

It is your own decision should you wish to tip staff.

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Wifi

Wifi not available outside of major cities and towns.

Itinerary

Subject to change depending on seasons and personal requests

Morning Start

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05:30 - Pick Up

Pick up at your Siem Reap hotel in our aircon 4×4 by your English speaking bird guide.

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07:30 – Breakfast and birding

Delicious packed breakfast whilst birdwatching on the road and in dry deciduous forest. We hope to see White-rumped Pygmy Falcon and Black-headed Woodpecker.

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09:00 – Kbal Spean hill

We will climb 1.5 km to the summit of Kbal Spean hill through beautiful semi-evergreen forest. Puff-throated Babbler and White-rumped Shama are common, and we will also see a range of other species such as Asian Fairy Bluebird and Black Giant Squirrel.

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12:00 – Return to Siem Reap

Return to Siem Reap with lunch on the way.

Location

Title Address Description
Siem Reap
Pokambor Ave, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Kbal Spean
Phnom Kulen National Park, Cambodia

Things to note

Transport

4*4 car

When to go

All year round

Species

White-rumped Pygmy Falcon, Black-headed Woodpecker, Brown Prinia, Indochinese Bushlark, Hainan Blue Flycatcher, White-throated Rockthrush, Puff-throated Babbler, White-rumped Shama, Green-eared Barbet, Asian Fairy Bluebird.

Habitat

Dry deciduous forest, semi-evergreen forest, mountain and waterfall.

Things to bring

  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream
  • Appropriate closed-toe shoes. Walking boots are best
  • Light clothing covering shoulders and knees- this is especially relevant when visiting temples and religious sites. Clothing should not be bright when birding
  • Insect repellent
  • Waterproof coat
  • Small denominations of money. This is especially relevant when entering Northern Cambodia. $20 is the maximum denomination of money that should be taken
  • Binoculars. SVC charge $5 per person per day to use our Swarovski Optik binoculars
  • Ear plugs are recommended for multi-day tours. The sound of nature at night in remote areas can be loud

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