Kbal Spean, the ACCB & Banteay Srey

Explore the sacred mountains of Cambodia and witness one of Cambodia’s wildlife rehabilitation and rescue programs

Duration

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11.5 hours

Availability

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All year

Peak season

Nov-Apr

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.

There is also the opportunity to visit the Angkor Center for Conservation and Biodiversity (ACCB), the first nature conservation and endangered wildlife rescue and breeding center in Cambodia. The center aims to promote the rescue and rehabilitation of certain native Cambodian wildlife and to establish a conservation breeding program to enable reintroduction of native species.

Before leaving the area, we will visit Banteay Srey temple which has spectacular pink sandstone sculptures.

What’s included?

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Entry & admission fees

All entry and admission fees are included in the price.

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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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Breakfast

Breakfast is provided on this trip

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Lunch

Home cooked Khmer lunch at the WCS station
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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

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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 – Lunch

Lunch at a local Khmer restaurant.
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13:00 – Angkor Center for Conservation of Biodiversity

Visit and take a tour through the Angkor Center for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB).
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14:30 - Banteay Srey Temple

Return to Siem Reap with a visit to Banteay Srey temple
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17:00 - Return to your hotel

Return to your hotel in Siem Reap.

Location

Title Address Description
Siem Reap
Pokambor Ave, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Kbal Splean
Phnom Kulen National Park, Cambodia
Angkor Center for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB)
Unnamed Road, Cambodia

Things to note

Transport

4*4 Car

When to go

All year round, though species are easier to see during the dryer months November – April, these sites are fascinating at any time.

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 and other common dry deciduous forest habitat species, plus the range of mammals and bird species at the ACCB center.

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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