There are a variety of opportunities to experience Cambodian bird and wildlife during a visit to Siem Reap. Most tourists come here to visit the fabled temples of Angkor Wat. Sam Veasna Conservation Tours has guides that are certified temple guides as well as qualified bird guides. They can combine early morning birding at the temple complex with a tour of the major archeological sites.
Other trips can be arranged that focus on outlying temples that present good birding including Kbal Spean.
SVC can arrange half-day trips onto the Tonle Sap floodplain. This is a more economical introduction to local avifauna. By using local tuk-tuk or moto drivers, an SVC guide can take you around the mosaic of fields and ponds that hold a variety of waterbirds. The scrubland gives cover to a number of northern migrants including warblers, robins and chats.
Dry from November to mid-April, showers begin in late-April and intensify to a peak in August, causing flooding through much of the forest between June and September. Coolest between December and February, rapidly becoming hotter and more humid from March-July.
A mosaic of lowland deciduous dipterocarp forest and semi-evergreen forest. Riparian forest and forest on hills contains more evergreen elements. The best example of these habitat types remaining in the region.
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