Cambodian Culture and Wildlife Adventure

Travel from mysterious outlying temples teeming with birds and butterflies, to the heart of the remote Kulen Prontep Wildlife Sanctuary.

Duration

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3 Days

Availability

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All year

Peak season

Nov-May

Starting Point

Siem Reap

After exploring Koh Ker temple complex, we travel on to your home for two nights – our community ecolodge, nestled on the banks of a 12th Century ‘baray’, or reservoir. This simple but comfortable wooden lodge is run by the Ecotourism Community of Prey Veng Village – a project that is essential to the conservation of Critically Endangered large birds in Cambodia.

The lodge is just 300 meters from a deserted ruined temple, and we have mapped out routes around the baray – which acts as the essential water source for both community and wildlife. You can explore at your leisure, visiting the village and community forest to learn about traditional land use practises, or just relax on the viewing platform with sundowners. Explore the dry forests of the Northern Plains uncovering Cambodia’s unique birds and wildlife on the way.

What’s included?

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Entry & admission fees

All entry and admission fees to parks.

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Accommodation

Accommodation is provided at all of our sites.

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Guide Fees

You will have a dedicated tour guide for the five days.

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All Transport

All of your transport throughout the trip including transfers.

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Refreshments

Water will be provided to you throughout the trip.

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All Meals

You will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner .
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Reusable Bottle

SVC Refill not Landfill reusable water bottle for multi-day trips.
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Conservation Contributions

SVC will contribute part of the trip cost towards conservation.
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City Accommodation & Meals

Accommodation and dinner in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sen Monorum. SVC can organise this if requested.

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Trip Insurance

It is strongly recommended that you travel with insurance.

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Laundry

A hand wash laundry service can be provided with additional charges, depending on availability.

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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

05:30 – Pick up from Siem Reap
Pick up from your Siem Reap hotel in our aircon 4×4 by our English speaking bird guide we head off on the 1.5 hour drive to Koh Ker, through fields and villages. We stop for a packed breakfast en route at some excellent birding spots.

08:30 – Arrive Koh Ker Temple
Arriving at the Koh Ker temple complex we head out into the outlying temples after dry forest and semi-evergreen forest birds. All our guides are certified temple guides. They will take you through the history of this complex and guide you to some hidden-gem locations that tourists rarely visit.

11:00 – Koh Ker main temple
We head to the main Koh Ker Temple for the opportunity to explore this stunning complex and the birds, butterflies and dragonflies that inhabit the site.

12:30 – Lunch
Lunch is at an excellent café right at the main temple, with home cooked Khmer food.

13:00 – Leave Koh Ker for Prey Veng Ecolodge
Leave Koh Ker for Prey Veng Ecolodge

We will travel to the Prey Veng ecolodge. We have the option of stopping at a few birding sites in the dry forest along the way.

Prey Veng is one of the most remote tourist locations in Cambodia. The road in and out of Prey Veng is very bumpy so please be aware of this. This is especially relevant in the wet season (May to November)

15:00 – Arrive at Prey Veng Ecolodge
We will get checked into the Prey Veng Ecolodge. After we have settled in and had a short rest, we will drive to the White-winged Duck roosting site. This will take 1 hour. We will park near the site and walk to the roosting tree. This short walk through the bush can attract a variety of incredible species and beautiful nature. Stay at the roosting site until the sun goes down.

19:30 – Dinner and night at Prey Veng Ecolodge
We will spend the evening at the Ecolodge having a delicious home cooked meal.

07:30 – Breakfast
Prepared breakfast at Prey Veng Ecolodge.

10:00 – Walk to Prey Veng village to experience remote Cambodian culture.
Prey Veng village is a small distance away and provides the perfect opportunity to experience remote Cambodian culture.

This will include talking to local residence about the history of Prey Veng including recent history and the events of the Khmer Rouge period.

We can visit the local primary school where you can give the school much needed materials including books, pens etc.

12:30 – Return to the lodge for lunch
Lunch will include a special type of rice called IBIS Rice. This unique project buys rice from local farmers for 30-40% over the market price in exchange for no land clearing, no hunting and no use of chemicals in their crops. Along with SVC, IBIS Rice is one of the major conservation projects in the Northern Plains.

13:30 – Visit IBIS Rice farmer in Prey Veng.
Rice farming is the number one source of income for the community. The IBIS Rice farmer will explain in more detail the project and the lives of the farmers.

If requested, a Prey Veng farmer will teach you to drive a Koyun (tractor)!

15:00 – Trek around the ancient baray.
There will be an opportunity to see Sarus Crane and, if we are lucky, the most endangered bird species in the world, Giant Ibis. This trek will also include a variety of spectacular birding and mammal species.

17:30 – Return to the Prey Veng Ecolodge for dinner and relaxation
The ecolodge has a platform overlooking the baray. Drinking a soft drink (or beer!) has never felt so good!

07:30 – Breakfast
Prepared breakfast at Prey Veng Ecolodge.

08:30 – Free Morning
This morning is flexible depending on your preferences. If you would like to return to any areas previously visited, our SVC guides would be happy to revisit these areas. We can take you on a wildlife and birding trek or you can rest and take the morning at your own pace.

12:00 – Lunch
Lunch at Prey Veng Ecolodge.

13:00 – Leave for Siem Reap.
On the way we will visit Beng Mealea Temple. This complex of often referred to as ‘Mini Angkor Wat’ being the blueprint for Angkor Wat. Beng Mealea is a spectacular site that is a ‘must-see’ in Cambodia.

17:00 – Drop off
Return to your hotel in Siem Reap.

Location

Title Address Description
Siem Reap
Pokambor Ave, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Koh Ker
Unnamed Road, Cambodia
Prey Veng
Unnamed Road, Cambodia
Beng Mealea
Unnamed Road, Cambodia

Things to note

Transport

4*4 Car

When to go

The cooler dry season between November and May make it easier to access the sites, but the vivid green beauty of the wetter seasons make this tour remarkable all year round. During rainy season, Prey Veng comes to life and access is by 4*4 car.

Species

Koh Ker
Vulnerable: Great Slaty Woodpecker. 

Near Threatened: White-rumped Falcon, Red-breasted Parakeet, Blossom-headed Parakeet. 

Prey Veng
Critically Endangered: Giant Ibis. 

Endangered: White-winged Duck. 

Vulnerable: Great Slaty Woodpecker 

Habitat

Lowland deciduous dipterocarp forest, often mistakenly referred to as dry forest. Trapeangs dot the landscape and there is tall semi-evergreen forest in riverine areas.

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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