Wild Siem Reap
Discover the incredible variety of habitats and wildlife around the Siem Reap area
Discover the incredible variety of habitats and wildlife around the Siem Reap area, the protected wetlands of Ang Trapaeng Thmor, home of the majestic Sarus Crane, to semi-evergreen forests rich in traditional medicine plants, butterflies and birds. Camp by waterfalls, and explore the top of the mountain in Changkran Roi (or 100 stoves) area, a remarkable natural phenomenon.
Wander outlying temples and explore Angkorian culture at the mysterious forest temple complexes of Koh Ker and Beng Mealea, bringing together the natural wonders with the history of the Kingdom of Wonder.
Entry & admission fees
All entry and admission fees to parks.
Accommodation is provided at all of our sites.
You will have a dedicated tour guide for the five days.
All of your transport throughout the trip including transfers.
Water will be provided to you throughout the trip.
City Accommodation & Meals
Accommodation and dinner in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sen Monorum. SVC can organise this if requested.
It is strongly recommended that you travel with insurance.
A hand wash laundry service can be provided with additional charges, depending on availability
Tip or gratuity
Wifi not available outside of major cities and towns.
Subject to change depending on seasons and personal requests
05:30 – Pick up at your hotel by an English-speaking SVC guide for the 90 minute trip to ATT.
We stop for a packed breakfast on the road at some excellent birding spots.
07:30 – Arrive at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) ATT station for a briefing with the local guide
08:30 – Birding around and inside the reservoir
Explore further bird sites including Dry Deciduous Forest, home of Eld’s Deer.
11:00 – Visit Phnom Srok village
See unique silk items being created, or continue birding around the reservoir.
12:00 – Home cooked Khmer lunch at the WCS station
13:00 – We will drive 2.5 hours to Changkran Roi community
We will visit our custom made bird hide where we hope to see Scaly-breasted Partridge and Bar-bellied Pitta.
17:00 – Set up camp in Changkran Roi
Hot dinner will be provided.
19:00 – Owling for 2 hours with the highlight being Oriental Bay Owl.
05:30 – Wake up return to the bird hide for sunrise
This is a beautiful way to start the morning whilst waiting for the birds to come. We will have a prepared breakfast and tea and coffee in the hide.
Once we have seen these birds, we will trek to embrace the nature and wildlife of the forest.
12:00 – Return to camp for Lunch at the camp
13:00 – Leave for Changkran Roi mountain
The drive will be 30 minutes.
14:00 – Arrive at Changkran Roi mountain
This will include a 30 minute steep hike to reach an area with a stunning variety of birdlife, bat caves and nature. We will spend 1 hour in this area to discover everything Changkran Roi mountain has to offer.
17:00 – Return to your hotel in Siem Reap
05:30 – Pick up from your Siem Reap hotel and go on the 1.5 hour drive to Koh Ker
Passing fields and villages. We stop for a packed breakfast en route at some excellent birding spots
07:30 – Arriving at the Koh Ker temple complex
We head out into the outlying temples after dry forest and semi-evergreen forest birds.
11:00 – Head to the main Koh Ker Temple
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.
13:30 – Drive to beautiful Beng Mealea temple complex
A couple of hours’ exploration around the temple and surrounding forest, before driving back to Siem Reap
17:00 – Drop off back at your Siem Reap hotel
|Pokambor Ave, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia|
|Poy Char, Cambodia|
|Srae Nouy, Cambodia|
|Unnamed Road, Cambodia|
|Unnamed Road, Cambodia|
Things to note
When to go
January – May are the best times for large waterbirds and Eld’s deer at ATT, but with interesting visitors and stunning scenery all year round!
Ang Trapeang Thmor (ATT):
Birds: Sarus Crane, Milky Stork, Painted Stork, Greater Adjutant, Greater Spotted Eagle, Black-necked Stork, Black-headed Ibis, Rufous-winged Buzzard, Comb Duck, Spotted Wood-owl
Mammals: Elds Deer (please note that Elds Deer is an extremely rare species).
Birds: Black-headed Woodpecker, Rufous-winged Buzzard, Bar-bellied Pitta, Coral-billed Ground-cuckoo, Indochinese Bushlark
Butterflies: The Common Bluebottle, The Blue Jay, The Fivebar Swordtail, The Common Grass Yellow, The Tree Yellow, Common Tiger, The Striped Black Crow, The Blue Spotted Butterfly, The Blue Pansy, The Peacock Pansy, The Leopard Lacewing, The Yamfly, The Great Mormon, The Blue Helen, The Banded Swallowtail
Mammals: Indochinese Ground Squirrel, Cambodian Striped Squirrel
Koh Ker and Beng Mealea:
Birds: Black-headed Woodpecker, White-bellied Woodpecker, White-throated Rock Thrush, Rufous-winged Buzzard, White-rumped Pygmy Falcon, Brown Prinia, Blossom-headed Parakeet, Burmese Shrike
A large reservoir surrounded by rice paddies, with a range of grassland and sedge habitats on the northern edge, and a small area of degraded deciduous forest.
Semi-evergreen forest, deciduous dipterocarp forest, mountain, riversine, waterfall.
Koh Ker and Beng Mealea:
Deciduous dipterocarp forest with semi-evergreen forest patches.
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
Multi-day tours must be booked at least 7 days in advance
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