Wild Siem Reap

Discover the incredible variety of habitats and wildlife around the Siem Reap area

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3 Days

Availability

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All Year

Peak season

Jan-May

Starting Point

Siem Reap

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.

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 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

Location

Title Address Description
Siem Reap
Pokambor Ave, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
ATT
Poy Char, Cambodia
Changkran Roi
Srae Nouy, Cambodia
Koh Ker
Unnamed Road, Cambodia
Beng Mealea
Unnamed Road, Cambodia

Things to note

Transport

4*4 Car

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!

Species

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).

Changkran Roi:
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

Habitat

ATT:
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.

Changkran Roi:
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

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