Wild Temples and Critical Wildlife

This overnight safari camping tour brings together pre-Angkorian culture at mysterious outlying forest temples

Duration

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5 Days

Availability

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All year

Peak season

Nov-Mar

Starting Point

Siem Reap

This overnight safari camping tour brings together pre-Angkorian culture at mysterious outlying forest temples, and Cambodia’s most Critically Endangered wildlife. We take you from the wildlife and history of the outlying deserted temples to the depths of the Northern Plains to our world famous Vulture Restaurant deep in a remote wildlife sanctuary, an essential community based conservation project keeping 3 species of Vultures alive in South East Asia.

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

05:00 – Pick up from your hotel
This is a 2 hour trip from Siem Reap to Stoung Bengal Florican Conservation Area. A prepared breakfast will be provided when we arrive at the birding spot.

06:30 – Birding at Stoung Bengal Florican Conservation Area
Our guides have a very good track record of finding these Critically-Endangered birds, the first of the six targets, they should be seen within the first few hours of the trip. Whilst we are enjoying the floricans, other birds we typically see include Sarus Crane, storks, Manchurian Reed Warbler, Pied and Eastern Marsh Harrier, Small Buttonquail, Bluethroat and Red Avadavat.

10:00 – Leave Stoung Bengal Florican Conservation Area for Betreed
We will travel to the Betreed, birding in dry forest along the way. During our birding stops, we will have lunch and hope to see White-rumped Falcon.

14:00 – Arrive at Betreed
Here you can experience raw nature and find yourself finally away from the madding crowds of Cambodia. It is home to endangered and threatened species of Cambodian wildlife: Banteng (wild cow), Pileated Gibbons, Silver Langurs, Barking Deer, Sambar Deer and many species of birdlife. And you might be lucky enough to see these special creatures.

18:00 – Dinner and night at Betreed
To find out more about the accommodation and food at Betreed, please click here

05:00 – Wake up to explore Betreed
Prepared breakfast will be provided.

You can explore Angkorian era “cave-temples”, and the quarries where the ancients carved out their stone. And specially constructed for the adventurous, our pair of 300 metre ziplines traversing a saddle of the mountain provides panoramic views of the surrounding forest. Find out more

11:00 – Return for Lunch in Betreed

12:00 – Leave Betreed for Prey Veng
This trip will take 2 hours. Prey Veng is one of the most remote locations in Cambodia- be prepared for a bumpy ride!

14:30 – Arrive at Prey Veng
Check in and get settled before exploring near the White-winged Duck roosting site.

16:00 – Arrive at the White-winged Duck roosting site
The short trek from where we park the car and the hide can reveal many beautiful species.

18:00 – Arrive back at Prey Veng Ecolodge
Hot dinner will be provided. If requested, soft drinks and beer or wine can be bought to toast on the baray platform watching the sun set over Cambodia.

04:15 Breakfast and leave to birding site.
This birding site is home to the White-winged Duck, one of the rarest birds to view in Cambodia. This would be an excellent opportunity to see this species but this is a very rare occurance. This is a beautiful site to see the sunrise surrounded by nature and bird calls alike. If requested, you can choose not to do this and rest. Prepared breakfast will be provided.

When the sun rises, we will explore around the roosting site in search for Black-headed Woodpecker and White-rumped Pygmy Falcon. We will continue birding in this area until 10:00.

11:00 – Return to the ecolodge to rest

12:00 – Lunch

14:30 – Explore the Chen Srom Temple complex whilst birding
This temple is a 15 minute walk from the lodge and is one of the most remote temple sites in Cambodia with no visitors.

17:00 – Return to the ecolodge for rest

19:00 – Dinner

19:15 – Option for owling in the evening
Collared Scops Owl and Brown Boobook are popular visitors to the site. This will take 30 minutes to 1 hour.

06:30 – Breakfast

07:00 – Explore the ancient baray
Search for the Sarus Crane and the most endangered bird in the world, Giant Ibis

10:30 – Arrive at the Ecolodge for rest

11:15 – Lunch

12:00 – Leave for Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant.
We will spend one hour in T’beng to resupply our trip. It will take 4 hours overall to get to Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant.

16:00 – Arrive at Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant and late-afternoon treking birding.
Our local guides will have already set up large safari-style tents for us to sleep in. The vultures will not be fed until the next day, so there will be time for some birding in the dry forest in the late afternoon.

19:00 – Dinner and sleep at Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant.
Hot dinner. We have the option to do some owling before bed with the hope to see Oriental Scops Owl and Large-tailed Nightjar. This will take 30 minutes to 1 hour. Rest before early start the next day.

04:30 – Wake up and walk from the camp to the Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant
As vulture populations have crashed across Asia, Cambodia has held onto populations of the three species currently considered Critically Endangered. However, owing to a decline in wild cattle populations, Cambodia’s vultures are now reliant on supplementary feeding. Joining this tour offsets the cost of running the ‘vulture restaurant’ and includes the local community in the efforts to save these impressive, macabre birds.

A cow will be provided to the vultures and from dawn we will be able to watch the spectacle of many White-rumped and Red-headed Vultures, and sometimes also Slender-billed Vultures feeding on the carcass.

A prepared breakfast will be provided at the Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant site.

11:00 – Return to camp for an early lunch

12:00 – Leave camp for Siem Reap.
On the way back to Siem Reap, we will visit Beng Mealea temple. This temple was the blueprint for the Angkor Wat complex and is often referred to as ‘Mini Angkor Wat’. With less tourism and more nature surrounding the site, this is certainly a must-see site for any person interested in ancient Khmer history.

17:00 – Arrive at your hotel in Siem Reap

Location

Title Address Description
Siem Reap
Pokambor Ave, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Bengal Florican
Unnamed Road, Cambodia
Betreed
Sdau, Cambodia
Prey Veng
Unnamed Road, Cambodia
Vulture Restaurant
Chhaeb Pir, Cambodia
Beng Mealea
Unnamed Road, Cambodia

Things to note

Transport

4*4 Car

When to go

The cooler dry season between November and March make it easier to access the sites, but the vivid green beauty of the wetter seasons make this tour remarkable all year round.

Species

Stoung Bengal Florican Conservation Area
Critically Endangered: Bengal Florican.
Vulnerable: Sarus Crane, Greater Spotted Eagle, Manchurian Reed Warbler.
Near Threatened: Painted Stork, Spot-billed Pelican.

Betreed
Endangered: Green Peafowl
Vulnerable: Lesser Adjutant, Great Slaty Woodpecker
Near Threatened: Red-breasted Parakeet, Alexandrine Parakeet, Blossom-headed Parakeet.

Prey Veng
Critically Endangered: Giant Ibis.
Endangered: White-winged Duck.
Vulnerable: Great Slaty Woodpecker

Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant
Critically Endangered: Giant Ibis, Red-headed Vulture, White-rumped Vulture, Slender-billed Vulture.
Vulnerable: Indian Spotted Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, Eastern Imperial Eagle.
Near Threatened: Himalayan Griffon, Red-breasted Parakeet, Alexandrine Parakeet, Blossom-headed Parakeet.

Habitat

Stoung Bengal Florican Conservation Area
Seasonally inundated outer-floodplain grassland with some small areas of scrub.

Betreed
DDF, Semi-evergreen forest, riverine, trapeang and hill.

Prey Veng
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.

Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant
DDF, Semi-evergreen forest, riverine, trapeang and hill.

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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