Koh Ker, Beng Mealea Forest Temples

An incredibly special day of viewing the remote and less-visited temples in the countryside around Siem Reap

Duration

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1 Day

Availability

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All year

Peak season

All Year

Starting Point

Siem Reap

Spend one day birding amongst the spectacular sites of ancient Khmer empire- Koh Ker and Beng Mealea. This trip offers a rich and diverse range of bird species including: Black-headed and White-bellied Woodpecker, Velvet-fronted and Neglected Nuthatch, Rufous-winged Buzzard, Indochinese Bushlark, the beautiful White-Rumped Pygmy Falcon and the Collared Falconet.

Koh Ker gives you the opportunity to explore ancient Khmer history without the abundance of tourists. Koh Ker is a unique pyramidal temple built in 931AD, strikingly reminiscent of the structures built by the Central American Maya. Not only is the appearance unique but also the history, as this was the location that became the capital of the Khmer Empire. This site also allows explorations in the dry and semi-evergreen forest among seldom-visited outlying temples to discover the birds and incredible butterflies.

Beng Mealea temple, thought to be the blueprint for Angkor Wat, gives the birder a chance to pick up some migrants from the north during December – March, often including the difficult to find White-throated Rock-thrush.

What’s included?

All Transport
All of your transport throughout the trip including transfers.
Refreshments
Water will be provided to you throughout the trip.
Breakfast
Breakfast is provided.
Lunch
Lunch is provided.
Koh Ker Entry FeesTip or gratuity
It is your own decision should you wish to tip staff.
Wifi
Wifi not available outside of major cities and towns.
Angkor Wat Temple Pass

Itinerary

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Subject to change depending on seasons and personal requests

Locations you’ll visit

Title Address Description
Siem Reap
13.361657, 103.859881
Koh Ker
Unnamed Road, Cambodia
Beng Mealea
Unnamed Road, Cambodia

Koh Ker and Beng Mealea

Key Species

Black-headed WoodpeckerWhite-bellied WoodpeckerWhite-rumped Pygmy FalconBrown Prinia

Habitat

Deciduous dipterocarp forest with semi-evergreen forest patches.

Things to note

Transport

4x4 Car

When to go

Accessible all year round. Birds are easier to see between December and March but in wetter season it is incredibly beautiful and alive with butterflies and other wildlife.

Conservation Contribution

Revenue from our tours help to fund wildlife conservation and community projects. Find out more

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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Multi-day tours must be booked at least 7 days in advance

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