Tour overview

This 15 day tour is a great chance to see some of the rarest birds in the world and visit the cultural masterpieces of Angkor. The tour starts in Siem Reap where we explore the temples and bird the surrounding countryside including the Greater Adjutant colony at Prek Toal and the ATT marshes. We visit the open forest of Timatboey, and travel north to visit the Vulture Restaurant and look for the White-winged Wood Duck along the border with Laos.

We visit the grasslands at Kompomng Thom to look for the Bengal Floricans and migrant warblers before heading over to Kratie on the Mekong River where a boat trip to see the Irrawaddy River Dolphins and the Mekong Wagtail can be a highlight. Our final destination is Mondulkiri where it is still possible to see some large mammals. It is worth spending a couple of extra days in Phnom Penh to visit the Killing Fields and the genocide museum. A short, less arduous itinerary would miss out both the northern Wood Duck and Vulture section and Mondulkiri.

Included

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Meals as itinerary (check PDF itinerary)
  • Transport including fuel
  • Guide services of tour leader
  • Site & entry fees

Not Included

  • Travel insurance and other emergencies
  • Visa fees and entry clearing fees
  • Flights (Domestic or International)
  • Drinks & snacks
  • Laundry
  • Items of a personal nature

Day 1 - Arrive Siem Reap

Arrive Siem Reap for a 4 night stay. Afternoon visit to temple area at Angkhor and bird the temple area. Black BazaAshy and Swinhoes Minivets, Alexandrine and Red-breasted Parakeets, Black-capped Kingfisher and White-throated Rockthrushcan all be seen here.

Day 2 - Angkor Wat

Full day visiting temples and birding the surrounding area.

Day 3 - Prek Toal

Full day visit to Prek Toal for Greater and Lesser Adjutant, Milky and Painted Storks and Spot-billed Pelican.

Day 4 - Visit Ang Trapaeng Thmor Sarus Crane Reserve

Full day visit to Ang Trapaeng Thmor for Sarus Crane, Pheasant-tailed and Bronze-winged Jacanas, wetland species, raptors and Eld’s Deer. Ang Trapaeng Thmor is a man made reservoir built by the Khmer Rouge using slave labour. During the dry seasons it is an important staging ground for more than 300 Sarus Cranes.

Day 5 - Transfer to Timatboey

Transfer to Timatboey. Giant and White-shouldered IbisWhite-rumped Pygmy Falcon, Great, Slaty, White-bellied WoodpeckerBlack-headed Woodpecker, Spotted Wood, Brown Fish Owl and Oriental Scops Owl  are some of the birds we hope to see here.

Day 6 - Timatboey

Birding the dry open deciduous forest around Timatboey.

Day 7 - Transfers to Okoki

Transfer to Okoki for White-winged Duck and more. Safari style tented camp.

Day 8 - Okoki

Full day birding the forest at Okoki.

Day 9 - Veal Krous & the Vulture Restaurant

Transfer to Veal Krous and Cheep Protected Forest and the vulture restaurant and reed beds. Good for crakes and warblers .

Day 10 - Birding Veal Krous & Cheep Protected Forest

Morning with Slender-billed, Red-headed and White-rumped Vultures then transfer to the grasslands of Kampong Thom for Bengal Florican and migrants. such as Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler and Yellow-breasted Bunting.

Day 11 - Transfer to Kratie

Transfer to Kratie, bird the rice paddies on the edge of town for Watercock, Black-necked Swamphen, Asian Bluethroat and Asian Golden Weaver.

Day 12 - Morning Boat ride & transfer to Mondulkiri

Take the morning boat ride for Mekong Wagtail, Small Pratincole and Irrawaddy Dolphins then transfer to Mondulkiri and Keo Seima forest camp.

Day 13 - Birding Keo Sama

Full day birding Keo Sama for Orange-necked Partridge and other southern forest species with the possibility of large mammals.

Day 14 - Birding Mondulkiri & transfer to Kampong Thom

Morning birding Mondulkiri returning to Kampong Thom and the Florican grasslands the late afternoon.

Day 15 - Return to Siem Reap & onward flights

Return to Siem Reap for onward flight.