Free The Bears at Phnom Tamao


Try a unique programme at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre. Spend the day learning about the more than 100 sun bears that have been rescued from captivity and relocated to Phnom Tamao. You will get to go behind the scenes and learn about what it takes to be a bear keeper! Work alongside the dedicated staff and prepare enrichment toys and help in their feeding.

Not to forget a visit to the pretty Angkorian-era temple at Tonle Bati before returning to Phnom Penh.

Tour Breakdown:

– Pick up / drop off at hotel
– Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre
– Tonle Bati Temple

Duration Full Day
Transport Air-Conditioned Vehicle
Food Local Lunch & Afternoon Tea
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2 7
3 8
4 9
5 10
Program Details

Early this morning (7.30am), travel by private vehicle to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre, located an hour’s drive from Phnom Penh, and the world’s largest sanctuary for sun bears and has educated hundreds of thousands of Cambodians about the threats facing their wild bear populations.

On arrival meet the staff at Free The Bears, located within Phnom Tamao. Free The Bears is a registered charity that was set up by an Australian lady, Mary Hutton  to protect, preserve and enrich the lives of bears throughout the world. The 100+ bears that you will see at Phnom Tamao may have faced death or a torturous life in order to provide medicinal benefits or exotic food to the Asian market. Twenty one forested enclosures have been built over 7 hectares to house a mixture of Sun bears and Asiatic black bears of different ages and personalities.

After visiting the various different bear houses take part in a fun activity of preparing enrichment toys. There will also be time to visit some of the other endangered species kept at Phnom Tamao. Lunch will be taken at a simple local picnic hut ‘Khmer style’. In the afternoon it is time to hide the food in the bear’s forest enclosures and watch them enjoy the fruits of your labour.

Leaving Phnom Tamao drive the short distance to visit Tonle Bati Temple, an Angkorian-style temple which remains largely intact and the pretty garden enhances the atmosphere. Whilst being very small in size the temple is one of the best preserved and picturesque you can visit in Cambodia.

On the way back to Phnom Penh stop to try some local seasonal fruits before arriving at approximately 6pm at your hotel.

(Note: please note that direct contact with  the bears is not possible under any circumstances, these are rescued wild animals. It is recommended to bring closed footwear, sunscreen and suitable clothing for a day in the forest).

Our services include:

  • Local English speaking guide.
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Guided tour of Phnom Tamao with a bear keeper
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned visits.
  • Lunch in a local picnic restaurant.
  • Bottled drinking water and cold towels.

Our services do not include:

  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Any other items not mentioned

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