Spend a fantastic day in rural Siem Reap observing Cambodia’s diverse bird life. Start with a visit to the Sam Veasna Centre, which promotes and develops bird watching sites, before heading to an area of protected wetland. Your expert guide will help you spot some of the 200 species of birds in the area, including Sarus Cranes and other endangered birds.
Sam Veasna Center
Ang Trapaeng Thmor protected wetland area
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Early morning around 5.30 a.m., visit the Sam Veasna Center in Siem Reap. The center promotes wildlife conservation in Cambodia and develops bird watching sites in co-operation with the Wildlife Conservation Society and local communities. From there, head to the Ang Trapaeng Thmor protected wetland area (2 ½ hours from Siem Reap). This area was originally constructed for irrigation during the rule of the Khmer Rouge, but is now surrounded by rice paddies and is home to a great diversity of waterbirds.
Here we expect to find over 300 Sarus Cranes in the dry season. A further 200 species of other birds live and breed here, of which 18 have been classified as globally or near globally threatened. This is also one of the handful of sites in Cambodia where the endangered Eld’s Deer can be seen. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the countryside with a stunning view of the grasslands. Return to Siem Reap late afternoon.
Note: The best time to see many of the birds is from February to May although many bird species can be spotted year-round.
Responsible Travel: The Sam Veasna Center and the Ang Trapaeng Thmor wetlands are non-profit destinations overseen by the Wildlife Conservation Society. They provide a unique opportunity for visitors to observe local wildlife without disrupting their natural habitat.