Plan your next birdwatching trip using a local professional Birdingpal guide...
If you are you an independent birdwatcher, who does not care for large group tours, then Birdingpaltours is for you
Our tours are flexible, safe and the use of a local guide lets you participate in the planning
A local guide knows all the hotspots and you get the most out of your trip
You select the date and length for a trip to suit youself
If your time is limited, we’ll design a tour to fit your needs
A professional Birdingpal guide can customize your tour, and you will see the birds you want.
Your guide is also your travel companion, who will make sure you experience the native people, scenery, culture, history and food, first hand.
You will enjoy the advantage of all the attention you get in a small group, for the same price or perhaps even less, than you will pay if you travel with the large tour groups from other countries
Remember, the next time you travel, you do not have to miss the birdwatching if your partner or travel companions are non birders; a local guide is flexible, and will easily accommodate other needs too
Hiring a Birdingpal guide will boost the local economy and help protect birds other wildlife and their habitat
Birdwatching in Cambodia
The deciduous dipterocarp forests that once spread across much of Indochina and Thailand were formerly home to the greatest aggregation of large mammals and water birds that have existed beyond the savannas of Africa. These forests have largely disappeared from Thailand and Vietnam; currently, the Northern and Eastern Plains of Cambodia form the largest remaining contiguous block of this unique and critically important habitat.
"Deciduous Dipterocarp Forests "
Tourism visits are linked to community conservation agreements, whereby ecotourism income supports local development and engagement in conservation activities monitored by Ministry of Environment of Cambodia.
Responsible Eco-tour organizer supports wildlife conservation and local communities
“Supporting Local Communities and Wildlife Conservation
through Responsible Ecotourism Initiative Project”
Special 14-Day Tour Across Cambodia
Already scheduled for January 16th, 2020, CBGA has a special 14-day Cambodia birding tour planned. This extensive cross-country trip, also acts as a fundraiser for our conservation work. It starts in Siem Reap, at Angkor complex, and then heads to the wetlands of the Tonle Sap floodplains Prek Toal. We then continue to Ang Trapeang Thmor, the Florican Grassland, TmatBoey(in the northern plains), Okoki and the Vulture Restaurant, at Boeng Toal. Our journey continues to the eastern plains, to Kratie, Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary and Dakdam Highland, with a final birding stop at Chaktomuk Marshland, before concluding our adventure in Phnom Penh, or Siem Reap.
Our guide, who has been specially selected for this tour, will help you explore the Cambodian countryside and identify the key bird species. Target birds include: the Giant Ibis, White-shouldered Ibis, Bengal Florican, Sarus Crane, Milky Stork, Greater Adjutant, White-winged Duck, Red-headed Vulture, Slender-billed Vulture, White-rumped Vulture, Mekong Wagtail, Green Peafowl, Cambodian Tailorbird, plus many others.
It is possible that we will see up to 300 species, on this two-week tour. Additional species may include.
TOUR DATE: 16th – 29th January 2020
STARTING POINT: Siem Reap International Airport, Cambodia
GROUP SIZE: Min. 4 / Max. 8
COST: USD 3,060
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT*: USD 260
INCLUSION: Guiding by CBGA birding expert, overland transportations, all accommodations**, meals (D1 dinner to D14 lunch), drinking water, entrance fees, conservation contributions, local guide/ranger
EXCLUSION: Tips, drinks, laundry, flight / airport tax, personal expenses, travel insurance
*Single supplement is not valid for Tmatboey / Okoki / Boeng Toal, however, we could arrange it with no extra charge when there is a room available.
**Accommodation in Siem Reap/Kratie/Mondulkiri will be in comfortable air-con rooms (two single beds in each room). In Tmatboey, the accommodation is basic, with only solar power electricity. In Okoki and Boeng Toal, the accommodation is in safari-style tents, at a camp.
Sanh Sophoan, your local Birdingpal guide
Sophoan (or So) is a senior guide, tour leader and temple guide. So was born in Pursat and moved to Siem Reap at an early age. She has guided birding tours since 2006 and is one of the most experienced bird guides in Cambodia. Over many years she has developed the ability to quickly spot and identify a large number of bird species. Sophoan is well travelled as a guide and often takes birding tours to other countries, especially in Southeast Asia. She has previously worked as a guide for companies such as Albatros, Birdquest, Rockjumper, Zoothera, Wings and amongst others. She is also active in many other CBGA projects, in particular with the environmental education program. In addition to her vast knowledge of birds, she has also developed a strong interested in Dragonflies.
Nara Duong, your local Birdingpal guide
Nara is one of our senior bird watchers and guides. He grew up in a rural area of Siem Reap and became active as a guide in 2007. He has led tours for a number of birding groups, including: BirdQuest, Wings, Vent, Avifauna, amongst others. With 12 years of experience in the field, he is able to identify almost all birds by their call or song. Nara loves birding, travelling, meeting people, and leading tours to see the wonders of the Cambodian countryside. He also coordinates the bird call and mammal identification class for CBGA. He has personally identified over 500 of Cambodia’s 620 bird species.
Some facts about Cambodia.
Cambodia covers 181,040 square kilometers in the southwestern part of the Indochina peninsula. Much of the country (75%) consists of the Tonle Sap Basin and the Mekong Lowlands, mostly rolling plains. Much of the Northern Plains is still covered in intact habitat – extensive areas of deciduous dipterocarp forest, with scattered seasonal wetlands (called trapeangs in Khmer) and large grasslands (veals), which flood during part of the wet season (June-October). Driving from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap during the wet season is a stark contrast to the same trip in the dry season (November through May): the plains fill with the dun-colored water from sediment and turn into rice paddies, chartreuse with young rice. Dense evergreen forest is found along water-courses and in the more fertile soils of the upland regions.
There are mountain ranges in the southwest: the Cardamom Mountains and Elephant Range, and to the north: the Dangrek Mountains. Cambodia’s tropical climate has a wet and a dry season of equal length; temperature and humidity are normally high throughout the year. The coolest time of the year is birding season, late December through March.
Cambodia now has a new Field Guide “Birds of Cambodia” from Lynx Edision, www.lynxeds.com/product/birds-of-cambodia/ A Guide to the Birds of South-east Asia: Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia by Craig Robson.
A Guide to the Birds of Thailand by B. Lekagul and P. D. Round.