CAMBODIA BIRDING ANG TRAPAENG THMOR CRANE RESERVE

5 DAY NATURE AND WILDLIFE

Siem Reap - Angkor Temples - Crane Reserve - Tonle Sap

Highlight

As enthralling as the temples of Angkor may be, there are lots of other things to see and do around Siem Reap. Seeing a bit of Cambodia away from the temples can help avert ‘temple-burnout’ and round out your Cambodian experience as well as help Cambodia by taking some tourist pressure off of the temples and spreading the tourism dollars a bit more widely. In addition to the following suggestions, check out the sections on visiting the Tonle Sap Lake and bird sanctuary, attending a traditional dance performance, going on a helicopter, balloon and elephant rides, traditional markets and good causes. Also see Charitable Organizations for more information.

CAMBODIA BIRDING ANG TRAPAENG THMOR CRANE RESERVE

Include

  • Double/Twin/Triple shared room at hotel with daily breakfast (or similar)
  • Private transportation by air-conditional vehicle
  • Local English speaking guides
  • Meals are mentioned in the itinerary (B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner)
  • All entrance fees and sightseeing as mentioned in the program.

Exclude

  • International and domestic flights
  • Visa letter and Visa stamp to Vietnam
  • Other meals and optional tour
  • Early check-in, late check-out surcharge
  • Drinks, personal expense (phone call, laundry, tip...)
  • Any services not mentioned in the program
  • Tips for tour guides, drivers (at least USD 3/person/day)…

Upon arrival in Siem Reap, we will clear immigration and customs before transferring to our hotel in center area. 
Welcome buffet dinner with traditional Apsara dance performance which is not only dance but also story telling. 
Overnight in Siem Reap 
 

We will arise very early this morning in order to arrive at Angkor Watt for sunrise. The huge temple is fantastic in the early morning light and will be a great start to a full day of exploring the incredible ruins of Cambodia’s ancient Khmer empire. After sunrise most tourists depart for Siem Reap for breakfast, but we will bring a packed breakfast in order to visit Angkor Watt after sunrise when it’s less crowded. We will spend the majority of the morning at Angkor Watt, the largest religious structure in the world. The grandeur of this temple is unmatched with its exquisite bas-reliefs, flooded moat, sandstone causeway, carved outer walls and three storey central temple. After Angkor Watt we will visit the decaying temple of Ta Prohm whose walls and spires are still draped in vegetation including enormous trees whose roots meander over and through the temple stones. Ta Prohm looks much as most of the ruins did when they were first discovered giving it an other-worldly feel. We will have a packed lunch with us as well and after visiting Ta Prohm we will take a break to have a picnic lunch. After lunch we will have a brief visit to the temple of Preah Khan (the Temple of the Sacred Sword) with its maze of vaulted corridors, lichen-encrusted stones and elegant carvings. From Preah Khan we will finish our day at the complex of structures that make up Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom was a fortified city that covered 10 square miles. Today the monumental gates each with gigantic stone faces will welcome us to the central temple area. Within this complex we will visit the Baphuon Temple, the Terrace of the Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and most impressive of all Bayon Temple. Bayon’s gothic towers decorated with huge beguiling faces are extraordinarily impressive and should yield fantastic photos in the late afternoon through to sunset. Overnight in Siem Reap. 

This morning, we will depart very early this morning for Ang Trapeang Thmor Sarus Crane Reserve (ATT). Located about an hour and half northwest of Siem Reap, the reservoir and flooded fields of ATT provide critical habitat for more than 200 species of birds including the endangered and charismatic Sarus Crane. Up to 350 Sarus Cranes forage in this reserve which is also home to a great diversity of other waterbirds such as Painted, Milky, Woolley-necked and Lesser Adjutant Storks; Comb Ducks and Cotton Pygmy Geese; Black-headed Ibis; Spot-billed Pelican; and many species of herons, bitterns and cormorants. Pied and Eastern Marsh Harriers often course over the grasslands looking for prey. The grasslands and reed beds also play host to a wide variety of songbirds. Beyond the avian attractions ATT is home to an important population of endangered Eld’s Deer and we will do our best to see this special mammal during our visit. We will have breakfast along the way and after a full morning of birding we will have the opportunity to visit the Phnom Srok Village which is famous for their silk weavings. After our visit to the village and a chance to shop for silk handicrafts we will have lunch at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s reserve headquarters. After lunch we will continue our explorations of ATT looking for any species we might have missed in the morning. We should arrive back in Siem Reap and our hotel around 5:00 which will leave plenty of time to freshen up prior to dinner. Overnight in Siem Reap.

This morning, we will move onto the great lake of Tonle Sap and see the small floating village which moves in and out depending on the water levels throughout the year.  Taking boat trip to explore the biggest fresh-water lake in South East Asia, we have chance to explore the bustling life of local people in floating villages with floating schools, floating restaurants, and even floating hospitals. Transferred into your small boat and be rowed through the flooded forest of Kompong Phluk. 
It’s then your own leisure time to explore Siem Reap in the afternoon.
Overnight in Siem Reap.  
 

At leisure in the morning before transferring to airport for your departure flight. End of services!

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