Countryside & Forest Birds of Cambodiafrom
A 2 day birding tour is ideal for those seeking to combine an interest in countryside & forest birds of Cambodia with a variety of species as the top birds in this kingdom. Our top birds such as Cambodian Tailorbird, Oriental Pratincole, Brown Shrike, Collared kingfisher, Ashy Drongo, Chinese Francolin, Common Flameback, Black-naped Oriole, Greater Racket Tailed, Forest wagtail, White rumped Shama, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Puff-throated Babbler, White-crested Laughingthrush, Dark-necked Tailorbird, Blue-eared Barbet, Black- naped Monarch and Mountain Imperial- pigeon.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeBirding Tour, Children, Family, Jungle
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
A 2 day birding tour is ideal for those seeking to combine an interest in countryside & forest birds of Cambodia with a variety of species as the top birds in this kingdom. Our tour began in the countryside of Phnom Penh where we headed up to the Mekong River, lotus ponds and enjoy good views of several wetland birds and especially the top bird around Phnom Penh such as Cambodian Tailorbird, Oriental Pratincole, Brown Shrike, Black shoulder kite, Chinese Pond Heron, Zebra Dove, Indian Roller, Greet Bee-Eater, White-breasted waterhen, Purple Swamphen, Pheasant-Tailed Jacana, Bronze winged jacana, little cormorant, little ringed plover, Whimbrel, Cattle Egret, Javan Pond-Heron, Common Snipe, Common Greenshank , Darter, Pied kingfisher, Collared kingfisher, Ashy Drongo, Coppersmith Barbet and a numerous of wetland birds. We also seek community based ecotourism and take a step to see more of forest birds after we had overnight stay and experience with local people at these communities. Our top birds in Chambok Community Based Ecotourism are concluded with Chinese Francolin, Common Flameback, Black-naped Oriole, Ashy Drongo, Greater Racket Tailed, Forest wagtail, White rumped Shama, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Puff-throated Babbler, White-crested Laughingthrush, Dark-necked Tailorbird, Blue-eared Barbet, Black- naped Monarch, Mountain Imperial- pigeon and a numerous of the forest birds.
Cambodian Tailorbird, Oriental Pratincole, Brown Shrike, Collared kingfisher, Ashy Drongo, Chinese Francolin, Common Flameback, Black-naped Oriole, Greater Racket Tailed, Forest wagtail, White rumped Shama, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Puff-throated Babbler, White-crested Laughingthrush, Dark-necked Tailorbird, Blue-eared Barbet, Black- naped Monarch and Mountain Imperial- pigeon.
Species : 50 to 80
Habitats Covered: Lotus fields, woodland, cultivation, rice fields, lowland broad-leaved and tropical moist forest
Expected Climate: Humid in the lowlands with occasional rain showers
Group Size: 2 to 8 with 1 tour leader
Trip Duration : 2 day & 1 night
Accommodation: Local project home stay at Chambok Community Based Ecotourism
Ease of Birding: Moderate with some very tricky species
Photographic Opportunities: Good
Tour Fees (Per Person): USD235 | GBP195 | EUR 220 | AUD357
- Local birding Guide
- Round trip private vehicle support
- Meal included: 2 breakfast & 2 lunch
- Fruit & drinking water
- One night home stay at Chambok village
- Binocular & field scope
- Diner & entrance ticket fee at Chambok Ecotourism Community
- Travel insurance
- Miscellaneous personal expenses and tips
Please prepare some cash for dinner which it cost from 4$ and entrance ticket 3$ per person
Phnom Penh Countryside Birds & transfer to Chambok Community Based Ecotourism
We will pick you up from your accommodation in Phnom Penh at 5:30am for the morning tour, or you could go to our meeting point at Independent Monument of Phnom Penh by your own. Then, we get a ferry crossing Mekong River and drive to our birding side. On the arrival of the natural lake where the local farmers they growing lotus, paddy rice and other vegetables, we will start to watch any birds such as little egret, Chinese porn heron, tern, Indian Roller, Bee-Eater, White-breasted waterhen, Purple Swamphen, Pheasant-Tailed Jacana, Bronze winged jacana, oriental cormorant, Bee eater and a numerous of wetland birds. We also had a chance to see some little Cormorant, oriental darter before we had a packed breakfast and took an easy walk to the Cambodian Tailorbird habitat. The Cambodian tailorbird is a species of bird endemic to Cambodia, likely confined to a single dense shrub habitat in the floodplain of the Mekong River. Then we have a relaxing and refreshing time during the landing transfer to Chambok Community Based Ecotourism for a sunset birds and overnight stay with a local life experience.
Species Meals Accommodation
30 to 50 Breakfast & Lunch Local project home stay
Forest birds of Kirirom National Park & back to Phnom Penh
We begin our sunrise birdwatching and walk around on the easy pace to see a numerous of forest birds such as Greater Racket Tailed, Forest wagtail, White rumped Shama, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Puff-throated Babbler, White-crested Laughingthrush, Dark-necked Tailorbird, Blue-eared Barbet, Black- naped Monarch, Asian Brown Flycatcher and some of the countryside birds before we enjoy a local breakfast were served by a women group of the community. Then we have an option for a 5km or 14 km hike to see the birds of Kirirom National Park, waterfall, bat cave, primary forest and pine forest. Throughout this national park hike we had a chance to see Great hornbill, Chinese Francolin, Common Flameback, Black-naped Oriole, Heart-spotted woodpecker, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Mountain Imperial- pigeon, Verditer Flycatcher and a numerous of the forest birds. After relaxing and enjoying a coffee or tea on the top of Kirirom National Park, we drive back to Phnom Penh where we are supposed to arrive around 3 or 4pm to sign off our wonderful 2 days birding trip in Cambodia with Vana Adventure Travel.
Species Meals Transportation
20 to 40 Breakfast & Lunch Included
Chambok Community was established as an eco-tourism site back in 2003 with the assistance of NGO Mlup Baitong, Kirirom National Park and local authorities. The goal of Chambok Community was to financially assist the protection of the communities forest and prevent illegal logging in the area. Now there are just under 1400 hectares of forest protected as part of a Community Protected Area on which Chambok Community is located. Moreover, more than 500 families are supported through tourism here.
The Chambok site is an initiative developed in 2001 by a local environment organization Mlup Baitong, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment. the aim was to address the issues of deforestation and community livelihoods for villagers in the area, who depend on the forests to produce charcoal to make a living. Through community education programs, they were shown the benefits of protecting the forests for future generations.
Since then, the Chambok ecotourism project was developed to provide an alternative income to the villagers. Managed by the villagers of Chambok commune, all revenues from tourism stay in the community and help them to protect the forest and manage it in a sustainable way. Trained local guides are available to share their knowledge of the nature, history and cultural aspects of the area. The site also has a visitor centre and a restaurant where the local youth stage dance performances and Khmer food is served.
Chambok Eco-tourism Resort, around 70km from Phnom Penh in Kampong Spue province, is just a few kilometres away from Kirirom Hillside resort. But while Kirirom is an upscale luxury retreat, Chambok is successful and sustainable community project. Unlike many similar schemes, Chambok is run with definite and realistic aims in mind conservation that benefits local communities through tourism. Ecotourism is very important for community development, explained Chan Sokha, KCD’s director. Chambok is managed by the community, but benefits from it. The project supports families and the community.
Situated next to Kirirom National Park, Chambok has a lot of attractions and activities to offer to both local and international tourists who are strongly interested in nature. It is well known for its three streams, including the biggest with over 40 meters of beautiful waterfall. Tourists can take guided tours to one of those streams and enjoy the views while hiking through the forest. The English speaking guides will tell a lot about both animals living in the forests and plants growing there. Beside these three waterfalls there is a unique opportunity of experimenting a bat cave and its hundreds of inhabitants.
Next to Chambok ecotourism site the Kirirom National Park is situated with a basic guesthouse and restaurant inside. The Kirirom Hillside resort is a hotel containing several bungalows, a restaurant, theme park and swimming pool at the border of Kirirom National Park. The small town of Treng Trayeung with its market and restaurants is close to Chambok as well.
Below is a list of equipment that we suggest you take with you.
- Wear comfort clothes and shoes
- Sunscreen, sunhat, lip balm, and sunglasses
- Smartphone or camera and make sure their batteries and memory space are enough
- Small day backpack as it easy to carry something of your personal stuff and water
- Pack some of your necessary stuff and luggage transfer is included
There is no matter that you didn’t bring your bins for birdwatching tour, we have such of equipment to entire this birding trip ending with enjoyable and bird encounters. We have binocular for individual, field scope, birding checklist, and birding guidebook.
Throughout this birding journey, we running a project on ” Bird Awareness to the children” with an objective to raise awareness on birds, wildlife and environment to children where it will contribute the sustainable development.
Therefore, we would happy to get some of your used gears for birding and wildlife such as: Binocular, GPS, Color for children painting, note book, refillable bottle, etc.
We do not accept cash for the donation..!
Orkun Chroeun ( Thanks ..!)
Well, that is available for your meal option during the trip with us. We has known, some of the most common dietary restrictions include vegan and vegetarianism, peanut allergies, lactose intolerance, and gluten intolerance etc. Therefore, you could mention us during your proceed the booking or direct contact to us via WhatsApp +85512883898.
Islam is the religion of a majority of the Cham (also called Khmer Islam) and Malay minorities in Cambodia. According to from general Population census results of the Kingdom of Cambodia 2019, there are around 311,045 Muslims in the country as of 2019. As of 2016, data from the Ministry also recorded 884 mosques scattered all throughout Cambodia.