Cambodia Birding Tours
Our Cambodia Birding Tours are designed to give you the best chance to see the magnificent variety of birds and wildlife in Cambodia without the stress and we do this in several ways.
Firstly, SVC currently has seven of the best Khmer English-speaking bird guides in Cambodia who have a passion for guiding birders as well as sharing the unique aspects of Cambodian culture. This includes full knowledge of Cambodians famous temple complexes.
Secondly, we use the best transport and equipment including air-conditioned 4×4’s to reach some of the remote birding locations in Cambodia, we also use Swarovski Optik binoculars and scopes that guarantees an unparalleled viewing and birdwatching in Cambodia experiences.
Lastly, with over 15 years of experience of bird guiding experience in Cambodia, SVC has built strong relationships in rural communities. SVC trains and employs local community bird guides to monitor key bird species year-round ensuring up to date information of the location of key species.
SVC also has helped develop ecolodges and camping sites in remote areas of Cambodia and we train and employ community members to cook traditional Khmer food for all our clients, as well as train them on western hospitality standards to ensure you have a comfortable stay in some Cambodia’s most remote regions.
Sam Veasna Conservation Tours (SVC) is the premier birding tour company in Cambodia formed in 2006 and created in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Previously named Sam Veasna Center for Wildlife Conservation, SVC is named after the inspirational Cambodian conservationist, Sam Veasna, who died in 1999 from Malaria.
Today, SVC guides some of the world’s leading international birding companies to take birders to see some of the most endangered birds in the world including; White-shouldered Ibis, Bengal Florican, Red-headed Vulture, White-rumped Vulture, Slender-billed Vulture, White-winged Duck, Chinese Grassbird, Yellow-breasted Bunting, Mekong Wagtail and the national bird of Cambodia- Giant Ibis. Overall, Cambodia is home to over 630 bird species including two endemic species which are Cambodian Tailorbird and Cambodian Laughingthrush. We also get to show our clients a stunning selection of wildlife unique to South-East Asia including endangered species such as; Irrawaddy Dolphin, Pileated Gibbon, Black-shanked Douc Langur and Southern Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon.
Please be aware that unlike many locations around the world that can get you up close, Cambodia’s birding is still very much done at a distance due to continued deforestation, poaching and poisoning that make many species wary of humans – BRING YOUR BIG SCOPES!
Sam Veasna Conservation Tours Ltd. (SVC) is a social enterprise non-profit organisation. Our mission is to sustain Cambodia’s wildlife and communities through ecotourism.
Since SVC’s inception, to date, we have guided 6,500+ tours and 10,000+ tourists to discover the amazingly diverse range of species that Cambodia has to offer. Every visitor to the communities we work with pay a ‘Conservation Contribution’. This fee goes towards projects that build infrastructure for some of the poorest communities in Cambodia.
Since 2015, visitors to SVC have contributed over $500,000 to local communities. SVC works with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Ministry of Environment (MoE) to ensure your contributions go to projects that benefit the communities. Previous projects have included; well-building, road repair and local primary school renovations.
During the off-season, SVC teaches communities skills needed to maintain high tourism standards- cooking hygiene, housekeeping training and local guide training. This provides supplementary income for individuals and helps to show the value of tourism and how important it is to protect their unique birdlife.
Since SVC’s inception, we have seen stable populations in Giant Ibis and other endangered species as well as a slight increase in White-shouldered Ibis. SVC is currently working to create a new birding site for Masked Finfoot which we hope to take birders to see in late 2021/early 2022.
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