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.
SVC currently has six of the best Khmer English-speaking bird guides in Cambodia. They have a passion for operating Cambodia birding tours as well as sharing the unique aspects of Cambodian culture. This includes full knowledge of Cambodia’s famous temple complexes.
We use air-conditioned 4×4’s to reach some of the remote birding locations to tour in Cambodia. We also use Swarovski Optik binoculars and scopes that guarantees unparalleled viewing for all our Cambodia birding tours.
With over 15 years of experience of bird guiding 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. At these sites, we train and employ community members to cook traditional Khmer food for all Cambodia birding tours. This includes training on western hospitality standards to ensure you have a comfortable stay in some Cambodia’s most remote regions.
History of Sam Veasna Conservation Tours
Sam Veasna Conservation Tours (SVC) is named after the inspirational Cambodian conservationist, Sam Veasna, who died in 1999 from malaria at the age of 33.
In memory of Sam Veasna, Sam Veasna Centre for Wildlife Conservation was formed in 2006 in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). The goal was to promote wildlife conservation awareness and education in Northern Cambodia.
Today, Sam Veasna Conservation Tours main objective is to provide local communities with a sustainable livelihood through Cambodia birding tours. To learn more visit: https://samveasna.com/the-svc-model/ to see how your Cambodia birding tour impacts conservation and lives in some of Cambodia’s poorest regions.
About birding in Cambodia
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;
- Giant Ibis,
- White-shouldered Ibis,
- Bengal Florican,
- Red-headed Vulture,
- White-rumped Vulture,
- Slender-billed Vulture,
- White-winged Duck,
- Chinese Grassbird,
- Yellow-breasted Bunting,
- Mekong Wagtail.
Overall, Cambodia is home to over 630 bird species including two endemic species – Cambodian Tailorbird and Cambodian Laughingthrush. We also get to show our clients a stunning selection of wildlife unique to South-East Asia including;
- Irrawaddy Dolphin,
- Pileated Gibbon,
- Black-shanked Douc Langur
- Southern Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon.
Mardy Sean has been a senior guide for Sam Veasna Conservation Tours for over 10 years. He has guided some of the top international birding and nature groups from around the world including BBC documentary teams. Mardy’s enthusiasm for birds, nature, and teaching others about conservation in Cambodia is often a highlight for people who go on our tours. Also possibly has some of the best one-line jokes in Cambodia! Watch what our guide says.
Mony Sang has been a senior guide for Sam Veasna Conservation Tours for over 10 years. He specialises in technical birding tours across all locations in Cambodia. Mony is also an avid and enthusiastic bird photographer who will get into any situation to get the perfect photo. Mony’s interests extend beyond birding and include mammals, reptiles, butterfly’s and more. Watch what our guide says
Ladong Nan is a Sam Veasna Conservation Tours veteran guide of over 7 years. Ladong has lead birding trips across Cambodia as well as represented SVC in international events such as the Asian Birdfairs in 2016 and 2018. Ladong favourite location to take tours in Tmat Boey in Northern Cambodia- home of Cambodia’s national bird, Giant Ibis. Watch what our guide says
Meet Hat Huon. Hat has been with Sam Veasna Conservation Tours for 5 years and is quickly becoming one of SVC’s expert guides. Hats second role as SVC’s Community Coordinator gives clients on his tours an unparalleled insight into the communities that protect some of Cambodia’s most endangered species. Hat’s favourite birding location in Cambodia in Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant in Northern Cambodia. Watch what our guide says
Sophear Somrich is one of SVC’s up-and-coming bird guides with over 4 years of experience at Sam Veasna Conservation Tours. Sophear is a true gentleman and you can find no one more passionate to make sure you see your target species and give you a truly unique experience. Sophear’s favourite birding and wildlife location in Cambodia is in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary, Mondulkiri. Here you can see Green Peafowl and Orange-breasted Partridge as well as a variety of endangered gibbon species. Watch what our guide says
While a relatively new but very competent birder, Hang Oeung is a seasoned guide who brings a unique dimension to Sam Veasna Conservation Tours. Hang has been a highly respected temple and historical guide in Cambodia for over a decade. Now with 4 years bird guiding added to his repertoire, Hang is the guide for a truly special birding and cultural experience. Hangs favourite birding location is the temples in and around Siem Reap including Koh Ker temple complex to see White-rumped Pigmy Falcon, Collared Falconet and Black-headed Woodpecker. Watch what our guide says
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 is an approved tour operator with the Cambodia Tourism Board (Reference: 27521).
Cambodia is now open for all vaccinated tourist! To stay up-to-date with the latest information and restrictions regarding travel in and out of Cambodia, please visit https://samveasna.com/cambodia-travel-information-2022/
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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