Cambodia

Bird Watching and Kayaking at Trapaeng Thmor

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day tour

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: All day

tour highlights

Explore the Ang Trapaeng Thmor floodplains
  • Spot the elusive & critically endangered Eld's Deer
  • Visit the Phnom Srok Village
  • Kayak around the edge of the reservoir
  • Browse the traditional products including silk and boiled silk worm grubs!

tour details

Ang Trapaeng Thmor is a large Angkorian reservoir (baray) rebuilt by the Khmer Rouge and is still used today to irrigate rice paddies nearby the reservoir. In 2002 it was declared a Sarus Crane Reserve, providing a crucial safe feeding ground for the crane and other wildlife, including the critically endangered Eld’s Deer. During your tour, you’ll explore the reservoir on foot and by kayak. You’ll get to see flocks of ducks, trees laden with storks, fruit bats and hopefully the elusive Sarus Crane. After a traditional Khmer lunch, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Phnom Srok Village. This agricultural community still practices traditional methods including pulling silk yarn from boiled grubs and using looms under the village house. Both the grubs and the silk are available for sale.

tour description

Ang Trapaeng Thmor is a large Angkorian reservoir or baray rebuilt by the Khmer Rouge and is still used today to irrigate the rice paddies to the south of the reservoir.
In 2002 it was declared a Sarus Crane Reserve providing a crucial feeding ground for these near threatened and extremely elegant birds.
It is now a haven for wildlife including the critically endangered Elds Deer, which emerges from the forest to drink as the waters recede during the dry season.
Flocks of duck can be seen wheeling over the water while semi-submerged trees are laden with storks and pelicans and there are a couple of fruit bat colonies.
Phnom Srok Village adjacent to the baray is an agricultural Cambodian community, where silk yarn is pulled from boiled grubs and traditionally woven in looms under village house. Both the grubs and the silk are available for sale.
Ang Trapaeng Thmor is about 1 'bd hours from Siem Reap and visited as a kayaking and bird watching day trip.

Summary Itinerary
0630 Pickup from your hotel for the trip to Ang Trapaeng Thmor with breakfast and bird watching on route
0830 Arrive at the Forestry Administration (FA) Station for briefing by local guides
0900 Explore the flood plain by vehicle looking out for Sarus Crane and the critically
endangered Elds Deer (Jan May) and the abundant birdlife
1100 Visit Phnom Srok Village adjacent to reservoir and view traditional silk weaving with option to buy raw silk (and the boiled silk worm grubs!)
1200 Khmer lunch at FA Station
1300 Kayak around the edge of the reservoir viewing the wildlife and scenery
1400 Head back to Siem Reap
1600 Arrive back at the hotel

includes

Private transportation
All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program
English-speaking locally-stationed guides (guides in other languages are on request and may be subject to supplements)
Bottled water and cold towels

    excludes

    Surcharges for other language guides
    Personal travel insurance
    Personal expenditures such as drinks, souvenirs, gratuities etc.
    Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
      Tour code: REPINBIR

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