Only 1.5 hours from Siem Reap is the remarkable reservoir and flooded fields of the Ang Trapaeng Thmor Sarus Crane Reserve, known as ATT.
As the name suggests this is a vitally important place for Sarus Cranes, the tallest and most elegant of Cambodia’s waterbirds. Between January and the end of March we see up to 350 of these majestic birds as they forage in fields around the man-made reservoir during the dry season. It is one of our favourite places to go birdwatching as there can always be something unexpected amongst the many waterbirds. Previously we have found scarce birds such as Black-necked Stork, Greater Spotted Eagle and, during March and April, Oriental Plover. In addition this is one of the best places on Earth to see Eld’s Deer, reputed to have once fed armies across Asia but now endangered and at risk of extinction.
Alongside the reservoir is the traditional Khmer village of Phnom Sok, where we can see silk being woven on a traditional loom. This provides additional income for the village and the items produced are of exceptional quality.
At ATT the Conservation Contribution funds a rice bank scheme helping the poorest to get access to rice during periods of shortage such as during the transplanting season. See information about SVCs conservation work.
05:30 – Pickup at your hotel by an English-speaking SVC guide for the 90 minute trip to ATT, with breakfast provided on the way and stops for interesting wildlife
07:30 – Arrive at Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) ATT station, briefing with the local guide
08:00 – Birdwatching around the reservoir
12:00 – Lunch at the WCS station
13:00 – Exploring further bird sites including Dry Deciduous Forest, home of Eld's Deer
17:00– Return to your hotel in Siem Reap