Varin and Changkran Roi
The Varin Community tented safari camp is just a one and a half hours from Siem Reap, by beautiful waterfalls in semi evergreen forest at the base of the mountain at Changkran Roi. This incredible natural, volcanic phenomenon looks like hundreds of traditional stone stoves.
This forest area is rich in birdlife, butterflies and dragonflies as well as being famous for its traditional medicine plants and the community are happy to share their knowledge during your forest bird or wildlife spotting treks. There are mammals such as Indochinese Ground Squirrel, Cambodian Striped Squirrel and Muntjac that can still be spotted – if you’re lucky, as well as Giant Ibis, White-Winged Duck, Sarus Crane, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Black-headed Woodpecker, Grey-headed Fish-eagle, White-bellied Woodpecker, Rufous-winged Buzzard, Brown Prinia and Indochinese Bushlark.
The ecotourism community here still practise traditional farming techniques which vistors can learn about during a visit to the village, and there is the opportunity to see an ancient Buddist temple at the base of the mountain.
Birds: Black-headed Woodpecker, Rufous-winged Buzzard, Bar-bellied Pitta, Coral-billed Ground-cuckoo, Indochinese Bushlark
Butterflies: The Common Bluebottle, The Blue Jay, The Fivebar Swordtail, The Common Grass Yellow, The Tree Yellow, Common Tiger, The Striped Black Crow, The Blue Spotted Butterfly, The Blue Pansy, The Peacock Pansy, The Leopard Lacewing, The Yamfly, The Great Mormon, The Blue Helen, The Banded Swallowtail
Mammals: Indochinese Ground Squirrel, Cambodian Striped Squirrel
Great access and sightings all year, as the species are resident. In rainy season the bird have more food available that can make them more difficult to find. This site is stunning all year for more nature focused tourists as the rich greens, botanical variety and butterfly life make a trip very rewarding.
Semi-evergreen forest, DDF, mountain, riversine, waterfall
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