MEET YOUR GUIDES

Meet the Guides

SVC is a family, our guides are the heart of the organisation.

MEET YOUR GUIDES

Meet the Guides

SVC is a family, our guides are the heart of the organisation.

Since SVC started running tours in 2006 we have trained up a team of world class Cambodian specialist birding and wildlife guides. SVC guides are passionate and dedicated conservationists as well as guides, inspiring a new generation of Cambodian’s to nurture their environment and love their natural heritage. They take part in field studies, species surveys, work with other global conservation organisations assisting and supporting with their expert knowledge.

We spend the 6 months over low season training and building the skills of our guiding team in technical birding skills, natural history and beyond… extending further every year building knowledge of butterflies, dragonflies, botany and the amazing biodiversity of Cambodia.
Many of the team have been us for 10+ years now and are known and loved by birders and wildlife lovers the world over. A number of the team are also fully licensed and qualified Temple guides able to uncover the natural wonders and species around Cambodia’s iconic temples.
Take a little time to meet some of the wonderful characters who make up our guiding team below.

Official Optics Partner

We are incredibly proud and excited to be working with Swarovski Optik Nature, as Official Optics Partners! Swarovski Optik Nature produce best in class optics for birders and wildlife spotters, and this relationship is recognition of our world class guide team and efforts in wildlife conservation.
Being able to work with the very best optics gear has been a revelation for the team – helping them to see more, get closer to nature and guide even better, sharing the unique wildlife experiences Cambodia has to offer with our clients. Head to www.swarovskioptik.com/nature to find out more.

Mony Sang

Tour Leader

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My name’s Sang Mony. I live in Siem Reap province. I have been working at Sam Veasna Center for 12 years. It has been a lit long, however, I love working there because I have a chance to learn more about the nature, and I could understand clearly about conservation work. Furthermore, I can work to prevent the endanger wildlife in Cambodia. If I could change one thing about my work I would try my best in order to build up the capacity of nature conservation resources in order to make them much better that present day. My best memory of working for SVC is shooting the photos of the wildlife and nature. It looks really beautiful and attractive to me.

Mardy Sean

Tour Leader

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My name’s Mardy, I am the original Siem Reap citizen. And I am married with no children. I have been working at Sam Veasna Center for 6 years, and I love my job so much because I can work to conserve the wildlife and nature. The achievement for me of working at SVC is I know more deeply about wildlife and the site wild’s movement. I think that it’s very important for SVC to do conservation in Cambodia because there are not many organizations which work on the wildlife prevention role, so, we will really need your organization and people to work together in this field work. In addition, if I could change one thing about my career I would improve efficiently communication that the clients will buy more our trip.

Sarom Reth (Di Voen)

Junior guide

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My name is Sarom Reth (Di Voen). I am 24 years old. My family is originally from Battambang province, but I was born in Siem Reap, where our family currently live. I have heard good things about SVC for many years, and I am happy to be able to join the birding guide team so that I can support the conservation of wildlife in Cambodia. SVC also inspires young generations to care about nature and wildlife. I am proud to have the opportunity to be a part of SVC which has helped me to understand more about the importance of nature, wildlife and biodiversity.

Nan Ladong

Guide

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My name’s Ladong, and my nickname’s Meng. I am a bird watching guide. I have been working for Sam Veasna Center wildlife conservation since 2014. I enjoy working there because this’s non-profit organization which running to protect wildlife, and develop communities. The best achievement of working for SVC is I have opportunity to travel to many different places in Cambodia and the other country, I also had really best experiences birding trip to Thailand with team SVC’s guide. It was really unforgettable time for me. I gain more knowledge and experience of wildlife conservation. I could say that I love working at SVC, and I so happy to be a part of this organization.

Tony Yon

Junior Guide

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Tony Yon is a conservation field worker with a deep love for Cambodia’s forest and rural villagers. He is committed to the preservation of forests and finding environmentally sustainable livelihood options for the villagers living within the protected areas or national parks.

Tony is involved with various international and local conservation NGOs and schools working to collect biodiversity assessment data and interaction of human and nature in the Northern Plains, Southwest of Cambodia and in the Tonle Sap Great Lake. He is a member of the Phnom Kulen National Park Management Plan which aims to make a long term conservation strategy, restoring ecosystem and alternative income to the people living there. Moreover, Tony has enjoyed helping to create jobs for people living in the community protected areas, as well as park rangers through nature walk, bird viewing and butterfly farm ecotourism activities.

Somrich Sophear

Junior Guide

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My name is Somrich Sophear. I was born in Battambang province and moved to Siem reap province since 2003. I became interested in becoming a guide after learning about SVC’s conservation work to protect nature and wildlife and to support local communities through ecotourism. Being a bird guide has given me a great opportunity to learn about being a conservationist. I like learning about nature and how to protect it for future generations. I would like to share my knowledge and training to people around Cambodia and the world.

Huon Hat

Junior Guide

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My name is Hat. I am a new birding guide at SVC. I was born in a small village that is located 30km away from Siem Reap town. I have known SVC since 2008, and had hoped that one day I will be able to join SVC to become more involved with its conservation activities to protect wildlife, nature and the environment.

Since working for SVC, I have gained new experiences, including traveling around the country with the team for bird and wildlife viewing and learning more about the rich biodiversity of Cambodia. I also enjoy meeting new people in the different areas and sharing our knowledge and skills in birding and protecting wildlife.

Dep Kimoun

Local Community Guide

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Mr. Kimoun was born in Tmatboey village in Preah Vihear. He started working as a local bird guide with Sam Veasna Center since 2006, during the establishment of the flagship Tmatboey community ecotourism site. He is now head of the Tmatboey ecotourism community, and is also very skilled at listening to bird calls and identifying them. He can identify 30-40 species in that area. Mr. Kimoun enjoys working with SVC to protect the wildlife in his community and is proud to be able to earn income to support his family and community. His favorite part of working for SVC is being able to research and survey species and earn money for his family. “I hope that in the future, other members of my community will also learn new skills and knowledge through our work with SVC, and be able to take part in protecting our community and the environment that we live in. I want to see animals have freedom and protection, and hope that they will exist for future generations to see.”

Yin Sary

Local Community Guide

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Mr. Sary was born in Tmatbeoy village in Preah Vihear. He was in the military prior to working as a local guide with the Ministry of Environment and Sam Veasna Center in 2006 when Tmatboey village was designated as a Community Protected Area. Currently, he is a member of the Community Protected Area Committee, working closely with SVC and the department of Ministry of Environment to provide ecotourism services. “I am very happy to work with SVC because I can earn a living and support my family. When I observe that visitors are happy seeing the birds, I am also happy. “I am thankful to all our guests who visited Tmatboey community, and hope that they enjoyed their trip and will return in the future.”

Ly Rain

Local Community Guide

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Ly Rain was born in Kampong Thom province, in Prolay village, located in the Bengal Florican Conservation Area. Since he was a child, Ly Rain was interested in nature and wildlife. In 2009, he had the opportunity to work with Sam Veasna Center as a local guide and also learned about managing the village development fund with the support of SVC. He is very happy to work with SVC as a guide because he can learn new skills, especially information about endangered animals, and can share his skills and knowledge with tourists.

Lorm Saom

Local Community Guide

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Mr. Lorm Saom started working as a local guide with SVC in Chankrang Roy community, in Varin commune, Siem Reap province since 2005. Becoming a local guide has taught him about wildlife and its importance. SVC has helped him and people in his community to earn an income through conservation and ecotourism services. Mr. Saom proudest achievement is being able to identify and listen to many birds and wildlife species in this area. He can identify nearly 90 species, such as Scaly-breasted Partridge, Chinese Francolin, Herons, Ibis, and Allies, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Chinese Pond-Heron, Javan Pond-Heron, Vultures, Hawks, and Allies, Oriental Honey-buzzard, Black Baza, Crested Serpent-Eagle, Changeable Hawk-Eagle, Pigeons and Doves, Cuckoos.

Maeuk Hong

Local Community Guide

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Mr. Maeuk Hong is Pnong, the largest indigenous highland ethnic group in Cambodia, primarily living in Mondulkiri province. He was born in Andong Kralong, has been living there since, and is now 25 years old. After receiving training in bird and wildlife guiding from SVC, he then became a local guide for the Jahoso Gibbon Camp/Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary. Mr. Hong has always loved wildlife, but prior to his training at SVC, he did not know much about them. Mr. Hong’s biggest talent is finding Yellow Cheeked-Crested Gibbon, Pileated Gibbon, and Black-Shanked Douc.

Pat Bunthy

Local Community Guide

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Mr. Bunthy is 53 years old. In 2008 he started working with Sam Veasna Center and is now the head of the Ecotourism Community of Dong Plet, located in Chep Wildlife Sanctuary in Preah Vihear province. He is also a local guide working directly with SVC guides to lead tours to view vultures and other species. “I am happy to be living in my community which can attract tourists to view nature and wildlife. I hope that we welcome more visitors in the future so that we can continue to earn a living and to protect the wildlife for future generations.”

Tang Sakon

Local Community Guide

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Mr. Tang Sakon was born in 1957 in Sambour village, Banteay Meanchey province. Currently, he is the deputy head of Ang Trapaeng Thmor Ecotourism Community. In 2011, he began working as a local guide, after receiving training from Sam Veasna Center. He is proud of being able to identify a variety of species in the area, such as Sarus crane, Greater spotted eagle, Sotted owlet and Spotted wood-owl. He hopes that his community will be more developed and many more people will visit his community.

Mony Sang

Tour Leader

read profile

My name’s Sang Mony. I live in Siem Reap province. I have been working at Sam Veasna Center for 12 years. It has been a lit long, however, I love working there because I have a chance to learn more about the nature, and I could understand clearly about conservation work. Furthermore, I can work to prevent the endanger wildlife in Cambodia. If I could change one thing about my work I would try my best in order to build up the capacity of nature conservation resources in order to make them much better that present day. My best memory of working for SVC is shooting the photos of the wildlife and nature. It looks really beautiful and attractive to me.

Mardy Sean

Tour Leader

read profile

My name’s Mardy, I am the original Siem Reap citizen. And I am married with no children. I have been working at Sam Veasna Center for 6 years, and I love my job so much because I can work to conserve the wildlife and nature. The achievement for me of working at SVC is I know more deeply about wildlife and the site wild’s movement. I think that it’s very important for SVC to do conservation in Cambodia because there are not many organizations which work on the wildlife prevention role, so, we will really need your organization and people to work together in this field work. In addition, if I could change one thing about my career I would improve efficiently communication that the clients will buy more our trip.

Sarom Reth (Di Voen)

Junior guide

read profile

My name is Sarom Reth (Di Voen). I am 24 years old. My family is originally from Battambang province, but I was born in Siem Reap, where our family currently live. I have heard good things about SVC for many years, and I am happy to be able to join the birding guide team so that I can support the conservation of wildlife in Cambodia. SVC also inspires young generations to care about nature and wildlife. I am proud to have the opportunity to be a part of SVC which has helped me to understand more about the importance of nature, wildlife and biodiversity.

Nan Ladong

Guide

read profile

My name’s Ladong, and my nickname’s Meng. I am a bird watching guide. I have been working for Sam Veasna Center wildlife conservation since 2014. I enjoy working there because this’s non-profit organization which running to protect wildlife, and develop communities. The best achievement of working for SVC is I have opportunity to travel to many different places in Cambodia and the other country, I also had really best experiences birding trip to Thailand with team SVC’s guide. It was really unforgettable time for me. I gain more knowledge and experience of wildlife conservation. I could say that I love working at SVC, and I so happy to be a part of this organization.

Tony Yon

Junior Guide

read profile

Tony Yon is a conservation field worker with a deep love for Cambodia’s forest and rural villagers. He is committed to the preservation of forests and finding environmentally sustainable livelihood options for the villagers living within the protected areas or national parks.

Tony is involved with various international and local conservation NGOs and schools working to collect biodiversity assessment data and interaction of human and nature in the Northern Plains, Southwest of Cambodia and in the Tonle Sap Great Lake. He is a member of the Phnom Kulen National Park Management Plan which aims to make a long term conservation strategy, restoring ecosystem and alternative income to the people living there. Moreover, Tony has enjoyed helping to create jobs for people living in the community protected areas, as well as park rangers through nature walk, bird viewing and butterfly farm ecotourism activities.

Somrich Sophear

Junior Guide

read profile

My name is Somrich Sophear. I was born in Battambang province and moved to Siem reap province since 2003. I became interested in becoming a guide after learning about SVC’s conservation work to protect nature and wildlife and to support local communities through ecotourism. Being a bird guide has given me a great opportunity to learn about being a conservationist. I like learning about nature and how to protect it for future generations. I would like to share my knowledge and training to people around Cambodia and the world.

Huon Hat

Junior Guide

read profile

My name is Hat. I am a new birding guide at SVC. I was born in a small village that is located 30km away from Siem Reap town. I have known SVC since 2008, and had hoped that one day I will be able to join SVC to become more involved with its conservation activities to protect wildlife, nature and the environment.

Since working for SVC, I have gained new experiences, including traveling around the country with the team for bird and wildlife viewing and learning more about the rich biodiversity of Cambodia. I also enjoy meeting new people in the different areas and sharing our knowledge and skills in birding and protecting wildlife.

Dep Kimoun

Local Community Guide

read profile

Mr. Kimoun was born in Tmatboey village in Preah Vihear. He started working as a local bird guide with Sam Veasna Center since 2006, during the establishment of the flagship Tmatboey community ecotourism site. He is now head of the Tmatboey ecotourism community, and is also very skilled at listening to bird calls and identifying them. He can identify 30-40 species in that area. Mr. Kimoun enjoys working with SVC to protect the wildlife in his community and is proud to be able to earn income to support his family and community. His favorite part of working for SVC is being able to research and survey species and earn money for his family. “I hope that in the future, other members of my community will also learn new skills and knowledge through our work with SVC, and be able to take part in protecting our community and the environment that we live in. I want to see animals have freedom and protection, and hope that they will exist for future generations to see.”

Yin Sary

Local Community Guide

read profile

Mr. Sary was born in Tmatbeoy village in Preah Vihear. He was in the military prior to working as a local guide with the Ministry of Environment and Sam Veasna Center in 2006 when Tmatboey village was designated as a Community Protected Area. Currently, he is a member of the Community Protected Area Committee, working closely with SVC and the department of Ministry of Environment to provide ecotourism services. “I am very happy to work with SVC because I can earn a living and support my family. When I observe that visitors are happy seeing the birds, I am also happy. “I am thankful to all our guests who visited Tmatboey community, and hope that they enjoyed their trip and will return in the future.”

Ly Rain

Local Community Guide

read profile

Ly Rain was born in Kampong Thom province, in Prolay village, located in the Bengal Florican Conservation Area. Since he was a child, Ly Rain was interested in nature and wildlife. In 2009, he had the opportunity to work with Sam Veasna Center as a local guide and also learned about managing the village development fund with the support of SVC. He is very happy to work with SVC as a guide because he can learn new skills, especially information about endangered animals, and can share his skills and knowledge with tourists.

Our guide, Mony, is an expert birder and very knowledgeable about the local fauna and flora. He also spoke excellent English. He helped us identify the large number of different bird species that we saw during the trip.
Johnand Sue Edwards, Nottingham, United Kingdom

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