Phnom Kulen, Kbal Spean and the Angkor Center for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB)

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The Siem Reap River originates in the sacred mountain of Phnom Kulen, some 50km northeast of Siem Reap. Our route passes through timeless rural Cambodian villages and countryside before we have the chance to visit a preserved area of ironwood forest on the slopes of the mountain. This area has a good variety of birds and excellent views of species such as Hainan Blue Flycatcher, Rufous-winged Buzzard, Black Baza, Red-breasted and maybe Blossom-headed and Alexandrine Parakeets.

From here we will visit Kbal Spean, walking through protected forest to see the famous carved lingas in the streambed. These were carved in the 11th and 12th Centuries and stretch over several hundred meters of river, sanctifying it for the river’s journey into the fertile lowlands and the Tonle Sap.

There is also the opportunity to visit the ACCB, the first nature conservation and endangered wildlife rescue and breeding center in Cambodia. Implemented through a partnership between Münster Zoo and the Zoological Society for the Conservation of Species and Populations (ZGAP) the center aims to promote the rescue and rehabilitation of certain native Cambodian wildlife and to establish a conservation breeding program to enable reintroduction of native species. This is carried out in conjunction with capacity-building approaches and alternative livelihood works that aim to prevent the loss of species while improving the living standards of rural Cambodians.

SVC shares this approach and we partner with ACCB for Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release for injured wildlife found by our communities. A visit allows visitors the rare opportunity to see some exceptionally rare, shy and seldom seen Cambodian mammals, birds and reptiles up close and personal, all rescued after having been taken from the wild. At present, captive birds include a Giant Ibis, Greater and breeding Lesser Adjutants, breeding Green Peafowl and four species of raptor.
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When to go

All year round, though species are easier to see during the dryer months November – March, these sites are fascinating at any time.

Habitats & Species

Find out more about key species, habitats and seasons on this tour Phnom Kulen, Kbal Spean, Accb And Banteay Srei

We did the bird watching trip to Phnom Kulen, Kbal Spean, and the ACCB. Our guide Supiir was incredibly friendly and chatty, very knowledgeable about the bird life, and spoke very good English! Kbal Spean had a lot of smaller bird life which was very visible from the path, and although Phnom Kulen had less bird life, we still saw some interesting species and the ruins were really cool. Our visit to the ACCB, while cool to hear about the conservation efforts they carry out, was not the bird watching we were expecting – and in hindsight would rather have done birding instead! Though it did allow us to see some rarer species we otherwise wouldn’t have seen in Cambodia (Greater and Lesser Adjucants, some Stork species and some Eagle and Kite species). Overall a brilliant day, would totally recommend the Sam Veasna tours to anybody!  
Brasted Barron, Sevenoaks, United Kingdom



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