Ang Trapaeng Thmor Sarus Crane Adventure

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Spectacular waterbirds and majestic wildlife

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.

ATT 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 favorite places to go birdwatching as there can always be something unexpected amongst the many waterbirds. Previously we have found rare visitors 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 critically 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 women who have the rare opportunity to sell directly to you without going through a middleman — and the items produced are of exceptional quality.

At ATT your 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.

Our tours are tailor-made – the itineraries shown are suggestions based on our deep knowledge, or we can work with you to create your trip for your unique requirements, interests, and capabilities.

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When to go

January – May are the best times for large waterbirds and Eld’s deer, but with interesting visitors all year round.

Habitats & Species

Find out more about key species, habitats and seasons on this tour Ang Trapaeng Thmor

We just spent a wonderful day bird watching at ATT. Our guide was remarkable, most informative and able to spot and identify birds before we knew they were there. He was also greatly assisted by our excellent driver who successfully negotiated some pretty rough terrain. In all we were able view properly and identify 75 different species. Fantastic day with an expert team. 
Richard, UK

Itinerary

05:30

Pick up at your hotel by an English-speaking SVC guide for the 90 minute trip to ATT. We stop for a packed breakfast on the road at some excellent birding spots.

07:30

Arrive at Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) ATT station for a briefing with the local guide

08:30

Birding around and inside the reservoir.

11:00

Visit Phnom Srok village and see unique silk items being created, or continue birding around the reservoir.

12:00

Home cooked Khmer lunch at the WCS station

13:00

Explore further bird sites including Dry Deciduous Forest, home of Eld’s Deer

17:00

Return to your hotel in Siem Reap

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