What travelers are saying
- The Butterfly Centre was another highlight of a terrific day in the countryside to visit the Landmine Museum and Pink Temple. Staff give a guided tour of their netted garden and have cages at the back to show the stages of growth. The variety is colours is incredible. Tourist dollars are shared with the local community to alleviate poverty and other conservation projects. Well worth a visit.Written November 2, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We just took our three teenage children here and did the 9am tour. Highly recommend doing 9am as it’s cooler than the 130pm one. The animals have all been rescued from the illegal wildlife trade, or people who kept them as pets, or people who surrendered them to monks. Our guide was exceptionally knowledgeable. They do outreach education programs to to educate the population about the wildlife trade and how bad it is to keep these animals as pets. There are many different animals here and the enclosures are all incredibly clean and the animals well looked after. Highly recommend a visit. Right beside Kbal Spean waterfall temple so we had a lovely walk and swim there afterwards.Written July 6, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I was very fortunate to be the only volunteer here this week during the off season which meant I received an abundance of education and time to be exposed to this beautiful environment.
Home to a menagerie of animals, including three rescued elephants, I was able to observe and participate in the labor intensive work that goes into taking care of so many animals.
Coupled with the extreme heat, it is no easy task. I was so impressed by the dedicated and loyal staff who tirelessly and selflessly give day in and day out to make this piece of jungle what it is, a sanctuary!
The accommodation was peaceful, the food was amazing and the people so friendly. Pictures and words don't do it justice, it needs to be experienced first hand. CWS has been a once in a lifetime experience for me and I can't recommend it enough.
Thank you so very much for this opportunity!Written October 22, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- It was our first visit to water bird sanctuary anywhere and we were very excited but things didnot went as per the plan. But before going into detail, want to update few things:-
a) This is a quite remote place to visit and there is no comfortable source of travelling available to reach here
b) You will start very early in the morning and reach one of the river docks, our route was all countryside and with almost zero roads, so it can be a bumpy ride in middle of no where
c) Post reaching dock, you will get into a boat which will take you to Prek Toral floating village. This boat is common motor boat and completely open so you might feel cold as its early in morning with wind coming at you at super speed, so do carry some jacket
d) Once you reach village, your guide will give you some knowledge of area.
Above all is for guidance for others and not issues.
Now issues I had:-
a) Language, she was just speaking with 50% things going above my head and i tried to check couple of times but accent is big problem. Still its not a big problem
b) We started journey to bird sanctuary in a kind of a local jet boat which create noise may be more louder than an airplane. This was the most terrifying part of our journey. How can we have such loud motor boats in natural reserves??
c) Boat driver and guide were just driving and driving and I had to shout among this loudiest boat to stop so that I can take few pics
Also there is a big man made bamboo/wood watch tower and you can climb it you want. It gives a good bird eye view of area but not necessarily view of birds
I was expecting a more calmer and trip with naturalist which will guide slowly and let us enjoy and capture nature.
Overall was able to take some good pics but nothing outstanding. It gave me more headache then pleasure.
Cambodia government in collaboration with locals need to treat this area with more care and love. Naturalists need to be more trained in accent so that foreigners can understand things better. Lot of things to be done hereWritten May 24, 2020
- We are mid-level birders and were having quite a bit of trouble finding more than a few species in Siem Reap. Pearaing Biodiversity Conservation Center is making headway with the protection of birds in their local community, which will hopefully expand to communities beyond their borders.
Our trip was late November, a time when waters are low and so the boat trip was impossible. Our tuk tuk driver picked us up in Siem Reap and we were met by our guide Sam on arrival in one of the villages participating in the Center’s projects. Sam took us to the local market and educated us on most of the vegetables...what they are, what they are used for and where they come from. Many locally grown. He purchased some delicious rice and banana snacks for our trip. We also toured a local rice and vegetable farm before heading out on our birding trip.
In a space of about two hours we identified 19 species, 16 of which were new to us. We drove dirt roads to get to mostly wetlands and rice fields in our pursuit. It was an excellent morning!
Get out of the city and craziness of temple tours and see the countryside! It is stunning! This experience was much more than birding. We highly recommend it for our guide Sam, the excellent conservation work being done with the local communities, and the awesome scenery!Written December 8, 2019
- A rather long, dusty and bumpy car ride (from Kampong Chhnang) brought us to the office of Natural Community Based Tourism Merchrey (clean toilets but stock up on tissues). Another 20 km (passing farm land, villages) of a dustcart road and we arrived at the pier. It was very distressing to see the piles of litter, plastic and garbage dotted all along this beautiful landscape. The boat did not take off from the pier landing. We had to climb down a river bank (quite treacherous) and getting into the unkempt boat was another ordeal. No evidence of life jackets.
The river trip is not that gripping... We were taken to the area of the so called Mechrey floating village which we observed from afar and then the boat moved towards the Tonle Sap lake which has fish farms - a few children swimming here and checking out the nettings.
This was a long trip and in hindsight we would have skipped it. I have my doubts as to whether the guide actually took us to the Mechrey floating village. He appeared too keen to promote The Natural Community Based Tourism Mechrey - I would support local initiatives too, provided they delivered...Written April 17, 2018
- We had a 6 day bespoke tour with an excellent and knowledgeable guide Phear and driver, who took great care to ensure we had a brilliant time. We visited temples and spent time staying with communities in the forest to help support the conservation initiatives and see some amazing birds. Even when access to some areas was difficult due to it being the end of the rainy season, alternatives were arranged. Would highly recommend.Written November 10, 2023
- A place to be for all nature lovers and the curious who want to know a little more than the temples: the Angkor forest!Written November 18, 2020
- One hour drive far from Siem Reap by tuk tuk and with less tourists than Chong Kneas, is a perfect place to see how people lives in a floating house and to take a break after the stressing visit at Angkor Watt with thousands of tourists.
The visit by boat takes you a couple of hours, enought to have an idea of the town without annoying to much their inhabitants.Written August 20, 2016
- This was a proper birding tour to see two special Ibis species including the very rare Giant Ibis. Not only did we see these birds but a great many others, including Green eared Barbet, White-rumped Pygmy Falcon and Pied Harrier. In all we saw over 120 species in 3 days. We also stayed at the Tmat Boey eco lodge where the food was prepared by people from the village and was excellent. We also visited two lovely temples. Great trip and thanks to Hang, our guide who was genial and knowledgeable.Written November 30, 2023
- Such great work being done and a really incredible experience for just a few hours. The vision of the team is unbelievable and I really hope donations can keep up.Written November 24, 2023
Frequently Asked Questions about Siem Reap
- These experiences are best for nature & wildlife areas in Siem Reap:
- Kulen Mountain park waterfall with small groups & Guide tour
- Half Day Kompong Pluck Floating Village on Tonle Sap with Sunset
- Tonle Sap Lake & Kampong Phluk Half-Day Tours from Siem Reap
- Battambang Full Day Tour from Siem Reap - Bamboo Train, Killing Cave & Sunset
- Siem Reap: Kulen Waterfall & 1000 Linga River Small-Group Tours
- These are the best places for kid-friendly nature & wildlife areas in Siem Reap:
- Animals Of Our World
- Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity
- Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre
- Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary
- Pearaing Biodiversity Conservation Center
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