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When: Feb 23, 2019 12:00 AM to Mar 10, 2019 12:00 PM
Dan van den Broek

Feb 23 - Mar 10, 2019 | Watching the sunrise over Angkor Wat (the city of temples) as Asian Palm Swifts scream overhead in the morning light is an unforgettable experience.


February 23 - March 10, 2019


Watching the sunrise over Angkor Wat (the city of temples) as Asian Palm Swifts scream overhead in the morning light is an unforgettable experience.  We will spend our first day exploring these amazing temples that were built in the 12th century by the Hindi King, Suryavarman II. Where an ancient Khmer civilization once thrived and converted from Hinduism to Theravada Buddhism the representation of the universe is found in the balance and composition of the city.  Once encompassed by trees, a few strangler figs have yet to release their grip on these ancient stones and nearby forest patches threaten to take over the city once again.   While exploring the city we will look for White-throated Rock-Thrush, Forest Wagtail, Hainan Blue Flycatcher, and Asian Barred Owlet.

Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat by Dennis Jarvis
One of the most important wetlands in southeast Asia,  Tonle Sap (lake) and the Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary, also contains the largest water bird colony in Southeast Asia.  We will take a boat ride to see impressive numbers of birds including Spot-billed Pelicans, Indian Cormorants, Yellow, Black and Cinnamon Bittern and many species of herons and egrets
To the north of Siem Reap we will visit Ang Trapaeng Thmor to see the Eastern Sarus Crane, Black-necked Stork and Rufous-winged Buzzard. The Bengal Florican Conservation Area protected in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society and local communities will be a great place to search for grassland and brush species such as Siberian Rubythroat, Siberian Stonechat, Australasian Bushlark, Black-collared Starling, Manchurian Reed-warbler, and there is a good chance to find the globally endangered Bengal Florican. Next we’ll visit the deciduous Dipterocarp forest of the the Tmatboey community conservation project where we will find both endangered Giant and White-shouldered Ibis. This is a paradise for woodpeckers and Yellow-crowned, Rufous-bellied, Grey-capped and Slaty are a few we’ll look for.  We’ll stop to see the handsome White-rumped Pygmy-Falcon en route to our next destination.
The famous Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant will attract the globally threatened Red-headed, White-rumped and Slender-billed Vulture.  Up to 70 individuals may show up and sometime Golden Jackal even makes an appearance at this conservation project We’ll continue to Kratie along the Mekong River to look for Irrawaddy River Dolphin and Mekong Wagtail.
At Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary some highlights will be Green Peafowl, Red-vented Barbet, Great Slaty Woodpecker (largest woodpecker in the world).  This park contains the largest remaining population of Black-shanked Douc Langur, an unusual blue- and yellow-faced primate.
Finally we’ll explore a few of the sites of Phnom Penh from Royal Palace and National museum to the tragic history of the Khmer Rouge.
Fee: $4,295 members* / $4,595 non-members* 
Deposit: $2,000 required to secure your place
Single supplement: TBD
Leaders: Dan van den Broek and local guides
Group size: limited to 12 participants
*Unless otherwise noted, trip fees cover all ground transportation, double-occupancy lodging, breakfasts, lunches, local guides, entrance fees, excursions and the services of your skilled leaders. Fees do not include dinners, alcoholic beverages, or airfare to and from your destination.

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