Cambodia Birding Tours

Our Cambodia birding tours offer the best opportunities for seeing several most-wanted birds for world birders. Top birds possible on birding tours to Cambodia include Giant Ibis, White-shouldered Ibis, Bengal Florican, Milky Stork, Greater Adjutant, White-rumped Falcon, Mekong Wagtail, and Cambodian Tailorbird. Following International Ornithological Congress (IOC) taxonomy (v14.1 in March 2024), the bird list of Cambodia stands at 680 bird species. We have added this exciting Cambodia birding tour to target the aforementioned species and many more high-quality birds. Cambodia is an up-and-coming bird tour destination with excellent local guides and a growing conservation movement involving many community-focused initiatives. We are thrilled to add this Cambodia birdwatching tour to our Asian bird tour calendar.

The Kingdom of Cambodia (known simply as Cambodia) is a country in Southeast Asia, bordered by Thailand to the northwest, Laos to the north, Vietnam to the east, and the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest. The capital and most populous city is Phnom Penh, with an estimated population of 2.3 million people in the 2019 census. The second most populous city is Siem Reap with an estimated population of 245,000, close to the famous Angkor Wat temple complex. Our Cambodia birding tour starts in Siem Reap and ends in Phnom Penh.

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Cambodia has an area of 181,035 square kilometers (69,898 square miles) and lies entirely within the tropics. Cambodia’s landscape is characterized by a low-lying central plain surrounded by uplands and low mountains and includes Tonle Sap (Great Lake) and the upper reaches of the Mekong River delta. The most distinctive geographical features are the inundations of the Tonle Sap, measuring about 2,590 square kilometers (1,000 square miles) during the dry season and expanding to about 24,605 square kilometers (9,500 square miles) during the rainy season. This densely populated plain, which is devoted to wet rice cultivation, is the heartland of Cambodia. Much of this area has been designated as a biosphere reserve and is a hugely important area for bird life in the region.

Various factors contribute to Cambodian culture including Theravada Buddhism, Hinduism, French colonialism, Angkorian culture, and modern globalization. The Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts is responsible for promoting and developing Cambodian culture. Cambodian culture not only includes the culture of the lowland ethnic majority, but also some 20 culturally distinct hill tribes colloquially known as the Khmer Loeu, a term coined to encourage unity between the highlanders and lowlanders.

Angkor Wat is the best-preserved example of Khmer architecture from the Angkorian era along with hundreds of other temples that have been discovered in and around the region. Angkor Wat (Angkor means “city” and Wat means “temple”) is a Hindu-Buddhist temple. It resides within the ancient Khmer capital city of Angkor. Angkor Wat lies 5.5 kilometers (3.5 miles) north of the modern town of Siem Reap and is considered to be the largest religious structure in the world. Originally constructed as a Hindu temple, dedicated to the god Vishnu, for the Khmer Empire by King Suryavarman II during the 12th century, it was gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the century; as such, it is described as a “Hindu-Buddhist” temple. The construction of Angkor Wat took place over 28 years from 1122 to 1150 AD and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is also the most-visited tourist destination in the country.

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Cambodia Birding Tour: Regional Specials & Globally Rare Birds January/December 2026

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Testimonials from our Cambodia birding tours

Andy Walker is one of the best, good-natured birding guides who has served me on 42 guided tours. He makes
certain that everyone in the group has seen each bird and keeps at it until that happens. The two Indonesian tours I took with Andy immediately before this one was excellent and I was able to meet my goals of seeing the last three bird families of all 248 (eBird/Clements list) and to see half of all bird species. Andy has my highest recommendation to other birders – he will serve you well!

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Andrew Walker is an outstanding birder with superb ability to assist clients in "getting on" species.

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