Dive Avian Wonders at Waterbird Sanctuaries 12 Days / 11 Nights

Dive Avian Wonders at Waterbird Sanctuaries 12 Days / 11 Nights
Dive Avian Wonders at Waterbird Sanctuaries 12 Days / 11 Nights Dive Avian Wonders at Waterbird Sanctuaries 12 Days / 11 Nights See all 12 photos
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Vietnam and Cambodia boast enchanting flooded mangrove forests teeming with diverse waterbird species, indigenous gems to migratory wonders. Witness the dance of cormorants, herons, and egrets in these pristine havens. For bird enthusiasts seeking serenity in nature's embrace, this tour beckons. Explore the grandeur of three majestic bird sanctuaries: Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia, Tram Chim National Park in Mekong Delta, and Xuan Thuy National Park in Vietnam's serene North. Embark on a journey where avian wonders unfold amidst breathtaking landscapes.

 

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  1. Explore Enchanting Siem Reap - Awaken Your Wanderlust!
  2. Join us on a whimsical quest at Phnom Kulen, where the skies tell tales and feathers dance with the clouds. Uncover the joys of bird watching in a land where winged wonders soar high and every chirp is a song. Find inspiration in the flutter — your feathered escapade begins here!"
  3. Discover the Wonders of Bird Watching at Tonle Sap Lake
  4. Discover Tram Chim National Park: A Journey Through Nature's Wonderland
  5. Step the enchanting realm of Xuan Thuy National Park, where wonder intertwines with wildlife. Explore an ethereal sanctuary brimming with vibrant ecosystems, all while experiencing the fun and adventure that await at every corner.
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Siem Reap – Arrival
Siem Reap – Arrival

Arrive in enchanting Siem Reap, the gateway to the treasures of the Kingdom of Cambodia. Our friendly guide awaits to whisk you away to your hotel for check-in as you unwind after your long-haul flight. Embrace the magic of this moment. Your overnight stay in Siem Reap promises an unforgettable beginning to your adventure!

Meals: N/A.
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

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Siem Reap - Misty Angkor Temples
Siem Reap - Misty Angkor Temples

Embark on a magical journey through Angkor's enchanting temples. Explore the lesser-known West Gate of Angkor Thom, where history whispers through ancient ruins. Wander through Bayon Temple adorned with 200 smiling faces and marvel at the pyramidal Baphuon Temple. Let the roots of gigantic trees embrace you at Ta Prohm and delve the artistry of Banteay Kdei's unique styles.

After lunch, immerse yourself in the splendor of Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site brimming with beauty and tales Hindu mythology. Conclude your day with a breathtaking sunset view Pre Rup temple, a perfect finale to this extraordinary adventure. Unwind with a foot massage or immerse yourself in the vibrant ambiance of the Angkor Night Market as you reflect on this wondrous day amidst ancient wonders.

Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

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Siem Reap – Bird watching in Phnom Kulen, Kbal Spean& the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity
Siem Reap – Bird watching in Phnom Kulen, Kbal Spean& the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity

After breakfast, Embark on an adventure to Phnom Kulen, located 50km (30 miles) northeast of Siem Reap. Traverse quaint Cambodian villages and picturesque countryside before exploring the preserved Ironwood forest on the mountain's slopes. Here, marvel at a diverse array of birds like the Hainan Blue Flycatcher and Rufous-winged Buzzard, offering magical views of nature's wonders.

Next stop: Kbal Spean. Wander through protected forests to witness ancient lingas carved in the stream bed during the 11th and 12th Centuries, stretching along the river for hundreds of meters. These intricate carvings sanctify the river's passage the lush lowlands and Tonle Sap, creating a historical tapestry of spirituality and culture.

But wait, there's more! Delve the ACCB, Cambodia's pioneering nature conservation and wildlife rescue center. Established through a partnership between Munster Zoo and ZGAP, this sanctuary champions native fauna conservation efforts while supporting rural communities through biodiversity protection initiatives. Encounter elusive Cambodian mammals, birds, and reptiles - Giant Ibises to breeding Peafowl - in their safe haven away wilderness threats.

Take a tour around this haven of hope and preservation for a rare glimpse Cambodia's precious wildlife legacy. Join us on this extraordinary journey to save species while uplifting lives - it's nature's call for harmony and resilience!

Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

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Siem Reap – Bird watching on Tonle Sap Lake
Siem Reap – Bird watching on Tonle Sap Lake

Tonle Sap, the largest natural lake in South East Asia, expands its boundaries by up to 25% annually, welcoming the floodwaters of the majestic Mekong River. Nestled at the western embrace of this vast expanse lies the glorious Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary – a beacon of wonder.

Prepare to be dazzled! Prek Toal stands as a global sanctuary for eight magnificent bird species: the regal Spot-billed Pelican, towering Greater Adjutant, majestic Lesser Adjutant, elegant Milky Stork, vibrant Painted Stork, noble Black-headed Ibis, graceful Oriental Darter and wise Grey-headed Fish-Eagle. This haven hosts not only these distinguished residents but also thousands of other waterbirds that grace its shores with their presence; a testament to nature's infinite variety.

Embark on an enchanting journey the heart of this avian oasis amidst the flooded forest. lofty observation towers soaring above treetops, soak in panoramic views of nature's grandeur. Witness life unfold in harmony with the waterways as you glide through floating villages where bamboo-based abodes sustain humble livelihoods centered around fishing and cultivating life-sustaining rice and vegetables.

Let this captivating odyssey commence at 5:30 a.m., promising discoveries and delights until approximately 15:00.

Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

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Siem Reap – Ho Chi Minh City by flight - Tram Chim NP by car
Siem Reap – Ho Chi Minh City by flight  - Tram Chim NP by car

Experience the freedom of Siem Reap before embarking on an adventure to Tram Chim National Park. birdwatching along serene channels to encountering a diverse range of avian wonders, this journey promises awe-inspiring moments that spark curiosity and excitement. Get ready to be immersed in nature's symphony at Tram Chim NP's captivating landscapes, where each feathered friend tells a unique tale waiting to be discovered.

Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Overnight at Tram Chim NP.

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Tram Chim NP
Tram Chim NP

You have a full day ahead in the park to witness the breathtaking beauty of the majestic Eastern Sarus Crane, the tallest among flying birds - an endangered marvel. Plus, you'll discover a myriad of other fascinating bird species awaiting your attention. Let's embark on this enchanting avian adventure together!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: Overnight at Tram Chim NP.

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Tram Chim NP – Ho Chi Minh City – Hanoi by flight – Xuan Thuy National Park
Tram Chim NP – Ho Chi Minh City – Hanoi by flight – Xuan Thuy National Park

Embark on another serene boat ride at dawn to discover more avian wonders or savor a leisurely stroll in Tram Chim National Park. Then, we reunite with our driver for the return journey to Ho Chi Minh City, where a flight awaits to glamorous Hanoi. Upon touchdown, be greeted by our guide and whisked away on a scenic 150km (93 miles) drive to Xuan Thuy National Park, where the Red River embraces the vast sea. Unwind in your cozy park accommodation and embrace an enchanting overnight stay in Xuan Thuy NP.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: Overnight at Xuan Thuy NP.

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Xuan Thuy NP – Bird watching
Xuan Thuy NP – Bird watching

Today, Embark on a bird-watching adventure guided by your trusty companion to the finest birding spots. At Xuan Thuy National Park, witness a haven for a diverse array of rare migratory birds. Delight in the sight of nine bird species the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species that call this park home – the elegant Black-faced Spoonbil to the majestic Spot-billed Pelican.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: Overnight at Xuan Thuy NP.

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Xuan Thuy NP – boat trip thru mangrove forest
Xuan Thuy NP – boat trip thru mangrove forest

In the morning, immerse yourself in birding or embark on a boat cruise through the expansive mangrove forest spanning 7,100 hectares of the park. Enjoy a leisurely lunch within the park and take a rejuvenating break before heading back to Hanoi in the afternoon. Explore the captivating and lively Old Quarter of Hanoi, brimming with quaint shops, vibrant markets, and the enchanting Hoan Kiem lake.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

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Hanoi – Ha Long Bay by car – Overnight onboard
Hanoi – Ha Long Bay by car – Overnight onboard

Embark on a journey of serenity and wonder in Vietnam! Start your day with a 3.5-hour drive to the captivating Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its breathtaking natural allure. Upon arrival, step aboard a traditional "junk" boat for a cruise through the mystical landscapes of limestone formations, indulging in delicious local seafood during lunch amidst this picturesque setting. As daylight fades, savor dinner on deck followed by optional night fishing and drinks under the starlit sky, spending the night anchored in tranquility within the bay's embrace.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: Overnight on Cruise.

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Ha Long Bay – Hanoi by car
Ha Long Bay – Hanoi by car

Indulge in a delightful morning aboard, as your breakfast or brunch is elegantly served amidst the serene beauty of the Bay. Cruise leisurely, soaking in the wonders around you before heading back to the Wharf. After this exquisite.

Meals: Brunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

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Hanoi – Departure
Hanoi – Departure

After breakfast, you will be free in Hanoi until meeting our driver again for a transfer to the airport in a good time to connect to your departure flight. 

Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: N/A.

Our prices include

Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room

Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver

The services of an experienced English-speaking guide throughout the tour (please note: guides will be on hand from pick-up until guests’ return to their hotel or reaching their destination)

Where necessary, entry fees and boat fee all visits mentioned in the program

Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants, or picnics where no suitable restaurant is available

In-tour flights Siem Reap – Ho Chi Minh City – Hanoi, including airport taxes & with Vietnam airlines

24/7 hotline support guaranteed

VAT and other taxes

Our prices do not include

 International flight tickets and airport tax

Visa handling and stamp fee

Dinners, except as specified above

Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses

Camera fees (if any)

Insurance

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