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Best of Birding Vietnam & Cambodia

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 18 day(s)
Group Size: 8 people
Destination(s): Vietnam  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching  
Season: December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 5525 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5525 US Dollar (USD)

After being isolated from the birding and travelling world for so long, these two countries have become key destinations on the world birding travel map. Cambodia has emerged as one of Southeast Asia’s finest birding and cultural destinations and here we look for the globally threatened Bengal Florican and Giant and White-shouldered Ibises. At the famous Prek Toal waterbird colony, on Tonle Sap Lake (the largest lake in the region), we search for Greater and Lesser Adjutants, Black-headed Ibis and both Milky and Painted Storks. One of the highlights will be visiting a vulture restaurant where several species are expected to appear, including three critically endangered species: Red-headed, White-rumped and Slender-billed. Finally, we also devote some time in the country’s capital to search for the newly described Cambodian Tailorbird, amazingly only discovered in 2009 right in the capital itself!
In Vietnam, we concentrate on the endemic bird areas in the south, and will visit Nam Cat Tien National Park and Dalat, with its host of South Vietnamese endemics! A long list of avian highlights includes the likes of Germain’s Peacock-Pheasant, Green Peafowl, Vietnamese Greenfinch, Black-headed Parrotbill, Grey-crowned Crocias, Black-hooded, White-cheeked and Orange-breasted Laughingthrushes and Bar-bellied Pitta. Now that peace reigns over these once troubled lands, we invite those with a taste for the exotic to explore these two fantastic countries with us.

Tour Dates- Best of Birding Cambodia & Vietnam- 5th to 22nd December (18 days)
Cambodia – Angkor Wat & Remote Birding Extension 29th November to 5th December (7 days)
Tour Price- Best of Birding Cambodia & Vietnam US$ 5,525 per person sharing (see below) US$ 330 approximate cost of flights
(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Cambodia – Angkor Wat & Remote Birding Extension - US$ 2,025 per person sharing (see below)
(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Tour Size - Limited to 8 participants and 1 leader

5th December - Arrival in Siem Riep
6th December - Visit the Core Bird Reserve of Prek Toal and return to Siem Reap
7th December - Siem Reap to Tmatboey via the Florican Grasslands
8th & 9th December - Tmatboey
10th December - Tmatboey to vulture restaurant at Veal Krous
11th December - Veal Krous to Kampong Thom.
12th December - Kampong Thom (Cambodia) to Cat Tien National Park (Vietnam) via Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City
13th to 15th December - Cat Tien National Park
16th December - Cat Tien National Park to Di Linh
17th December - Di Linh to Dalat
18th to 21st December - Dalat Area
22nd December - Dalat to Ho Chi Minh City

Extension is not compulsory

29th November - Arrive Siem Reap
30th November - Visit the Sarus Crane Reserve at Ang Trapaeng Thmor (ATT)
1st December - Grasslands at Kampong Thom, transfer to Seima Protected Forest (SPF)
2nd & 3rd December - Birding in the Seima Protected Forest (SPF)
4th December - AM birding SPF, transfer to Kratie for afternoon birding
5th December - AM birding Kratie, then return to Siem Reap

This tour will be limited to 8 participants and 1 Leader.

The fee for the Best of Birding Cambodia & Vietnam tour is US$ 5,525 per person sharing and for the Cambodia – Angkor Wat & Remote Birding extension is US$ 2,025 per person sharing. (Please note: The fee for the main tour does NOT include the international flight from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Min City, nor does it include the domestic flight from Dalat to Ho Chi Min City. We suggest that you budget an additional US$ 330 per person.)
The single supplement costs for the Best of Birding Cambodia & Vietnam tour and Angkor Wat & Remote Birding extension are US$ 300 and US$ 100 respectively and will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share. IMPORTANT: Please note that there are NO single accommodations at Tmatboey, Veal Krous and Seimadue due to space constraints. We ask for your understanding and cooperation in this regard.
Should you wish to pay for this tour in Great British Pound (£), Euro (€), or South African Rand (ZAR), please refer to our website for the current exchange rate.
For the Best of Birding Cambodia & Vietnam current exchange rates please click here.
For the Cambodia – Angkor Wat & Remote Birding extension current exchange rates please click here

This includes:
• All meals from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 18 for those on the main tour, and from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 7 for those on the Cambodia extension;
• Bottled drinking water;
• All lodgings as per itinerary;
• All activities and excursions mentioned in the itinerary, including boat rides on Tonle Sap Great Lake and the at the Kampi Pools, as well as the use of 4-wheel drive vehicles in Cat Tien National Park;
• All ground transportation in an air-conditioned bus;
• Reserve entrance fees;
• Gratuities for hotel staff, porters, etc; and
• Guiding services of local guides and tour leader.

The tour fee does not include:
• Any flights (see above);
• Any beverages;
• Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature; and
• Special gratuities.

a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies (see website for all 4 currencies). The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (US$), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) Single supplement rates have been converted to US$ but are also subject to exchange rate movements.
b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 6 paying participants on the main tour and 5 paying participants on the extension) a small party supplement will have to be charged.
c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.
d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated leader at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.

As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, restaurants etc) are included on this tour. However, this does NOT include your leader/s. If, therefore, you feel that he/they have given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip them.

Special Notes:
•Some of our time is spent in vehicles, as we do have to cover fair distances in order to get to the best areas for birds and animals. The more luggage you pack, the less room there is in the vehicle, so it is important for the comfort of your fellow travellers that you do not over-pack. Kindly stick to 20kg (44lb) for check in luggage and 8kg (+-18lb) for hand luggage.
•Leeches do occur in some of the reserves and encountering them really depends on how much recent rain there has been. If you do have leach socks, it might therefore be a good idea to bring them along; otherwise, tucking your long pants into your socks is usually sufficient to deter them from latching on.
•Cambodia & Vietnam are developing countries with a limited though rapidly changing infrastructure which, together with the incredible seasonal changes as exemplified most graphically by the Tonle Sap Lake, means that schedules need to have a degree of flexibility. The rapid pace of development means that both countries will change irrevocably over the coming period and the next few years may be the last chance to catch these countries, standing as anomalies in the 21st century.
•The itinerary takes in the WCS Conservation sites across Cambodia where, because of the partnership with WCS, we have exclusive access to environmentally sensitive areas of special biodiversity. These sites by their very nature are often in remote areas where local communities have limited exposure to other Cambodians, let along foreigners. This cultural gap is bridged by the multi-lingual SVC Guide. Nonetheless, what sometimes seem like the simplest tasks can become very complicated, so please have patience.

The first day of the tour is an arrival day and you are free to arrive at any time on this day. The tour will conclude in the evening on day 18 at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. As there is an internal flight on this final day it is recommended that you book your international flight to depart in the late evening. For those doing the Cambodia extension, the tour starts in Siem Reap by 12 noon on day 1. Kindly arrive in advance of this time on this day, or the day before. The extension ends in Siem Reap in the late afternoon on day 7. Once again, as there is a long drive on this final day it is recommended that you book your international flight to depart for the late evening on this day, unless you are staying on for the main tour. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard kindly contact the office.

Siem Reap is the main port of entry for international flights to Cambodia and is well serviced by all of the world’s major airlines. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences, but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. We can, however, book the internal flight/s on your behalf. IMPORTANT: please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the office for confirmation on the status of the tour.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Best of Birding Cambodia & Vietnam - US$ 5,525 per person sharing (see below)
US$ 330 approximate cost of flights
(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Cambodia – Angkor Wat & Remote Birding Extension - US$ 2,025 per person sharing (see below)(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)

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M17026 is one of the world’s longest established and most highly regarded birding tour companies. Based in South Africa with satellite offices in USA, Australia and New Zealand, their team of professional tour leaders and dedicated office support staff arrange and guide more than 250 annual birding and wildlife tours...

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