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Sam Veasna Center

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Address: 0552 Group 12 Wat Bo, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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+855 63 963 710
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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SVC are a wildlife conservation organisation, running Cambodia's only...

SVC are a wildlife conservation organisation, running Cambodia's only birding and wildlife ecotours and safaris. From 1 day 'Temples and Wildlife' around Angkor Wat or the outlying temples, to 25 day epic birding and wildlife tours across the country to some of the most remote and remarkable habitats to see Cambodia's critically endangered species. From our wildlife ecolodges in the wild Northern Plains, to Gibbon spotting and jungle trekking with the indigenous Bunong in Seima, Mondulkiri every experience is custom made and totally unique. Our work in conservation and community based ecotourism gives us exclusive access to many of the Wildlife Sanctuaries and Protected Forests - taking our clients places nobody else can with the very best chance to see the incredible wildlife of The Kingdom of Wonder. Partnering with WCS Cambodia, our work directly contributes to population growth and stability of some of the world's most endangered species, a reduction in habitat loss and the stengthening of rurual economies in our communities. It gives you a chance to be part of this too.

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We spent several days with SVC, a couple of half-day trips and a three day trip. All were excellent. Our guides were both extremely knowledgeable, highly skilled at spotting birds... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We spent several days with SVC, a couple of half-day trips and a three day trip. All were excellent. Our guides were both extremely knowledgeable, highly skilled at spotting birds (even in the car while traveling at speed to the next destination), and the service offered was excellent. Moreover, the investment back into community development and conservation projects is a... More 

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Alison C, Marketing at Sam Veasna Center, responded to this review

Hi Adam! Thanks so much for your wonderful review from the whole team at SVC - and for communicating the core mission of conservation and community development that SVC represents. We're so glad you enjoyed your time with us - even as a 'non-birder'! Our guides are amazing - it takes years to train them up and many of our... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Having heard great things about Sam Veasna, I arranged a half day birding trip. The night before the trip I received an email saying that they did not know where my hotel was. Because I was enroute, I did not see the email and the guide did not show up. Very disappointed!

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Alison C, Marketing at Sam Veasna Center, responded to this review

Hi, Sorry for the delay in getting back to you on this, and so sorry that you missed your 1/2 day birding - that's a massive disappointment for you. We are investigating this now for you to try and understand what happened. Can you please send me an email at salesta@samveasna.org as your name is not coming up on the... More 

Folkestone, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a short notice afternoon to kill in Siem Reap in Feb 17 and found Sam Veasna on line. I took a tuc tuc to the centre and was able to book an afternoon trip with a one to one guide. The guide I had was very good with an excellent knowledge of local birds and only 15 mins... More 

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Alison C, Marketing at Sam Veasna Center, responded to this review

Hi Mark, Thanks from all at SVC for your lovely review - it means a lot to the team to get this kind of feedback. There is so much beautiful wildlife and nature to see around Siem Reap and it's always a pleasure for us to get to show this to visitors. You're right, the whole team are so passionate... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic day with a brilliant guide. Birds galore, perfect day exploring the wetland reserve. From the Greater Adjutants to the Grey -headed Fish Eagle, even Silvered Languors, a special day. Thanks Howie and gang.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I did the full day tour to the Prek Toal nature reserve and the floating village. We started at 5.30am then drove about 30 mins to the boat (a covered boat with a rather noisy engine). It takes about an hour to cross Tonle Sap lake and you can spot some birds along the way, but the... More 

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Alison C, Marketing at Sam Veasna Center, responded to this review

Hi from the SVC team, Thanks so much for your detailed review - we are so glad you had a great day birding with us at Prek Toal, and grateful for your contribution to conservation and community development in Cambodia. All the best! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We just spent a wonderful day bird watching at ATT. Our guide was most informative and able to spot and and identify birds before we knew they were there. He was greatly assisted bu our driver who successfully negotiated some pretty rough terrain. In all we were able view properly and identify 75 different species. A great day out, would... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thanks to the Sam Veasna ranger we were able to add to our Cambodia experience by getting way off the beaten track with a dawn bird watching trip into local farmland / wet areas. A social visit the previous night had confirmed our 'beginners' status and we were shown about 40 different species - although many not at very close... More 

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Alison C, Marketing at Sam Veasna Center, responded to this review

Hi Dick, Just wanted to say a big thanks for your review, from all at the Team here at SVC! We are delighted to hear that you had a great experience with one of our excellent guides... and hope that your time has pushed your birding enthusiasm and skills up another level! All the best, and hope to see you... More 

Montreal, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

Sam Veasna is described as the birders' outfitter , offering access to premiere wildlife sites and guides, in The Rough Guide. Nothing could be further from the truth. The only part of their description that rings true is the high price. Here is a list of what was promised, and not delivered: 1. Qualified, English speaking guide: ours was meek... More 

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Alison C, Marketing and Sales Technical Advisor at Sam Veasna Center, responded to this review

Hi Susan, Thank you very much for taking the time for the detailed review. I have emailed you directly as your complaints áre both important and very serious. We clearly failed to deliver and need to make recompense to you and the rest of your group, and take steps to ensure this does not happen in the future. In my... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

I booked a half day birdwatching around Siem Reap as I was feeling a bit "templed out" with Angkor Wat. In fact they do run one day combined temple/birding trips which I think would be great as there are loads of birds in the trees and lakes around the Angkor Wat complex. I only had an afternoon so the guide... More 

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1 Thank mktaylor50
Alison C, Marketing at Sam Veasna Center, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks from all at SVC for your lovely review. How wonderful that you got to see 50 species in one afternoon around Siem Reap. I'll pass your review onto So, who I know will appreciate it. All the best, and hope to see you back one day - maybe a longer trip! All the best, SVC Team More 

Palo Alto, California
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

My husband is a birder, while the rest of the family (all adults) is not interested in birds, so we were looking for tours that would be suitable. The website stated that the Center has several temple guides and works with clients to work out an appropriate tour. After many interactions with the Center, we decided on Sam Veasna Center's... More 

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Thank Pat W
Alison C, Marketing at Sam Veasna Center, responded to this review

Hi Pat, first of all to apologise from SVC that your complaints on the day were not handled properly, and that we didn't act appropriately to solve the problems at the time. I'd also like to thank you - your comments and input are really valuable to us, they raise completely valid points that we need to deal with and... More 

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