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Cambodian Gibbon Spotting Tour 2D1N Trip

Ratanakiri, Cambodia
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Duration

3 Days 2 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

Multilingual

Overview

This Cambodia adventure is simply an amazing experience for all wildlife lovers. You will get to see the incredibly rare Northern Yellow-Cheeked Gibbons in their natural habitat in the Ratanakiri province of Northeast Cambodia.

In partnership with ‘Conservation International’ and the local communities have put together an exclusive one-night gibbon spotting trek, the first of its kind in Cambodia. It is a unique experience for enthusiastic wildlife spotters and those who are interested in biology and nature conservation. There are not many visitors to visit the site yet, making this an extremely special opportunity indeed.

DESTINATIONS : Ratanakiri
GROUP SIZE : Min. 2 – Max. 12 People
ACTIVITIES : Community Experiences, Special Interests, Walking & Trekking, Wildlife
TRIP SERVICES : Private

SCHEDULE DETAILS

Duration : 2 Days 1 Night
Pickup location : Any centrally located hotels in Ratanakiri.
Pickup time : 8:00 AM
Drop off location : Any centrally located hotels in Ratanakiri.
Drop off time : 3:30 – 4.30 PM following day

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • + Friendly, knowledgeable English speaking guide
  • + Spotting the rare Northern Yellow-Cheeked Gibbons
  • + Walk the silvered langur trail; you just might see a monkey staring back at you
  • + A chance for bird watching in Veal Thom as the sun goes down
  • + An opportunity to see a salt lick, where monkeys, deer, and forest cattle come to eat soil which is high in minerals

Itinerary

Day 1 : Journey to Veun Sai-Siem Pang Conservation Area. (-/L/D)

You will be picked up from your hotel at 8.30am and depart from Ban Lung at 8:45 am and travel 40 km north straight to Veun Sai town. Once in Veun Sai you have time to buy any last-minute items before crossing the river on a local ferry. On the other side, we sign in to the conservation area and meet with a member of the Community-based Ecotourism Team then catch motos to I Tub village, a Laotian community approximately halfway to the Veun Sai-Siem Pang Conservation Area station. Lunch can be done along the way or at the station.

We will arrive at the gibbon research station at around 12.30pm where you will be introduced to the station chief, scientists, researchers, and your gibbon guide as well as shown around the camp. You then have time to relax and make yourself comfortable. At around 3pm, we start walking to the nearby Savannah for a spot of different trees and might see tracks and signs of some of the local wildlife such as the claw marks of the sun bear on tree trunks, footprints of deer and other species as well as local birds before sitting down to an early dinner at about 6:45pm. You will then head to early bed to save the energy before rising early as you will need to be awake well before sunrise the next day.

+ Accommodation: Veun Sai-Siem Pang Conservation room

Day 2 : The Gibbon Spotting (B/L/-)

Today we rise early at 3:15 am because the gibbons wake up with the sun and call to mark their territory as soon as dawn breaks. At 4 am, whilst it is still dark we following a small trail to the protected gibbon area about 45 minutes away to make sure that we are there in time to hear their call. We then reach the edge of grassy savannah and wait for the call of a certain gibbon family, currently the only group that accepts people in their presence. The different groups start to call (sing) at around sunrise with some calls carrying up to 2km. Once the habituated groups of gibbons start to sing, the gibbon guide will try to locate them in the forest as fast as possible and he will guide us to the spot so we can watch them as they go about their morning activities in the tree canopy. In some cases they let you come very close – less than 15 meters – which provides an excellent opportunity to take pictures. This is a special time as the gibbons can travel quickly in the trees and leave in a split second, anytime they want. Once they do, it can be very difficult for us to find them again, however, the group can often be followed for a couple of hours throughout the forest.
After the gibbon spotting, we head back to the station for brunch at about 10 am. We then pack up and get ready to leave. We get back on our moto’s and follow a different path through the jungle and head back to I Tub village and then onwards to Veun Sai town, cross the Sesan River by a small ferry. Our journey has now come to an end and we travel back to Ban Lung arriving at approximately 3 pm.

* Itinerary is subject to change
This itinerary is written based on our tour research expeditions. It should be read in order to get a good general impression and NOT as a detailed hour by hour itinerary. As we care about your safety and always want to increase customer’s experience, AT Cambodia’s team can change parts of the tour due to weather terrain conditions depending on the season and customer requests. If the program is changed upon customer’s request, possible additional costs will be charged directly to customers.

Included/Excluded

  • + 2 lunches
  • + Local transportation by Transport by motorbike (1 person), motorised Tuk Tuk (2-3 persons), private minivan (4 persons and more) from Banlung, boat/local ferry, motorbike
  • + All related entrance
  • + Activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • + Drinking water
  • + An English Speaking Guide
  • - Your accommodation in Town
  • - Any personal expenses
  • - Personal travel insurance
  • - Tips for guides & driver
  • - Any other items not mentioned
  • - Tips for the boat man or guide

Tour's Location

Ratanakiri, Cambodia

FAQs

What food is provided during the trek?
All meals are provided with the trek including lunch in I Tub village, dinner at the conservation centre, breakfast at the conservation centre and lunch at Veun Sai town overlooking the Sesan River. Please note that there is no possibility of cooking different food for individuals. Please let us know at the time of booking if you are a vegetarian.
Is there Malaria?
Like much of rural Cambodia, the site has mosquitoes which may carry malaria.Malaria can be potentially fatal if contracted and as such clients are advised to seek medical advice concerning malaria avoidance prior to visiting the site. Avoiding being bitten by mosquitoes is the most effective way to avoid malaria.

Many travelers to Cambodia also choose to take malarial prophylaxis, medication which prevents malaria in the case of infection. If you become ill after leaving the site, be aware that you may have malaria and need to seek immediate medical advice.
What happens in the case of bad weather?
Cambodia experiences a dry season and a green season. The dry season occurs each year from about November to June. The wet season comprises the remainder of the year, with rain and flooding occurring in varying degrees of intensity. Hence we will only be running treks for 8 months each year. During this period we plan to take back to back treks, however, at certain times it can be difficult to walk up and down the mountains. If the weather is particularly bad then there could be some blackout dates during this period. We will endeavor to take treks with limited interruptions.
Some tips from past travelers…
If you can fit it in your bags bring some pencils and paper for the kids at the village I am sure they would appreciate it – I forgot to do this and I regretted it..
Bring long socks to tuck your trousers into for the night hike and the Gibbon spotting – there are some spiky plants out there..
Take ear plugs – unfortunately there is illegal logging going on all around the forest and through the night the noise of the chainsaws are loud..
I believe dry season is the easiest time for Gibbon Spotting and the cycling however, wet season brings more wildlife to the Savannah and the forest.
What to bring
We recommend bringing with you the following:

+ A set of neutral – coloured cloths of natural fibers (cotton)
+ Long trousers
+ Long sleeved shirt x 2 (A clean set for the night)
+ Walking Boots
+ Walking Socks
+ A hat
+ Shorts
+ Fleece Jacket or sweater
+ Sandals or flip flops
+ A spare pair of socks
+ Some Personal toiletries
+ Sun scream
+ Sun glasses
+ Insect repellent
+ Swim Suit
+ Travel towel
+ Binoculars
+ Torch or headlamp
+ Personal first aid kit including any necessary medication such as anti-malarial pills.
+ A small day-pack to carry your camera etc…
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