Wildlife of Siem Reap, Cambodia

While in Siem Reap, our attention was, needless to say, focused on the temples. But from time to time, we diverted it to the abundance of wildlife there.

Even on the hotel ground, I saw a few new birds, including this Yellow-vented Bulbul.

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Yellow-vented Bulbul

In the temple grounds, we saw Oriental Honey Buzzards flying by a few times. This was one of few the raptors we saw in Cambodia.

Oriental Honey Buzzard

At Ta Prohm, I saw this lizard scurrying around the ruins.


One wildlife that people will frequently encounter is the Macaque monkeys. Sadly, some of them resorted to scavenging for food in the trash, or begging tourists for handouts.




In the back of Angkor Wat, I saw a couple of dragonflies perched on rocks. At first I thought they were the male and female of the same species, they turned out to be two different species.

Paddyfield Parasol

Ground Skimmer

At Jayatataka Baray (the artificial lake) and Neak Poan, we saw some very interesting wildlife. This toad sat very near the dark-colored Neak Poan, with almost the exact color and texture of the temple; at first I really suspected it was a sculpture.


Over the lake of Jayatataka Baray, there was an abundance of dragonflies. In fact, Cambodia can be said to be a dragonfly paradise, I think I can take a trip just to photograph them.

Black-tipped Percher

Slender Skimmer

On the causeway over Jayatataka Baray, we also saw this lizard, or skink, in the shallow water at the margin of the lake.


In the jungle around Beng Mealea, the noisy Black-crested Bulbuls made their presence well known.

Black-crested Bulbul

In the forest around Banteay Srei, I spotted this pretty Fulvous Forest Skimmer.

Fulvous Forest Skimmer

Finally, not wildlife, but a couple of shots of Siem Reap the town and sunset from the hotel rooftop (our hotel is the Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort, which is very nice, see my review here).

Siem Reap

Siem Reap Sunset

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