Early this morning, travel by private vehicle to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre, located an hour’s drive from Phnom Penh, and the world’s largest sanctuary for sun bears and has educated hundreds of thousands of Cambodians about the threats facing their wild bear populations.
On arrival meet the staff at Free The Bears, located within Phnom Tamao. Free The Bears is a registered charity that was set up by an Australian lady, Mary Hutton to protect, preserve and enrich the lives of bears throughout the world. The 100+ bears that you will see at Phnom Tamao may have faced death or a torturous life in order to provide medicinal benefits or exotic food to the Asian market. Twenty one forested enclosures have been built over 7 hectares to house a mixture of Sun bears and Asiatic black bears of different ages and personalities.
After visiting the various different bear houses take part in a fun activity of preparing enrichment toys. There will also be time to visit some of the other endangered species kept at Phnom Tamao. Lunch will be taken at a simple local picnic hut ‘Khmer style’. In the afternoon it is time to hide the food in the bear’s forest enclosures and watch them enjoy the fruits of your labour.
Leaving Phnom Tamao drive the short distance to visit Tonle Bati Temple, an Angkorian-style temple which remains largely intact and the pretty garden enhances the atmosphere. Whilst being very small in size the temple is one of the best preserved and picturesque you can visit in Cambodia.
On the way back to Phnom Penh stop to try some local seasonal fruits before arriving at approximately 6pm at your hotel.
(Note: please note that direct contact with the bears is not possible under any circumstances, these are rescued wild animals. It is recommended to bring closed footwear, sunscreen and suitable clothing for a day in the forest).
Overnight in Phnompenh
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch