About the Gibbon Project

The Gibbon Spotting Cambodia story started in 2010 when a new species of gibbon; the ‘northern yellow-cheeked’ gibbon was discovered in the Veun Sai-Siem Pang Conservation area located in the north-eastern province of Ratanakiri.

See Cambodia Differently took the initiative and contacted the researchers that had been habituating and studying the gibbons and asked how the project was funded and if we could work together to create a unique eco-tourism product for wildlife lovers.

After a successful habituating period with the gibbons a partnership was formed in early 2011 to create a unique opportunity for environmentally-conscious wildlife enthusiasts to experience these incredible animals living freely in their natural habitat and so Gibbon Spotting Cambodia was created.

Treks to the area started in early 2012 and have achieved a great deal of success in terms of spotting the gibbons and the work that we do with the local communities.  However more needs to be done and we need more people to see these wonderful animals.  So that we can not only pay the local community members as guides and trackers but to also fund much needed law enforcement to prevent the illegal logging and poaching that unfortunately takes place in the area.

Your participation on a trek contributes one third of the money going directly to the communities.  This means that you are not only helping the gibbons; but helping us to protect the forest and the abundance of other incredible wildlife that lives there.

So from all of us at Gibbon Spotting Cambodia we look forward to welcoming you to our wonderful eco-tourism project.

The Gibbons

The gibbons are wild animals; there are no guarantees that you will see the gibbons on every trek. Based on previous sightings, the chances are about 85%, increasing slightly in the dryer months as the gibbons call more frequently in the mornings, which is how we locate these groups. You can expect to get within 20 metres of the gibbons and if you are handy with a camera, expect some great photos. It is often possible to follow the gibbons for several hours as they go about their morning activities, swinging through the trees and feeding on fruits and leaves in the forest.

The Veun Sai-Siem Pang Conservation Area Station

The station is where the researchers live while they conduct research. Armed government law enforcement agents also live at the station and are based there to patrol the Veun Sai-Siem Pang Conservation Area and to prevent illegal poaching and logging, offering additional security as well as protecting the gibbons. We will be based here while on the trek and are the guests of the station staff and must respect the area, the station staff, their rules and the work that they do.


The station provides basic facilities such as a field kitchen, accommodation and sanitation. While at the station hammocks with attached mosquito nets will be provided for you to sleep in. At the moment, these have been set up in a basic solid structure for shelter from the elements.

There is a building used by the community-based ecotourism management team for storage and where you will be taking meals.

Food is prepared on a wood fire in the designated kitchen area. The community-based ecotourism management team has also built a small traditional shelter with a thatched leaf roof and table and chairs. Shared with station staff and researchers, there are two bathroom stalls with fresh water for showering and squat toilets.

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