Unforgettable travel experiences are there to be captured and treasured. Special meetings with locals, beautiful landscapes, breathtaking views and remarkable buildings, all picture perfect moments. However, to take a picture and actually take that special feeling home, is not as easy as it may seem. So why not attend a photography incentive trip and learn how to take the perfect picture? Why not consider Cambodia or Vietnam to do so?

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Cat Tien National Park
Cat Tien National Park is one of the most intact ancient forests in Vietnam. For many photographers, Bar-Bellied and Blue-Rumped Pittas are the most attractive birds to photograph. These Pittas are only to be found in the Indochina/Thai region. The true jewels of the forest! The perfect time to spot these special creatures is breeding time (February to March). In those two months the birds usually show their beauty. As well as Pittas, many other beautiful species such as Germain’s Peacock, Siamese Fireback Pheasants, Broadbills, Woodpeckers, Orange-Breasted Trogon and Banded Kingfisher are popular picture perfect animals among wildlife enthusiasts.

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Cambodia Bird Watching
Seeing birds in Cambodia is special. Why? Because this country still has a significant spread of deciduous dipterocarp forests, once spread across a big part of Indochina and Thailand. The forests are formerly home to the greatest aggregation of large mammals and water birds that have ever existed beyond the savannas of Africa. It is hard to find such forests nowadays, except from the Northern and Eastern Plains of Cambodia.

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Make sure you photograph the rarest Ibises; White-shouldered and Giant, as well as many endangered water bird species such as the Bengal Florican and the Greater Adjutant, the Milky Stork and the Black-Necked and Sarus Cranes. A photography tour also gives you the chance to explore Cambodia’s famous Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and… visit the grasslands that run alongside the huge Tonle Sap. So much to see, so much to capture!

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Tips for Photography Travel:
+ Spend a day at a local zoo or wildlife park before taking your camera and heading off on real sites.
+ Don’t forget to caption your photo with your experience and shooting information
+ Always “Shoot First”. If you have time, improve your position for a second attempt
+ Everything can be out of focus but make sure the eyes of animals are sharp.
+ Even if you’re traveling alone, book or join a tour to see the local wildlife is an option worth considering. Keep in mind that to access some areas, it is even mandatory.

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