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Mekong Turtle Conservation Center

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100 Pillar Pagoda | Sambor Town, Kratie, Cambodia
+855 23 214 627
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Worthwhile effort, not worth seeing on its own but okay as a day trip with other attractions.

Found it interesting to see the baby soft shell turtles and a video on the work they do . Very... read more

Reviewed 28 April 2018
qldr54
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Brisbane
A good conservation cause...and visit the cute baby turtles!

Well I recently visited this place north of Kratie (which is on the grounds of the 100 pillar... read more

Reviewed 23 March 2018
Shakar81
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Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
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Seasonal release of protected hatchlings 7-20 August 2013, Book now, limited season! For the first time, you can participate in softshell hatchling releases on the Mekong River. For $19 per person*, you can visit the Mekong Turtle Conservation Center on the 100 Pillar Pagoda Grounds where your turtle is blessed, then take a boat ride on the Mekong River and release the hatchlings back into the wild.About the Mekong Turtle Conservation CenterVisit the Mekong Turtle Conservation Center today and see one of the world’s rarest and largest freshwater turtles, Cantor’s Softshell Turtle!The Mekong Turtle Conservation Center (MTCC) is located at the beautiful and historic 480 year old 100 Pillar Pagoda, (Wat Sor Sor Muoy Roy), north of Kratie town in Sambor district. The MTCC was opened by Conservation International to increase the wild population of the endangered Cantor’s Softshell Turtle (Pelochelys cantorii) in the nearby Mekong River, through headstarting turtle hatchlings from the community-led turtle nest program.The facility has over forty indoor tanks containing juvenile turtles which are kept for a 10 month period before releasing into their natural habitat, the Mekong River. This headstarting process increases hatchling survival rates. The MTCC also has as a large outdoor pond for the turtle breeding program where you can view the larger adult Cantor’s Softshell Turtles. There are also many other Asian turtle species at the facility to see.Come and see the turtles and this unique conservation project in action!All entry fees, donations and purchases made will directly support this project and the participating local villagers.
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100 Pillar Pagoda | Sambor Town, Kratie, Cambodia
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Reviewed 28 April 2018

Found it interesting to see the baby soft shell turtles and a video on the work they do . Very rundown facility though. If doing a day tour including dolphin watching, 100 pillar pagoda and meditation centre then worth a stop.

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Reviewed 23 March 2018

Well I recently visited this place north of Kratie (which is on the grounds of the 100 pillar temple) - and although I suppose it doesn't exactly live up to an amazing 5 star experience as per my rating, but the cause is a very...More

1  Thank Shakar81
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Reviewed 22 February 2018

The place is very small however you can see that the people here are passionate about what they do and try there hardest to save the turtle with little resource. You must really visit this place and support the work they do.

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Reviewed 4 February 2018

Being very keen to help the project and see the turtles, we were hoping based on some reviews that for the price (4USD is a lot for the region) that we would get good explanations and wee a nice conservation center. Unfortunately the place is...More

1  Thank Mylene_Laurent
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Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

Though only a small centre set in the grounds of a temple this place is well worth a visit even if just to support the conservation work they do with the soft shellwd turtles. We were able to see some baby soft shelled turtles and...More

2  Thank Simon B
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Reviewed 2 January 2018

We liked it a lot. The people here really do a great job for the turtles. It is a bit of a drive on a small motorbike or with a bike. Please support this good and noble initiative to help the turtles.

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Reviewed 19 December 2017

This is certainly not a tourist attraction, nor is it meant to be. The center is working extremely hard to promote the conservation of this imperiled turtle species, and runs on an extremely tight budget. Therefore, it is small and to many might seem like...More

1  Thank Daniel O
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Reviewed 17 December 2017

Very poor place but behind that they are doing a great job for the conservation of that rare turtles. It is true, a lot of turtles are under the sand but you can see some of them. Consider that it is pretty much impossible to...More

1  Thank Elisavet17-84
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Reviewed 19 November 2017

This place is located on the temple grounds. There are a few small turtles and some larger ones that apparently cannot be released into the wild. Worth a short visit

1  Thank glennaa11
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Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

I have mixed feelings about this place. There is really not much to see. The building is badly kept and from outside it seemed like a bit of a dump. Inside there were several small aqariums with baby turtles in them. The guide at the...More

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Shannon B
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Response from awayoverthere | Reviewed this property |
Hi Shannon, I can't remember the exact cost but it's a small fee (a few US $). My recommendation for Kratie, if you're not travellig by motorbike, is to hire a tuk tuk driver for the day. We used a guy called Ben who... More
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