Explore remote villages of the Virachey National Park
Experience the real forest and jungle of Ratanakiri. Become a part of rural village life in the countryside of Cambodia, travel off the beaten track to learn about nature and indigenous cultures while making your personal contribution to saving Cambodia’s wildlife.
The Community Protected Area (CPA) of Mondul Yorn was set up in 2004 with the support of SCW. To help local communities to diversify income and prevent further logging of timber in 2013 a community-based ecotourism element was introduced. The site is based in a remote O’Tabok river on the outskirts of Virachey National Park. It is an ideal site for those seeking to explore remote and unspoiled part of Cambodia
Mr. PAT Samong (28) is a member of the ethnic minority “Brao” and lives in CPA Mondul Yorn. As a key focal point and Deputy chief of the CPA committee, he is committed to protect the forest and conserve biodiversity in Ratanakiri. He is a boat driver and guide and is excited to share his love for nature with visitors. As a local farmer, safe boat driver and guide, he knows the area very well and is excited to show tourists the beautiful forests and nature in his home. He speaks basic English and hopes to learn more from visitors.
This project is supported by a local NGO – Save Cambodia’s Wildlife (SCW). SCW’s vision is a world, where nature, wildlife and human beings co-exist peacefully. The strategic direction in the forthcoming years focuses on ownership and sustainability of local communities to provide for their own livelihood. Eco-Tourism as an alternative source of income is part of these efforts.
The Community Protected Area (CPA) of Mondul Yorn was set up in 2004 with the support of SCW. To help local communities to diversify income and prevent further logging of timber in 2013 a community based ecototourism element was introduced. The site is based in a remote O’Tabok river on the outskirts of Virachey National Park. It is an ideal site for those seeking to explore remote and unspoiled part of Cambodia
Currently, this project only offers 2days/1 night all-inclusive packages that include:
Take the boat up the O’Tabok stream, observe birds and flowers along the ride. If the water allows it, you can swim at Choeur Teng Cliff and listen to the sounds of nature. Have lunch and take a nap in the shadows of the trees. After rest, continue to Community Protected Area (CPA) Mondul Yorn, an ethnic Brao village on the outskirt of Virachey National Park.
Overnight stay at Mondul Yorn that offers 7 homestays, which are equipped with basic materials (mattress, mosquito net, toilet). Arrive at your personal homestay and make contact with your local host family. You can rent a kayak, go fishing with the villagers and try yourself if you like, take a bath in the river, relax in a hammock or sit at camp fire and taste rice wine. Get some rest after an early local dinner as the sun sets around 6 pm and an exciting hike lies ahead of you the following day.
After a local breakfast, we go by boat 20 minutes North to Roy and Orn Chong fish pools and take a relaxed stroll into the forest nearby. Your guides will explain the local fauna and flora and use by the villagers. You will also walk on part of the old Ho Chi Minh Trail.
After we return to the village, you will have a delicious local lunch.
After lunch, we make our way back by boat to Taveng.
Travel by motorbike/car back to your hotel in Banlung
The homestay facilities include:
- 7 homestays with mattress and mosquito net, private toilet, safety bo
- Trash cans
- First Aid Kit
- No electricity and WiFi
- Remote jungle area by O’Tabok river on the outskrits of Virachey National Park in Ratanakiri province of Northern Cambodia
- Mondul Yorn is home to 18 families with almost 200 members of the indigenous Brao ethnic minority group
- Hiking, Biking, Relaxing
- Kayaking, Swimming, Fishing
- Try local foods and famous jar rice wine
From Phnom Penh, take a bus or taxi to Banlung town in Ratanakiri province. or online booking the best experiences we have had with bookmebus.com. The trip takes about 10 hours. From Banlung, you can book all inclusive 2 day (1 night) package, which will take care of everything for you
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