Andong Kralong is a village of with 117 families about 25 km far from Sen Monorom town. In this village, there are plenty of natural resources such as: forest, wildlife (exotic birds), waterfall sites, streams as well as the Bunong culture. These resources are protected by local people at all authority levels as the Bunong Ethnic Community is legally supported by the Ministry of Interior, which means that the community is legally using its own land. Therefore, there is lots of potential for local community to benefit from CBET (Community Based Ecotourism) due to the numerous natural resources and the legal management of the community.
Virachey National Park was established in 2004.it was initiated by the Ministry of Environment under the project “Biodiversity and protected Areas Management Project with the fund support from the World bank. Virachey National Park is the largest National Park among seven other National Parks in Cambodia. It offers an incredible insight into the variety of Cambodia’s remaining wilderness and wildlife. The main objectives of CBET were to encourage the local community to participate to protect and conserve its environment and biodiversity for the future. Travelling in the Virachey park is a very unique experience; you are deep into the heart of nature.
This area is rich with animal wildlife with a wide range of species. Veun Sai forest is also providing food, firewood, medicinal plants and fresh water for local communities.
In 2010, a ranger discovered a new species of Gibbon in the area, the Yellow cheeked crested gibbon. Since then conservation effords have been stepped up to protect this animal. Today, Veun Sai is the only place in the world where tourists can regularly spot the elusive Northern yellow-cheeked crested gibbon in the wild.
Bunong elephant project is an exciting new sanctuary that has been developed in consultation and partnership with the local Bunong community. This project is dedicated to promoting the welfare of both elephants and the local indigenous community, all the income provides much needed support for the indigenous people and their elephants. Thank to this association, elephants spend their time in the forest and are no longer exploited commercially or put under stress with elephant rides, heavy farm work or logging. They can relax and live free in natural forest, eating bamboo, grass, playing in mud baths, swim in the river and more importantly socialize with other elephants.
This site is a unique community ecotourism project established by the Ministry of Environment and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Cambodia Program. The aim of this project is to protect bird conservation and community development. In this area you can see important breeding population of two critically endangered Ibis species, the Giant Ibis and White Shouldered Ibis. It’s a mythical bird for all bird-watchers. This ecotourism project has received the “Responsible tourism Award in 2007”. In 2008 it was a joint winner of the Equator Prize for poverty reduction through sustainable use of bio-diversity