VISIT REMOTE AREAS
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.
Preah Rumkel community based project is located near the Laos border in Stung Treng Province. The village is beside the Mekong river, where you can admire the Irrawaddy Dolphins and explore the many small surrounding islands. This is a good destination for relaxing near the Mekong river and enjoying bird watching in the forest. This area offers a gateway to the Sopheakmith waterfalls, a very unique place in Cambodia. You can also find out the legend of Preah Rumkel in the Pagoda Wat Damrei Sor or the White House Elephant.
Yeak Laom lake has been officially managed by the Tampuan community since 1998 when provincial authorities in Ratanakiri granted a 25-year agreement for local management. Since then, members from each of the five villages of Yeak Laom have been responsible for protecting and managing the lake including forest patrols, tourist services, and waste management.
The lake is 800m in diameter and 50m deep with clean and clear water. It is surrounded by a natural forest area, which is home to an array flora and fauna. Small schools of fish are often sighted at the banks of the lake whilst exotic birds, such as kingfishers, can be seen darting across the water during sunset. When you visit the lake today, you can walk and swim at the lake, or choose a cultural tour or homestay to learn more about Tampuan culture and custom whilst supporting the local community.
The lake is very busy and noisy during Cambodian national holidays, so if you want to experience the natural tranquillity of this place avoid visiting during public holidays.
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.
Botum Sakor National Park is the biggest national park of Cambodia. Situated on the coast of the Gulf of Thailand, Botum Sakor (or Botumsakor) is a peninsula projecting southwest from the Cardamom Mountains. Home to many endangered species such as the Asian Elephant, Indochinese Tiger, Clouded Leopard, and others. This area is a very important environmental zone with critical habitat.
Osoam is a small community including 4 villages with 327 families. The major source of income for local residents was the illegal trading of timber, wildlife and other forest products combined with slash and burn farming. It is essential to educate local residents about the benefits available through Eco-tourism. Osoam Community Center aims to support rural communities in Osoam commune by developing alternative sources of income through sustainable development. OCC proposes an approach in education, vocational training, an Eco-tourism centre and agriculture programs
We may be biased, but we reckon that whatever your age, whatever your life experience and whatever the purpose, duration or type of vacation you imagined, sustainable tourism in the Kingdom of Wonder might just change the way you travel forever. With a range of homestays and carefully selected ecotourism sites in beautiful locations throughout Cambodia, there is something for every style and taste.
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