Cambodia is home of magnificent ruins of the world and it is one of the most significant populations of mammalian wildlife in Asia. The civil war lasted for over thirty years, the wildlife were killed and some escaped to Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. Today Cambodia is peaceful, there are lots of species such as leopards, tigers, bantams, gaur, barking deer and the near-extinct Kouprey the Kingdom’s national animal and the world’s rarest large mammal have been sighted off the beaten path. And the wild elephants still roam remote pristine forests and monkeys and snakes abound in mountainous areas. The wildlife trade is illegal, so many live animal are roaming around Cambodia.

Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary, Ratanakiri is one of the must-see places in the colorful Cambodia. The province of Ratanakiri is located in the northeastern part of the country. The total land area of this sanctuary is 250,000 hectares. Travelers are fascinated at the various sights and sounds of the exotic place. If you are lucky, you can have a glimpse of the special kinds of animals that are present here, like tigers, wild ox, Ko Prey, elephants and red-headed vultures. The word Ratanakiri is derived from the Sanskrit words Ratna and Giri, which mean ‘a mountain of gems’. Many tourists come to explore this place every year to explore the natural treasure and experience culture and enjoy the rich wildlife, ecotourism prospects and remote tribal villages.

The Virachey National Park Ratanakiri It covers an area of 3325 sq, the Virachey National Park provides tourists with ideal conditions for sightseeing. It is magnificent place Extended Wilderness Treks conducted.

Flora: Virachey National Park, Ratanakiri. It  is made of dense semi evergreen lowlands and mountainous  forests, bamboo thickets, upland savannah, and sporadic patches of mixed deciduous forest. Hillocks and low mountains dominate the topography at over 400 m above sea level. Grassland and scrubs are found in isolated areas as well as in marshlands. The types of vegetation comprise: humid medium elevation formations and humid low elevation formations, mundane slopes and mountain pen plain, middle valley reaches, valley floors, western lowland, isolated graniteoutcropsandwetlands.

 Fauna: Virachey National Park, Ratanakiri

The study indicates that there can be about 156 vertebrates in the area. The bovines, small carnivores, cats and primates are endangered species. The globally threatened primates include the Pygmy Loris, Slow Loris, Long-tailed Macaque, Pig-tailed Macaque, Douc Langur and Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon. Species of meticulous concern are elephant, gaur, tiger, and the banteng.

There are 100 bird species of international significance in the Virachey National Park. The German’s Peacock Pheasant, a restricted species, is supported here. Other near threatened species includes the Red-collared Woodpecker, Siamese Fire back and Great Hornbill. The aquatic environment comprises freshwater crocodile and tortoise, otters, and fish species.

The Norng Kabat Forest, Ratanakiri  houses a beautiful pond is is located about 23 kilometers to the north of Banlung in Ratanakiri, one of the splendid tourist attractions in Ratanakiri, which is frequented by many birds and animals. It attracts tens of thousands of travelers throughout the year; they can also enjoy the wonderful opportunity of watching the beautiful animals and the unique opportunity of visiting the ethnic villages of the town. A visit to the ethnic villages of Ratanakiri will acquaint tourists with the culture and custom of the local people. You can also know about the festivals celebrated by the ethnic people by traveling these ethnic villages. The traditional dance and music performances of the ethnic villagers are a major draw for the international visitors.


Bird Watching Tours

Prek Toal Bird Sacuary and Floating village Tours. Prek Toal is incredibly and interesting remarkable site to explore, it covers a core area (21,000 ha) of the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve based on its botanical diversity and its nesting colonies of threatened water birds.    There will be a great experience to visit such amazingly rare world the water birds are being so welled preserved; many kinds of birds are standing on the trees with the nests and the babies.

The nearby fishing lot covered roughly 50,000 ha, there are the most productive and lucrative area of the lake with tons of fish each year. 

Over 1,200 families lie around the core area where the villagers live in houses floating on a bamboo rafts or in houseboats, an adaptation to the ebb and flow of the lake. Over 150 different types of fishing gear have been inventoried on the lake. Commercial level fishing involves large traps and fences, however most villagers fish at a subsistence level while others engage in rising or preserving fish. The entire economy of the floating villages is directly or indirectly dependent upon fishing. 

Ang Trapeang Thmor, ATT  is one the bird watching cantuaries in Cambodia not to be missed. There are many types of bird are now being protected for every traveler coming from around the world. In the non-breeding season (December –April) there more than 350 Sarus Crane ( photo)  flying around this man-made reservoir and some are jumping over the rice field and water to catch fish. The abundance of water birds here we still can see including Black-necked Stork, Greater Spotted Eagle and Oriental Plover (Mach-April only). And nearby the reservoir there are some the Endangered Eld’s Deer and tiny rare White Herons as well. The scarcer species are now being conserved.

The trip will around take one whole day by private car, four-wheel drive, van or bus, there any types of transortation we can use today as the road is well paved. We will have pack lunch from the hotel and also during the visit. 

Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB) and Kbal Spean. ACCB, the first nature conservation and endangered wildlife rescue and breeding center in Cambodia. Implemented through a partnership between Munster Zoo and the Zoological Society for the Conservation of Species and Populations (ZGAP) the center aims to promote the rescue and rehabilitation of certain native Cambodian wildlife and to establish a conservation breeding program to enable reintroduction of native species.

This is carried out in conjunction with capacity-building approaches and alternative livelihood works that aim to prevent the loss of species while improving the living standards of rural Cambodians. Adventurous Asia wants to share this latter approach and we work closely with ACCB wherever we can. A tour around the facility allows visitors the rare opportunity to see some exceptionally rare, shy and seldom seen Cambodian mammals, birds and reptiles, all rescued after having been taken from the wild. At present captive birds include a Giant Ibis, Greater and breeding Lesser Adjutants, breeding Green Peafowl and four species of raptor.

 From here you continue on foot walking though the dense forest about 30mn each way through steamy forest and some curious rock formations to the hill top river bed carving Kbal Spean and visit the unspoiled water fall flowing through the shady trees.

 The original River of Thousand Lingams, Kbal Spean is an intricately carved riverbed deep in the foothills of the Cambodian jungle. Lingams are phallic representations sacred to Brahmanism as symbols of fertility, and hundreds of them are carved into the rock here, as are several carvings of gods and animals above the small waterfall.

Kbal Spean lies 50 kilometers northeast of Siem Reap provincial town or about 15 kilometers from Banteay Srei on a well paved road. It takes roughly one hour and a half to get there from the provincial town. It is a 30-minute walk to the carvings. It is the best to try to visit between July and December, at other times of year the river rapidly dries up.

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