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Cambodia’s Ratanakiri & Mondulkiri, Gibbons and Elephants

June 30, 2014 by Khiri Travel | Filed Under: ,

Rarely called on by the average traveler, the northern Cambodian provinces of Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri offer great ways to experience the beauty of the natural environment and spot a wide variety of native species of animals.

Gibbon spotting is an amazing experience to see the incredibly rare northern yellow-cheeked gibbon in its natural habitat in Ratanakiri Province of northeastern Cambodia. It’s a unique experience for travelers who may be wildlife photographers or enthusiastic animal lovers—indeed, anyone interested in zoology and nature conservation. Many would call this adventure, trekking through the jungle with hushed voices and footsteps, a “once in a lifetime” experience. The bonus is it helps protect an incredible and endangered primate species at the same time. This is a true ecotourism opportunity to include in any Cambodian holiday itinerary.

The Elephant Valley Project (EVP), an elephant sanctuary in Mondolkiri Province in northeast Cambodia, is another great initiative. At EVP, caring individuals and animal experts rescue captive working Asian elephants and slowly rehabilitate them back to their natural habitat. Elephant Valley also functions as a retirement home for elephants. The sanctuary has an area of 650 hectares to safeguard their herd and allow them to forage in the forest. Khiri Travel Cambodia knows the majority of travelers to Southeast Asia wants to see elephants and can organize a visit to this facility. Day trips usually involve two walks through the forest learning about these amazing and intelligent creatures, and a buffet lunch with fantastic views overlooking the forest canopy. EVP does have a special policy: rides on elephants are not available. Rather, one of the goals of the sanctuary is to put their elephants back in their natural habitat to relearn natural and wild behavior again. Therefore, EVP allows guests to be up close and observe, but it is ultimately the elephants that choose the level of interaction.

For more information and booking requests, please contact [email protected].

Photo 1 of Gibbon by podoboq
Photo 2 of Elephants by Elephant Valley Project 

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