Inspected: Faraway Cambodian Elephant Sanctuary
A few weeks ago, a team from Khiri Travel in Phnom Penh traveled to inspect the Elephant Valley Project (EVP) in Mondulkiri Province. Tucked away into Cambodia’s eastern border with Vietnam, Mondulkiri is the Khmer Kingdom’s largest province by area but also most sparsely populated. This off the beaten path area is known for its thick forests, powerful waterfalls and the Bunong hill tribe people.
Sren Penh, Sales Executive, and Dany Ma, Reservation Manager, drove about 7-8 hours from Phnom Penh to have a look at the EVP in Sen Monorom, Mondulkiri. Sren reported having an amazing trip. “I fell in love with Mondulkiri Province known as a sea of forest.”
This is not the first visit for Khiri Travel to Elephant Valley Project. This faraway sanctuary was founded in 2007 by an interesting British fellow to provide a place for sick or retired working elephants to rest and receive medical treatment. EVP’s corporate sponsors and tourism income also help fund the conservation of forest habitat for Cambodia’s largest wild elephant population and a rich biodiversity of Southeast Asia’s plants and animals. Sren adds, “My personal feeling is about Elephant Valley Project’s importance for Cambodia. The sanctuary is really helping to conserve the wild elephant’s natural habitat and support the local people.”
New roads connecting Mondulkiri with Phnom Penh make it easier than ever to visit Elephant Valley Project, still an off the beaten path place in Cambodia. Travelers can explore ecotourism in Mondulkiri in a loop with visits to Phnom Penh and/or Siem Reap, Kratie’s Irrawaddy river dolphins or on the way to southern Laos.
For more information about off the beaten path tours and the elephants in Mondulkiri, Cambodia, please contact [email protected]