So you can head to Mondulkiri's capital Sen Monorom and not see Elephants...but that would be lame! so we are going to tell you about a really cool way to see them that doesn't harm them, along with some other stuff.
About Sen Monorom: let's get this quickly out of the way so we can go back to the elephants. There is not a lot going on in this 'city', which is more like a village and you'll probably wonder how you ended up here?!?... but it is the best place to base yourself for exploring the broader region along with its nature, jungles and waterfalls. This is where the hotel/hostels are, as well as some restaurants/cafes.
There are some great waterfalls that are within close proximity that are worth checking out, ask around and grab a motorbike/moto or motodop (think scooter taxi) to get you there if you're not fond of hiking it.
In our humble opinion though, it's all about The Elephant Valley Project (EVP) - This place is really great, its well located, constructed and ran by some really nice people. You can do quick stays, longer stays, volunteer, go on treks help wash elephants and learn a lot, it's really an animal lovers paradise.
The local charity behind this is ELIE and they take care of retired former worked elephants and rehabilitates them. Not only all of that but the adventure in staying in there bungalows which are surrounded by jungle and watching the sunset & rise is really special.
* Bring the Mosquito repellant. [Review by nikodonnell]
- Sen Monorom is a city in Cambodia's region of Mondulkiri. It has a population of 7,500, is situated at an altitude of 2625ft and the best airport to fly into is PNH (Phnom Penh International, Phnom Penh)
- The main spoken language here is Khmer, and the average English skill is low
- Note Sen Monorom is not a good point of entry for trips to Cambodia as it is not well internationally connected. Instead try entering through for instance Phnom Penh
- The currency used in Cambodia is the Cambodian riel (KHR)
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See elephants at The Elephant Valley Project.
For some backstory on the region of Mondulkiri you can head to our page covering the region, if you just came from there don't go back for fear of being trapped in a perpetual time lock vortex of going back and forth that will never end.
When you see on Wikitravel that access to the national park costs $5000 riel, don't freak out, that's like a buck (US$1).
Travelfish give an informative and eye opening account on both the attraction and things to do here, but also (and importantly) that this area is also suffering and battling to protect its forests, indigenous way of life and animals - so by supporting more eco friendly places like EVP you are helping the right side of the fight.
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