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ASEAN Heritage Parks

Virachey National Park

One of only two areas in Cambodia known to support Germain’s peacock pheasant, Virachey National Park harbours about 75 per cent of Cambodia’s “humid medium elevation” habitats. The streams from the mountains of Virachey significantly flow to the Mekong River. The Park covers 332,500 hectares of the following districts: Taveng and Vouen Sai Districts, Ratanakiri Province and Siem Pang District, Stung Treng Province, Cambodia.

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Location
Taveng and Vouen Sai Districts, Ratanakiri Province; Siem Pang District, Stung Treng Province.
Area
3,325 sq km
Date declared as an AHP
18 December 2003, at the Signing of ASEAN Declaration on Heritage Parks
Other international designations
Habitat types
Dense semi-evergreen lowland and montane forests; upland savannah; bamboo thickets; occasional patches of mixed deciduous forests; secondary grass and scrub land formations; and marshes.
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Unique Flora: Dipterocarps and tall tree species (Sindora, Lagerstroemia, Pterocarpus, Dalbergia, Diospyros and Sterculi); Burretiodendron hsienmu; Malva nuts.

Unique Fauna:Germain’s peacock pheasant; Siamese fireback; red-collared woodpecker; sunbirds and flower peckers; hornbills; elegant Siamese pheasants; Shy pitta; wild dog or dhole (Cuonal pinus); Asiatic black bear; Asiatic softshell turtle (Amyda cartilaginea); Asian giant pond turtle (Heosemys grandis); and impressed tortoise (Manouria impressa).

The presence of ethnic minority peoples (Kreung, Kavet, Brao, Lao and Lun) living around Virachey NationalPark,and their activities related with traditional food and medicines make this Parka good ecotourism destination.The Park’s massif containing a range of mountains that reach towards the Lao PDR border is another destination. The remoteness and the “wilderness feel” of the Park areits biggest aesthetic and tourist values, along with its sacred burial or ritual sites. Visitors can go bird watching, mountain climbing, trekking and boating in the river.

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