Despite the rapid development of many parts of Southeast Asia, there are several national parks in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. Stunning nature sights were visitors can trek and see indigenous, tropical wildlife and breath-taking scenery. Numerous species of tropical birds can be found here. Lakes, rivers and waterfalls are the source of life for the animals living in the national parks. Let us share the most interesting, less well-known, parks to visit:
Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary: The sanctuary at Prek Toal is located in the northwest tip of the Tonle Sap Lake. There are a large number of birds to be seen here, including Greater and Lesser Adjuncts, Black-headed Ibis, Painted Stork, Milky Stork, Spot-billed Pelican, Grey-Headed Fish Eagle. Prek Toal is the most accessible of the three biosphere areas from Siem Reap and the most popular among birdwatchers as flocks of migratory birds congregate here in the dry season (December-May).
Ream National Park: This national park is located 18 km from Sihanoukville city in the Prey Nob district of Sihanoukville province, south-eastern part of Cambodia. The national park is a remarkable combination of rivers, forests, mangroves, estuaries, beaches, coral reefs, wildlife, and marine life.
Bokeo Nature Reserve: This area was created to protect its population of black-cheeked gibbons. Bokea Nature Reserve in Laos is located in Bokeo Province and home to numerous bears and tigers. Did you know that elephants and wild water buffalos migrate through the reserve? There are a lot of different activities for travellers to enjoy. How about trekking in the forest and gazing out from the gibbon viewing huts, also known as canopy huts, across the vast forest reserve?
There are over 350 species of birds in Myanmar and 280 of these birds can be seen in the Na Ma Taung, or Mount Victoria National Park. Home to the Whitebrowed Nuthatch and located close to the border with India. This park contains Mt. Victoria, the highest mountain in Chin Hill, Chin State, in the western part of Central Myanmar and counts 3,035 meters above sea level. The entire park occupies an area of 720 square kilometers and was established in 1994.
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