Does anyone know anything about a place called Nam Ghong Provincial Protected Area (NGPPA) at the very bottom of Laos along the Cambodian border? I've made a blog that contains some maps, one photo, and some information. As far as I know there are no roads into the area, no ecotourism, no conservation groups working there, nothing. It's 100,000 hectares and contiguous with Cambodia's Virachey National Park (see the maps and Google Earth in the blog linked above). I am wondering if anyone knows any tour operators in Attapeu province who I could send an email to in order begin planning a trip there. In fact, I would like to start a camera-trapping project in the area (my organization has one now in Virachey) to determine what kind of wildlife is living there. The area appears to be thickly covered with jungle, and there are surely some rivers and waterfalls there.
Any info would be greatly appreciated!
I added a new map that shows that those mountains (the ones in NGPPA that form the border with Virachey in Cambodia) are called the Kavang Mountains -not to be confused with the Kasang Mountains of Dong Amphon NP. Which city was that, Madmac? Attapeu ? If I can get into NGPPA I will spend some time in Attapeu town as well.
Madmac, hold that idea (checking Chaiyapum). I'd love to get up there in the future. Sounds like a fantastic place, and I bet there are some interesting animals hiding up there.
I think Chaiyaphum is one of the last hidden gems in Thailand. Nobody goes there. It's a huge area - big national forrest. Because it's so hilly it's not good farming terrain, so it remains lightly populated. I've heard there are tigers in that forrest, but I can' confirm.
If it can be confirmed that there are still tigers there it would be a big deal. I'm curious -is the Thai world for "tiger" the same as it is for "leopard" and "bear" -it's like that in Khmer.
Much more specific than Khmer. In fact the Phnom Penh Post recently reported that a man was attacked by a "tiger" in the Cardamom Mountains because he said that a "Kra" went after him and his friend. Later he was shown photos and it turned out to be a black bear.