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Nam Ghong Provincial Protected Area in Attapeu

Posted by gregmccann1 on 19/6/2014 at 11:04

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!

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Posted by MADMAC on 20/6/2014 at 10:36

You mean the area south of highway 11? Looks pretty desolate.

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Posted by gregmccann1 on 20/6/2014 at 23:26

I'm not familiar with Highway 11, but if you look on the blog the first Google Earth map shows where it is clearly. Desolate indeed! That's why I want to go there!

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Posted by MADMAC on 21/6/2014 at 06:19

Better you than me. The city itself looked king of intersting though.

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Posted by gregmccann1 on 22/6/2014 at 21:48

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.

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Posted by MADMAC on 23/6/2014 at 09:18

Attapeu looks interesting to me, in that far flung, funky sort of way. I'm sure the food sucks, but it might be an interesting trip.

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Posted by gregmccann1 on 23/6/2014 at 10:01

Do you want to go down and scout it out for me? Maybe you can become a member of Habitat ID!

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Posted by MADMAC on 23/6/2014 at 13:24

Sorry - I don't do Laos. I'll scout out Chaiyapum for you though.

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Posted by billytheliar on 23/6/2014 at 14:34

I'm not exactly a gourmet, but the food didn't suck.

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Posted by MADMAC on 24/6/2014 at 01:39

I don't like Laos food Billy. Doesn't agree with my palate.

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Posted by gregmccann1 on 24/6/2014 at 20:02

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.

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Posted by MADMAC on 24/6/2014 at 23:23

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.

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Posted by gregmccann1 on 25/6/2014 at 09:50

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.

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Posted by MADMAC on 25/6/2014 at 23:31

No.

The word for Bear is "Me"

The word for Tiger is "Seua"

The word for Leopard is "Seua Dow"

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Posted by gregmccann1 on 26/6/2014 at 19:52

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.

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