Ecotourism Potential in Andong Kralong Ethnic Bunong Community
Mondulkiri province is in the northeast of Cambodia and has a lot of natural resources, fresh air and shelters 97% of the indigenous community of Bunong in Cambodia. It also attracts always more national and international tourists. Andong Kralong is a village of the province, about 25 km far from Sen Monorom town, with 117 families. In this village, there are plenty of natural resources such as: forest, wildlife (exotic birds), waterfall sites, streams and Bunong cultures. These resources are protected by local people and at all authority levels as the Bunong Ethnic Community is legally supported by the Ministry of Interior, which means that the community is legally using its own lands. Thus, this village has more potential to establish CBET (Community Based Ecotourism) due to the numerous natural resources and the legal management of the community.
The Bunong community spends a lot of time in the forest collecting the NTFP (Non Timber Forest Production) such as raisin collection, wild vegetable, fishing, upper land farming, vegetable growing and livestock, to support their families. But they need to spend a lot of time going into the forest as it is far from their homes. Surely this then allows them to be fully skilled to stay overnight in the forest by using simple materials to cook and eat, such as bamboo. Fish and wild vegetables are the main food they will eat while staying in the forest.
All these different kinds of natural resources and the discovery of the local people lifestyle are great experiences to share with national and international tourists.
By Meas Viphou, Project Manager in Mondulkiri