FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What do I need to pack in preparation for hikes and forest visits?
Where is the Mondulkiri Sanctuary and how to get there?
Why should I choose to visit the Mondulkiri Sanctuary?
How will my visit help local forest & wildlife conservation?
Do I need to book in advance?
Where do I book and how do I pay?
Is elephant riding possible ?
- For day tours:
- Comfortable footwear for trekking ( your shoes might get wet while crossing rivers).
- Swimming clothes and light towel or sarong
- Light, long sleeved clothing to wear during the day (best to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty).
- A hat and sun protection. Insect repellent. Rain coat or poncho. Camera.
- Transportation, guiding, lunch and water are provided. You can bring additional snack foods.
- For overnight tours:
- A change of day clothes. Warm clothes and socks to wear at night. A flashlight.
- A light sweater or jacket, long trousers and socks for cold nights.
- A flashlight.
The Sanctuary is located in Mondulkiri province, northeastern Cambodia, a 5.5 -6 hours drive from Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh.
Direct express vans from Phnom Penh, are the most convenient way to get to Sen Monorom. It is also possible to travel to / from nearby provinces: Kratie and Ratanakiri. For van ticket booking contact numbers & more info: Visit the Mondulkiri travel and transport guide by Nature Lodge.
1) By visiting or volunteering at a sanctuary, you are supporting a sustainable Cambodian conservation project that creates livelihoods, protects local forests, frees working elephants & provides rescue & rehabilitation to captured wildlife.
2) Through choosing a responsible ecotourism project, you help create a sustainable income for local communities, reducing the financial need for logging & hunting. The project also creates additional jobs, training opportunities, and a chance to learn English.
3) We promote & demonstrate sustainable ecotourism & help educate locals about long term conservation benefits. L.E.A.F is proud to support sustainable Cambodian administration, training & employment.
4) Following your visit, you can see more of Mondulkiri Province - one of Cambodia’s most beautiful and scenic destination. The highland plateau around Sen Monorom offers lovely hill views, cooler climate and some of the best eco-tourism sites in Cambodia. From here, you can continue to other interesting destinations in Northern Cambodia such as Ratankiri, Kratie, Stung Treng and the border crossings with Vietnam & Laos.
L.E.A.F is a registered Cambodian conservation organization. As a licensed NGO, we hold full activity reports and transparent accounting. All project funds are reported & responsibly managed towards wildlife conservation & community benefits.Project contributions use towards conservation developement & community benefits :
Please note that while many tourism businesses in Mondulkiri are marketing tours as "elephant or community projects” - L.E.A.F and EVP are the only 2 genuine, registered sanctuaries & elephant aid projects.
If supporting a genuine conservation project is important to you: You can easily make sure by asking looking up an NGO / project on the Cambodian nonprofit organizations & project list ( log in as a visitor ).
Yes, it is recommended to book in advance as we limit visitor group size to 12 persons in order to minimize human impact on the sanctuary's local wildlife.
In order to be sure that we have availability - You can book your visit in advance by sending an online booking request. Payment will be made at the L.E.A.F office following your arrival in Sen Monorom.
We co-operate with The Nature Lodge in Sen Monorom and it is now also possible to arrange your visit at the Lodge. Our conservation tours are also included as a part of the Mondulkiri Eco-tourism Adventure packages.
Elephant riding is not including in our visitor programs. When working elephants join our retirement program, they adjust to a life free of work, including riding. Just like humans, each elephant has a different character and different likes & needs.
We respect each elephant and do not force them to participate in visitor activities : Some elephants are friendly & sociable, others dislike strangers, in this case, they’re observed & appreciated from a distance.
Why are mahouts still riding some of the elephants ?
Our newcomers, especially Pon, a male elephant, require time to adjust to life away from work. They’re still occasionally ridden by their mahouts sometimes while they gain confidence / adjust to their new lifestyle & herd life, the same as EVP and other sanctuaries around the world.