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Virachey National Park
Written by Shanmugam on November 14, 2022 Share on

Virachey National Park – Trekking through Wildlife enthusiast’s paradise

Trekking in Virachey National Park
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Cambodia, renowned for its finest blend of old-world structures and urban lifestyles, remains one of the best places to be visited at least once in a lifetime. Located near the borders of Thailand, it also bears a touch of Thai culture and traditions. From majestic age-old temples to dense jungle treks, tranquil beaches to pristine cascading waterfalls, and national parks, Cambodia leaves no stone unturned to offer an absolute experience. Explore these wonders with our exclusive honeymoon packages and vacation packages, tailored to make your journey truly unforgettable.

As the destination is deeply rooted in history and culturally rich attractions such as Angkor wat, Bayon, Cambodia also housed in with several national parks that have to be explored. The country has 7 national parks still, out of which, Virachey National Park covering 3,325 square kilometers of Cambodia. This stunning park in Cambodia is one of the largest national parks housed with a wide variety of wildlife. Are you someone who loves trekking and adventure in the dense jungle? Virachey National Park in Cambodia will definitely leave you agape in amazement. Check out Cambodia packages for top recommended activities and attractions to the club with Virachey National Park. To all the wildlife explores and view chasers, Virachey National Park is your first go-to place in Cambodia.

Why should you visit Virachey National Park?

Trekking in Virachey National Park
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Virachey National Park is one of the 55 ASEAN Heritage Parks in the world. They are considered and recognized as ASEAN Heritage Parks as the park is rich in flora and fauna and they preserve several rare species for years. This Northeast Cambodia park hosts a wide variance of wildlife, which includes mammals such as elephants, clouded leopards, sun bears, pangolins, and perhaps rhinos, tigers and leopards found at the deeper sections of the forest, although these last 3 animals have never been confirmed.

The park is also blessed with some rare bird species such as the great hornbill and big spiders such as tarantulas. Most tourists book the Virachey National park for its adventurous trekking and camping experience in the thick cloud forest. You can choose to do a 3-day or a 7-day trek. But it is most recommended to take a 7-day trek so that you can do the trek without any hurry burry.

These treks are named as Phnom Veal Thom Trek, Kalang Chhouy Sacred Mountain Trek, O’Lapeung Trek. Generally, these parks have procedures that have to be done well in advance if you are planning to do a trek. Leave it to Pickypurtrail for a hassle-free trekking experience.

If you are planning to have complete trekking experience, then you can opt for a 7-day trek which starts from Phnom Veal Thom and ends deep in the Montane Grassland. The trek consists of a village homestay experience along with camping setup at the dense forest, trekking through the wilderness with a ranger and local guide who will take you to some astonishing places and the interior parts of the forest. 

Trekking in Virachey National Park
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There are also short treks which last 3 days during which you will be having a village stay as well as camping near a gushing waterfall. In this trek, you might get to see the rare great hornbill. Though it is a short 2 day and 1-night trek still you could witness some of the wildlife of  Virachey National park. This 3 days trek will guide you to someone of the most picturesque gushing waterfalls and beautiful landscapes too.

There is also another short 3 to 4 days trek with a river journey and a return by Kayaking along with the camping and village stay experience. Ensure to experience some of the delicious local cuisines and purchase some local antiques while you return back from the trek. These treks will give you a deeper understanding of the Cambodian rural norms, customs and lifestyle. The trek is not just an adventurous one yet an informative trek too. For all those outdoorsmen out there, this Park is your heaven awaits for you in Cambodia. Without any further ado, pack your bags and plan a trek in Virachey National Park Cambodia.

How to reach Virachey National Park Cambodia?

One of the easiest ways to reach Virachey National Park Cambodia is from Banlung. Located exactly 50km away, it takes 1hr to reach the park from Banlung. All the treks start from Banlung, the place the information centre and registration office is. You can hire a scooter or a car for a day.

Pickyourtrail’s Travel Tip

Ensure to carry a water bottle, a pair of changing clothes and swimsuit if you are planning to do kayaking.

Carry a sun cream, insect repellent creams and apply them before you start the trek.

Wear long pants and rough boots so that you can stay safe from insect bites.

Beware the dense forest is home for many wildlife, so don’t litter the forest with plastic bags and non-degradable items.

The place is generally overcrowded, so it is most recommended to visit the park during the weekdays

Virachey National Park
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Good time to have the best trekking experience

This dense, cloud forest is hot and humid throughout the year. Nature surprises you with sudden rainfalls too. Be prepared for whatever nature offers you. The best possible month to visit is from  November to February are cool and dry and is an ideal time to visit the park and go trekking or camping. You can witness the wildlife of Virachey National Park Cambodia during this season.

Virachey National Park Cambodia awaits 

This Virachey National Park beautiful and adventurous wildlife paradise in Cambodia is a perfect place to have the best trekking experience in the world. It is one of the most exotic and spectacular attractions in Cambodia. Are you looking for a vacation to Cambodia? Check out Picikyourtrail’s top recommended Cambodia packages crafted readily for you by our travel experts. Book with Pickyourtrail and have a hassle-free vacation.


What endangered animals are found in the Virachey National park ?

The great hornbills, douc langurs, pig-tailed macaques are some of the endangered animals found in this park.

What animals are unique to Virachey National park ?

Germain’s peacock pheasant;  Siamese fireback; red-collared woodpecker; sunbirds  and flower peckers; hornbills; elegant Siamese pheasants; Shy pitta; wild dog  or dhole (Cuonal pinus); Asiatic black bear; Asiatic softshell turtle (Amyda cartilaginea); Asian giant pond turtle ( Heosemys grandis) and impressed tortoise (Manouria impressa) include some of animals unique to Virachey National Park.

How do you get to the Virachey National Park?

The easiest route to Virachey National Park is through cab from Banlung(50 kms), for the scenic routes one may rent a motorbike to ride from Banlung to the park.

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