Nature Reserve Song Thanh
Near the Laotian border is this remarkably preserved, yet little known national park which spreads over more than 90,000 hectares. Rare animals such as elephants, panthers and tigers still reside within the forest, which also has waterfalls and other features to captivate the heart of nature-lovers.
Set in a remote mountainous area, this nature reserve is covered in lush, unspoiled forest. Although few people live within the protected boundary of the national park itself, local tribal groups such as Ka Tu, Gie-trieng and Mnong have relied heavily on the forest since time immemorial for food and timber. Although they can no longer harvest timber, they have been granted the right to harvest non-timber-forest products such as fruit and nuts.
Song Thanh is the largest nature reserve in the Annamite Mountains and vast tracts of forest are essential for the survival and future revival of endangered species such as tigers and several species of bears such as honey bears and sun bears. There is evidence that Asian elephants also inhabit the national park. The WWF partners the Vietnam Forest Protection Department in running the National Park.