The largest of Vietnam’s national parks, Yok Don covers almost 470 sq miles (1,200 sq km), extending along the Cambodian frontier and cut through by the mighty Dak Krong or Serepok River. The park is home to leopards, tigers, and wild elephants, but of the 67 species of mammal, no fewer than 38 are endangered, and the chances of seeing any of the larger mammals are slight. The once large herds of wild elephants have diminished to fewer than 20 animals, and the number is dropping rapidly. Half-day treks include a visit to a Mnong village, the main attraction for most visitors to the park. Shops selling handicrafts and sealed pots of a local rice liquor known as ruou can, complete with bamboo drinking straws, are clustered around the park’s entrance. Accommodation is also available here.
Just beyond the northern limits of the park, and difficult to access without a private vehicle and government guide, Thap Yang Prong is the most remote of all Vietnam’s Cham towers, and an indication of where the outposts and settlements of the former Kingdom of Champa during the 13th and 14th centuries were.