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Ratanakiri is located in Cambodia's far northeast bordered by Laos to the north, Vietnam to the east, Mondulkiri to the south, and Stung Treng to the west. This rural rugged province is a 70% ethnic minority, which are known as "Chunchiet". Ratanakiri was as recently as 2002 seriously off the beaten track but has since been "discovered" step by step.
Still, while you won't get any bragging rights for coming here, it's well worth the effort to do so, and once you get away from it's capital Banlung you won't run into too many other tourists. So Ratanakiri is still a remote province in Northeastern Cambodia worth to visit. The word "Ratanakiri" itself is a derivative of two Cambodian words, which are combined to mean "place of gems and mountains." The word comes from the Sanskrit words Ratna (gem) and giri (mountain).
It's quite dusty capital, Banlung, is located in the central highlands of the province, approximately 365 miles (586 kilometres) from Phnom Penh and reminds one of a wild western city, even if it's the wild east. Its wide red laterite roads are bordered by new, recently build houses replacing the older ones. The centre of the town features a lively marked with all the needful things.
Lomphat is a small town in the southern plains, which was once the former capital of Ratanakiri. There are a few other small towns like Ta Veng and Voen Sai. The province is getting more and more popular for thousands of tourist every year. Especially for those, who seek a close contact to originality, hidden roots of ethnic groups and abundant wildlife. Therefore the Ecotourism abounds, due to lush wildlife and remote tribal villages. Most of the inhabitants of Ratanakiri are indigenous minorities.
Ethnic Cambodians make up only 10-20% of the country's total population. Remnants of an ancient volcano exist near to Banlung in the form of a crystal-clear lake that was formed after the active volcano went dormant. There are also a few ancient lava fields that testify to the fact that the area was quite lively at one time. Beautiful waterfalls, clear rivers winding through stretches of jungle, and rolling hills that meet mountains near the Vietnamese and Lao border provide a full agenda for nature lovers. Non-structured, low-impact, custom trips to outlying villages and natural areas can be organized (strictly by yourself or with help from a guesthouse).
There is a few foreigners living in Banlung you'll definitely meet while walking in the streets you can ask for actual tour offers, prices etc (change spontaneously). You will soon realize that this area hasn't seen a lot of tourists in the past. If you will visit the hill tribe people in the further areas outside of Banlung, don't be surprised if they look appalled at you. They just haven't seen many, if any, foreigners.
Yeak Laom Volcano Lake: This beautiful place is not far from town and is great for a swim, picnic, or hike around the crater rim of the old volcano. Due to the lake's tremendous depth of 48 meters, its water is exceptionally clean and crystal clear. The lake is almost perfectly round and measures around 750 meters in diameter. It has a small informative local museum thrown in to boot. In 1995 the governor of Ratanakiri officially set aside a 5,000-hectare (12,350-acre) protected area, of which the lake is a part, and in 1996 got help from the International Development and Research Centre of Canada and the United Nations Development Program to develop an effective resource management program.
This area represents Cambodia's finest attempt at preserving a site. Full-time rangers work to ensure the area is protected. They receive regular training and have put up signs throughout the area reminding people not too littler, wash clothes or toilet in the lake. That's amazing for Cambodia. The main swimming and picnic area features a nice wood deck that's great to use for a jump into the crystal clean water. Nearby, park rangers erected a couple of examples of hill tribe construction in the form of non politically correct bride and groom homes, where the man gets the elevated home (his status in the relationship) and the woman has the one nearer to the ground.
A few hundred meters down is the Cultural and Environmental Centre, which has information about area history and displays of local hill tribe tools and handiwork. They also sell some of the handicrafts made by the hill tribes: musical instruments, beaded belts, shirts, and hats. From the centre you can take a nature trail around the entire crater rim. King Sihanouk had a chalet built on the shores of the lake and used it during the 1960s. It was destroyed in the 1970 war between the Lon Nol government and Khmer Rouge guerrillas.
You can still see the remnants of this and also-indifferent spots around the lake-trenches that held gun emplacements during the fighting. The original inhabitants of the area are the Khmer Leu hill tribe people, who have always recognized the lake as a sacred place, home to the spirits of the land, water, and forest. Here those spirits interact with humans and, according to the local legend of Yeak Laom Lake, fabulous, spiritual aquatic beings reside here.
The surrounding forests of the area are also said to be the home of spirits and therefore can't be cut. This helps to explain why the hill tribe people took so strongly to the idea of protecting the area. It's very easy to get there - just go east from the Independence Monument circle 3 km to the Hill Tribe Monument circle (two indigenous figures) and go right for about 1,5 km to the entrance gate. The local hill tribe community connected to the lake get to collect an entrance fee, giving them a source of income and revenue for protecting their resource. It’s US$1 per person and a few hundred riels for a motorcycle.
Ratanakiri is situated on the north - east plateau (approx. altitude around 200-400 metres), 636 Km from Phnom Penh. It is bordering Vietnam on the east, Laos PDR on the North, Steung Treng province on the West and Mondulkiri on the South. There are two bigger rivers crossing the province ( Sre Pork and Sresan River ). The total area of Ratanakiri is about 10,782 square kilometres.

Ratanakiri Province has a climate like the other areas in the country, there are 3 seasons : - Rainy season: June - October (<27c) - Cool season: November- February (>24c) - Hot season: March- May : Temperature: from 20c -32c Ratanakiri's average temperature throughout the year is definately lower than in the other areas of Cambodia (except Mondulkiri Province).

There are 8 different hill tribes ethnic groups in Ratanakiri. Most of them live in the deeper jungle, on the hills and covered mountains in small separated villages. Usualy they make their living through traditional ways of cultivation ( shifting agriculture), hunting and collecting fruits from the forest is a must. These old cultures believe in spirits, derived from their animism beliefs. In the whole province there are 63,333 male and 64,774 female with a total of 128,107 inhabitants living. This is 11.8 inhabitans/km.
Air Flying is, of course, the easiest way to go. There are only 2 flights per week. For more detail, please contact a travel agent. Share Taxi The share taxi pickup trucks only go from Banlung to Stung Treng. Bring food, water, and mosquito repellent, because if there is a breakdown on this quite bumpy backwoods road you may be caught in the jungle for the night (especially during the rainy season). Share taxis usually go in groups in case of a breakdown, but anyhow the other vehicles are usually full as well, so people do get stranded sometimes. The five-hour trip stretches mostly to seven hours for share taxis during the rainy season. The fare is about 35,000 riel per person for an inside seat. Banlung to Stung Treng The 146-km journey from Banlung to Stung Treng takes around 5-7 hours during the rainy season, so knock at least an hour off for the dry season.
The road is generally lousy, passing through areas of bomb craters that create deep lakes during the rainy season, but you can skirt around the perimeter of most of them. Where you can't, the road goes zigzagging through the jungle, and is slow and slippery in the wet months. However, there are a few decent stretches, and the last 19 km on Highway 7 are fairly easy ones. It's certainly not one of the better roads, but it's not the worst either. There is some nice scenery, but as with other bad highways around Cambodia, you are usually too preoccupied with the road to enjoy it unless you stop. The same suggestion we made in the share taxi section applies for riders on this road. Bring food, water and mosquito repellent.
If you have a breakdown there may not be anyone else coming by, depending on the time of day. It's always best to get an early start to improve your chances if you do have a problem. Banlung to Mondulkiri If you come from Stung Treng and want to try the back trail to Mondulkiri (Sen Monorom) and it's the rainy season, read the Death Highway chapter. Or follow the simple advice we gave in the Mondulkiri section: don't do it. There is a bunch of small splitting trails leading nowhere! In the dry season, it's a tough trail that will put your riding skills to the test. Make sure you have spare parts for your motorcycle (see Biker Checklist in Getting Around chapter), and bring plenty of food and drinking water. The trip will take around two days during the dry season. Koh Nheak town (near halfway) is the only place that sells bottled water and some food. Fuel is also available. Don't do it alone. It’s best to have some help if you have a breakdown or a mishap. You are a long way from help in most stretches of this remote trail. It would also be best to bring along a Khmer speaker as the trail sometimes intersects with other trails and you will want to clarify that you took the proper way when you do come across somebody.
It's definitely an adventure, so if you try to tackle it be fully prepared so you have an opportunity to enjoy it. Security these days has not been a problem. Stung Treng/Lao border - Banlung This is definitely a tour you can only manage by motorcycle and during the try season. The road is just a dirt trail, which will testify your advanced riding skills. (Be prepared with spare parts for your bike, a lot of water and some food. If you’re not able to speak Khmer, better bring a Khmer speaking guide or a phrase book along to be able to communicate, as it gets sometimes quite necessary.)
Starting from Stung Treng you have to take the national highway No. 7 to the north (Lao border). Just 10km before the border you have to take a dirt trail, which splits from the main road to the right. Now you have to challenge 130km of dirt trail, passing quite a few villages, such as Siem Pang, Samong, Phum Bah Ke Toch and Veun Sai. On the way you have to cross several small rivers by little boats, so make sure you bring enough change to pay the villagers. Almost every village sells fuel and bottled water. Reaching Veun Sai you have made the hard part of the trip, the further laterite surface road to Banlung is just a 45km ride.
Beung Yeak Loam
Beung Yeak Laom is located in Yeak Loam commune, Ban Loung district, about 5 kilometers south of Ban Loung provincial town. A lake in the middle of a mountain, it was formed many centuries ago from a volcano. The lake is about 800 meters in diameter and 48 meters deep during the dry season. The water is clear and suitable for swimming.
There are two places along the bank where visitors can relax and enjoy a panoramic view of the lake and the flora and fauna. A tourist information center is on the west bank, and handicrafts made by hill tribes living nearby are available for sale.
Beung Yeak Laom is a place of worship for the hill tribes. They believe there is a powerful spirit who owns the surrounding land and forest. Beung Yeak Laom is popular with tourists who like to swim or hike in the forest surrounding the lake. Because there are no vendors, visitors should bring along their own food and beverages.
Is the natural lake, which locates at the middle of mountain in Yeak Loam Commune, Ban Lung district from the Ban Lung town. The lake has square shape, approximate 800m diameter and 48m depth during the dry season, and occurs by volcano for centuries. The lake has clear water as the sea suitable for swimming, and there are tow harbors protruded to the above of the water for tourists to view the scenary and birds that are swimming along the stretch of the forest surrounding the lake. information to tourists, and also for displaying souvenirs and handicrafts made by ethnic minorities.
At the western bank of the lake, there is a tourist information center where for guiding and giving information center where for guiding and giving information to tourists, and also for displaying souvenirs and handicrafts made by ethnic minorities.
Boeung Yak Loam is a natural, almost square-shaped lake situated in the middle of a mountain in Ban Lung District, 5km from Rattanakiri provincial town. The lake is approximately 800m in diameter with a depth of 48m during the dry season, and was created by volcanic movements centuries ago. Boeung Yak Loam has picturesque mountainous scenery, a charming bird sanctuary and provides the visitor with an opportunity to experience the daily life of local hill-tribe people.
Cha Ong Waterfall
Cha Ong waterfall is in the forest in Cha Ong village, O'Chum commune, about 2 kilometers west of Ban Loung provincial town. It was given its name by the Kreung hill tribe living nearby.The waterfall gets its water from Phnom Eysei Patamak or Phnom Svay near Ban Loung provincial town. From its upper level, the water flows from a small canal before dropping 25 meters to a lower level. A mountain slop leads visitors to the bottom of the waterfall, where they can sit inside a cave and enjoy the view.
The waterfall gets its water from Phnom Eysei Patamak or Phnom Svay near Ban Loung provincial town from its upper level, the water flows from a small canal before dropping 25 meters to a lower level. A mountain slop leads visitors to the bottom of the waterfall, where they can sit inside a cave and enjoy the view.Ka Chanh waterfall is located in Ka Chanh commune, Ban Loung district, about 6 kilometers southeast of Ban Loung provincial town. The waterfall is 12 meters high and is fed year round by the OKan Teung canal.
From the waterfall the water flows into Sre Pork River in Lum Phat district. The waterfall was given its name by the Kreung ethnic minority in Ka Chanh village.There are a number of scenic rubber plantations along the canal leading to the waterfall. The base of the waterfall, which is a lovely place for picnic, can be reached by climbing down are also available.We call the waterfall 'Cha Ong' because we follow the ethnic minority of Kreung at Cha Ong village closed to the waterfall.
The source of this waterfall is from the mountain named 'Ey sey Pak Ta Mak' or called 'Phnom Svay' closed to the Ban Lung town. The situation from above is a small canal which continuously flows through the broken rocks, then to the stream below in 25-kilometer height. To view the waterfall, we should go down to the stream below where we have seen a big rocky cave with plain roof. At the bottom of the stream, there are many big rocks used as the seats for viewing the great and interesting water falling down from the mountaintop.
Eisey Patamak Mountain or Phnom Svay
Phnom Eysei Patamak, which is also known as Phnom Svay,is about 2 kilometers west of Ban Loung provincial town. At the foot of the mountain is Wat Isana Rattanaram, where villagers living in Ban Loung come to worship. On the top of the mountain there is a large statue of the reclining Buddha reaching nirvana. It was built in 1994. The top of the mountain affords visitors a picturesque view of Ban Loung provincial town. The temperature at the top can be cool, however, even during the hot, dry season.
The Eisey Patamak Mountain, Ratanakiri is one of the popular Tourist Attractions in Ratanakiri, a small province in northeast Cambodia. The Eisey Patamak Mountain, Ratanakiri is where the famous Wat Rah-Tahn-Ah-Rahm (Reclining Buddha), is located. This is an ancient statue of the Lord Buddha in a laid back posture, to have withstood the ravages of time. The Eisey Patamak Mountain in Ratanakiri is also known as the Phnom Svay. This statue has lain undisturbed down the years.
The Eisey Patamak Mountain, Ratanakiri is the favorite haunt for the lovers of adventure sports as well as trekkers. The hilly terrain of the topography is bound to impress you. The place is one where you can pitch tents and stay overnight. As you cast your eye down to glance at Laos in the north and Vietnam in the east, you can enjoy the mesmerizing tranquility of the adjacent countryside. Phnom Svay and the Reclining Buddha Wat Rahtanharahm ('Wat Aran') sits at the base of Eisey Patamak Mountain about 1 km east of town. Follow the road past the wat and up the mountain. Just below the crest a large reclining Buddha sits amongst a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside.
Full day visit at Ratanakiri Province which includes Phnom Eisey Patamak, at the top of Phnom Svay is the statue of a reclining Buddha, situated 2.5 km. Awesome and peaceful, it has lain undisturbed throughout the years. Have a glimpse at Laos in the north and Vietnam in the east and enjoy the spellbinding serenity of the surrounding countryside. Visit Kreng Ethic villa, strange grave of Tompoun ethic; Kachang Water fall (Kachang Waterfall is situated 6km north west of Banlung). This Waterfall is located in the Kontung stream and flows into the Sre Pok river. The height of it is 12 m. There you can see a magnificent landscape and huge amounts of fresh mist surrounded the waterfall.
The visitors can swim and sit to look at the waterfall and other natural scenic beauties either the visitors can also go around to view other natural sights on foot or take an elephants to ride); Katieng Waterfall is situated 7 km north - west of Banlung. It is also located in the Koutung Stream, 3 kms below the Kachang Waterfall. The height of it is 10m. The visitors can see a beautiful natural landscape and take a break to take pictures of the birds or take a photo to the waterfall. Back to hotel. Overnight in Ratanakiri.
Ka Chanh Waterfall
Ka Chanh waterfall is located in Ka Chanh commune, Ban Loung district, about 6 kilometers southeast of Ban Loung provincial town. The waterfall is 12 meters high and is fed year round by the Kan Teung canal. From the waterfall the water flows into Sre Pork River in Lum Phat district. The waterfall was given its name by the Kreung ethnic minority in Ka Chanh village. There are a number of scenic rubber plantations along the canal leading to the waterfall. The base of the waterfall, which is a lovely place for picnics, can be reached by climbing down a 72-step wooden staircase. Elephant rides to the site are also available.
Ka Tieng Waterfall
We went to see 3 waterfalls in total, visiting Ka Tieng, Kinchaan and Chaa Ong. To get to Ka Tieng. we had to go through a small river with the bike, which was pretty nerve racking, but worth the effort. On to Kinchaan, where we met some local guys keen to show off their cliff jumping skills, although i was happy to remain dry after my last cliff jumping experience ended in hospitalisation, with a torn medial knee ligament. I was happier to get wet at Chaa Ong, where Julia and I took a dip in the powerful spray dropping around 10 metres. We headed back to Ban Lung at sunset, impressed by the waterfalls and happy i had coped on the motorbike.Ka Tieng waterfall is located in Labang I commune, Lum Phat district, about 7 kilometers southeast of Ban Loung provincial town. Ka Tieng is below Ka Chanh waterfall and about 3 kilometers from it.
Closeby to yesterdays posted waterfall of Ka Chanh is the Katieng (or Ka Tieng) waterfall in Ratanakiri province, Cambodia. So close that both can be visited within an hour of Ratanakiri?s provincial capital of Banlung. Again take the road out of town west for 2 km then roughly 3,5 km to the south just beyond a school is a dirt track veering off to your right. Keep following this track past cashew nut plantations (with the possibility of taking an elephant) until the road descends over a rutted track. In all from the turn it?s about 1,5 km. From the food stalls it is pretty obvious that you have arrived though the road proper fords the stream and continues onwards. A small entrance fee is required. Above the 10 m high fall is a large park like area. Off to the left is a trail that leads to a staircase to the huge pool below well worth a great swim.
Ka Tieng waterfall is in the middle of lush forest at the Lbang I commune, Lumpart district, 7 kilometers south-west of Banlung Town. The name of Ka Tieng is originally got from Kreung hill tribe in Ka Kieng village. The waterfall is about 10 meters high, which is flows and falls throughout the year. Visitors will feel release with the huge clear waterfall and a beautiful natural landscape around the area. Around the waterfall, there is forest full of big and small trees projecting the cool shadow suitable for resting, viewing the water falling down and having picnic here.
The Katieng Waterfall, Ratanakiri is one of the less visited waterfalls in the area. You can enjoy some wonderful time if you combine your visit to this waterfall with an elephant ride. Elephant rides are available from the elephant village of Phume Kateung, north of the falls. You can also see the Katieng Waterfall, Ratanakiri from flights, if you are lucky. When the plane is landing or taking off, watch out for the falls. Elephant rides to this falls are available for an hour and a half. These can be organized by the lodges you are staying in.
Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary
Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary is situated 37km. south of Banlung. With a total land area of 250,000 ha. there are special kinds of animals and birds like tigers, elephants, red-headed vultures.Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary, Ratanakiri is one of the must-see places in the colorful Cambodia. The province of Ratanakiri is located in the northeastern part of the country. The word Ratanakiri is derived from the Sanskrit words Ratna and Giri, which combine to mean a mountain of gems . Countless tourists throng this place every year to experience and enjoy the rich wildlife, ecotourism prospects and remote tribal villages. If you want to tour this province extensively, make it a point to include Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary, Ratanakiri in your itinerary.
Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ratanakiri. Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary in Ratanakiri is located 37 kilometers southwest of the provincial capital, Banlung. The total land area of this sanctuary is 250,000 hectares. Travelers are fascinated at the various sights and sounds of the exotic place. If you are lucky, you can have a glimpse of the special kinds of animals that are present here, like tigers, elephants and red-headed vultures.
Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary, Ratanakiri is so large that it overlaps the neighboring provinces of Mondolkiri and Stung Treng. Generally you will find here the same types of animals as are present in Virachey. But there are a few additional attractions like the endangered and rare species. Included among these is the wild ox, Ko Prey. There are also projects on Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary, Ratanakiri, done by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund). Based on the reports of these projects, the management is planning to promote ecotourism of this place. Plans are also being undertaken to develop the sanctuary with good access and modern visitor facilities.
Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary is the part of Mondulkiri wildlife sanctuary, is one of Cambodia’s natural wonders. Located in the northwestern provincials of Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri province. It has an area 2,225 kilometer squares, the area has been charming tourists with its picturesque forests and tranquil surroundings. It's also a haven for a wide range of wildlife, including some endangered speciesLumphat Wildlife Sanctuary contains range of mountains, a mix of forests and lowlands. This is interspersed with prairies, ponds and water channels from Tonle Sre Pok River. It provides ideal shelter for large mammals such as elephants, bantengs, gaurs, tigers, and wildlife buffalos, as well as bears, bovid and other smaller carnivores and primates.
Tourists wishing to visit Lumphat should contact the park's ranger-guides of Phnom Prik national park. They will guide them around the site if visitors want to see more, they can camp here for up to one week. It gives them the time to enjoy the area's natural beauty. Visitors can also trekking by riding elephants, a facility offered by the Phnorng minority. Hiring an elephant and handler costs around $15-25 per day.
Norng Kabat Forest 
This place has a pond. the visitors can go there to see the animals and birds which comes to at the pond .Beside this the tourists can go visit the ethnic villages, ethnic culture (tradition belief, festival, dancing, music).
The Norng Kabat Forest, Ratanakiri is one of the splendid tourist attractions in Ratanakiri, which attracts tens of thousands of travelers throughout the year. The Norng Kabat Forest, Ratanakiri is located about 23 kilometers to the north of Banlung in Ratanakiri. The Norng Kabat Forest in Ratanakiri houses a beautiful pond, which is frequented by many birds and animals. Visitors who come to the Ratanakiri Norng Kabat Forest can also enjoy the wonderful opportunity of watching the beautiful animals and birds that frequent the pond.
The Norng Kabat Forest, Ratanakiri has become the popular destination of the bird watchers. Animal lovers also throng the Norng Kabat Forest, Ratanakiri. The foreign travelers can find many renowned tourist destinations in the vicinity of the Norng Kabat Forest, Ratanakiri. The Norng Kabat Forest, Ratanakiri also offers the international travelers the unique opportunity of visiting the ethnic villages of the town. A visit to the ethnic villages of Ratanakiri will acquaint tourists with the culture and custom of the local people.
The ethnic villages of Ratanakiri experience an influx of local as foreign tourists. By undertaking a tour of these ethnic villages the international tourists can get a clear understanding of the traditions and beliefs practiced by the indigenous people. You can also know about the festivals celebrated by the ethnic people by traveling these ethnic villages. The traditional dance and music performances of the ethnic villagers are a major draw for the international visitors.
Ou'Chaloy is located in the Sre Pok river It is situated 34km. south - west of Banlung. The tourist recreation in Ou'Chaloy is only during the dry season.Ou’Chaloy, Ratanakiri is a popular tourist attraction in this colorful region of Cambodia. The province of Ratanakiri lies in northeastern Cambodia. It is a picturesque destination that abounds with tourist attractions. Innumerable travelers visit this place every year, drawn by the remote tribal villages, lush wildlife and ecotourism. The name of the province is a combination of the 2 Sanskrit words Ratna or gems and Giri meaning mountains. Most of the people here are ethnic minorities and the major occupation here is farming. It is no wonder that farming and tourism are the 2 major industries of the beautiful province. Backpackers come here all throughout the year. If you are interested in an extensive tour of this place, you should check out the Ou’Chaloy, Ratanakiri.
Ou’Chaloy is one of the popular tourist attractions in Ratanakiri. Ou’Chaloy, Ratanakiri is located on the Sre Pok River. This river is a major tributary of Mekong. It runs through the province to meet the Mekong River near Stung Treng town. Of the 440 kilometers length of the river, 281 kilometers is in Cambodian territory. It was a crucial water course before the development of infrastructure in this region. Ou’Chaloy in Ratanakiri is located on this river, 34 kilometers southwest of Banlung, the provincial capital. To enjoy the recreation options for tourists here, you have to visit the Ou’Chaloy, Ratanakiri during the dry season. Include the destination in your itinerary for a satisfactory tour of the colorful Ratanakiri.
Ou'Sean Lair Waterfall
Ou'Sean Lair Waterfall is situated 26 km, South of Banlung. This Waterfall has 4 floors and the height of each floor is 4 m. The water flows throughout the year. Around the Waterfall are beautiful natural landscapes and the visitors can go take a bath if they wish.
Ou’Sean Lair Waterfall is one of the popular waterfalls of this area. It can be counted among the top tourist attractions in Ratanakiri. A large number of travel enthusiasts visit Ratanakiri each year. The province is located in Northeastern Cambodia.
Its capital is Banlung. The word Ratanakiri is derived from two Sanskrit words and means mountain of gems. The rich wildlife and remote tribal villages draw a number of tourists who come here looking for a thrilling vacation. There are a number of splendid sightseeing destinations including mountains, lakes, structures and waterfalls. This province is divided into 9 districts. Visit the Ou Sean Lair Waterfall, Ratanakiri for a memorable experience during you trip to the beautiful Cambodian province.
Ou’Sean Lair Waterfall in Ratanakiri is located 26 kilometers south of the provincial capital of Banlung. Ask at the lodge where you are staying if they organize tours to this destination. The waterfall has 4 floors. These make for a spectacular sight when you are looking at them from a distance. You can take photos of Ou Sean Lair Waterfall to remember your experience by. The height of each of the 4 floors is 4 meters. Surrounding the waterfall there are beautiful landscapes. You can also go for a bath in these falls. Make sure to take some precautions while bathing here.
At the Ou’Sean Lair Waterfall, Ratanakiri water flows throughout the year. You can enjoy the beautiful sights around the site. On the way to Ou Sean Lair Waterfall, Ratanakiri you will see exotic villages and mines. You can go through the mines looking for precious metals. A visit to this place is a memorable experience for most travelers.
Ou'Sensranoh Waterfall
Ou'Sensranoh Waterfall is situated 9 km. south of Banlung. The height of it is 18m. and the water flows and falls all the time. The visitors can go there rest and enjoy the fresh air, or to se the forest and listen to the birds ' cries.Ou’Sensranoh Waterfall, Ratanakiri is one of the popular waterfalls of this colorful province. The province of Ratanakiri is located in Northeastern Cambodia. Banlung is the capital of the province. The word Ratanakiri means a mountain of gems and is derived from the 2 Sanskrit words Ratna and Giri. Ecotourism in Ratanakiri draws numerous visitors each year. Nature enthusiasts throng this place to experience the lush wildlife and remote tribal villages. There are countless tourist attractions in Ratanakiri including mountains, mines, natural landscapes and waterfalls. There are numerous waterfalls present in this area. Ou Sensranoh Waterfall, Ratanakiri is one of the most visited waterfalls of this region.
Ou’Sensranoh Waterfall in Ratanakiri is located 9 kilometers south of Banlung, the provincial capital. Ou?Sensranoh Waterfall is 18 meters high and is a wonderful sight for the sore eyes. Here you will find water flowing and falling all throughout the year. So you can visit this place whenever you are on a visit to the beautiful Cambodian province of Ratanakiri. Rest on the banks of the falls to enjoy the fresh air and clean ambiance. There is also a dense forest surrounding the falls. Explore the forest looking for fascinating species of plant and animal life.Ou Sensranoh Waterfall, Ratanakiri offers you a beautiful scenic spot to rest and relax. The natural surroundings of the falls also attract a large number of exotic birds. You can spend some time bird watching here. Among all the waterfalls in the region, the Ou?Sensranoh Waterfall, Ratanakiri ranks among the most popular ones. Visit this place for a refreshing experience during your tour of the colorful province.
Viel Rum Plong
Viel Rom Plong is a huge granite terrace in the forest in O'Chum commune, O'chum district, about 14 kilometers northest of Ban Loung provincial town. The site is a popular place for picnic.
According to the Kreung legend, there once was a boy named Rom Plong who flew his kite on this terrace. Unfortunately, the kite got stuck in a tree. Rom Plong climbed the tree to retrieve his kite, but fell from the tree and died. His body was buried in the forest. Since then, members of the Kreung hill tribe, who live in nearby village, believe that Rom Plong's spirit is protect the forest surrounding the terrace, so they dare not cut it down, even to plant crops. That is how the site came to be known as Viel Rom Plong.
Virochey National Park, Tonle San River & Beyond
To get to the various sights in this area, head west from Banlung to a big fork in the road that has a large painted sign in English (the fork is 8 km from the Independence Monument). The sign says that the road to the right takes you to Taveng, 67 km away (that?s from town, not from the sign). Following this road for a few kilometers brings you to a large clearing on both sides of the road. You soon notice that this is an ancient lava field where the flow followed the down ward slope of the area and left the cooled volcanic rock in its wake. The forest surrounding the entire area is honeycombed with footpaths that the hill tribe people of the area use to gather their various bounties from the jungle. It’s possible to hike off onto these trails and come upon individual hill tribe homes scattered about.
Just keep track of your direction, as it?s easy to get turned around and lost back there. Continuing on toward Taveng, the road condition worsens and is not suitable for a rainy season journey. If it?s the dry season and you are keen on an adventure through some pristine countryside, it?s possible to go all the way to Taveng and cut back on the small river road to Virochey. You could take in the activities there and complete the triangle journey by heading back to Banlung on the other road from Virochey.
The road to Virochey (going left from that fork 8 km Banlung) is definitely the better of the two roads and can be used during the rainy season as well. Virochey is just under 37 km north west of Banlung. As you approach the town, you will see the Virochey National Park headquarters on the left. They sometimes have an English ‘ speaking ranger there who can give you a bit of information about the area.
Continuing further along the road, you will come to the end of the line- the Tonle San River. There are cheap food and drink stands there and they also have fuel. Across the road is a local general store with clothing, fishing boat accessories and other gear. This is the place to inquire about renting a boat to take you northwest on the Tonle San River toward Laos. The river is very clean and the boat ride is scenic so it makes for a fun trip to follow the river for a swim and some photos. You will see and can stop at a temple on the south bank of the river. Fishermen working the river with nets from small boats, and the mountains ahead in the not too far distance complete the picturesque scene. There are several sandbars along the way if you want to stop for a swim. The cost of the motorized boat and driver is US$ 10.
The beach and boat landing area are just behind the food stands where you reached the town. It's a gorgeous and extremely wide white sand beach and also makes a good spot to cool off in the clean river. There is a small boat there that serves as a ferry, taking people across to the Chinese and Lao village on the other side. It's 200 riel per person and 1,000 riel for a Honda Dream (if you rented one in Virochey). It's an interesting village to hike or motorbike around. From the food stand area, it?s also possible to motorcycle down about 1,5 km to the riverside temple.
Wat Rah-Tahn-Ah-Rahm(Reclining Buddha)
From the American Restaurant, follow the road toward Stung just over half a kilometer and turn right on the dirt road that goes to a temple area. The main temple is on this level. If you continue on the road that goes upward behind the temple for just over another half a kilometer you come to the hilltop area. There is a reclining Buddha resting and enjoying the nice view of the countryside and the mountains off in the distance.
The Wat Rah-Tahn-Ah-Rahm (Reclining Buddha), Ratanakiri is a well known spot for travelers coming to this northeastern Cambodian province. This is one of the noted Tourist Attractions in Ratanakiri that attracts hordes of visitors every year. The Wat Rah-Tahn-Ah-Rahm (Reclining Buddha), Ratanakiri.
If you follow the road towards Stung just over half a kilometer, turn right on the dirt road that leads up to a temple area. The main temple of the Wat Rah-Tahn-Ah-Rahm (Reclining Buddha), Ratanakiri is located on this level. If you continue to walk on the road that goes upward at the rear of the temple for just over another half a kilometer, you will come to the area on the summit of the hill. There is a reclining Buddha resting on the apex. From here, you can enjoy the nice view of the countryside and the mountains off in the distance.

The Wat Rah-Tahn-Ah-Rahm (Reclining Buddha) in Ratanakiri is complemented by the presence of Phnom Svay. The Rah-Tahn-Ah-Rahm (Reclining Buddha) is also known as the Wat Aran, which sits at the foot of the Eisey Patamak Mountain about 1 km east of the Ratanakiri town. Travelers can follow the road past the temple, or wat and scale up the mountain. Just below the crest, is located the large statue of the reclining Buddha amongst a striking view of the neighboring countryside.
The Wat Rah-Tahn-Ah-Rahm (Reclining Buddha), Ratanakiri is located in the sparsely populated province, a haven for the biologists and adventurers. It is well known for its natural beauty and wealth of natural resources. The sheer quietude of the place is a blessing in itself. Do drop in to the site of the Wat Rah-Tahn-Ah-Rahm (Reclining Buddha), Ratanakiri for a breathtaking experience.
The American Restaurant:
It's an unlikely name for a restaurant with the best food in town. It turns out that an American used to be the owner and cook of the place. He taught the staff to cook the Western dishes on the menu and also to be meticulous in the cleanliness of the place. They got the idea, as it's a simple but well taken care of restaurant.

If you've been in the bush a while, they serve up a mean hamburger with all of the trimmings of a California Burger with tasty fries on the side. There are plenty of choices of Western and Khmer food and if you want something special made up for you, the friendly staffs are happy to accommodate you. Open all day. The restaurant rents Honda Dream motorcycles for US$ 5 a day.
Banlung Guesthouse Restaurant:
Situated Next to the airport. They serve Khmer, Western and Thai food throughout the day, starting with breakfast. It's a friendly place and the food is good. Market Food Stands: Located near the market and share taxi area is a bunch of simple noodle and rice dish shops, if you want to eat the cheap way.

Gengliang's Place:
Located 5,5 km from the Independence Monument on the road toward the Vietnamese border, is an outdoor restaurant set amid trees and a small stream in a valley. It's a nice, simple setting that serves up a very good Vietnamese noodle and curry cold dish. They have a few other treats, as well as fresh fruit and drinks. The name of the friendly Khmer owner of the place is Gangling and she speaks French.
Terres Rouge Lodge:
It's a very high-class hotel with an excellent French and Khmer cuisine. So, if you're up to spend a bit more money than usual, but to spoil your tongue, reserve a table for the dinner. Mail: Tribal Hotel and Yak Laom Lodge: Both guesthouses have good restaurants, which serve Khmer and western food in a nice surrounding. If you are hungry after a swim in the Yak Laom Lake, the Lodge of the same title may offer you a near possibility to assuage your needs.


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