Rattanak Kiri is the mountainous northeastern frontier province of Cambodia that borders Laos to the north, Vietnam to the east, Mondul Kiri Province to the south, and Stung Treng Province to the west. It extends from the mountains of the Annamite Range in the north, across a plateau between the Tonle San and Tonle Srepok rivers. Famed for its stunning natural beauty and ethnic diversity, Rattanak Kiri is full of natural and cultural treasures just waiting to be discovered. Its capital is Banlung City.
Most visitors to Rattanak Kiri choose to base themselves in Banlung City from where excursions can be arranged to visit the Khmer Loeu villages and an array of natural sites.

Yeak Laom

Yeak Laom Lake is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the northeast of Cambodia. The natural lake is located in Ban Lung commune, Rataknakiri province's Ban Lung district 5 kilometers from the town. Situated on the plateau, the beautiful lack is basically a volcanic crater formed after a volcanic eruption of centuries old. This lake is 2612 meters in perimeter; 1000 meters in diameter and 50 meters in depth. The lake is in the centre of the jungle which is serene and convenient for both the wildlife to live naturally and tourists to enjoy relaxing.The lake is surrounded by forests. The entrance fee is at 300 Riel for locals, 4,000 Riel ($1) for foreigners, Motorbike 500 Riel, car 1,500 Riel and bus 2000 Riel.

Experiencing Cambodia differently with an Elephant ride

One of memorable experiences you can have in Cambodia is riding an elephant while enjoying the beautiful scenery. It is available in Wat Phnom or at the Angkor Archaeolog ical Park but where the experience is more significant is at the northeastern provinces of Rattanakiri and Modulkiri.
Taking a ride on these gentle giants in their own turf enables you to experience not only the beauty of nature but a unique jungle experience. Expect a descendant of Phnom tribe as your guide who knows the area and how to make your ride an enjoyable one. They have been riding these creatures since the time of their forefathers; they treat the elephants with respect and as part of their daily lives.
The whole day trek starts at US$25.00 and sharing a ride costs US$50.00. The rate also depends on how far you want to go. Trekking the highlands with elephants can be done at any time of the year. There are paths though that inaccessible during the rainy season as the water flows through. During dry season, trek the waterfalls of Busra and Monorom, the coffee plantations and the tribal villages. The region is so vast that return visits can be arranged.
See and experience Cambodia differently! Sit back, relax, enjoy the jungle and the plains and just go with the ride. It's truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Katieng Waterfalls, a revealing beauty in Ratanakiri

There are several waterfalls found in the province of Rattanakari and among those is Katieng waterfalls. It is located at Katieng Village, Lbang I Commune in Lum Phat District 7 km. northwest of the provincial capital Banlung. The falls is also part of Koutung Stream and its 3 km below of Kachang Waterfalls. Its height is at 10 meters at the water flows throughout the year. One of the things that attract most of the visitors is its shady environment with lots of trees surrounding the falls. It makes the swimming more enjoyable under the shade of these trees.
To get a best view of the Katieng falls, visitors can descend down to the wooden steps leading to the base. Down there visitors can sit and relax on the large boulders as they take in the beautiful view. If you don't prefer swimming in the falls, take an elephant tour strolling the surrounding lush forest. You might even get lucky as well taking photos of birds flying around. Unique Kreung handicrafts and other native products are a best buy as your souvenir in your visit here such as the back-strapped baskets, natural fabrics, gourd vessels and gongs.
Truly Katieng waterfalls and its surrounding forest are a worth exploring when having an extended stay in Rattanakiri.

Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary, a Natural Wonders of Cambodia

Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ratanakiri. It is located 37 kilometer in the northwestern of the provincial capital Ratanakiri and Mondol Kiri provinces. The total land area of this sanctuary is 2,225 kilometer.
Lumphat wildlife is a natural area with full of fresh air and the cold waterfowls from the Sre Pork River for provides more convenient for the tourists trekking. It is the part of Mondulkiri wildlife sanctuary, is one of Cambodia's natural wonders. Lumphat contains range of mountains, a mix of forests and lowlands. 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. According to a survey by WWF in 2001, the forest has roughly a dozen large wild animal species. There are around a hundred bird species here, including waterfowls.
Besides providing shelter to a diverse range of wildlife, the Sanctuary is also home of more ethnic minorities, mostly from the Phnorng minority. They make their living entirely from the park's natural resources, utilizing natural resins, vines rattans, herbal trees, and forest products.
If visitors wish to travel there, it gives them the time to enjoy the area's natural beauty and 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.

Eisey Patamak Mountain

Visit the Eisey Patamak Pagoda on Phnom Svay, situated 2.5 kilometers from the town center of Banlung. A five meter long reclining Buddha rests peacefully in a hut adorned with paintings depicting the teachings of the Buddha. Be captivated by the spellbinding serenity of the surrounding countryside; enjoy some of the most gorgeous views across the green and verdant hills of Ratanakiri from here. The ambience here is one of peace and calm.

Se San River The Se San River is one of the most important ecology systems amid the green forestry in the northeast region of Stung Treng and Ratanak Kiri provinces. The river is like shining diamonds and emeralds with white sand beaches while the clear water along the river reflect the mountains and jungle even during the dry season. Forty km. away from northern part of Banlung, the capital of Ratanak Kiri, the Se San River is an all season river flowing east to west with long, white sand beaches. Along the river, these numerous beaches have many spots for bathing, swimming and fishing where both local and international tourists can relax.
Cross over the Se San River by boat and you see the Veon Sai commune. That is the territory of several ethnic groups such as Khmer, Chinese, Kroeng, and Laotian, all living there for many generations. The Chinese follow their own Chinese traditional culture while the other ethnic groups follow their own ancestral identities. All communicate in Chinese, Hill Tribe, and Laotian as well as well as the national language of Cambodia, Khmer. Most of them are farmers, fishermen and local traders.

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.

Cha Ung Waterfall: Cha Ung Waterfall is situated 8 km. west of Banlung and it flows throughout the year. The source of water creating this Waterfall flowed from Eisey Patamak Mountain ( Svay Mountain ) . Below this Waterfall is a big hole, visitors can stand or sit to watch the waterfall from behind, and inhale he cool fresh air stemming from it .

Veal Rum Plang (stone field): Veal rum Plan (stone field ) is situated 14 km. North of Banlung. Stones cover the surface of this place and a dense around it. The visitors can go there and discover its beautiful attraction.

Virachey National Park, one of the largest protected areas in Asia

The Virachey National Park is established in 1993 by the Ministry of Environment (MoE), Virachey is one of the seven largest national parks in Cambodia. It covers an area of 3,325 square kilometres in Voeun Sai and Taveng districts. It is situated in the north of Ratanakiri province's Ban Lung town, about 60 km from there, and extends to Siem Pang district, Stung Treng province. Where the ethnic minorities reside and variety of wildlife inhabit, the park is very natural and scenic due to the vast forests, valleys, mountain range, mountain plateau, and canal.
Virachey is the largest national park not only in Cambodia, but also in the region like Laos and Vietnam, and also included in the largest protected park in the region. Noticeably, the park becomes an area, in Cambodia and in the South-East Asian region, whose nature has not been devastated and retains biodiversity. It consists of hundred-year-old trees, hundreds of birds such as hornbills and red-collared woodpecker, and other wildlife. Park rangers used to see tigers, elephants, and some endangered species.
When visitors get to there, they can see customs, traditions, and daily lives of the ethnic minorities, and they can witness the devastation left over by the US-Vietnam war. Virachey National Park was also counted in the ASEAN Heritage in 2003 and has served as a pilot in terms of its fantastic biodiversity in the region and the world. To be able to see the natural scenery, most tourists enjoy travelling by boats, hiking, and adventuring, and the others like staying overnights with the tribes. Entering the park, each visitor needs to pay $10, which covers the tour introduction by a tour guide. Community guesthouses are also available, and it costs $5 per night.

Norng Kabat Forest: Norng Kabat Forest is situated 23 km. north of Banlung. This place has a pond. The visitors can go there to see the animals and birds which come to at the pond. Beside this the tourists can go visit the ethnic villages, ethnic culture (tradition belief, festival, dancing, music),