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Ratanakiri 4 Days Tour:

         Siem Reap - Ratanakiri: Back to Siem Reap or Drop off in Phnom Penh

Day 1: Siem Reap - Ratanakiri

After breakfast at hotel, we will depart to Ratanakiri and arriving at Banlung in late afternoon, the capital of Ratanakiri, nicknamed the “Red City” because of the omnipresent laterite. Transfer to Terres Rouges Lodge (superb house built of precious wood, located by a lake, in the middle of a wonderful garden). Dinner & Night at Terres Rouges.


Day 2: Ratanakiri - The Tampoun Totems & Waterfalls

Direction northwest today, we cross bamboo forests before reaching the village of Voeune Saï located on the left bank of the Sé San river; the view on the Chinese village on the other side of the river is quite pretty. Besides, this place is nearly a Chinese enclave in Cambodian territory, most villagers, who are there the thirties, don't even speak Khmer. Upstream of the Se San is Kaoh Peak, Kachok village that practice funeral statuary, then departure for a trip through rubber plantations towards the nearby waterfalls. Dinner & night at the Lodge.


Day 3: Ratanakiri - The Kroeung Territary and Yak Laom

We’re going full North today, heading towards Laos and the village of Taveng. We first cross Veyrum Plang, a round lava field in the forest; a few steps away there is a small waterfall (in the rainy season only) surrounded by tigers caves. Later on, we stop at some nice Kroeung villages located in the forest on both sides of the road. The more North we go, the more beautiful the forest. In some Kroeung villages, depending on the season, we might discover some quite impressive bachelor houses built on very high stilts.
Let’s notice that, when they have achieved their goal and when the young man has become head of a family, these houses are destroyed before being raised again by younger men the following season. Depending on the time and the state of the dirt road, we will choose a location for a picnic before exploring the nearby villages. We end up with a detour to Yaklaom lake, a beautiful and perfectly-round stretch of water, surrounded by forest, for a late afternoon swim.


Day 4: Ratanakiri - Phnom Penh

You can early departure for a quick shopping tour in Banlung market before leaving to Siem Reap / Phnom Penh.
Lunch & Dinner at a famous local restaurant.
Accommodation at ...!


                                         Trip From Phnom Penh - Ratanakiri Province

Ratanakiri 4 Days Tour:

           Phnom Penh - Ratanakiri: Back to Phnom Penh or Drop off in Siem Reap

Day 1: Phnom Penh - Ratanakiri

After breakfast at hotel, we will depart to Ratanakiri and arriving at Banlung in late afternoon, the capital of Ratanakiri, nicknamed the “Red City” because of the omnipresent laterite. Transfer to Terres Rouges Lodge (superb house built of precious wood, located by a lake, in the middle of a wonderful garden). Dinner & Night at Terres Rouges.


Day 2: Ratanakiri - The Tampoun Totems & Waterfalls

Direction northwest today, we cross bamboo forests before reaching the village of Voeune Saï located on the left bank of the Sé San river; the view on the Chinese village on the other side of the river is quite pretty. Besides, this place is nearly a Chinese enclave in Cambodian territory, most villagers, who are there the thirties, don't even speak Khmer. Upstream of the Se San is Kaoh Peak, Kachok village that practice funeral statuary, then departure for a trip through rubber plantations towards the nearby waterfalls. Dinner & night at the Lodge.


Day 3: Ratanakiri - The Kroeung Territary and Yak Laom

We’re going full North today, heading towards Laos and the village of Taveng. We first cross Veyrum Plang, a round lava field in the forest; a few steps away there is a small waterfall (in the rainy season only) surrounded by tigers caves. Later on, we stop at some nice Kroeung villages located in the forest on both sides of the road. The more North we go, the more beautiful the forest. In some Kroeung villages, depending on the season, we might discover some quite impressive bachelor houses built on very high stilts.
Let’s notice that, when they have achieved their goal and when the young man has become head of a family, these houses are destroyed before being raised again by younger men the following season. Depending on the time and the state of the dirt road, we will choose a location for a picnic before exploring the nearby villages. We end up with a detour to Yaklaom lake, a beautiful and perfectly-round stretch of water, surrounded by forest, for a late afternoon swim.


Day 4: Ratanakiri - Phnom Penh

You can early departure for a quick shopping tour in Banlung market before leaving to Phnom Penh / Siem Reap.
Lunch & Dinner at a famous local restaurant.
Accommodation at ...!


What are include?

- Transport used: Car/Van + English Speaking Driver
- Cool Towels + Cold Drinking Waters

What are exclude?

- Acommodation
- Meals and drinks
- Entrance fees
- English Speaking tour guide

                          Siem Reap - Ratanakiri : Back to Siem Reap or Drop off in Phnom Penh
                     Phnom Penh - Ratanakiri : Back to Phnom Penh or Drop off in Siem Reap

Type Of Vehicles Price PaxOther sites extra
A/c Car Toyota + English speaking driver $ 475 USD1-4
A/c Mini Van + English speaking driver $ 495 USD5-14





Rattanak Kiri Province
is located in the Northeast of Cambodia, 588 km. from the capital, Phnom Penh. The population of the province is 149,997 (according to a 2008 census). It covers an area of about 10,782 square km. Rattanak Kiri is a region rich in natural beauty and is home to several ethnic hill tribe minority groups. Tourists are able to visit local communities and experience firsthand the everyday life, traditions, customs and rituals of the indigenous people.

The provincial town of Rattanak Kiri is Bun Lung, nestled on a highland plateau surrounded by mountains, valleys, waterfalls and volcanic lakes. The population of Ban Lung is 19,412 including some ethnic groups living on the outskirts of town.

In the center of town is a large market where local people carry out their daily trade. All of the local products such as fruit, vegetables, fish, chickens and ducks, as well as home made products and forestry items can be found in this market. All of the local agricultural products are purely organic (except for some imports from Phnom Penh). The market opens is very early in the morning when hill tripe people can still be seen delivering their wares to the various market stalls.

A memorable experience for tourists is to see the sunrise over the Phnom Svay Mountain and then go to visit and explore the busiest time at Rattanak Kiri market when farmers and local traders do business. It's a fascinating market with many kinds of different products and strange foods; thing that you won't find anyplace else. Local organic fruit costs much less than other places in Cambodia.


Yeak Laom Lake is located about 5 kilometers southeast of central Banlung. This beautiful lake is a crater formed after a volcanic eruption over 4000 years ago; the diameter of this lake is about 800 meters and it bears about 50 meters of clear water.

At one end, there are two wooden platforms for tourists to view the lake up close, but some people cannot resist a dip to feel the warmth of the water for themselves.

A path surrounds the lake, providing a leisurely track for trekking. A walk around the lake takes around forty minutes. Midway along the track, at the western end of the lake, there is a small visitor center which exhibits and sells local handicrafts such as musical instruments, crossbows, baskets, scarves and handbags made from hand-woven cloth.

Wild pigs and rare birds including eagles can be seen around the lake and tourists may also spot rarely seen large brightly colored butterflies; some with wing spans of up to 20 centimeters.

The Cambodian term ‘ Yeak Laom ’, translated into English means ‘giants’ and ‘surroundings’. Thus, the legend of the lake, often recited by local raconteurs, goes as follows:

In ancient time, there was a very powerful giant king who had the most attractive daughter. Both her hair and body emitted a fragrant aroma so the giant king named her ‘Neang Sak Kra Oob’ which means ‘fragrant hair girl’. When she grew up, a strong, handsome man came to woo her. Their love for each other soon grew up strong but this lovely couple was afraid that the giant king would eventually discover their secret love so they both decided to flee into the deep forest.

Soon after, the giant king learned of his daughter’s situation and he was both deeply shocked and distresses. First he expressed pity for his daughter. Then he assembled a battalion of troops to search for his beloved daughter. His entire kingdom and the jungle were checked by his gigantic army of soldiers but they could find no sign of her even as they finally reached the thick forest where a pond is located today.

The giant king suspected that his daughter might be in the forest so he deployed his massive forces to secure the perimeter of the forest. Suddenly, he ordered all his troops to pull out of the forest and dig there surrounding ground very deeply to find his precious daughter. They all dug with vigor but the soldiers eventually became exhausted and their efforts were to no avail. Finally, the giant king reluctantly ordered all his troops to return to his kingdom.

The giant hold dug by the giant king’s troops, including the uprooting of trees, in an unsuccessful effort to find the King’s daughter, has left this deep pond in the Ratanak Kiri area. That is why the local people call this site “Yeak Laom Pond”.

But there is a slightly different version from that previously mentioned. This version declares that there was a giant commander who had tried to arrest the giant king’s daughter and separate her from her lover. When the troops of the commander surrounded the mountain where they were hiding, this lovely couple thought that there was no way to escape.

Because their true love, both of them decided to wish to disappear into the ground. They both started to pray to the spiritual power, Preah Eisey, and to all of the gods, ‘with your respectful magical powers protecting this area in perpetuity, please, we will sacrifice our live by making the sink down ’. Suddenly, the mountain area quickly sunk into the ground including the giant king’s daughter and her lover. This is why this plateau top has become a deep pond and is the reason the local people call this pond ‘Yeak Laom’.

Another ancient folktale claims that the story of the origin of this ‘Yeak Loam’ name is completely different and likely more believable. The recalls that ‘Yeak’ in the language of the ancient minority living there meant the ‘owner or the chief of the villagers’. The word ‘Loam’ was the name of the person who was a former chief of that area. So, there for the words ‘Yeak Laom’ is a respectful reminder of the sacred and spiritual nature of their ancient leader that used to rule the local minority people in happiness and harmony a long time ago.



The waters of the Cha Ung waterfall rise in the Phnom Svay Mountain close to Ban Lung town. The waterfall is 25m high and surrounded by various creepers and by climbing plants. The scene is very picturesque- the water spray generated by the water cascading off the vegetation creates its own rainbows in the sunlight.

Today there are new concrete stairs in place to ensure that visitors can easily access the bottom of the waterfall from the top of the hill. The waterfall has vendors selling foods, soft drinks, snacks and some local souvenirs.

Behind the waterfall is a large rocky cave from which visitors can gain a different perspective of the scenery through the water. At the base of the falls are natural scattered large boulders where trekkers can relax and take in the incredible views.

The waterfall is located in the Kreung hill tribe village of Cha Ung, Ou Chum district. To get there, travel two kilometers beyond Ban Lung town on the National Road No.78, then turn right and follow the trail for six kilometers.



virachey national park

Picturesque natural forest, stunning mountains, plateaus, valleys, local ethnic communities and a diverse wildlife all await visitors at Virachey National Park.

Virachey National Park covers an area of 3,325 square kilometers in Veun Sai and Taveng district of Ratanak Kiri province. It’s about 60 km north of Banlung town in Ratanak Kiri province. The Virachey Park serves as the largest national park in Cambodia.



In Virachey National Park, there are thousand-year-old trees, prairies, a hundred bird species including the Create Hornbill and Red-collared Woodpecker, and other diverse wildlife species.

The vast forests, grasslands, mountains and valleys remain largely unexplored and undisturbed by human settlement and may still harbor new and undiscovered wildlife species.

They provided important habitats for tigers, elephants, wild cattle and a number of spectacular, globally threatened primate and bird species. The northeast of Cambodia has been the home to many indigenous hill tribe people for centuries and remains a center for cultural diversity in the region.

Indigenous Brau and Kavet people continue to depend on the natural resources of Virachey for their survival and several communities are now participating in the park’s ecotourism program. Virachey has a rich, albeit tragic, historical heritage through its association with the American Vietnam war, the legacy of which can still be readily observed along the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail that traverse the park.

Virachey National Park was designated as an Asean Heritage Park in 2003 in recognition of its outstanding contribution to regional and international biodiversity conservation.

Admission fee is $10 for a tourist, the price including a guide. Community guesthouses are also available at $5 per night.



KACHANH WATERFALL

Located in Kachanh Commune, Banlung District, the Kachanh Waterfall is 6 km from Banlung town. The waterfall is 12 meters in length, which flows endlessly along the Kantoeng Stream to the Sre Pork River in Lomphat District.

Among the stream and rubber plantation, the Kachanh Waterfall provides great scenery for tourists. The stream’s bottom can be accessed by a wooden stair having approximately 72 steps. On the side of the top of the waterfall, big trees branching out cast cool shadows over tourists for picnicking there.