Rattanakiri Travel Guides

 General Data

Ratanakiri is situated in Cambodia's far upper east lined by Laos toward the north, Vietnam toward the east, Mondulkiri toward the south, and Stung Treng toward the west. This rustic tough region is a 70% ethnic minority, which are known as "Chunchiet". Ratanakiri was extremely off the beaten path until 2002, but it has since been "discovered" step by step.

Even though you won't be able to brag about your visit, it's well worth the effort, and once you get away from Banlung, the capital, you won't see many other tourists. Therefore, Ratanakiri remains an interesting and remote province in Northeastern Cambodia. The phrase "place of gems and mountains" is derived from two Cambodian words, which when combined form the word "Ratanakiri." The Sanskrit words Ratna (gem) and giri (mountain) are the source of the word.

Banlung, the province's dusty capital, is in the central highlands, about 365 miles (586 kilometers) from Phnom Penh. It looks like a wild western city, even though it's in the wild east. Houses that have only recently been constructed have replaced the older ones along its wide red laterite roads. There is a lively area in the town center filled with everything you need.

Lomphat is a small town in the southern plains that used to be Ratanakiri's capital. Ta Veng and Voen Sai are two of a few other small towns. The province is increasingly popular with thousands of tourists annually. Especially for people who want to get close to originality, hidden ethnic roots, and lots of wildlife. Because of the abundant wildlife and remote tribal villages, ecotourism is very popular. Native American minorities make up the majority of Ratanakiri's inhabitants.

Ethnic Cambodians make up just 10-20% of the nation's complete populace. A crystal-clear lake that was created when the active volcano went dormant is evidence of an ancient volcano near Banlung. Additionally, there are a few ancient lava fields that indicate that the region was once quite active. Nature lovers have plenty to do near the Vietnamese-Laotian border with stunning waterfalls, clear rivers that meander through jungle, and rolling hills that meet mountains. It is possible to plan unstructured, low-impact excursions to remote villages and natural areas (solely by yourself or with assistance from a guesthouse).

When you walk through the streets of Banlung, you will most likely run into a few foreigners who live there. These people can provide you with actual tour offers, prices, and other information (which can change at any time). You'll quickly realize that there haven't been many tourists to this area in the past. Don't be surprised if the hill tribe people in other areas outside of Banlung look horrified when you visit them. They just haven't seen many foreigners, if any.

Volcano Lake Yeak Laom: This lovely spot isn't a long way from town and is perfect for a dip, outing, or climb around the cavity edge of the old well of lava. The water in the lake is exceptionally clean and clear because it is so deep, 48 meters. The lake is totally round and measures around 750 meters in distance across. In addition, a small, informative local museum is included. The lake is part of a protected area that the Ratanakiri governor officially established in 1995. In 1996, the governor enlisted the assistance of the International Development and Research Centre of Canada and the United Nations Development Program to develop an efficient resource management program.

The best effort Cambodia has made to preserve a site can be seen in this area. The area's security is ensured by full-time rangers. They get normal preparation and have set up signs all through the area reminding individuals not excessively smaller, wash garments or latrine in the lake. That is fantastic news for Cambodia. There is a nice wood deck in the main swimming and picnic area, which is great for jumping into the clear water. Close by, park officers raised several instances of slope clan development as non very sensitive lady and lucky man homes, where the man gets the raised home (his status in the relationship) and the lady has the one closer to the ground.

The Cultural and Environmental Centre is a few hundred meters down. It has displays of local hill tribe tools and handiwork and information about the history of the area. Additionally, they offer for sale some of the hill tribes' handicrafts: shirts, beaded belts, musical instruments, and hats From the middle you can take a nature trail around the whole cavity edge. During the 1960s, King Sihanouk used a chalet he built on the lake's shores. During the conflict between the Khmer Rouge guerrillas and the Lon Nol government in 1970, it was destroyed.

The traces of this, as well as indifferent spots around the lake-trenches that served as gun emplacements during the fighting, are still visible. The first occupants of the region are the Khmer Leu slope clan individuals, who have consistently perceived the lake as a sacrosanct spot, home to the spirits of the land, water, and timberland. According to the local legend, Yeak Laom Lake is home to fantastic, spiritual aquatic beings who interact with humans here.

It is also said that the area's surrounding forests are home to spirits and cannot be cut. The hill tribe people's strong support for the idea of protecting the area can be seen in this. From the Independence Monument Circle, just go east for 3 km to the Hill Tribe Monument Circle, which features two indigenous figures, and then go right for about 1,5 km to the entrance gate. The lake-connected hill tribe community receives an entrance fee, providing them with a revenue stream for resource protection. A motorcycle costs a few hundred riels and costs US$1 per person.

Geography Ratanakiri is on a plateau to the north-east (approximately approximately 200-400 meters) and 636 kilometers from Phnom Penh. It shares borders with Steung Treng province on the west, Mondulkiri on the south, Laos PDR on the north, and Vietnam on the east. The province is crossed by two larger rivers, the Sre Pork River and the Sresan River. Ratanakiri covers approximately 10,782 square kilometers.


There are 8 different slope clans ethnic gatherings in Ratanakiri. The majority of them live in the more profound wilderness, on the slopes and canvassed mountains in little isolated towns. They typically survive on traditional cultivation (shifting agriculture), which necessitates fruit harvesting from the forest. Based on their beliefs in animism, these ancient cultures believe in spirits. In the entire territory there are 63,333 male and 64,774 female with a sum of 128,107 occupants living. This is 11.8 people per km.

Climate Ratanakiri Province has the same three seasons as the rest of the country: - Season of rain: June through October (27 degrees Celsius): November through February (>24 degrees Celsius): Walk May : Temperature: Ratanakiri's annual average temperature is definitely lower than that of other parts of Cambodia (with the exception of Mondulkiri Province).

Economy: Most indigenous people in Ratanakiri are subsistence farmers who grow things like rice, corn, pumpkins, and other crops. Some of them also grow cashews or peanuts, which are catch crops. Numerous wealthy Cambodians and Vietnamese own substantial plantations around Banlung, the capital. The majority of them grow cashews, coffee, or peanuts.

Additionally, Ratanakiri is home to hundreds of square miles of profitable rubber plantations, the majority of which export rubber to Vietnam. Because of the current reproduction of the Cambodian Public Interstate 19, which goes through the focal point of the capital of Banlung, the region's exchange with Vietnam will before long ascent. Nevertheless, Ratanakiri is so sparsely populated that the provincial capital cannot compete effectively with other Cambodian provinces in the market. In any case, in mineral abundance alone, Ratanakiri flaunts gold, gemstones, rock and onyx. There are a lot of quality hardwoods, water sources, wild animals, and fertile red soil, and the weather and scenery are always good.

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