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  • Ratanakiri

    Located: Far Northeast Cambodia

    Total area: 10,782 square kilometers

    Population: 184,000 people

    Capital of the province: Banlung City

    09 Districts: Veun Sai, Ta Veaeng, Ou Ya Dav, Ou Chum, Lumphat, Koun Mom, Bar Kaev, Andoung Meas and Ban Lung city

    Ratanakiri is located at far northeast of Cambodia. It bordered by Vietnam to the east, Laos to the north, Stung Treng to the west and Mondulkiri to the south.

    In Ratanakiri, 70% population is ethnic minority which is known as “Chunchiet”. Ratanakiri is among the least developed area in Cambodia. The infrastructure is poor, and the local government is weak. There are not many tourists who come to visit Ratanakiri. So Ratanakiri is still a remote province in Northeastern Cambodia worth to visit.

    The name “Ratanakiri” is a derivative of two Cambodian words, which are combined to mean “place of gems and mountains.”

    Its capital – Banlung city is quite small. It is located in the central highlands of the province. It is approximately 586 kilometres from Phnom Penh to.

    Beung Yeak Loam Lake

    Beung Yeak Laom is located in Yeak Loam commune, Ban Loung district. It is about 5 kilometers south of Ban Loung city. The lake in the middle of a mountain, it was formed many centuries ago from a volcano. During the dry season, the lake is about 800 meters in diameter and 48 meters deep. The water is very clear and suitable for swimming.

    Travelers can relax and enjoy a panoramic view of the lake and the flora and fauna on two places along the bank. There is a tourist information center is on the west bank. The handicrafts which are made by hill tribes are available for sale.

    Local people 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. You should bring along your own food and beverages for your trip to this lake.

    Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary

    Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary is 37km southern of Banlung town. With a total land area of 250,000 ha, there are many animals and birds like tigers, elephants, red-headed vultures which are living in this sanctuary.

    Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the must-see places when you visit Ratanakiri. Tourist would see various sights and sounds of the exotic place. If you are lucky, you can have a glimpse of the rare animals that are present here, like tigers, elephants and red-headed vultures.

    Virachey National Park

    Virachey National Park is a national park in north-eastern Cambodia. The park is one of only two Cambodian ASEAN Heritage Parks and is one of the top priority areas for conservation in Southeast Asia. The park overlaps Ratanakiri and Stung Treng Provinces in northeastern Cambodia covering an area of 3,325² km.

    Virachey National Park was created under the Royal Decree Concerning the Creation and Designation of Protected Areas, issued on 1 November 1993, and is under the administration of the Ministry of Environment of Cambodia.

    Norng Kabat Forest

    The Norng Kabat Forest is one of attractions in Ratanakiri. It is about 23 kilometers to the north of Banlung city. There is a beautiful pond, which is frequented by many birds and animals. Visitors who come to Norng Kabat Forest also can have opportunity of watching the beautiful animals and birds that frequent the pond. It is a popular destination of the bird watchers. A visit to the ethnic villages will acquaint tourists with the culture and custom of the local people.

    Ou Senmonorom Waterfall

    Ou’Sensranoh Waterfall is  9 km far from Banlung city. The height of waterfall is 18m.

    You can go there rest and enjoy the fresh air, or explore the forest and listen to the birds ‘ cries. 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

    Ou Sensranoh Waterfall, Ratanakiri is one of the most visited waterfalls of in Ratanakir.