The Ratanakiri province offers real off-the-beaten-track experiences and occupies the remote northeastern corner of Cambodia. Bordering neighbouring Laos and Vietnam, the province extends from the Annamite Hills in the north to the tropical, deciduous forest in the south. It is home to a fascinating mix of ethnic groups, from Khmer and Lao to Chinese and Cham. Here you can get an insight into the lives and culture of these minority groups as well as swimming beneath waterfalls, trekking through the national parks and heading out on camping safaris spotting unique wildlife along the way.
The small town of Ban Lung, the provincial capital, is located near these spectacular natural attractions and is the best place to base yourself to explore the area. Nearby, you can walk around the Yeak Laom Volcanic Lake and even have a dip in its clear waters; locals believe that the 700,000-year-old crater lake is sacred.
For the adventurous, we recommend venturing out on a gibbon spotting trek. The northern yellow-cheeked gibbon was discovered in 2010, and here in the Ratanakiri province, the largest known population has been recorded. An overnight trek takes you to the gibbon research centre and provides ample opportunities to spot them swinging and climbing through their natural habitat. You’ll also gain a greater understanding of the work of scientists and researchers as they aim to preserve the country’s beautiful and unique wildlife.
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