The far eastern provinces of Rattanakiri and Mondulkiri


Still off the beaten track, the mountainous provinces of Rattanakiri and Mondulkiri are slowly getting better known to travellers, who are looking for unspoiled places and can afford a few extra days visiting those sparcely populated areas. Though infrastructure is improving on a daily basis, there are still plenty of backroads and trails off the mainroads, which are perfectly suitable for Khmer Ways and its scooter tours.

Rattanakiri:

Rattanakiri lies in the northeastern part of Cambodia, bordering Laos and Vietnam. If you are a nature lover, than this is the place to go. Countless waterfalls, trekking in Virachey National Park or visiting ethnic minorities in their unique villages will give the traveller, who made the long way up there, plenty of rewards. And near Banlung, the provincial capital, you will find one of the most scenic and relaxing places in Southeast Asia, the famous Yaklom Lake. The crystal clear waters of this perfectly round volcanolake is asking for a swim. It is also a brilliant spot for bird watching. Availability for accomodation has significantly improved over the last years, whith plenty of guesthouses to even some luxery accomodation. The best way to get around is on a moto/scooter, as this gives you all the freedom you need to visit all the places you like.

Mondulkiri:

Another amazing place for nature, but more mountainous and easier accessible, is the province of Mondulkiri. Here lies the cambodians most famous and scenic waterfall, the Busra Falls, seen in countless karaoke videos. While it is a beautiful natural sight, there are many other waterfalls worth visiting. There are trekking tours available, ranging from 3 hours to 3 days, which will lead you through still unspoiled forests to isolated hilltribe minorities. Elephant riding is becoming a main leisure activity, enabling the Mahouts to give their animals a fine alternative away from the hard work the elephants otherways would do in the forests on illigal logging actions. The charming and hilly capital city of Mondulkiri, Sen Monorom, invites for a stroll or refreshing drink in one of it’s few bars and restaurants, where travellers can enjoy watching the slow pace of life in this remote province. Mondulkiri is also a paradise for motorbikers, be it for extrem offroad riding on dirtbikes, comfortable cruising on street bikes or on motos for those who just want to take it easy and enjoy the surrounding views and scenery. There are a few very nice options for accomodation, the best bet probably Nature Lodge 2 km outside of town.

For more information or tour inqueries to Rattanakiri and Mondulkiri, kindly contact Khmer Ways Adventure Moto Tours via e-mail.

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