North Cambodia Adventure

Northeast, Cambodia

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Close The royal palace in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh.

North Cambodia Adventure

Ratanakiri, is a province of Cambodia located in the remote northeast corner of the country. The region is famous for its natural surrounding and minority villages. Banlung, its capital forms a good base to explore its surrounds. The beautiful, Yeak Laom Lake, south-east of town, occupies a 4,000-year-old volcanic crater. Virachey National Park and Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary, are home to large variety of wildlife, such as elephants, bantengs, gaurs, tigers, and wildlife buffalos. 

Begin this Cambodia adventure with a comprehensive tour of Phnom Penh. Then travel to Sen Monorom, the provincial capital of Mondolkiri. Take an elephant ride to the remote villages through lush jungles with beautiful landscapes and wildlife. Visit Kratie, on the Mekong River, known for river dolphins seen there. In Ratanakiri, one of the most beautiful destinations in Cambodia, swim in a crystal-clear lake and visit ethnic groups such as Khmer, Chinese and Laotian, living in harmony. 

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 12-DAY EXPLORATION OF RURAL CAMBODIA...
And, experience the remote regions of Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri.
 

We Love
  • In Phnom Penh, don’t miss the historic ambience of the Elephant Bar in Raffles Hotel Le Royal. Happy hour there is a staple for the city's glitterati
  • Ratanakiri Province is the destination for adrenaline junkies. Activities include swimming in clear volcanic lakes and under waterfalls, ride an elephant or trek in the forest
  • All your tours transfers and transportation with an English-speaking local guide are included
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees are included, so you can relax and enjoy your holiday
Need to Know
  • The best time to take this tour is between December and February
  • Your international airfare is not included. We can book your international and domestic flights.
  • Mondulkiri is the sparsely populated, Wild East of the country mostly inhabited by the minority groups
  • The communication network is difficult; the dry season means chewing on dust; the wet season, sliding about in red mud that looks like carrot soup
  • Accommodation is in the Northeast is in guest houses with basic facilities
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday

Review

Begin your tour in Phnom Penh, once considered one of the most beautiful cities of the Orient that still retains much of its original charm. The city took shape around the famous Wat Phnom, meaning “Hill Temple”.  Climb to the top of the phnom where long stone cobras with seven heads form the swooping balustrades and watch the sprawling city below.

Travelling north provides an interesting opportunity to discover a peaceful rural Cambodia with beautiful villages, lush vegetation and serene monasteries. In the mighty Mekong River you will see one of the world's rarest mammals - the Mekong Irrawaddy dolphins.

In the east lies Mondolkiri ‘Meeting of the Hills’ and home to the hardy Pnong people and their noble elephants. Climatically and culturally, it’s also another world, which comes as a relief after the heat of the plains. The landscape is a mix of pine clumps, grassy hills and forests with wild animals, including bears and tigers. 

Here, you will experience rich culture, breathtaking scenery and encounter the wonderful people of several hill tribes who live in villages surrounded with unexplored jungles, thickly forested hills, rivers and huge waterfalls.

Further in the northeast is the province of Rattanakiri, hill of the precious stones’ region is of outstanding natural beauty that provides a remote home for a mosaic of minority peoples. One of the last spots in Cambodia or even southeast Asia where traditions and culture even after a 1000 years are still alive and practiced.

This tour is ideal for travellers who like to understand its culture, environment and wildlife. It is the destination for adrenaline activities, where you may see tigers, leopards, red deer, elephants, and crocodiles that still live in the tangy jungle. You will stay in comfortable accommodation, the best available and in some places eating in local restaurants.
 

 
North Cambodia Adventure Northeast, Cambodia

North Cambodia Adventure Travel northeast and discover rural Cambodia with beautiful villages, lush vegetation and serene monasteries - Mondulkiri & Ratanakiri.
Phnom Penh, Mondulkiri, Kratie, Ratanakiri, Stuang Treng
(10 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive Cambodia
Phnom Penh Meet and greet on arrival at the Phnom Penh International Airport by our representative. After a warm welcome, you will be escorted to your hotel for 2 nights stay. The rest of your day will be scheduled depending on your arrival time and how tired you feel.   
Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra (Nil)

Day 2 – Tour
Phnom Penh Begin your private tour with a visit to the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, see a Buddha made of Baccarat crystal and another of gold and diamonds. At the National Museum, view the world’s premier collection of ancient Khmer sculpture and artefacts. Explore the city’s markets and shop for local textiles and silver. Take a cyclo ride to discover its beautiful colonial architecture and stop at Phnom Penh’s vibrant cafés and have a drink at the legendary Foreign Correspondents Club.
Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra (B)

Day 3 – Transfer
Mondulkiri The road snakes up through the mountains that give Mondulkiri its name of “where the mountains meet”.  The lush jungle hugs the road where the locals claim to see tigers at night. Sen Monorom is less a provincial capital (of a district with the same name) and more a home to many different tribal minorities, who live their life in a traditional way. Explore the countryside and enjoy the scenery quite unlike anywhere else in the country, with clusters of pine trees and rolling grasslands dotted with Pnong villages. This is an excellent base for starting mini-activities like visiting waterfalls, swimming in lakes, jungle trekking or elephant riding.
Modolkiri Hotel (B, D)

Day 4 – Explore
Mondulkiri We will take full day tour to the nearby hill tribe villages and view waterfalls around the sleepy capital. There are hundreds of minority villages around Sen Monorom. One of the largest and easiest to access is Phlung village inhabited by Phnong chunchiets. The curious huts have woven wooden walls and thatched roofs almost to the floor in which three or more families often live. But you will be lucky to see more than a handful of people during daytime, as they will be all out working in the fields.
Modolkiri Hotel (B, L-packed, D)

Day 5 – Explore
Mondulkiri Option 1: Today we drive 40km to Bou Sra. This double drop waterfall is one of the largest and most impressive in Cambodia. We will visit the Phnong village and on the way back see the hilltribe villages and the scenic countryside.

Optional 2: We start early and drive to the Phnong minority village where your elephant and local guide will be waiting to greet you. You will ride the Elephant through some stunning jungle, across rivers and past local minority farms before ending up at the Trok River for lunch. During lunch the elephants are released to wonder around the forest to rest and to scavenge for food.  After lunch, you will go with your guide to search for your elephant and take it down to the river for a wash and cool off. You can help wash your elephant or have a relaxing swim.
Modolkiri Hotel (B, L-packed, D)

Day 6 – Transfer
Kratie Situated on the banks of the mighty Mekong River, the lively riverside town of Kratie (pronounced kra-cheh) has an expansive riverfront and a rich legacy of French-era architecture. Over the years it has become a dolphin habitat and a haven for nature lovers and wildlife conservationists. You will see one of the world's rarest mammals - the Mekong sweetwater Irrawaddy dolphin. In the evening, visit the beautiful river boulevard, a great place for a stroll or jog, and enjoy the dramatic sunsets over the Mekong.
Rajabori Villas (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Transfer
Ratanakiri We drive to Ratanakiri, one of the most amazing destinations in Cambodia. This sparsely populated province in the far northeast, near the border with Laos and Vietnam, is renowned for its unique natural beauty and wealth of natural resources. The forest here is disappearing fast, because of the slash-and-burn farming by minorities but the rubber plantations and cashew-nut farms remain. Yet, Ratanakiri still offers wonderful opportunities for eco-tourism in Cambodia. We can arrange special activities according to your interests. You can trek in the undulating hills, swim in clear volcanic lakes or rivers and shower under waterfalls.
Terres Rouges Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 8 – Explore
Ratanakiri The Se San River is one of the most important ecological systems in Cambodia. The river with crystal clear water has white sand beaches perfect for swimming or sun bathing. Alongside the Se San River, is the Veon Sai commune, which we will visit. Here several ethnic groups such as Khmer, Chinese and Laotian, have been living for many generations. They follow their own customs and communicate in their ethnic languages. Most of them are farmers, fishermen and local traders and it offers a perfect example of living in harmony.
Terres Rouges Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 9 – Explore
Ratanakiri Today we will explore villages in the north, towards Laos. We will drive past lava fields surrounded by forest and the more north we drive, the more beautiful the forest becomes. We may also see some very impressive bachelor houses built on high stilts. They have an interesting background: Having fulfilled their purpose when the young men have become family heads, these houses are destroyed before being raised again by younger men the following season.

We will stop at the beautiful local Kroeung village, who have their own custom of choosing their fiancé, and perform a ritual dance for tourists that is worth seeing.  Return to Ratanakiri.
Terres Rouges Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 10 – Explore
Stung Treng North of Phnom Penh and en route to the far northeast is Stung Treng, a quiet city that shows us the authentic and remote “face” of Cambodia. Take a bike ride outside the town, past Buddhist pagodas and experience peaceful farming and fishing villages, with rice fields, old bamboo huts and get a vision of how the old Cambodia would have been. Ride a slow boat up the Mekong River to see the amazing two-mile wide waterfall that stretches across the span of the Mekong River and if you are fortunate, you may see the Mekong River dolphins. Later, explore the local market and meet friendly locals who bring their catch of the day and vegetables to sell.
Golden River Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 11 – Transfer
Phnom Penh Today we take a scenic drive to Phnom Penh via Kratie where we will have lunch. Then continue to Kompong Cham to view examples of colonial architecture. Visit Wat Nokhor with its ancient temple and modern style pagoda (12th century) before reaching Phnom Penh.
Golden River Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 12 – Depart
Cambodia Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Meals: B
 

 

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  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
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Getting There There are no direct flights to Cambodia from the UK, but good connections are available from major Asian destinations. You can fly with Thai Airways to Bangkok, Malaysian Airlines to Kuala Lumpur or British Airways via Hong Kong. From there you can take the budget airline Air Asia or Dragon Air. The total journey time, excluding transit, is about 15 hours. From Phnom Penh you can take direct flights to Siem Reap, which now operates on daily basis. Direct one-hour flights are now also available from Bangkok.

When to go The ideal time to visit Cambodia is between November and February when it is cool and dry. In the beginning of March, the heat begins to build until April when it can be quite oppressive and uncomfortable. In May and June the southwestern monsoon brings a measure of relief and also high humidity. The wet season, lasts until October but it rarely rains all day. It generally rains short spurts mostly in the afternoon or evening. Although the wet season can be a low season for tourism it has its own advantages. It is when the Angkor complex is at its most beautiful, the vegetation is lush, the moats for full of water and there are less tourists so you can explore the temples in peace. 

Visa Tourist visas are required and can be obtained in advance or on arrival at the airport in Siem Reap. In the latter case, guests must provide a passport photo and US$20. Passports must be valid for at least six months from the arrival date and must have one entirely blank page for the visa. Guests are advised to check with their nearest Cambodian embassy or consulate.