Exploring Cambodia’s Ratanakiri – An Eco Adventure Not to Be Missed

Family adventure in Cambodia starts with a trip to Ratanakiri. Popularly known as the “wild East,” this remote, enchanting, and beautiful region of the country lies in Cambodia’s northeast, the quintessence of the country’s emerging frontiers. A trip to Ratanakiri is packed with adventures galore.

The Fun Begins With the Journey
While Ratanakiri itself is a splendid destination, the fun begins with the journey. Miles of dirt tracks and half-built roads await exploration. The most convenient way to reach Ratanakiri is by travel from Phnom Penh. The 10 hour route takes your from Phnom Penh to Banlung through Kratie From Siem Reap, the journey is longer taking up to 12 hours on a sunny day, and a few extra hours when it is raining. With a haven of natural landscapes, crystal clear waters, crater lakes, lush mountains, rolling hills, and bamboo jungles to explore, and river dolphins and other wildlife on the way, a trip to Ratanakiri is not to be missed.

Trekking
Get ready to trek the rolling hills and mountains of the region. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the rambling hills or take a jungle expedition to explore the depths of the beautiful bamboo forests for which Cambodia is renowned

Relaxed 2 day treks through the Kalai Jungle are perfect family adventure trips for all ages where you’ll explore colorful forests and cascading waterfalls. For the more adventurous among you, a 3 day trek takes you through the northeast jungle among local tribes for an in-depth journey in the region, where you’ll come in close contact with the native hill tribes. A more strenuous trek of 4 days takes you into the wilds of Ratanakiri’s northeast. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to ride on an elephant’s back to view the spectacular surroundings in the region.

Kayaking
A great kayaking adventure is a trip down the Tonle San River passing through tribal villages and the dark jungles of Virachey National Park, exploring spectacular waterfalls and the remnants of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Rantakiri province is home to several waterfalls, most close to the capital Banlung.

Hiking
Short hikes (3 km and less) on the paths around Yak Loum Crater Lake are great for family adventures and fun, and the crater’s crystal clear waters are perfect for a short afternoon dip. A must-see destination, Yak Loum is a volcanic crater lake encircled by a lush jungle. For more determined adventurers, a hike through the hills of Kalai Jungle takes you through local farms and tribes in the region. To experience life amongst the tribes, the Ratanakiri natives are very friendly and will welcome you to stay with them, a perfect end to a Cambodia family adventure holiday!

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