Things To Do in Ratanakiri Cambodia

Fun Things To Do in Ratanakiri Cambodia That You Should Try

Ratanakiri is a province in northeast Cambodia. With Banlung been it’s capital. Ratanakiri is one of most remote provinces and is the least developed provinces in Cambodia.

With that in mind be prepared for the roads and Wi-Fi been poor but generally overall infrastructure is poor.

Checkout our travel tips to Cambodia before going and fun things to do in Kampot Cambodia.

Ratanakiri might be remote but it is home to incredible range of wildlife and a great place to go hiking through the remote lush jungle, it’s rivers and elephant trekking plus waterfalls.

Quick Information on Cambodia

  • Currency: Riel and the US Dollar
  • Language: Khmer
  • Population: Over 16 million
  • Capital City: Phnom Penh
  • Best time to visit Cambodia: Dry season is between October to April with average temperature around 23°C. While rainy season from May until September with average temperature around 35°C.
  • How to get there: You can enter by land through Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. Or you can fly into Siem Reap or Phnom Penh.

Where is Ratanakiri Cambodia

Ratanakiri shares a border with the provinces of Mondulkiri and Stung Treng as well as with the countries of Laos and Vietnam.

Ratanakiri Province On Map
Ratanakiri Province

Best Time To Travel To Ratanakiri

Ratanakiri has an average temperature of between 22°C to 34°C all year round. The rainy season is from June to October, it may rain heavily everyday with thunderstorms and with temperatures of up to 34°C.

The best time to visit Ratanakiri is from March to May since it is typically cooler with averages temperatures around 24°C.

Things To Do in Ratanakiri

If you are also thinking to visit Ratanakiri, here is our amazing list of things to do in Ratanakiri.

Visit Beung yeak Laom Lake

Yeak Laom is a 4,000 year old volcanic crater lake surrounded with a lush rainforest.

It’s a beautiful crater lake with beautiful blue water and for Cambodia is fairly clean and unpolluted.

Boeng Yeak Loam Lake
Boeng Yeak Loam Lake

The lakes depts can reach up to 50 metres, You can swim at the lake Please don’t swim too far for your own safety especially for kids.

There is an entrance fee of $2.50 and there is some food and drink stands at the entrance.

Explore Virachey National Park

Virachey National Park is a national park in north eastern Cambodia and is only one of only two Cambodian ASEAN Heritage Parks.

This National park is mostly unexplored and is home to large range of wildlife, waterfalls and mountains.

Virachey National Park
Virachey National Park

Trekking in the Virachey National Park includes Kayaking, indigenous homestay, camping in the forest, swimming and more. You will need a tour guide to do this as the jungle is deep and isolated, you can easily get lost here.

Visit Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary

Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary is about 37 km southwest from Banlung. The sanctuary provides protection for elephants, tigers, bears and many more animals.

Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary is also part of Mondulkiri wildlife sanctuary.

Elephant Sanctuary
Elephant Sanctuary

The Sanctuary comprises of mountains, forests, ponds and water channels from Tonle Sre Pok River. If you want to visit the Sanctuary you need to contact the contact the park’s ranger guides of Phnom Prik national park.

The sanctuary guides can show visitors around the sanctuary. The tours can take up to one week.

See Kachang Waterfall

Kachang Waterfall that is also spelt Kachanh, is another waterfall in found in Ratanakiri. The waterfall is not far from Banlung, it is about 8 km away.

kachang Waterfall
kachang Waterfall

There is a short walk down a steep stairway and across a suspension bridge. Kachang Waterfall is a 12 meter natural waterfall that is surrounded by a mixture of large and small trees.

There is a place to buy cold drinks and examples of indigenous village buildings there. There is a small entrance fee to get in.

Visit Norng Kabat Forest

Norng Kabat Forest is about 23 km north of Banlung. At the Norng Kabat Forest visitors can go there to see the animals and birds which come to the pond.

By going on a tour of the ethnic villages, visitors can get a good understanding of the traditions and beliefs practiced by the indigenous people.

See Phnom Eysei Patamak

All so known as Phnom Svay, is about 2 km west of Banloung provincial town. At the bottom of the mountain is Wat Isana Rattanaram.

On the top of the mountain, lies a large statue of the reclining Buddha. It was built in 1994. The top of the mountain offers visitors a photo opportunity with a view of Banloung provincial town.

Remember, the temperature at the top can be cool, regardless if it is the hot or dry season.

Visit Cha Ong Waterfall

Cha Ong Waterfall is another waterfall in Cambodia. The waterfall is not far from Banlung, it is about 8 km away west of Banlung near Cha Ong village.

Cha Ong Waterfall
Cha Ong Waterfall

You will reach the waterfall after descending down a slope, once at the bottom you will see the waterfall surrounded by such beautiful nature of the jungle.

The water comes from Eisey Patamak Mountain that creates the waterfall.

Go On Green Jungle Trekking Tour

The Green Jungle Trekking Tours is a company that offer tours around Ratanakiri such as Virachey National Park Trekking, Gibbons watching in VenSai Siempang National Park, Days Trips to visit the volcanic lake, waterfalls and many more.

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It is better to book the tours in advance. And there is a good range of tours to choose from.

Depending on you interests and time the Gibbons watching and the Virachey National Park Jungle Trek is worth trying.

Where To Stay in Ratanakiri Cambodia

Ratanakiri has a good variety of guest houses, hostels and hotels. Here are a few places to check out and give you an idea of what is available around Ratanakiri Cambodia.

Remember to check the reviews and book a place that suits you interests while traveling.

Ratanak Tep Rithea homestay
Rating 9.5, Prices start from $8 for Double room

Ratanak Tep Rithea homestay offers accommodation with a garden, free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk and room service. Including a bar, this homestay also features a restaurant.

Yeak Loam Hotel
Rating 8.4, Prices start from $75 for Double room

Yeak Loam Hotel offers an outdoor pool, as well as poolside and sky bars. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and comes with a flat-screen TV. Rooms have a private bathroom.


Wrapping Up

Finally, Ratanakiri is a little off the beaten track but as you can see there are fun things to do in Ratanakiri Cambodia. You can enjoy the local food and enjoy exploring the wildlife sanctuaries and waterfalls but it certainly is not a place to go for a party.

And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on the things to do in Ratanakiri Cambodia has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.

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Things To Do in Ratanakiri Cambodia

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