The northeast is by far the least visited region of Cambodia and only seen through the bus window as its passes by for most travellers. The region does have some great things to offer, especially for those that like to get away from the big tourist crowds. Kratie gives you the chance to step back in time on the wonderfully relaxed Koh Tong Island, which sits in the middle of the Mekong. It is also near one of the best places in the world see the rare short-beaked Irrawaddy dolphins. In Sen Monorom you can experience elephants up close at one of the excellent elephant projects, released from working and in their natural habitat. Banlung has the very much unexplored jungle wilderness of the Virachey National Park, one for the adventurous explorer! With a good highway now connecting the provincial capital Sen Monorom (Mondulkiri Province) to Banlung (Ratanakiri Province), and good transport options available, these places really should start to appear more and more on the tourism map.