Banlung

Lukas Bergstrom

The Ratanakiri province covers the region to the northeast of Cambodia bordering with Laos and Vietnam. It is partly characterised by its red dirt roads and areas where logging has really taken its toll. The place can be a bit of a dust bowl when dry, and a mud pit when wet. The provincial capital of Banlung is a small quiet town, while it's an OK town the big reason to come here is to go on a trek in the immense Virachey National Park. With its lush jungle, rolling hills and rivers cutting through it, the park is an unexplored bit of wilderness, especially good for those looking for a 3 to 7 day trekking adventure. There are also some good 1 and 2 day treks around the area, which can include a homestay at an indigenous village. The nearby clear water crater lake is perfect for a refreshing dip, along with a few waterfalls to visit in the area.

Map of North East Cambodia

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