The easternmost province of Mondulkiri is one of the last unexplored frontiers in Cambodia.
Mondulkiri is the largest of Cambodia’s provinces yet has a population of only 50,000, most of whom are Phnong and Khmer.
The journey from Phnom Penh is long, bumpy and certainly not for the faint hearted but those choosing to venture here, will not be disappointed. The area is scattered with hill tribes, brimming with waterfalls and rich in picturesque scenery and lush tropical forest. This remote area is little visited but with slight improvements in the roads it is becoming more accessible.
Activities and local culture in Mondulkiri
Mondulkiri is most famous for elephant trekking and the small villages of Phulung and Putang, just outside Sen Monorom, offer treks varying in length from two hours to two days. Elephants are an important part of life here, being valuable members of the village and still a valid form of transportation.
Shorter treks journey through small villages and into the fringes of the forest whilst longer treks venture deep into the jungle past refreshing waterfalls where few visitors go. Bou Sraa Waterfalls are the largest and most famous in all of Cambodia.
Hilltribes of Mondulkiri
The hilltribes of Mondulkiri enjoy a different culture than those in other provinces and this is pre-eminently displayed in their unique architecture and lifestyle. Three or four families share one home together as they prefer to live in groups. There are many ethnic minority villages and a visit to any one is an eye-opening experience.
Trekking can also be arranged including overnight camping in the forest. The deeper you explore into the forest the wilder and more untamed it becomes, and you may even see the rare wild elephants, leopards and bears that reside deep in the jungle.
Suggested Mondulkiri itinerary
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Mondulkiri, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Mondulkiri
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Places in and around Mondulkiri
- Sen Monorom Mondulkiri
- Kratie & Chhlong 83 miles away
- Ratanakiri 91 miles away
- Ban Lung 92 miles away
- Phnom Penh 169 miles away
- Preah Vihear 219 miles away
- Siem Reap 237 miles away
- Temples of Angkor 238 miles away
- Kep 241 miles away
- Kampot 244 miles away
- Battambang 277 miles away
- Sihanoukville 284 miles away
- Koh Kong 295 miles away
Accommodation choices for Mondulkiri
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Mondulkiri. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.