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Ratanakiri, Cambodia

In the far northeast of the country lies the province of Ratanakiri.

Recent history of Ratanakiri

Rarely visited, this remote region is rich in natural beauty with cascading waterfalls and rivers traversing the lush forests. During the 1960s, Ratanakiri was the base for the infamous Khmer Rouge, and where Pol Pot spent much of his time.

The crystal clear waters of Boeng Yeak Loam crater lake, near Ban Lung, make for a refreshing dip and at sunset the sky is ablaze with colour.

Unique culture of Kreung villages

Take a river journey up the Ton Le San to the hidden Kreung villages famous for their traditional cemeteries, complete with carved effigies and unique burial rituals. The stilted male and female huts found here give you a glimpse of the fascinating courting practices of the tribe.

Laotian and Chinese communities can also be found in the area along with many minority tribes, making the region a melting pot of cultures.

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Map of Ratanakiri

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    Places in and around Ratanakiri

    Accommodation choices for Ratanakiri

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Ratanakiri. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Terres Rouge, Ban Lung

      Terres Rouge Guesthouse

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      Terres Rouges allows you to stay in understated style and comfort up in Cambodia’s wild wild north-east. While the Terres Rouges does not boast five star facilities it is quite possibly the most wonderful guesthouse in Cambodia.