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Phnom Penh – Mondulkiri – Kratie – Ratanakiri – Stung Treng – Phnom Penh

12 days / 11 nights

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Tour Snapshot

For those who enjoy multiple adventurous activities this trip offers some great opportunities. We follow the Mekong River and enjoy a close encounter with the rare and unique Irrawaddy dolphins near the famous sunset town of Kratie. The northeast offers real potential with protected community forests, remote rivers, traditional villages, elephant riding, ethnic minority tribes and overnight jungle trekking and both in Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri we get to experience all of these and more. We survey the mighty waterfalls that thwarted the grand designs of French imperialists in Stung Treng (and which now mark the Lao border). Onto explore Mekong flooded forests at Ramsar Wetlands by kayak.

Highlights

  • Learn about the history and culture of the region in the company of our friendly guide
  • Bounong hill tribe community elephant riding and bathing
  • Watch Irrawaddy river dolphins by boat
  • Bike through countryside and rural villages
  • Overnight trekking in Ratanakiri forests
  • Explore Mekong River and its mighty falls
  • Witness mighty Mekong Falls that thwarted the grand designs of French imperialists
  • Kayak through flooded forests of Ramsar Wetlands
  • Dive into Khmer culture with a homestay
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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive to Phnom Penh

After welcoming you at the Phnom Penh Airport, a Cambodian Pride Tours representative will transfer you to a comfortable hotel in the city centre for overnight.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)

Day 2
Phnom Penh to Kratie.

Your friendly English speaking and knowledgeable guide greets you with a traditional Khmer welcome. We hit the road to the bustling provincial city of Kompong Cham. En route, there is the chance to pause at Skuon, affectionately known as ‘Spiderville’, where it is possible to sample the local delicacy of deep fried tarantula. We arrive in Kompong Cham and enjoy a local lunch in Kompong Cham. During dry season (Jan-May), we can visit the bamboo bridge built across the mighty Mekong River connecting mainland to Koh Pen Island. Our road journey continues along the Mekong passing through rural villages before we take ferry across the river at Stung Trong to Krouch Chhmar. Then, we hit the road passed many pretty Wats especially from Hanchey towards the old river port of Chhlong, home to some of the best examples of French colonial architecture in the country. We then reach Kratie.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kampong Cham – Spiderville
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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Day 3
Kratie Rural Lifestyle and Dolphin Watching.

We visit the central Market of Kratie where you will see the local trades. Then, we go off the beaten track to the rural villages where you will experience of true rural Cambodian life; seasonal crops, rice whisky making and noodle making. Be welcomed into the home of a village family and share a delicious homemade meal featuring local products and specialties. Before returning to another ferry crossing, there are also opportunities to experience Khmer noodle and rice whisky making. Later in the afternoon, we go to Kampi, one of the many deep pools where the rare freshwater Irrawaddy river dolphins gather to feed. We board a local boat and cruise out into the mighty Mekong for a chance to encounter with gentle creatures. Viewing is almost guarantee, although it is easier to see the dolphins in the shallower waters of the dry season, than in the swollen river of the wet season. After enjoying an hour or more of dolphin viewing, we travel back to Kratie.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kratie – Countryside tour
  • Kratie – Local productions
  • Kratie – Dolphin watching by boat
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 4
Kratie to Mondulkiri. Bou Sra Waterfall and Coffe Farm.

After breakfast, we leave behind the sleepy town of Kratie and travel southeast towards the small junction town of Snuol, our gateway to the wilds of Mondulkiri. We turn left and leave behind the surfaced roads of civilization to take on the red earth roads of hill country. The first half of the journey from Snuol is flat, passing through patches of lush forest and areas of cultivation and plantations. After Kau Sima district, the road snakes up through the mountains that give Mondulkiri its name of ‘where the mountains meet’. We reach Mondulkiri and check in to a comfortable hotel. In the afternoon after lunch break, we leave Sen Monorom and head east towards the double drop waterfall of Bou Sraa, one of the most famous in Cambodia. It is possible to access both drops and there are swimming opportunities. Along the way, we may stop at a Pnong minority village to learn a little about their way of life. On our way back to Sen Monorom, we make a stop to visit local coffee growers (Unique product in that province). Here, there is not only coffee, but there are almost every fruit that you can imagine fruit planting in Cambodia including strawberry and durian. As Mondulkiri is know as the best land and weather for farming and living. Afterwards, you can taste the original Cambodian coffee or fresh-fruit shake at it’s own restaurant.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mondulkiri – Bou Sra Waterfall
  • Mondulkiri – Coffe Farm
Optional Activities
  • Mondulkiri – Mayura Zipline @Waterfall, new experience with 7 thrilling ziplines, 12 platforms, 1 sky bridge, and 100 meters high zip over the falls! The ultimate Mayura Zipline that excites, educates and inspires. 7:30am – 12:00pm. $69 USD
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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Day 5
Mondulkiri – Eco-friendly Elephant Experience at BEP.

We leave Sen Monorom after breakfast and drive 9km to the Bunong village of Putang which is the elephants village. Then we start walking from this village to look for elephants in the forests. Once we find them, you will be introduced to the herd of elephants and get to know more about their history, character, behavior, body language and relationship with mahout family. You will be able to feed the elephant buckets of bananas before walking alongside them or riding on the neck through the countryside and forest to O’te waterfall. At noon, the elephant must be taken to pastures for at least 2 hours in order to make sure they get enough food for the day. Elephants eat up to 300 kg of vegetation per day in order to sustain themselves. While the elephant is grazing, you will have a picnic Takeout Lunch by the waterfall. In the afternoon, the mahout will bring the elephant to the river for a wash. You are welcomed to get in the water and give them a hand. You can ask your mahout to try riding the elephant’s neck on your way back. Closer to the village, there is a big hill so you will challenge yourself. Later we return to Sen Monorom with an option to go up the hill of Sen Monorom for an amazing panoramic view of the Sea Forests.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mondulkiri – Bunong Elephant Prject
  • Mondulkiri – The Sea Forests
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

“Cambodian Pride Tours has been supporting elephant experience with Bounong Hill Tribe in order to reduce their use of elephants in hard working activities; such as pulling trees or clear up forests for farming. The more tourists arrive the more they understand about taking care of their elephants. With our elephant experience you help the elephants and their keepers. ”

Day 6
Mondulkiri to Ratanakiri. Yeak Loam Crater Lake.

After breakfast at your hotel in Sen Monorom, we leave behind the wilds of Mondulkiri and hit the road towards the red earth of Ratanakiri. We travel north on the newest highway that connects Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri via Koh Nhek. Along the way, there is lush jungle hugging the road and locals claim to see tigers on this stretch whereas some parts of the jungle are giving way to clusters of pine trees and rolling grasslands. The scenery is unique for Cambodia and dotted with traditional indigenous hill tribe villages. We arrive to Ban Lung town of Ratanakiri and check into a comfortable hotel. Later in the afternoon, we enjoy the refreshing waters of the beautiful crater lake of Yeak Loam, set amid a pocket of lush jungle.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ratanakiri – Yeak Loam Crater Lake
  • Mondulkiri – Journey thgough the Sea Forests
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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Days 7-8
Ratanakiri – Overnight Jungle Trek.
* Trek lenght: 23km – Difficulty: Easy-Medium
* 4-6 hours trek per day

Follow Kachoch hill tribe ranger for a hike that will take you in to Kaoh Piek forest which the southern of Virakchey National Park. Starting on the dirt roads to Vun Sai, the banks of the Sesan and O’Lalai rivers, visit small settlements, stay overnight in the jungle, and submerge in a beautiful forest. This 2 day trek does not only focus on nature, but also engage with indigenous communities, learn about local farming and lifestyle. Different sceneries will be presented to you like beautiful panoramic views, mixed forest, secondary forest. Sleep may not be the same without the fire flies speaking across the night sky, but at least you’ll always have the memories and dreams of your time.

Accommodation
  • Hammock with mosquito net (1 night), Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ratanakiri – Jungle Trekking
Meals Included
  • 2 Breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches
  • 1 Dinner

Day 9
Ratanakiri – Indigenous Lifestyle.

After breakfast in Ban Lung, we head south passing through the rubber plantations to Borkeo where we will see the old gem area in the forests. Our journey continues to discover one sample of Jarai cemetery. After a very local lunch at Andong Meas, we visit Jarai Village which home to a traditional Jarai burial ground complete with carved effigies of the deceased. Jarai is one the eight hill tribe ethnics in Ratanakiri. Family groups are buried side by side and elaborate ceremonies held after a period of mourning. We return to Banlung by road. Along the way, there are opportunities to stop at minority villages to learn a little about their way of life, traditional silk weaving and farming.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ratanakiri – Countryside tour
  • Ratanakiri – Borkeo Local Gem Mining
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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Day 10
Ratanakiri to Preah Rumkel – Mighty Mekong Falls

We leave behind Banlung and travel southwest towards O’Pongman before veering north towards Stung Treng. We journey to Vouen Kam (Anlong Morokot) where we continue by local boat to Anlong Cheuteal. We will be welcomed in to a local family on the bank of the Mekong River for a traditional. In the late afternoon, we survey Sopheakmet Waterfall; that thwarted the grand designs of French imperialists (and which now mark the Lao border). It depends on water level in order to see the waterfall. During the dry season, we can access to the unexplored falls by boat whereas during the wet season, we have to stop the boat and continue by walk through forests and road for about 3.5km in return to visit the mighty Mekong falls. If time is available we will take the boat across the river to visit Hang Khone, which is the southernmost tip of Laos. The French used this as a ferry port where goods were then transferred back to the ferry by train before they continued their travel by river. Sunset here is some of the most beautiful sunsets across the Mekong River. Tonight, you will stay in a traditional Cambodian home under mosquito net at one of the local family who live on the bank of the Mekong River; experience bucket shower like Khmer people.

Accommodation
  • Homestay (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Stung Treng – Mighty Mekong Fall
  • Stung Treng – Preah Rumkel Eco-tourism Comunity
  • Stung Treng – Hang Khone
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11
Stung Treng – Kayaking Through Mekong Flooded Forests.

After breakfast at homestay, it’s time to say good bye to the family. Then, we enjoy a short boat trip down to O’Svay where we will start our paddling tours to explore the Ramsar Wetlands area. It stretches south along the Mekong River from the border with Laos to Stung Treng. Only accessible by boat, it is a haven for critically endangered mammals, birds and fish and a unique riverine flooded forest system that is a photographer’s dream. With only birdcalls announcing our presence, we maneuvered our way leisurely downstream for a couple of hours. Our paddling tour of the forest continue until one point that you feel enough, then we return back to O’Svay by boat before we travel by road to the provincial capital of Stung Treng. We check in to a comfortable local hotel for the night.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Stung Treng – Kayaking through Mekong Wetlands Flooded Forests
  • Stung Treng – Boat trip
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
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Day 12
Stung Treng to Phnom Penh or Siem Reap.

Before leaving behind the remote Stung Treng, we might visit Stung Treng Women’s Development Center (open Monday to Friday). STWC or Mekong Blue is where the project focuses on developing life skills that assist in breaking the cycle of poverty and illiteracy for vulnerable people, especially women in their region. You will learn about Cambodian silk weaving and their production, which allows not only preservation but also cultivation of the hundred-year old tradition of silk-weaving. At the end you can shop for souvenirs. We can either drip you in Phnom Penh or Siem Rea for your next destinatoion.

Included Activities
  • Stung Treng – Mekong blue
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

This itinerary is written based on our tour research expeditions. It should be read in order to get a good general impression and NOT as a detailed hour by hour itinerary. Cambodian Pride Tours works with the local people; we can change parts of the tour due to weather terrain conditions depending on the season and customer requests.

Inclusions

Meals

  • 11 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches: one lunch in Kratie with a local family, one lunch at Bunong Elephant Project in Mondulkiri, two lunches during jungle trekking in Ratanakiri, one lunch in Preah Rumkel with a local family at the homestay and one take away lunch during kayaking.
  • 2 dinners: one dinner during jungle trekking in Ratanakiri and one dinner at Preah Rumkel with a local family at the homestay.

Transport

Local transportation by private vehicle, ferry crossing and boat

Accommodation

Accommodation in confirmed room category and named hotels

Included activities

  • Accompanied at all time by experienced English speaking friendly guide
  • All programs according to the description
  • Arrival airport transfer, only if you arrive with the rest of the group
  • Kratie – Whole day rural village tours according to the description
  • Kratie – Dolphin watching by boat
  • Mondulkiri – Bou Sra waterfall, Coffee Farm and Amazing Sea Forests
  • Mondulkiri – Bonung Elephant Project
  • Ratanakiri – Overnight jngle trekking
  • Stung Treng – Preah Rumkel community homestay
  • Stung Treng – Mighty Mekong falls
  • Stung Treng – Kayaking trip through Mekong Flooded forests at O’Svay, including lunch, fruits, beverages, kayak, dry bag, hotel transfer and kayaking guide

Entrance fees

  • Dolphin watching boat USD $7-9
  • Bou Sra Waterfall USD $2.5
  • Yeak Loam Crater Lake USD $1.25

Exclusions

The price of the tour does not include

  • International flight tickets and their taxes
  • Tour services not detailed in our itinerary
  • Laundry service
  • International taxes and visa fees
  • Early Hotel check-in/ Late check-out
  • The price of the Cambodian visa
  • All additional meals
  • Entrance fees
  • Optional programs not included in the main program
  • Cancellation insurance: 1.5 %
  • Health, accident and luggage insurance
  • Tips: 2 USD/ person/ day
  • Extra cost of 1 person per room

The price of the tour does not include

  • International flight tickets and their taxes
  • International taxes and visa fees
  • Tour services not detailed in our itinerary
  • Laundry service
  • International taxes and visa fees
  • Early Hotel check-in/ Late check-out
  • The price of the Cambodian visa
  • All additional meals
  • Optional programs not included in the main program
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Health, accident and luggage insurance

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