Ratanakiri Stung Treng Explorer


Ratanakiri – Stung Treng – Mekong Falls – Flooded Forests – Kratie – Phnom Penh

7 days / 6 nights

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Tour Snapshot

Jungle trek in Ratanakiri forests, Mekong Falls, kayak through Flooded Forests, bike through rural villages from Stung Treng to Kratie. From Ratanakiri, home to Cambodia’s ethnic minorities and some of its endangered wildlife and the place to go for trekking, eco-travel and natural beauty. In collaboration with hill tribe communities, ranger expert tracker and Virachey NP office, we trek into Virachey’s national park ‘Kok Lak and Koh Peak’ where in particular – with its beautiful nature and the colorful blend of its local and indigenous people. Then, travel to Stung Treng, Gateway to mighty Mekong falls, Ramsa Wetlands, flooded forests, and some of the wildest and most spectacular riverscapes in the country. Ending the trip with a visit to the famous Silk Island in Phnom Penh. This trip cover most activities including trekking, kayaking and cycling.

Highlights

  • Learn about the history and culture of the region in the company of our friendly guide
  • Overnight trekking in Ratanakiri forests
  • Watch Irrawaddy river dolphins
  • Visit its mighty falls
  • Kayak through Mekong flooded forests
  • Explore Ramsar Wetlands and its biodiversity
  • Cycling along the picturesque Mekong through rural villages
  • River Scenery
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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive to Banlung.

Get to Banlung on your own by bus or taxi. Overnight at comfortable hotel with a view over the lake.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)

Days 2-3

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.

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First day trek:
You will be picked up from your hotel at 8.30am and travel north to Kachon village approximately 90 minutes drive. From Kachon we take a scenic boat ride for about 50 minutes on Sesan river to a remote village of Kachoch ethnic minority. Upon arrival to the village, we meet our Kachoch ranger and start our trekking tour. At the beginning of the hike, we pass by many interesting rice fields and farm houses.
Lunch break at a farm house. Prepare and get changed to avoid getting cut from the jungle and beaten by insects as we are heading deeper.
Carry on the trek and hike passing through bamboo forest, rocky hills, streams, thick jungle stopping on a hilltop to enjoy beautiful scenery. After 4 hours we arrive to the waterfall. This three tier waterfall measures at least over forty meters and a beautiful clear river at its bottom is waiting for you rinse the sweat off your body and invigorate your muscles. In the evening, your guide and ranger will set up a shelter, prepare the food, dinner at the camp-fire and overnight in hammock with mosquito net near the waterfall.

Accommodation
  • Hammock with mosquito net (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ratanakiri – Boat trip on Sesan River
  • Ratanakiri – Jungle Trekking
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Second day trek:
Early in the morning, you can enjoy hot coffee or tea. Breakfast will be prepared on wood fire. Today trek is on a loop back to Kaoh Piek village and the primary forest changes in to the secondary. Once in a while we take a rest a little bit to enjoy the jungle surrounding and your guide will explain the natural resource as well as you will learn about your ranger’s way of life. After 3 hours of the trek we reach the outskirt of Kaoh Piek and a small farm house where we can take our main break for lunch. In the afternoon, we continue further south to Kachoch village of Kaoh Piek where we’ll visit the sacred cemetery of Kachoch indigenous group. Kaoh Piek is home to a traditional Kachoch burial ground complete with carved effigies of the deceased. Family groups are buried side by side and elaborate ceremonies held after a period of mourning. There are wooden men and women statues standing in front the tombs to guard and likeness of elephant tusks and beautiful decorated tombs. You will learn about the animist belief of Kachoch hill tribe from you guide. Afterwards we walk to Sesan River and continue by boat back to Kachon village. Our our Kachoch hill tribe adventure mountain trek has now come to an end and we are picked up by car and travel back to Ban Lung arriving at approximately 4.00 PM.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ratanakiri – Jungle Trekking
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
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Day 4
Preah Rumkel – Mighty Mekong Falls and Dolphin Watching.

We leave behind Banlung and travel southwest towards O’Pongman before veering north towards Stung Treng. We journey across the Mekong River on Cambodian-Chinese Friendship bridge to Tala Borivat and on to one of the most remote Eco-tourism communities, Preah Rumkel where we will be welcomed in to a local family on the bank of the Mekong River for a traditional lunch. In the late afternoon, 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. Afterwards, 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 travel by road instead. 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. Tonight, you will camp on a sandy beach and enjoy sunset before dinner around a campfire.
*During wet season, camping is not available so we stay in a homestay instead.

Accommodation
  • Homestay/Tent (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 5
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 6
Stung Treng to Kratie. Cycling and Kayaking.

Depart Stung Treng by mountain bike along a scenic river route, passing through quiet villages and watching local river life and fishing. After 35 km, board kayaks for a 2-3 hours paddle on the Mekong in an area of numerous sandy islands and rare Mekong River Dolphins. End the kayaking at a deep dolphin pool where we will have a picnic lunch. After lunch, transfer by car to Kratie.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Stung Treng – Cycling tours 35km
  • Stung Treng – Kayaking
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 7

Kratie to Phnom Penh.
Today, we will transfer you to Cambodia capital city of Phnom Penh. We pass through Kampong Cham where we visit the bamboo bridge built across the mighty Mekong River connecting mainland to Koh Pen Island (dry season between Jan-May only). Before reaching Phnom Penh, 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. Have lunch on the road, returning to your Phnom Penh hotel between 3 and 5pm, depending on weather and traffic.

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

  • 5 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches: 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, 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
  • All equipment, including kayaks, dry bags, mountain bikes, backpacks, hammock tents.
  • Ratanakiri – Overnight Jungle Trekking
  • Stung Treng – Preah Rumkel Community Base Eco-tourism
  • Stung Treng – Mighty Mekong Falls
  • Stung Treng – Flooded Forests Kayaking
  • Stung Treng – Cycing along a scenic river route
  • Stung Treng – Dolphin Watching by kayak

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

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