Mondulkiri
Destination
4 Days
Duration
Min. 2 People
Group Size
Medium
Physicality

HIGHLIGHTS


Travel to the heartland of the Mondulkiri province, home to the Phnong indigenous tribe, beautiful hilly scenery, elephants and varied birdlife, through the lush green landscape, passing cassava, pepper and rubber plantations along the way. Visit Pulung village – home to the Phnong indigenous tribe, and learn about their community and customs from a local guide. Enjoy an easy trek through the valley and continue to the scenic two-tiered waterfall, Bou Sraa. Spend a full day at the Elephant Valley Project (ELIE), an ecotourism project that provides an alternative approach to elephant care, rehabilitation and conservation. Heading back to Phnom Penh form Mondulkiri, stop by rubber plantation, Kampong Cham and “the Spider Village” of Skun.


TOUR NOTE:


TOUR NOTE:

  • Comfortable lightweight clothing and soft-soled walking shoes with low or no heels are suitable.
  • For protection from sun, it is suggested you carry a sunhat and sunglasses.

Additional information

Best Travel MonthNovember to February
Travel TypesAdventure, Culture, Escape, Package Tour, Trekking, Wildlife

DAY 1: PHNOM PENH / MONDULKIRI

Depart Phnom Penh this morning as you head to Mondulkiri. Travel time will be 7-8 hours (375 Km) including stops en route for lunch. The journey is scenic with rice fields, buffalos being washed, the land being ploughed, other typical village life, and rubber plantations can be seen on the drive. Feel free to stop at any time and take some photos!

Upon arrival Sen Monorom proceed to your hotel for check-in. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Accommodation: Overnight at Mondulkiri
Meals: Lunch


DAY 2: MONDULKIRI / JUNGLE TREKKING TO TRIBE VILLAGE

Begin the day with a visit to Pulung village – home to the Phnong indigenous community. A local guide will explain the culture and way of life for his tribe. A local Phnong guide will help your interaction with the indigenous people. Then continue easy to moderate trekking. The distance is 8km through the valley and up and down small hills to reach a pretty waterfall before following the trail to the main road.

From there it is a 30 minute drive to Bou Sra Waterfall, a particularly scenic two-tier waterfall and the largest in Cambodia. Cascading some 10m on the first tier and 25m on the second the waterfall is a popular spot for local tourists and the handful of westerners that reach this area. Enjoy a simple local lunch on picnic mats with views of the waterfall.

After lunch drive back towards Sen Monorom and stop at a coffee plantation. Enjoy a cup of fresh coffee and walk through the plantation. The final stop of the day is a hilltop known for its view of the ‘Sea Forest’. As you stand on the top of the hill and look across the rolling hills it really does appear you are ‘all at sea’ with the hills appearing like waves! Enjoy sunset from the hill before returning to your hotel.

Accommodation: Overnight at Mondulkiri
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


DAY 3: MONDULKIRI / FULL DAY AT ELEPHANT VALLEY PROJECT

This morning take a 30-minute drive to the Elephant Valley Project or “ELIE”. ELIE is an an ecotourism project that provides an alternative approach to elephant care, rehabilitation and conservation and registered as an NGO. The focus is on letting elephants by themselves and is no riding of elephants is permitted.

After an introductory briefing descend to the valley and find the elephants grazing or bathing and being themselves. Many of the 12 or so elephants at the project were maltreated and rescued from tourist-related enterprises in Cambodia whilst others the Phnong mahouts are not able to take care of their animals and stay at the project in order that the elephants receive better care.

A normal day considers of observing the animals in the morning, an extended lunch break followed by an afternoon with the elephants in an alternative location. It is the opportunity to learn about their stories and what is required to make to take care of them and nurse them back to health and being a real elephant and not one trained to carry humans on its back for entertainment. The location is very relaxing as you wander up and down small hills, into the valley and along streams and is suitable for anyone with good mobility. (Note: a visit to the ELIE project is only possible Mon-Fri. At the weekend the elephants head off to a distant site to relax, eat bamboo and no visits are possible.)

Accommodation: Overnight at Mondulkiri
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


DAY 4: MONDULKIRI / PHNOM PENH

After breakfast depart for Phnom Penh. You will make some stops along the way to see Michelin’s old rubber plantation and Wat Nokor, an 11th-century Mahayana Buddhist shrine of sandstone and laterite. After lunch at a local restaurant in Kampong Cham town, continue on your journey to Phnom Penh.

Your final stop is at Skun “the Spider Village”, where fried tarantula vending as a snack. This place is a popular attraction for tourists passing through. The spiders are caught in the soft ground of the surrounding countryside and dug out of their burrows. It’s good for photo taking, testing is not compulsory.
Arrive into Phnom Penh in the late afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

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TOUR PRICES (US DOLLARS) IS AS FOLLOW:


TOUR PRICE: Upon Request

INCLUSIONS:
– Accommodation with daily breakfast
– Transportation by a private a/c vehicle
– Private English speaking tour guides
– Overland transfer with driver only (No guide) where specified.
– Meals as indicated in the itinerary
– Admission fees as mentioned in the itinerary
– Local bottled water while sightseeing
– All government taxes and service charge

EXCLUSIONS:
– Tips for guides & drivers
– Personal expenses
– Travel insurances
– All airfares and airport tax
– Drinks during lunch/dinner and other additional order on spot (if any)
– Optional tours/services

Child Policy:
– Below 5 years old – Free of charge
– From 5 to 11 years old – 50% charge of adult price
– From 12 years old & up – Adult price will be applied

Elephants at Elephant Valley Project
Bousra Waterfall Mondulkiri
Elephant Bathing at Mondulkiri
Charming Tribe Party