The Eastern Highland: Kratie – Mondulkiri – Ratanakiri

The majestic Irrawaddy dolphin, enchanting wildlife, and legendary volcanic crater lake

The Eastern Highland: Kratie - Mondulkiri - Ratanakiri

From the famous Mekong Irrawaddy dolphins to sticky rice, the less-visited province of Kratie has plenty to enjoy outside of Angkor Wat. Hub of remote, fascinating Mondulkiri province, Sen Monorom lies close to the spectacular Bou Sra Waterfalls as well as numerous ethnic minority villages, forest hiking, Jahoo Gibbon, and a heartwarming elephant rescue centre “Elephant Valley Project”. Ratanakiri is home to the tranquil volcanic lake of Yeak Laom near the town of Banlung, where you can swim in the refreshing turquoise waters.
Where to visit and things to do?
  • Kratie:Taking a cruise to spot the famous Mekong Irrawaddy dolphins is a must-do in Kratie. Try some famous bamboo sticky rice "Kralan", local delicacy. Discover the 100-Pillar Pagoda (or locally known as Wat Sorsor Muoy Roi), one of the most beautiful temples in Cambodia. From there, visit the Mekong Turtle Conservation Centre - dedicated to saving the endangered freshwater Cantor’s giant softshell turtle. If you have time, embark on a Koh Trong Island exploration by bicycle.
  • Mondulkiri:Day tour to the elephant sanctuary to get up close and personal with these majestic creatures in their natural habitat or trek around the Jahoo Gibbon. Day tour to explore Phnong indigenous community & Bou Sra Waterfall. Enjoy a cup of fresh coffee and walk through the plantation. Enjoy the magnificent view from a hilltop known for its view of the ‘Sea Forest’ or witness Mondulkiri’s best sunset vista from Wat Phnom Doh Kromom.
  • Ratanakiri:Plunge into the ethereal green waters of Yeak Loam - the legendary 4,000-year-old volcanic crater lake.

**How to get there: Phnom Penh to Kratie (340 km, 6-hour drive); Kratie to Mondulkiri (205 km, 3.30-hour drive); Mondulkiri to Ratanakiri (150 km, 2.30-hour drive); Phnom Penh to Mondulkiri (375 km, 7-hour drive).
**Recommended time required: At least four to five days to adequately explore all of the main sites.

Tours & Experiences in The Eastern Highland


Cambodia’s Eastern Charms

5 Days 4 Nights
Mondulkiri, Kratie
Swim at the spectacular Bou Sra Waterfalls
Explore the heartwarming elephant rescue center “Elephant Valley Project”
Visit an indigenous village, the coffee plantation, and beautiful landscapes
Spot rare Mekong Irrawaddy dolphins in Kratie

Ultimate Cambodian Adventure

23 Days 22 Nights
Phnom Penh, Mondulkiri, Kratie, Kampong Thom, Siem Reap, Battambang, Koh Kong, Kampot/Kep, Sihanoukville
Embark on an ultimate journey of discovering the Wonders of Cambodia through the heart of Cambodia, a land of ancient temples, vibrant culture, wonderful nature & wildlife, and resilient people.