Trek Rattanakiri

Routing: Phnom Penh - Rattanakiry - Phnom Penh

Best Highlights of the tour


A real “off-the-beaten-track” adventure, traveling to Cambodia's least-visited destinations. This trip combines nature and cultural experiences, with the chance to stay overnight in a minority village. One of the most remote and striking destinations in Cambodia, Rattanakiri in the North East is like no other place in the country. Pristine jungle, dazzling waterfalls and ethnic minority tribes combine to make this an interesting, adventurous and relaxing trip all at the same time. Trekking, swimming and talking to locals are all included, and our tour guides help to ensure that wherever you go, you are welcomed as a friend. Our private tours are designed to show travelers with limited time as much as possible of this fascinating country, and are led by a local tour leader or guide who can add insight to every stage of the journey.
A real “off-the-beaten-track” adventure, traveling to Cambodia's least-visited destinations. This trip combines nature and cultural experiences, with the chance to stay overnight in a minority village. One of the most remote and striking destinations in Cambodia, Rattanakiri in the North East is like no other place in the country. Pristine jungle, dazzling waterfalls and ethnic minority tribes combine to make this an interesting, adventurous and relaxing trip all at the same time. Trekking, swimming and talking to locals are all included, and our tour guides help to ensure that wherever you go, you are welcomed as a friend. Our private tours are designed to show travelers with limited time as much as possible of this fascinating country, and are led by a local tour leader or guide who can add insight to every stage of the journey.

Day 1: Arrival Phnom Penh
Arrive in Phnom Penh , meet and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure. In the evening we have a tour briefing and welcome dinner with Cambodian delicacies. Overnight in Phnom Penh .

Summary   
Transfer airport – hotel:      30 mins 
Meal:  Welcome dinner 
Accommodation:   Hotel in Phnom Penh 

Day 2: Phnom Penh – Kratie
After breakfast, we drive northeast toward the charming town of Kratie . On arrival we check in hotel. After lunch in local restaurant, we will take a river cruise to spot the rare freshwater dolphins on the Mekong . The rest of the time we are free to explore the town.  
Dinner and overnight in Kratie.

Summary   
Transfer: 5hrs 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation: Hotel in Kratie

Day 3: Kratie – Banlung
After breakfast, we depart to Banlung, the capital town of Rattanakiri, nicknamed “theRed City ” because of the omnipresent red soil. Check-in hotel in Ban Lung. Lunch in local restaurant.   
Start sightseeing with 4x4 vehicle on bumpy roads. Enjoy the beautiful scenery on the back of an elephant along lush vegetation to a small waterfall. Continue to “Yeak Loam” volcanic lake for a refreshing swim in the clear waters until sunset. 
Dinner at local restaurant .Overnight at Terres Rouge Hotel, standard room

Summary   
Transfer: 4 hrs
Elephant ride: 1hr 
Meals:    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation:  Hotel in Ban Lung  
 
Day 4: Trek to Kalai Village
Breakfast in the hotel before we start the trek to Ven Sai and Virachey also known as Phum Chen where we will meet different villages of tribal minorities. They live in small villages along the road that is running across the jungles, on the mountains, down the valleys. We may take a break for lunch at one of the villages on the way. After the lunch break we continue the trek to Kalai village which is approximately 20 km from Ban Lung. Dinner in the village. Overnight camping at Kalai village.

Summary   
Trekking:    20 km, jungle trails and village roads 
Meals:        Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation:     Camping in Kalai

Day 5: Trek to Vensai Village

Breakfast at the campsite. Today, we continue trekking toward Vensai. On the way, we will pass by a number of villages along the way; opportunities to interact with local people en route. As these villages are not too far from the modern town they therefore are more or less adopted to the way of living as the city dwellers. However, their houses could be signified as tribal style. Picnic lunch is served in a local village. After a long trekking day we could have now arrived at Vensai and Virachey that is just across the river from one another. Dinner in the village. Overnight camping at Vensai.

Summary 
Trekking:     20 km, village roads 
Meals:          Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation:    Camping in Vensai

Day 6: Trek to Borkeo Village
After breakfast we start exploring Vensai, one of the biggest minority villages in the area. Then we cross the river to Virachey which is about the same size as Vensai. Today we will meet different minority groups who live in isolated areas carrying on their traditions for hundreds of years. We continue with a transfer by ferry from Virachey to Andung Meas village which has long been famous for gold mines. The name Andung Meas means "the wells of gold". Lunch at Andung Meas. After lunch, we head to Bor Keo, the gem mine village in Rattanakiri. Dinner in the village. Overnight in Bor Keo.

Summary 
Trekking: 20 km, village roads 
Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation:  Camping

Day 7: Trek to Chrung Village
After breakfast we continue our trek to Chrung village passing different minority villages. Lunch break en route in local village. We end the day in Chrung Village . Dinner in Chrung Village . Overnight camping in Chrung.

Summary  
Trekking:  20 km, village roads 
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation: Camping in Chrung Village
 
Day 8: Trek to Ban Lung  
Today is the last day of our trek. After breakfast we head to Ban Lung Village and finish the trekking loop. Lunch break on the way in local village. We will reach Ban Lung in the late afternoon. Tonight, we will celebrate the success of our trekking journey by buffet dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Ban lung.

Summary
Trekking:  25 km, village roads 
]Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation: Hotel in Ban Lung Town 

Day 9: Drive to Kompong Cham   
After breakfast, we depart for Kompong Cham. On the way we visit to Chup, a rubber plantation. Arrive in Kompong Cham at 5 pm. Lunch and dinner at local restaurant  
Overnight at the Mekong Hotel, standard room (website: Under construction)

Summary  
Transfer: 7hrs 
Meal:    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation:  Mekong Hotel in Kompong Cham

Day 10: Kompong Cham – Phnom Penh
After breakfast at local restaurant, we visit to Wat Kohear Nokor, a temple dating from the 11th century and at a village with its pagoda where you will observe the daily life of the monks. Lunch at local restaurant. We will arrival to Phnom Penh in early afternoon. Check in hotel and relax at leisure. Farewell dinner at FCC restaurant. Overnight in hotel.  

Summary  
Transfer: 2hrs 
Meal:    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation:  Hotel in Phnom Penh

Day 11: Departure 
Transfer to the airport for departure flight. Trip ends.

Summary
Transfer hotel – airport:      30 mins 
Meal: Breakfast

Note on client safety
We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.

Group size Price guide (USD/person)

Services and Activities included:

• Hotel base on twin shared
• Twin shared tent at the campsite
• All transfer by AC vehicle
• Elephant ride in Ban Lung
• English speaking guide
• Meals as indicated in the program
• All entrance fees as specified in program
• One bottle of drinking water per day
• First-aid kit


Tour Exclusions:

• Visa
• International airticket & airport tax
• Travel insurance
• Personal expenses

Duration: 11 days, 10 nights 
Group size: 08 persons 
Depart from: Phnom Penh 
End at: Phnom Penh 
When:    Year round 
Activities: Trekking, Culture Exploration 
Trekking grade: Moderate to Challenging 
Transport: AC vehicle, on foot 
Accommodation: hotel & camping 
Tour guide: English speaking guide  
 
Meals:  
- Day 1: Welcome Dinner 
- Day 2 – 10: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
- Day 11: Breakfast  
 Food
All meals, which are indicated in the itinerary, are included in the price of this trip. In big towns we will enjoy Khmer cuisine in fine restaurants. Once we travel away from big towns, the emphasis will be on healthy and nutritious fresh local produce.
Please inform us at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirement.
Hotel & Camping
In Phnom Penh we use the finest 3-star hotels with centre location. Please contact us if you prefer higher hotel category.
In remote area we use the best hotel or guest house available.
Our campsite would be at either scenic site or near local villages. You will be provided with double tent, air mattress, mosquito net, sleeping bag or blanket. Shower is available at the campsite.
Our tour guide
The tour will be guided by one of our local tour guides who is experienced in guiding trekking tours in Rattanakiri. He is from this area and has been carefully trained to be a guide. He is also fully licensed in tour guiding by the government. In addition, he has been trained in first-aid and he knows how to deal with difficult situations. You will have a great time traveling with him.
The trekking day
A typical trekking day start at about 8.30 am after breakfast. Lunch times can vary depending on the terrain. We aim to reach the next overnight stop by 4.30 or 5. During the trek we will have short breaks for rest, snack and photographing.
What to bring 
Trekking boot, sun block, hat, anti-insect repellent, sunglasses, sleeping bag (optional), rain coat, flash-light, toiletries, original passport.
Note on client safety
We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.

Tour at Glance

Trip Duration:

9 days 8 nights


Activity:

Culture Tour, Trekking,


Group size:

Min: 1

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Max: 12


Transportation:


Physical Grading:

Accommodation:


  • Day by Day Program:


    Day 1: Arrival in Phnom Penh 
    Day 2: Drive to Kratie 
    Day 3: Drive to Ban Lung 
    Day 4: Trek to Kalai 
    Day 5: Trek to Vensai 
    Day 6: Trek to Borkeo 
    Day 7: Trek to Chrung 
    Day 8: Trek back to Ban Lung
    Day 9: Drive to Kompong Cham 
    Day 10: Back to Phnom Penh 
    Day 11: Departure 

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