Visit an elephant sanctuary, seek Irrawaddy dolphins and visit ethnic communities.

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Visit an elephant sanctuary

Interact with local tribal communities

Seek rare Irrawaddy dolphins

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Day by day Itinerary

Eastern Cambodia Explorer

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Day 1


On arrival transfer to your hotel. Cambodia’s capital is a bustling city, located at the confluence of the mighty Mekong and Tonlé Sap Rivers.

Day 2


This morning, depart Phnom Penh for Mondulkiri. Along the way, stop at Skoun, famous for its curious roadside snacks including grilled insects. Stop at the Nokor Bachey Temple in Kampong Cham, where a modern temple and Angkor-era remnants sit side by side. Have lunch along the Mekong River before continuing to Sen Monorom. (B)(L)

Day 3


Depart at 7:30am for the Elephant Valley Project, a sanctuary for elephants within a 16,000 hectare reserve. You may see elephants in a semi-wild state in the reserve and learn about the work involved in keeping the sanctuary running. (B)(L)

Day 4


This morning visit Bousra Ecopark. After a safety briefing, take a series of progressively higher ziplines through the forest at the edge of a spectacular two-tiered waterfall. Join a local Bunong guide for a short trek through the forest learning about the different plants that tribal people use. On the way back to town, stop at a jungle lookout and enjoy lunch at The Coffee Plantation. Learn about some of Mondulkiri’s cool climate crops and perhaps pick up some coffee. (B)(L)

Day 5


Visit the Eisan Reclining Buddha Pagoda, which offers panoramic views of Banlung. Head out to several nearby waterfalls, including Cha Ong, Katieng and Kachanh where weather and water levels permitting you can swim at the base of the falls. Visit Yeak Laom, an almost perfectly circular jungle lake created by a volcanic eruption around 700,000 years ago. (B)(L)

Day 6


Today explore the rural tribal communities that live in the Ratanakiri countryside. Depending on the season (and road conditions), visit the Tampoun or Kroeung tribal villages where these ethnic minorities still largely live traditional lifestyles. (B)(L)

Day 7


On the way from Banlung to Kratie, stop to visit Wat Sorsor Mouy, the so-called ‘100 Pillars Pagoda’. In the grounds is a small Turtle Conservation Center, involved in the conservation of some of Cambodia’s endangered river turtles. Explore Kratie town on arrival and enjoy lunch at Le Tonle Tourism Training Centre. This evening there is free time to enjoy the famous Kratie Mekong sunsets. (B)(L)

Day 8


This morning, enjoy a ride around Koh Trong, located just across the Mekong River from Kratie. This island displays typical Cambodian village life, where people’s livelihood largely depends on rice farming and fruit cultivation. After lunch, stop in the village Kampi and take a local boat to seek out the rare Irrawaddy dolphin. (B)

Day 9


Today head back to Phnom Penh. Stop at the charming riverside town of Chhlong, with its many French colonial houses, including the boutique hotel Relais de Chhlong for lunch. Also visit Wat Moha Leap, one of only a handful of wooden temples that escaped destruction by the Khmer Rouge. (B)(L)

Day 10


After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)

NOTE Elephant Valley closed on weekends.

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