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Northeastern Cambodia/Cambodia

Introducing Northeastern Cambodia

The northeast is one of the wildest regions in Cambodia. The provinces of Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri are home to some of Cambodia’s most beautiful landscapes, as well as tigers, leopards and elephants. You can plod through the jungle to secret waterfalls on elephant back, and to glimpse the rare Irrawaddy dolphins in the Mekong River. Or you can live the wild life in the northeast, as the area is home to ethnic minority groups known as Khmer Loeu (Upper Khmer) or chunchiet. Different dialects, different lifestyles and different looks – these people are a world away from their lowland neighbours. It’s not for everyone, which also means it’s far from the madding crowds of Siem Reap.

There are no longer regular fast boat services on this stretch of the Mekong, as new roads and cheap buses have picked off all the punters.