Around Sen Monorom
In addition to the waterfalls listed below, look out for a newly accessible Kbal Phei waterfall, in the jungle some 20km northwest of town. Follow the signs to Angkor Forest Guesthouse and keep going on the new road (which had not quite yet been completed at the time of writing).
Seima Protected Forest
The 3000-sq-km Seima Protected Forest may host the country’s greatest treasure trove of mammalian wildlife. Besides unprecedented numbers of black-shanked doucs and yellow-cheeked crested gibbons, an estimated 150 wild elephants – accounting for more than half of the total population in Cambodia – roam the park, along with bears and seven species of cat.
The final frontier as far as Mondulkiri goes, this village in the far north of the province is a strategic place on the overland route between Sen Monorom and Ratanakiri Province. This is traditionally where the road from Sen Monorom ended and the cattle track to Lumphat (in Ratanankiri) began.
Welcome to the Wild East, where the gold rush lives on. Mimong district is famous for its gold mines and this has drawn speculators from as far away as Vietnam and China. Miners descend into the pits on ancient mine carts that are connected to dodgy-looking winches, sometimes going to a depth of 100m or more.