Seima Protection Forest
This 3000-sq-km protected area may host the country’s greatest treasure trove of mammalian wildlife. A recent World Conservation Society (WCS) study counted over 42,000 black-shanked doucs in Seima, the world’s largest concentration, along with 2500 yellow- cheeked crested gibbons.
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.
The final frontier as far as Mondulkiri goes, this village in the far north of the province is a strategic place on the challenging overland route between Sen Monorom and Ratanakiri Province. Thanks to a new (unsealed) road covering the 93km from Sen Monorom, Koh Nhek is not quite the remote outpost it once was. An Acleda Bank (no ATM) is a sign of changing times.