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Take a boat trip around the islands of Koh Samseb and see how this part of the Mekong is made up of thousands of small islands, secret riverways, and riverbanks with pristine white sand. Stop for a swim, have a picnic and watch fishermen at work. In the late afternoon, return to dry land for overnight with a local family in a local homestay, or, for adventure seekers, pitch a tent and set up camp overnight on a sandy riverbank and enjoy dinner cooked on a campfire.
Phnom Kulen National Park was recognised back in 1993. Currently, the park is under management by the Department of Environment. Phnom Kulen National Park covers five different community protected areas: Phnum Kdouchv, Klar Kmum, Po Pel, Anlong Thom and Ta Penh. There five communities rely directly on the park for their livelihoods.
Ou Choam Ecotourism Community is a magic place where those wishing to disconnect from a busy city love to come to relax, enjoy the natural beauty of this place and enjoy the hospitality of a rural community that lives in one of the most remote parts of Cambodia. High up at 2,600m above sea level, you will be wow'd by the unspoilt virgin forests, surprisingly fresh climate and easily accessible hiking tracks that lead you further into the forest that surrounds these villages. The Ou Choam Waterfall is one of the hidden gems, waiting for you to refresh yourself after a busy day.
7km northwest of Banlung town, Katieng Waterfall is a classic Ratanakiri favourite. The top pool of water cascades down over a rock shelf into a large pool below. Admire the forest views from the top or take the wooden stairs down for a dip at the bottom. The water is cooling, and the large rock face allows you to sit behind the waterfall as it flows from the top. Katieng Waterfall is managed by the local Indigenous community and the small entry fee supports the nearby villages.
Kachang Waterfall, also spelt Kachanh, is a 12m natural waterfall – typical of Ratanakiri province. Around 5km’s from Banlung town the Kachang Waterfall is surrounded by a mixture of large and small trees. Follow the steps down the waters edge, wander across the wooden bridge and admire the cascading water before taking a dip in the bottom pool. Face away from the waterfall and feast your eyes on rain forest flora. There are plenty of hammocks to chill out in too. Kachang Waterfall is a no-fuss waterfall of Ratanakiri province.