Koh Han Island is well away from tourist traps, and well worth it. An hour from Stung Treng, Koh Han Island is host to biodiverse forest, wetlands and a myriad of beautiful birds. This sandy island, on the mighty Mekong provides a taste of what rural island Cambodia is all about. Ladies run the show here with more than half of the community-run project headed by women. The community are culturally influenced by Laos, with Laotion the main language on Koh Han. You can day trip, boat trip or stay overnight. Choose Koh Han Island for delicious food and amazing forest and wetland scenery.
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.
Escape the urban rush and experience the unique culture of the Tampuan tribal villages. By immersing yourself in local culture you will gain a deeper understanding of rural life in Cambodia. Learn about the spiritual significance that the Yeak Laom region holds for the Tampuan, try your hand at traditional crafts, and sample the local cuisine over dinner with your hosts. The Yeak Laom is perfect place to reconnect with nature. You can explore the local landscapes and protected wildlife areas, or swim in the crater lake, before discovering waterfalls hidden amongst the jungle.
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.