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.
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.
The Community Protected Area (CPA) of Mondul Yorn was set up in 2004 with the support of SCW. To help local communities to diversify income and prevent further logging of timber in 2013 a community based ecototourism element was introduced. The site is based in a remote O’Tabok river on the outskirts of Virachey National Park. It is an ideal site for those seeking to explore remote and unspoiled part of Cambodia
Yeak Laom lake has been officially managed by the Tampuan community since 1998 when provincial authorities in Ratanakiri granted a 25-year agreement for local management. Since then, members from each of the five villages of Yeak Laom have been responsible for protecting and managing the lake including forest patrols, tourist services, and waste management.
The lake is 800m in diameter and 50m deep with clean and clear water. It is surrounded by a natural forest area, which is home to an array flora and fauna. Small schools of fish are often sighted at the banks of the lake whilst exotic birds, such as kingfishers, can be seen darting across the water during sunset. When you visit the lake today, you can walk and swim at the lake, or choose a cultural tour or homestay to learn more about Tampuan culture and custom whilst supporting the local community.
The lake is very busy and noisy during Cambodian national holidays, so if you want to experience the natural tranquillity of this place avoid visiting during public holidays.