After breakfast in Kratie, We continue to the north on the new National Highway 7 towards Stung Treng. We stop for a local lunch along the way, before veering east towards the red earth of Rattanakiri. We cross the Srepok River along the way, the river depicted in the seminal war film Apocalypse Now,
where Martin Sheen travels upriver into Cambodia in search of renegade Colonel Kurtz, played by Marlon Brando.
We arrive in Banlung in time to enjoy the refreshing waters of the beautiful crater lake of Yeak Loam, set amid a pocket of lush jungle. The crystal clear water is cool and refreshing after the short walk and there may be some local children cooling off. We then return to Banlung and spend the night in a comfortable local hotel.
Day 4: Banlung-Seven-step waterfall of Sean Lay [B-L-]
Today we travel to a remote area of Ratanakiri province to see traditional gem mining. Ratanakiri – ratanak means precious stones, kiri means hills – is famous for its semi-precious stones and do-it-yourself mining is an important industry in the province. We see the old-fashioned mining techniques and may have a chance to see some uncut stones. We then continue to the seven-step waterfall of Sean Lay, one of the most beautiful in the province. We enjoy a picnic here and leave plenty of time to enjoy a swim. Later, we return to Banlung.
Overnight in Banlung