Staying at our house you will experience real tranquillity. Here the sounds of the birds and the nature are still those of the forest.
Staying at our house you will experience real tranquillity. The sounds of the birds and the nature are still those of the forest. Just staying there after exhausting travelling will calm you down and is a balm to the soul.
You can hike through the surrounding hills of Phnum Sway, the Mango-Mountain, ride a motorbike or cycle to natural attractions such as waterfalls and the Yeak Laom (Lat:13.728629,Long: 107.015491) lake close by.
The house was built solely from wood and bamboo in 2003, but we had to change skin and roof to wood and tiles later.
The garden has Bananas, Mangos, Avocados, Cashews ... at your disposal. All you can eat- depending on the season.
There is no luxury. Mat and mosquito net is all we can provide. Water is from a natural spring about 60 m away from the house. You can shower there and water is also carried back to the house. Near the house there is a small concrete bath room with a view and a WC.
A local NGO Human and Health are starting to set up eco-tourism for income generation for their activities. They will be arranging what you need for your stay. H&H are working with the Provincial Health Department in TB control. May be accompanying them to villages in Ratanakiri for activities such as awareness raising of case detection can be arranged. Mr. Nimith from H&H can also provide information for conservation tours to the national parks in Ratanakiri. phone:012 77 60 03
Our neighbour Mr. Pring can provide very good rice beer from the jar and arrange to play gongs if you are enough people.
Ratanakiri is located in the North East of Cambodia. It borders Laos to the North, Viet Nam in the East, Mondulkiri Province in the South and Steung Treng Province to the West. Ratanakiri is one of the largest provinces of Cambodia but with a low population density and a total population of only 170.000 people. (However the population has doubled within the past 20 years)
The soil on the plateau is red lateritic soil as in many parts of the central highlands of Viet Nam. Rubber had been planted here since the colonial times and is now experiencing a large boom again. Commercial agricultural industries are more and more replacing traditional ways of farming and alter the landscape of the province.
The area was quite isolated from the rest of the world until the 2nd Indochina war, when the Ho Chi Minh trail had to be built and the province became a target for fierce bombing and battles. The forests of Ratanakiri also provided shelter for the first Khmer Rouge (KR) leaders during the late 1960s when they were still a small and neglectable group.
After the KR, during the civil war in the 1980s and beginning of the 1990s Ratanakiri remained cut off from the southern provinces of Cambodia. It was mainly reached by land through Viet Nam or by air from Phnom Penh and Steung Treng. Infrastructure to the south on road 78 and road 7 was bad and unsecure, with KR groups operating in Steung Treng, Kratie and Mondulkiri.
The people of Ratanakiri are still by majority indigenous people of several different groups with distinct languages. Culturally they are more related to other indigenous groups in Laos and Viet Nam than to the Cambodian Khmer population. Indigenous people have an animist believe system that is still very much represented in their customs.
Ratanakiri is a hub to Laos and the Central Highlands
In 2001 travelling via road to Phnom Penh still took 3 days, often taking a boat on the Mekong between Steung Treng and Kompong Cham. Today its only 8 hours from Phnom Penh, and 2 hours from Steung Treng and the Lao border.
Today Ratanakiri is a hub in the triangle Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam. There are daily busses to Pleiku (three hours). If you start at 7:00 in Ban Lung, Ratanakiri you can be at the sea in Quy Nhon (Latitude 13.745930, Longitude 109.214401), Viet Nam in the afternoon at about 15:00 via the famous road No 13 through the central highlands. From Pleiku you can take a night bus to Ho Chi Minh city or Danang, Hue, Nha Trang arriving there in the morning the next day.
Busses to Quy Nhon – Viet Nam: 0886781799 ; 0972 672780
Busses to Gia Lai (Pleiku)-Viet Nam: 097 632 151; 097 9589 476
Better you have someone speak Khmer or Vietnamese when calling those numbers ;-) Send me an e.mail and I can try to arrange the bus from here;-)
Vans to Phnom Penh, Mr. Bona: 012 923 290 (English ok)
The house is dedicated as a memory to Nguyen Ngoc Giau, my first wife who passed away some years ago. The garden with its fruit trees and the atmosphere are her creation.
Banlung, Ratanakiri, Kambodzsa