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North Eastern Cambodia Explorer (8 Days)


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North Eastern Cambodia Explorer

The northeast of Cambodia is one of the country’s wildest yet remarkable regions. The area is home to some stunning landscapes full of crater lakes, unexplored jungle and astonishing natural beauty,  as well as amazing flora and fauna such as tigers, leopards, elephants and rare freshwater dolphins. Carpe Diem developed this unequalled 8-day tour to introduce you to this ravishing, remote part of Cambodia and its extraordinary inhabitants!

Several distinct ethnic groups with different dialects, different lifestyles and different looks live in small villages scattered across this remote region. The Northeastern Explorer trip is handcrafted to give you all the time and opportunity you need to really get to know these remarkable people and experience their everyday life. You will undoubtedly receive a warm welcome!

The ‘Wild East’ is truly of the beaten tourist trail and that makes this unique trip with Carpe Diem an even more awe-inspiring experience. The tour starts off in the capital of Phnom Penh, with a visit to the Tuol Sleng museum and the Killing fields to learn a little more about the dark period in recent Cambodian history that was the civil war, after which Carpe Diem will take you in northeastern direction for this adventure of a lifetime. You will explore the sometimes rugged terrain, meet wonderful people, eat delicious local food, enjoy breathtaking views of the gorgeous landscape, experience rural Cambodian life for yourself and spend your nights in special places like eco-residences or at home with kind hearted minority tribe families. Book the Northeastern Explorer tour for an original, unforgettable holiday. You won’t be disappointed with the North Eastern Cambodia Explorer!

Do you want to know more? Read the day to day itinerary:

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    Day 1
    You arrive at Phnom Penh airport in the morning, where our representative will meet you to transfer you to your hotel. In the afternoon you visit Tuol Sleng, a former Khmer Rouge interrogation camp located in an old school, and the Killing Fields. During the civil war, many people lost their lives at this historic site that is immortalised in the film with the same name.

    Day 2
    You depart for Kratie by private car. There are a few short stops on this 5 hour journey. In the afternoon, a private boat will take you to spot rare freshwater dolphins in the Mekong River. Kratie is the only place in Cambodia where they can be seen. You’ll spend the night at a homestay on a small island in the Mekong, where you will meet local people and learn all about their life and customs. You also have the opportunity to take a cycle tour around the island, meeting local people and tasting delicious fresh fruit. (Cycle trip must be requested in advance)

    Day 3
    Today you travel along an unsealed road to the capital of the Rattanakiri province, Banlung. You will see beautiful landscapes and some large pepper plantations on your way. After rice production, pepper is the main source of income in this region. On arrival, you check in at an eco-resort with a swimming pool, which is the former residence of the Governer of Rattanakiri. After a delicious lunch, we take you on a 45-minute scenic walk to explore the crater lake of Boeng Yeak Lom with its beautiful crystal clear water.

    Day 4
    Your private car brings you to the Virachy National Park, passing a number of Kreung (minority tribe) villages build in the bamboo forest. A small private boat takes you to some more remote villages where a simple packed lunch will be enjoyed. We walk back to the boat departure point, a scenic walk of approximately two hours on fairly flat terrain. Afterwards we return to Banlung, where a leisurely stroll through town concludes the day.

    Day 5
    We get off the beaten track today, by hiking for approximately 5 hours (fairly easy grade) through the countryside, passing through minority villages. The area has a huge diversity of animal and plant species, including slow loris, macaque and even the stunning (but shy) clouded leopard. You will enjoy a packed lunch along the way and arrive late in the afternoon in one of the villages, where you spend the night and have the opportunity to get to know local people and experience their way of life.

    Day 6
    A car wil pick you up from the village for your return to Banlung. The afternoon can be spend relaxing by the pool or taking a dip in the clear blue water of Boeng Yeak Lom lake.

    Day 7
    In the morning we visit the local market, where all kinds of exotic fruits are sold – some of which you may never have seen before. People from all different minority tribes in the area come here every morning to buy and sell. Afterwards we set off for Phnom Penh. Lunch will be served at a small restaurant along the way and there will be plenty of stops to stretch your legs and enjoy the beautiful scenery. You arrive at the capital in the evening.

    Day 8
    Transfer to the airport.


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The investment for this private trip will be Eur € 975 per person for 2 people sharing a twin or double room in our personally selected accommodations along the way.
And it includes;

  • Bed and breakfast accommodation
  • Airport transfer
  • All tourtransportation (excluding flight)
  • All touradmissions
  • English speaking local guide
  • Service of a representative

As this is a private trip you can start on any day you like, provided there is hotel availability.

I’ve greatly appreciated the planning that’s gone into making this trip so meaningful
Barbara Johnston, New Zealand