Phnom Penh > Kratie > Stung Treng > Ratanakiri > Mondulkiri > Phnom Penh
Discover the beautiful northern provinces of Cambodia in this adventure packed 10 days of exploration. With a mix of time spent on and around the mighty Mekong River and exploring jungles including at a unique elephant rescue project you will have memories to last a lifetime.
Arriving from and departing from Phnom Penh we to escape the city and start by heading to the province and charming town of Kratie, home of the rare and endangered Irrawaddy Dolphins. We visit peaceful river islands and discover amazing riverine systems. We then head to Stung Treng and see the changing nature of the Mekong and the way its shapes daily life. Onwards we travel to Ratanakiri and discover this remote province famous for its gems and mountains.
The final destination is Mondulkiri and here you will discover beautiful water falls set in incredible jungle landscapes. Spend time feeding, swimming and interacting with a heard of rescued elephants deep within a tropical valley forged by a mountain stream.
With time spent taking in this ancient culture as well as the breathtaking Mekong River and remote jungles we think this package is a must do for those looking to discover more of Cambodia.
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|TRAVEL STYLE||Private getaway perfect for couples, families, friends or the solo adventurer.|
|SERVICE LEVEL||Superior level of accommodation and your Green Cultural Guide will ensure your holiday is worry free and your tours unforgettable.|
|PHYSICAL RATING||Great for people of all ages and but a reasonable level of fitness is required. From exploring river islands to jungle Waterfalls and riverine systems there is something for everyone to discover and enjoy. Included in the package is a visit to the Mondulkiri Project which is an elephent sanctuary and is a 20 minute walk into and out of. In the wet season due care must be taken,|
|TRIP TYPE||Private Package|
What’s Included ?
- Nine night’s accommodation in double/twin shared room
- Breakfast at your overnight hotel
- Private guide
- All transfers in private A/C vehicle
- Private boat tour for river experience
- Private boat tour for waterfall exploration
- 7 Picnic lunches at all remote locations
- Entry to the Mondulkiri Project (elephant rescue centre and jungle santuary)
- Sunset river cruise and dinner
- Morning tea on all private tours
- Chilled water during your transfers
- All government taxes excluding Visa.
- All packages booked within the Peak season includes a gala dinner either on Christmas Day or New Tears Eve at your Hotel or if you package does not include these dates on a night of the guests choosing.
- Upgraded air conditioned private vehicle
- Local boat transfer to Koh Trong Island
- Private local boats for river exploration
Your Seection of Hotels
If the hotel shown is not available we reserve the right to provide an alternative comparable hotel. If you are not satisfied with the available alternative then Guests may cancel their booking and receive a full refund,
Pricing Per Guest (USD)
Excluding triple share, where adult groups are an odd number of guests then prices are based on twin share plus one single room.
Day 1: Kratie
Phnom Penh > Kratie (B)
Welcome to Phnom Penh and Cambodia the Kingdom of Wonder. You will be warmly greeted by your Green Cultural Travel guide and we need depart Phnom Penh by no later than 11am. We will be travelling to the northeast to the province and town of Kratie following the mighty Mekong River. We will pass through rice fields, traditional villages and beautiful landscapes before we arrive at the little known but charming riverside town.
Overnight Koh Trong Island or Kratie town
Note: Guests can elect to stay on the island of Koh Trong which is opposite the town of Kratie, assessable by a short river crossing and should note the information below.
1) Rajabori Resort on Koh Trong Island provides electric fans only but is in a beautiful garden setting.
2) Ly Cheu & Luck Life World hotel within Kratie provides air-conditioned rooms.
Day 2: Kratie
Today we explore Kratie starting with a visit to Wat Roka Kandal, a beautifully restored 18th century pagoda in a style not found anywhere else in Cambodia. A must do, is to sample the favorite local snack Krolan, which is sticky rice mixed with coconut, beans and cooked in bamboo tubes. We then continue to cross the majestic Mekong River by local boat to Koh Trong which is a beautiful quiet island opposite the riverfront of Kratie town. You can choose to take a bike on this easy flat path or horse and cart to take in the traditional houses, tropical gardens and farms. As part of our commitment to local communities we are planting a tree on the island for each guest and you are free to participate or leave it to us and the locals.
We then descend to the river and take a boat to Kampi where we hope to see the rare and endangered Irawaddi Dolphin. The area of Kampi on the Mekong River is a stunning natural environment and the sunset over the river can be spectacular.
Overnight Koh Trong Island or Kratie
Day 3: Stung Treng
Kratie > Stung Treng (B & Picnic Lunch)
After breakfast we leave Kratie and continue to the northeast through the province of Stung Treng.
Your guide will take you on an exploration of Koh Han island by local boat and this is a great way to see the locals whose lives are shaped by this mighty river. The landscapes are unique with trees growing out from the river with their root systems exposed. You can continue to explore around Koh Han by boat or kayaks are available to take in the fresh air and stunning landscapes finishing again with a river sunset.
Overnight Stung Treng
Day 4: Ratanakiri
Stung Treng > Ratanakiri (B & Picnic Lunch)
After breakfast we continuing to the province of Ratanakiri or the popular nicknamed “Red City” because of the omnipresent literate. Take in the impressive Sopheakmet Waterfall, the biggest waterfall along the Mekong River in all of Cambodia. It’s located just inside Pheah Vihear Province and near the Cambodian-Laos International Border. This waterfall is significant as it thwarted the grand plans of the French and now marks the Lao border. During the dry season, we can access the falls by boat but during the wet season, we have to leave the boat and continue by foot through forests on a 3.5km round journey to view the mighty Mekong falls. We can also take the boat across the river to visit Hang Khone, which is the southernmost tip of Laos. The French used this as a ferry port where goods were transferred from trains before they continued by river. We will arrive late afternoon to Banlung the provincial capital of Ratanakiri and your base for the next days of adventure.
Upon arrival, you can swim in the refreshing waters of the beautiful Yeak Loam (Volcanic Lake) located in the middle of a crater of a long extinct volcano. We continue through lush jungle landscapes before ending our day at a local exhibition center that specializes in the artworks of ethnic minorities.
Day 5: Ratanakiri
Ratanakiri (B & Picnic Lunch)
Your guide today will take you to the northwest through bamboo forests before reaching the village of Voeune Sai located on the left bank of the Se San River. Enjoy the stunning views of a traditional Chinese village on the opposite bank of the river. This Chinese enclave in Cambodian territory is unique as most of the villagers families came in the thirties and many still do not speak Khmer.
Again along the way we will stop, relax and enjoy a picnic in this stunning landscape. Upstream on the Se San are a number of Tampoun villages that specialize in carving funeral statues. If river and weather conditions permit, we will take a scenic boat trip to the village of Ka Choan famous for its superb totems.
Heading back to Banlung we will stop and visit the volcanic rock at Veal Rumplan and walk to a stunning cave which local people call “Tiger Cave”.
Day 6: Ratanakiri
Ratanakiri (B & Picnic Lunch)
Relax and enjoy breakfast before your guide takes you to Bokeo, famous for gem mining carried out by the indigenous people of this area for generations. We then get a glimpse of the daily lives of the local ethnic minority Charai, including visits to Ou Yadao and Pak Thum villages.
We will drive through lush landscapes with many rubber, pepper and coffee plantations and will find the perfect spot to have a picnic lunch before taking in more of this remote province.
End your day relaxing at your hotel or taking in daily life in Banlung with local markets and street vendors.
Day 7: Mondulkiri
Ratanakiri > Mondukiri (B)
We continue our journey today to Mondulkiri which is the last destination of this north east adventure. Your base here will be Sen Monorum. After check in we head out into the hills that surround the town to Sen Mororom waterfall for a chance to swim and relax The landscapes and views are amazing with rivers running through lush jungle valleys. We return in the late afternoon and the time is yours to relax at the hotel or explore this unique hill side town.
Day 8: Mondulkiri
Mondulkiri (B & Picnic Lunch)
After breakfast your guide will accompany you to experience and gain an understanding of the unique lifestyle of the ethnic minority people Phnong, at Putang village. Then on to relax and swim at the natural waterfall of Rum Near and enjoy a picnic lunch. Driving through plantations of rubber, cashew, mango, avocado and the world famous Mondulkiri coffee.
End this day at Phnom Dos Kromom (Maiden breast hills) to take in the stunning views of Mondulkiri and stay on to watch the sunset if you choose.
Day 9: Mondulkiri
Mondulkiri (B & Picnic Lunch)
Make sure you have a good breakfast as today you visit the Mondukiri Project which is an elephant rescue centre and santuary. It is a 20 minute walk down into a stunning jungle valley. After an introduction at the community center you will meet and interact with a herd of elephants which have been rescued by the Project.
Get to know more about their history, character, behavior, body language and relationship with the Mahout family who are their protectors and keepers. Feed them their favorite snack bananas, follow and observe these majestic creatures as the move through the jungle eating bamboo, grass and plants.
At noon, the elephants and you will enjoy a leisurely lunch and time to relax. Your guide will then take you to explore the jungle valley with many species of birds and other wildlife. Then we rejoin the elephants to swim with and wash them which helps keep their skin clean and healthy.
After saying goodbye to the elephants we walk back out of the jungle to our starting point for the short drive back to Sen Monorom taking in the hills surrounding the town and an amazing panoramic view of the jungle forests or as the locals call them Sea Forests.
Day 10: Mondulkiri/Phnom Penh
Mondulkiri > Phnom Penh > Departure (B)
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before we start the journey back to Phnom Penh. Traveling through lush tropical landscapes which transition into the rice fields as we get closer to the city. We will make sure you have time to stop to enjoy the great selection of tropical fruit and local snacks along the way. Depending on the time of your departing flight upon arrival in Phnom Penh we can arrange to visit one the famous local markets for that last minute shopping until it is time to transfer to the airport for your departure flight or onto your next great Cambodian adventure,
End of services
- Visa fee
- Flights & airport taxes
- Other personal expenses
- Other activities
- Tips, and all services not clearly mentioned
- Travel Insurance which is required
|French speaking guide||$20 per day||$30 per day|
|Chinese speaking guide||$20 per day||$30 per day|
|German Speaking guide||$35 per day||$45 per day|
|Spanish speaking guide||$50 per day||$65 per day|
|Russian speaking guide||$50 per day||$65 per day|
|Italian speaking guide||$80 per day||$90 per day|
- Prices are net per person in United States Dollars (USD) and are subject to change without prior notice
- Prices are based on twin-share basis except solo travellers and are subject to room availability upon Package booking
- No refund for any un-utilized Package
- Surcharge for other languages speaking guide (Advise at time of booking)
- Airport transfer surcharge of USD 5 per person each way for pick-up or send-off from 21:00 hrs to 06:00hrs (adjust based on group size)
- Child under 2: Free of charge
- Child under 12 years old sharing room with adult: 80% of package cost
- Child 12 years old and above: 100% of adult cost
FIT (Individual) Travel Arrangement
- Period before arrival* Amount of Cancellation of the holiday price
- More than 45 days before arrival- Free Of Charge (FOC)
- More than 21 days before arrival– 30%
- Less than 14 days before arrival – 50%
- Less than 7 days before arrival – 80%
- Failure on traveling date at point of arrival 100%
GIT (Group – 7 guests or more) – Travel Arrangement
- Period before arrival* Amount of Cancellation of the holiday price
- More than 60 days before arrival- Free Of Charge (FOC)
- More than 45 days before arrival– 30%
- Less than 21 days before arrival – 50%
- Less than 14 days before arrival – 80%
- Failure on traveling date at point of arrival 100%
**Note – Some holidays may be liable to 100% cancellation fees – this will be advised
at the time of booking. You will be notified on your confirmation invoice if different cancellation charges apply.
The Cambodian people are very modest, so avoid wearing clothes that are too short or revealing in public and in particular at religious or culturally significant places.
Ask permission before taking someone’s photo.
Due to the nature of travel in Asia, a backpack is more suited to this trip than a suitcase.
There are no flights on this Package
For details of your joining hotel, please refer to your Green Cultural Travel tour voucher. Alternatively, contact the Green Cultural Travel office or your travel agent.
We don’t expect any problems, and nor should you. However, if you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled for any reason, please contact us immediately. Please refer to our emergency contact details.
If you need to contact us in an emergency, it is best to call either the Green Cultural Travel Local Representative or our Green Cultural Travel Local Office first. If you don’t receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message with your contact information so they can return your call as soon as possible.
Emergency contact numbers
Green Cultural Travel Office Phnom Penh, Cambodia
During Office hours GMT +7 (Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 5.30pm, Saturday 8.30am to 12.30pm, Sunday 8:30am to 12:00pm
From outside Cambodia: +855 23 900 534 or +855 12 536 791
From within Cambodia: 012 23 900 534 or 012 536 791
After hours emergency number
From outside Cambodia: +855 12 536 791
From within Cambodia: 012 536 791
What to Take
What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the countries or regions you are planning to visit during your entire vacation. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible.
Most travellers carry a small to medium size backpack or rolling bag or suitcase.
You will also need a day pack or bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like iPods and mobile phones.
Please note that visas for entry into Cambodia are the responsibility of each individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip will vary depending on where you are from, and where you are going. Rules do change. For the most up-to-date information, please check your government’s foreign ministry website or contact your travel agent.
CAMBODIA – Visas can be obtained in advance from your local Cambodian Embassy or Consulate OR on arrival for $30 USD. Please bring at least two passport photos.
You will require two clean pages (minimum) in your passport and at least six months validity.
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others, while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs. Consider your likely spending habits when budgeting for drinks, shopping and tipping.
We have provided some specific recommendations below to assist you to plan your budget and manage your money while on holiday.
During your holiday, you will use both the Cambodian Riel and US Dollar as local currencies. Because currency exchange rates in South East Asia do fluctuate quite frequently, we ask that you refer to the following website for the most up to date information on exchange rates: www.xe.com
The best way to access local currency in Cambodia is from an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) with a debit card. ATMs are readily available throughout South East Asia and will usually accept cards from both the Visa and MasterCard international networks. If possible, travel with both a Visa and a MasterCard to provide backup in case of loss or access problems with one card. Please note, your bank will usually charge a fee for overseas withdrawals.
USD Cash is recommended for those occasions when ATMs are not accessible such as a number of islands and remote provinces. You should bring some cash with you for emergency situations (please refer to our trip dossier) but not a substantial amount as carrying only cash is high risk. The ideal mix is two or more ATM card/s with some cash as back-up.
If you are bringing US Dollars, please make sure that the notes are new and in good condition. Notes older than 2003, or with any tears or blemishes may not be accepted. Be fussy with your bank when buying cash!
Credit cards are accepted at some upmarket hotels and restaurants, and some larger stores if shopping for big items. They are of no use at smaller establishments.
Cash advances with your credit card are also possible at some banks. However, the process is time-consuming and tends to attract high fees.
Traveller’s cheques can be tricky, time-consuming and expensive to exchange. While we do not recommend that you bring them as your primary source of funds, you may choose to bring one or two cheques in case of emergency. Thomas Cook or American Express travellers’ cheques in US currency are the easiest to exchange.
Depending on the service, it is customary in Asia to tip service providers, such as waiters, approximately 10%. Though not compulsory, tipping is expected and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your holiday. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is an opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides range from $1.5-$3.5 USD per person, per day, depending on the quality and length of the service. If unsure, ask your local Green Cultural Travel representative.
Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.
We recommend that you carry a small First Aid kit, hand sanitizers or antibacterial wipes, and any personal medical supplies you might require.
Please be aware that for those Packages that are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. For legal reasons, our Green Cultural Travel representatives are prohibited from administering any drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. In Asia, pharmacies tend to stock the same western drugs available in your home country, but they are usually locally produced and may have different names. To ensure you can access to the right treatment, ask your doctor for the details of the active components and dosage instructions if you think you might need to purchase prescription medication while here.
When selecting your trip, please read the brochure and itinerary carefully to assess your ability to cope with our style of travel.
Safety and Security
Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure.
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt for keeping your passport, air tickets, travellers’ cheques, cash, and other valuable items safe. Leave your expensive jewellery at home. You won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables while on tour. We recommend a lock for securing your luggage.
During your journey, you will have some free time to pursue your own interests. You can relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your Green Cultural Travel representative can assist you with options available in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary. We, therefore, offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your personal judgment before selecting an activity in your free time.
Although the locations you will visit on your selected Package are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering about at night. We recommend our guests stay in small groups and take taxis for any night time excursions, including restaurant visits.
Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.
As a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their personal luggage. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. These requirements ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to complete their chosen trip comfortably. While our
Representatives work hard to ensure all our traveller’s needs are catered for, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day’s activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.
A Word of Warning
When exploring on your own carry only the necessary minimum with you and use a well-hidden money belt for cash and credit cards. The majority of your valuables, including your passport, should be left in the hotel safe. You can organise use of the safe at the reception of your accommodation. There is no need to get paranoid, just be cautious.
Please do not buy gems in Cambodia unless you know what you are doing. Even if they are genuine, you should not expect to be able to sell them at home. If you fall victim to a gem scam, we are unable to assist you.
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory to participate in any of our packages. Your Green Cultural Travel representative will communicate with you prior to your departure to ensure you have insurance in place and we will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy, please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance, we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name.
Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage, and emergency contact telephone number.
Green Cultural Travel – Community Programs
For every package purchased directly on line through our website, Green Cultural Travel Pte Ltd will donate 2% of the package price excluding the value of any airfares to our affiliated charity Guarding Glory Limited.
Purchasers of our Packages will automatically become members of our Green Cultural Travel Hub and for an understanding of the Hub” visit www.gcthub.com Members of our Hub receive a monthly magazine and access to some great travel specials and follow the progress of the community programs we support. Guests can also take the opportunity when booking a Package to make their own donation to Guarding Glory Limited.
In Cambodia, the dress standard is more conservative than it is back home. When packing, try to choose long, loose, lightweight, clothing that will keep you comfortable in the mostly hot and humid Asian climate.
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