Cambodia

5-day Experience Mondulkiri

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: 5 Days

tour highlights

Trek through the jungle on a majestic elephant
  • Catch a glimpse of the rare Irrawaddy dolphin
  • Bathe an elephant
  • Visit hill tribe villages
  • Explore the small provincial town of Kratie
  • Wander through local markets mingling with villagers

tour details

Your tour begins with a visit to the biggest rubber plantation in the country and a visit to Sen Monorom, the capital of Mondolkiri province. Next you’ll travel to the nearby Elephant Valley Project before enjoying a unique ‘Walking with the Herd for a day’ experience. Here you’ll feed the elephants, bathe them and watch them cover themselves in mud all over again! After lunch, you’ll trek with the elephants to a waterfall for a refreshing swim & elephant bath. Continue your tour with visits to a local market, the Bou Sra Waterfall, local hill tribe villages and the provincial town of Kratie. To conclude you’ll visit Wat Phnom Sambok, see the rare freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins, take a ferry to the island of Koh Trong, enjoy a night at the Rajabori Villas and visit the Wat Nokor Pagoda.

This is probably Cambodia's most scenic drive from Phnom Penh. Mondolkiri is predominantly populated by minority hill tribes with more than 12 different ethnic groups. Walk with the elephants of the Elephant Valley Project Mondulkiri and visit Cambodia's largest waterfalls. After 3 days in that quiet province where time goes slowly, drive back to Phnom Penh via the charming town of Kratie along the river bank of the Mekong and see the rare Irrawady dolphins.
Depart Phnom Penh to Kompong Cham. Drive to Chhup, the biggest rubber plantation in the country, established during the French colonial time by the French tire maker Michelin. Continue to Snuol where you will have lunch at local restaurant. Drive to Sen Monorom, the province capital of the Mondolkiri province with scenery and a climate quite unlike anywhere else in the country. Arrival in Sen Monorom in the late afternoon. Check in at hotel. Sen Monorom will be the base from which to explore the surroundings hill tribe villages and the waterfalls.
Dinner and overnight at Mayura Hill Resort.
Breakfast at hotel
We leave Sen Monorom after breakfast and use vehicles of the EVP to travel to the nearby Elephant Valley Project which, with the support of the Bunong villagers, rescues and treats domestic elephants who have suffered injury and abuse. Enjoy a unique 'Walking with the Herd for a day' experience. You will be introduced to the herd of elephants and get to know more about their history, character, behavior and body language while walking alongside them in their natural environment.
You will be able to feed the elephants buckets of bananas and bathe the elephants before watching them cover themselves in mud again. After lunch, you will undertake a walking trek with the elephants through the stunning Mondulkiri countryside to a waterfall for a refreshing swim and elephant bath. Later we return to Sen Monorom
Dinner and overnight at Mayura Hill Resort.
Breakfast at hotel.
Early morning, visit the local market where many of the Phnong people from the nearby villages are coming to trade with their distinctive baskets they carry on their back. Then drive to the waterfall of Bou Sra about 40 km northeast from Sen Monorom. This double drop waterfall is one of the largest and most impressive in Cambodia.
Lunch Box on site
On the way back see numbers of hill tribe villages and the scenic countryside.
Dinner and overnight at Mayura Hill Resort.
Breakfast at hotel
Leave this isolated forested province and drive to Kratie via Snuol. Arrive in Kratie at lunch time and check in at hotel.
Lunch at local restaurant.
In the afternoon, city tour of this small provincial town with its good examples of sumptuous colonial architecture. This tiny town on the Mekong is an unexpected delight, with a relaxing, indolent atmosphere. North of Kratie, visit Wat Phnom Sambok to see the Buddhist monasteries and to enjoy the magnificent views of the surrounding countryside from the hilltop. Further north stop at the best riverside vantage point from which to view the rare freshwater Irrawady dolphins which can be best seen late afternoon. Drive back to Kratie and take a small ferry boat to the island of Koh Trong situated in the middle of the Mekong River opposite Kratie town.
Dinner at hotel.
Accommodation at Rajabori Villas (10 Rooms only) on Koh Trong Island.
Breakfast at hotel.
Take a ferry ride back to Kratie and drive via Snuol along rubber plantations to Kompong Cham.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Visit the Wat Nokor Pagoda with its ancient temple and modern style pagoda (12th century). Continue to Phnom Penh via Prek Kdam. Drive to Udong and visit the various temples (if time permits).
Continue to Phnom Penh and transfer to hotel or airport.

includes

  • Accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner
  • Transfers and tours with local English guides (guides in other languages are on request and may be subject to supplements) in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees, boat fees and / or cyclo fees as mentioned in the programme
  • Bottled water and cold towels available on the vehicles
  • 1 FOC based on 15 paying pax minimum

excludes

  • Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
  • International airfare to / from Cambodia (quoted separately, if requested)
  • Optional tours
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • Visa fees
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
Tour code: PNHDPME3

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