Many people skip the Eastern parts of Cambodia, mostly due to lack of time after spending too many days in the South islands or Siem Reap. Slightly cooler and wilder than the rest of the country, the regions of Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri are a great transition from the buzzing environment of Cambodia to the slower-paced lifestyle of Laos.
These regions are known for their jungle, elephant and gibbon treks. However, because Josh and I were planing to do lots of trekking in Laos plus a one-week volunteering with elephants experience in Thailand, we decided to rent a scooter in most places and make our way to the waterfalls, volcanic lakes and villages by ourselves.
As always, the locals have been more than generous and caring towards us. We stayed in an Organisation for Basic Training near Kampong Cham where kids could learn English in the morning. Also, a Filipino school principal invited us to couchsurf at his house in Ratanakiri for three days and took us to the school to play games in English with the kids.
Meeting lovely locals, hanging out with the cutest kids and watching sunsets over amazing landscapes: this is exactly why we love traveling so much.
Organisation for Basic Training / Chiro Village near Kampong Cham
Dolphins watching in Kratie
Boo Sra Waterfall and local Coffee Plantation in Mondulkiri
Asean Bridge International School and surroundings in Ratanakiri