Popular Ratanakiri Province is making a name for itself as a diverse region of outstanding natural beauty that provides a remote home for a mosaic of minority peoples. The Jarai, Tompuon, Brau, Kavet and Kreung are the Khmer Leu (Uper Khmer) people, with their own languages, traditions and customs. There is also a large Lao population throughout the province and multiple languages can be heard in villages such as Veun Sai.
Swim in clear volcanic lakes, shower under waterfalls, or trek in the vast Virachey National Park - it's all here. In Ratanakiri Gem mining is a big business, hardly surprising given that the name means 'hill of the precious stone'. There is good quality zircon mined in several parts of the province, as well as other semiprecious stones.
Top Things to Do in Ratanakiri
-Cha Oung Waterfall
-Yeak Laom (volcanic) Lake
-Bor Keo (Natural Gem Zone)
-Ka Tieng Waterfall & Elephant Riding