Mondulkiri

Small, remote, quiet, and less developed, Mondulkiri, though no place to bikepack on serious mountainbike trails, is a perfect place to get into the jungle for treks. I learned that it’s actually only 5 hours from Phnom Penh because the roads have improved so much recently, an important point as many of us are dissuaded to visiting due to not wanting to be on a bus for 10-12 hours. I stayed at a guesthouse ($10/night).

Sen Monorom is the capital of the province and the surrounding area is inhabited by the Bunong people who live a traditional tribal culture in the forest and who have to fight illegal timber trafficking (often to Vietnam), poachers, and corrupt officials all of which threaten their way of live. The Bunong serve as the jungle guides and run the elephant sanctuary.

More information about Mondulkiri can be found on travelfish.

Eating

Mundulkiri Italy is a small Italian restaurant run by an Italian man with authentic Italian food.  The  Hangout serves a standard Western menu including steaks, fish & chips & other dishes like chicken parmasen. It’s run by a man from Tasmania. Both open at 6pm every day. The Indigenous People’s Lodge has a cafe open during the day.  

Trekking

The hiking is fantsastic, especially in the beginning or the end of the rainy season. July and August are just too wet and muddy.  I will return in December to sleep in the cold.  The trail I went on had pretty much everything. Nothing like sleeping in the rain in a hammock. I use a Clark Jungle Hammock and it is lovely with pockets on the side for extra storage and a weather shield for harsh rain or added warmth if necessary.  I used this hammock while cycling years ago.