As you drift higher in altitude along the winding mountain roads toward Mondulkiri you'll find the air getting fresher, the temperature getting cooler and the forests getting thicker.
This is a great region to explore and escape from the heat of lower land Cambodia. It provides a retreat also from some of the chaos and noise of the capital Phnom Pehn and brings you back in touch with nature. Whilst being the largest province of Cambodia, it is actually the most sparsely populated (four people per square kilometre) so you can definitely get some space here.
It is not without its tragic history, this region is located on the border of Vietnam and was a base to the Việt Cộng which resulted in fierce bombing from the US during the Vietnam war, you can still see craters there left behind even today. Once that was over, the Khmer Rouge took control of the region and mass displacement transpired. Nowadays we are thankful to say that this is a more peaceful place - though it must be said the battle between environmental and animal activists are still maintained against illegal/'legal' logging and poaching.
A great benefit to being mountainous and forested is WATERFALLS! You are going to want to check some of these out: Bou Sra Waterfall is the largest.
It is difficult to cover in any detail the area as it is subdivided into 5 districts, which are further subdivided into 21 communes and 98 villages.
So rather just cover the capital Sen Monorom which is probably where you're headed - so you can head over to that page now as we have covered it also. [Review by nikodonnell]
- Mondulkiri is a region in Cambodia. It is situated at an altitude of 2625ft and the best airport to fly into is PNH (Phnom Penh International, Phnom Penh)
- The currency used in Cambodia is the Cambodian riel (KHR)
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More Mondulkiri travel resources
You'll find much more information written about the region's capital Sen Monorom.
But for more information about the region take a look here for a nice overview of the region.
Lonelyplanet have a nice piece.
You can also check out Wikipedia for some of the back story and history of events.