Rattanakiri is located in Cambodia's far northeast, bordered by Laos in the north, Vietnam in the east, Mondulkiri Province in the south and Stung Treng Province in the west. The name "Rattanakiri" is derived from the Sanskrit words for gems (Ratna) and mountain (Giri).
The capital, Banlung, is located in the central highlands of the province and has a lively market. Banlung itself is quite dusty, whereas its environment is a paradise for Ecotourists, who like discovering wildlife and remote tribal villages. 70 percent of the people in Rattanakiri belong to the ethnic minority of Chunchiet.
To them the Yeak Laom Volcano Lake has always been a sacred place and home to the spirits of the land, water and forests. Visitors can enjoy the lake, that is almost perfectly round and measures about 750 meters in a diameter, as a perfect place for swimming. Due to its depth of 48 meters, the lake provides exceptionally clean and crystal clear water.