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The largest but least populated province of Cambodia, Mondulkiri Province is an eastern region bordering Vietnam known for its hilly forests, waterfalls and indigenous communities. 

The awe-inspiring natural landscape here makes Mondulkiri Province the perfect eco-tourism destination and although this region is still a little off-the-beaten-track, there are some amazing outdoor experiences for adventurers to have here. With vast areas of uninhabited green space, including the large Phnum Prech Wildlife Sanctuary in the middle of the province, this is a place where people feel close to nature. There’s also more wildlife here than anywhere else in Cambodia, ranging from elephants to monkeys.

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The Mondulkiri province, at an average elevation of 800m above the sea level, has different climates compared to the other parts of Cambodia. It may get warm in daytime, and it turns chilly at night-time. There are 3 seasons, consisting of rainy season from June to October (<25oC), cool season from November to February (>20oC) and hot season from March to May (20oC – 30oC). Mondulkiri’s average temperature throughout the year is relatively lower than in other areas of Cambodia.

Check the below table for the general idea of Mondulkiri weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 30.8 27.3 22.3
Feb 32.8 28.7 23.3
Mar 34.3 30.3 25.1
Apr 34.8 30.7 25.8
May 34.8 30.5 26.2
Jun 33.9 29.8 25.8
Jul 32.9 29.2 25.2
Aug 33.1 29.1 25.2
Sep 32.2 28.6 25
Oct 31.8 28.6 25
Nov 31.4 28.5 24.6
Dec 31 27.7 23.1

Mondulkiri’s current weather and 7-day forecast

MONDULKIRI PROVINCE WEATHER

Sen Monorom is the capital of the province and the largest town, but with just 7,500 inhabitants and a handful of guest houses, restaurants and shops, this is a quaint place. Many people come here to have a base before exploring some of the wilder and more remote parts of the region, but the town itself is worth exploring too. Most of the amenities of the town are available along the main strip. Take it all in during the day as there is a charming lack of nightlife in the evenings, and motorcycle taxis only tend to work until early evening too. Look out for the Kouprey roundabout, which has a statue of a kouprey – a wild ox that was formerly the national symbol of Cambodia, but is now believed to be extinct.
The town of Sen Monorom is also home to a couple of pristine lakes, which are perfect for a stroll, watching local fishermen and swimmers.

On the outskirts of town, the Phnom Dos Kromom Buddhist temple and pagoda is worth a visit. Surrounded by palm trees and golden statues, this is also a well-known spot for its viewing platform offering immense views over the local area. Many people pay a visit to enjoy the sunset – which is so famous this location is also known as Sunset Hill. The Samot Choeur pagoda is also popular for its views over the evocatively named Sea Forest – an expanse of verdant hills that look like a rolling sea.

Famous for its waterfalls, Mondulkiri Province is a great place to discover a range of different falls, many of which are easily accessible from Sen Monorom. Bou Sraa Waterfall is about an hour away from the town and is a thunderous spectacle amid the jungle. As well as enjoying the wonder of the falls, it’s possible to take a 300 metre zip line that passes right over the top of the waterfall. Dak Dam is an off-the-beaten-track waterfall worth visiting too, as are the much more easily accessible Monorom Falls, which also marks a popular swimming spot with locals. In addition, the Romanear Waterfall has some pleasant swimming spots at the bottom.

Mondulkiri Province is known for its population of elephants and there are a number of projects and sanctuaries in the region for rescuing and protecting them. One is The Elephant Valley Project – run by an NGO – where it’s possible to go for day-long treks, or to volunteer with the elephants for a few days. The project not only helps elephants but their mahouts – dedicated elephant handlers – too, protecting an important tradition and way of life in this part of the world. The Mondulkiri Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary is run by another NGO and is a great place to visit for trekking tours and ethical elephant experiences. The project also rescues wild animals from captivity or wildlife trafficking and provides a sanctuary to animals including monkeys, gibbons, civets, otters, porcupines and leopard cats.

The Seima Protection Forest is a protected area full of wildlife, including wild elephants, bears and big cats. It’s possible to embark on eco-friendly wildlife spotting trips here, and also trips that incorporate overnight stays in a wonderful jungle camp.

The Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary is the largest protected area in the province at 2,225 km2. Home to everything from elephants, tigers and water buffalo to deer and the giant ibis, this is a true wonder of nature. Guided visits are available, as well as homestays in Dei Ey village.

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Emario Mondulkiri Resort 

Add: Sang Kat Spean Meanchey , District, Mondulkiri Province, Mondulkiri

Emario Mondulkiri Resort, located in Chambak, Sen Monorom, is a popular choice for travelers. Situated only 2.7 km from the city center, guests are well located to enjoy the town's attractions and activities. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

The facilities and services provided by Emario Mondulkiri Resort ensure a pleasant stay for guests. To name a few of the hotel's facilities, there are 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park.

Hotel accommodations have been carefully appointed to the highest degree of comfort and convenience. In some of the rooms, guests can find television LCD/plasma screen, internet access – wireless, internet access – wireless (complimentary), non smoking rooms, air conditioning. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. 

Happy Elephant Bungalows 

Add: Chrey Sean Commune, Sen Monorom Village,, Mondulkiri

Well-positioned in Chambak, Happy Elephant Bungalows is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Sen Monorom. The excitement of the city center is only 0.5 km away. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

The facilities and services provided by Happy Elephant Bungalows ensure a pleasant stay for guests. For the comfort and convenience of guests, the hotel offers 24-hour security, ticket service, 24-hour front desk, express check-in/check-out, luggage storage.

In addition, all guestrooms feature a variety of comforts. Many rooms even provide mirror, towels, internet access – wireless, non smoking rooms, wake-up service to please the most discerning guest. The complete list of recreational facilities is available at the hotel, including fishing, billiards, garden.

Long Vibol Guesthouse 

Add: Road No.7, Chamka Te Village,Sangkat Spean Meachey, Mondulkiri

Long Vibol Guesthouse, located in Chambak, Sen Monorom, is a popular choice for travelers. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. A well-kempt environment and its proximity to Mondulkiri Elephant & Wildlife Sanctuary give to this hotel a special charm.

At Long Vibol Guesthouse, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the hotel provides the best in services and amenities. Top features of the hotel include free Wi-Fi in all rooms, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park, room service, family room.

Step into one of 26 inviting rooms and escape the stresses of the day with a wide range of amenities such as mirror, towels, internet access – wireless, internet access – wireless (complimentary), non smoking rooms which can be found in some rooms. The complete list of recreational facilities is available at the hotel, including garden.

Mayura Hill Resort 

Add: National Road 7, Mondulkiri 

Mayura Hill Resort is the base for exploring Cambodia’s North East.

Offering views of Mondulkiri Highlands, Mayura Hill Resort is situated in Sen Monorom, Mondulkiri, just one kilometer from downtown. It features an outdoor swimming pool with terrace, a restaurant, and modern villas with free Wi-Fi.
Pick-up from the bus station is complimentary. Upon arrival, guests will be welcomed with a drink and cold towel. Villas are air-conditioned and have en-suite bathrooms with a rain shower and free toiletries. They are fitted with cable TV/DVD, minibar, and tea/coffee-making facilities. The private balconies offer views of the garden and surrounding hills.
Guests can work-out at the small fitness center or relax on the terrace after having a swim. Day trips are arranged at the tour desk and free bicycles are available for exploring the area.

Mondulkiri Hotel 

Add: Chambork Village Spean Meanchey Commune, Senmonorom District,, Mondulkiri

When visiting Sen Monorom, you'll feel right at home at Mondulkiri Hotel, which offers quality accommodation and great service. Set 3.3 km from the excitement of the city, this 3-star hotel commands an excellent location and provides access to the city's biggest attractions. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

Mondulkiri Hotel also offers many facilities to enrich your stay in Sen Monorom. For the comfort and convenience of guests, the hotel offers Wi-Fi in public areas, car park, room service, family room, restaurant.

Experience high quality room facilities during your stay here. Some rooms include internet access – wireless (complimentary), air conditioning, desk, fan, television, provided to help guests recharge after a long day. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Mondulkiri Hotel is your one-stop destination for quality hotel accommodations in Sen Monorom.

Thmorda Garden Riverside Resort

Add: 169 Neang Kok Village, Pak Klong Commune, Mondolsima District, Mondulkiri

Well-positioned in Kaoh Pao, Thmorda Garden Riverside Resort is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Mondol Seima. Only 8 km from the city center, the hotel's strategic location ensures that guests can quickly and easily reach many local points of interest. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

Take advantage of a wealth of unrivaled services and amenities at this Mondol Seima hotel. This hotel offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest.

Step into one of 15 inviting rooms and escape the stresses of the day with a wide range of amenities such as television LCD/plasma screen, clothes rack, complimentary instant coffee, complimentary tea, free welcome drink which can be found in some rooms. The hotel's canoe, fishing, massage, billiards, garden are ideal places to relax and unwind after a busy day. Discover an engaging blend of professional service and a wide array of features at Thmorda Garden Riverside Resort.

4 star options

Koh Kong Resort

Add: Phum Cham Yeam, Khum Paklong, Srok Mondul Seyma, Mondulkiri

Situated on the picturesque beachfront, Koh Kong Resort provides an ideal location for all kinds of business and tourism. Within the coastal area of southwest Cambodia, the resort is one of the best sea resorts in the country. Providing peace and a fresh sea breeze ambience, Koh Kong Resort boasts six different types of accommodations ranging from standard rooms to executive and presidential suites. A true vacation destination, leisure activities include their own casino, slot game machines, live gaming, and a business complex center. A beautiful and fantastic location with great amenities combined with its excellent hospitality, Koh Kong Resort is an excellent place of stay.

Much of the food to be had in Mondulkiri Province is found in simple street food stands. If you’re lucky enough to visit an ethnic village, you may get an insight into what indigenous groups eat. Many are subsistence farmers and just grow enough for their families to eat. Usually this is a range of rice, fruit and vegetables, as well as soups made in bamboo vessels. Some communities also grow coffee, cashews, strawberries, mangoes and avocadoes, but much of this is for selling and exporting.

There are some regional food specialities unique to Mondulkiri Province too. A fruit called soursop has a citrus but creamy flavour and is only found in this part of Cambodia. The region also has wild Mondulkiri honey with an original flavour – it’s possible to buy it in Sen Monorom.

In Sen Monorom, the Cinnamon Café and Bakery is popular for breakfast and lunch, with great views of surrounding greenery from the deck. The Hefalump Café is one of the most popular places in town, great for coffee and cake.

Khmer dishes are available at the Khmer Kitchen and Sovannkiri, with the Khmer curry and fish amok particularly popular. There are also fried rice, chicken and vegetable dishes. For those missing international flavours, they also have a few alternative options on the menu. Mondulkiri Pizza is the place for those with pizza cravings. Given the proximity of Mondulkiri Province to the Vietnamese border, the food is also influenced by this, with the likes of pho and ban chao often found on the menu.

One of the few evening hotspots in Sen Monorom is The Hangout, popular with international visitors. There is occasional live music to accompany the drinks and Khmer-international menu.

There’re various options including bus, minivan, private taxi, shared taxi and car rental to travel to Sen Monorom, Mondulkiri. The road from Phnom Penh to Mondulkiri is in good condition and it takes around 6 hours to drive. You can choose between night bus and day bus, which both offer air condition and reasonable prices.

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The birthplace of the ancient Khmer empire, it is said that it was at Phnom Kulen that King Jayavarman II proclaimed Cambodia’s independence from Java.

Additionally, it is a very sacred site with multiple temples easily accessible. Two sites most noted are the Thousand Lingas at Kbal Spean, within the Kulen National Park site and Preah Ang Thom pagoda with its giant reclining Buddha. The area is a magnet to “kru khmer” (natural medicine doctors), and attracts people seeking blessings from its holy waters, particularly the potent life-giving waters at Kbal Spean, that are said to help couples conceive.

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Affording a view for many kilometers across a plain, Prasat Preah Vihear has the most spectacular setting of all the temples built during the six-century-long Khmer Empire. As a key edifice of the empire's spiritual life, it was supported and modified by successive kings and so bears elements of several architectural styles.

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The Khmer Empire’s various capitals thrived here from the 9th to 15th centuries, while their rulers presided over an empire that stretched from Myanmar (Burma) to Vietnam. Including forested areas and newly discovered “suburbs” Angkor covers more than 400 square kilometers.

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In other parts of Angkor such art depicts scenes of daily life - offering scholars a precious window into the past.

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