Welcome to Mondulkiri

Cambodia's North-Eastern highland plateau

Sen monorom & Mondulkiri Province:

Mondulkiri is Cambodia’s largest and least-populated province. The vast and quiet province, is one of Cambodia’s most beautiful highland areas, and a wonderful destination to include whilst traveling & exploring Cambodia.

Mondulkiri is a rising destination for nature & Ecotourism, featuring unique rolling hills, hilltop lookouts & wild natural landscapes, jungles, multiple waterfalls and a unique indigenous khmer culture. There are several elephant & wildlife sanctuaries and conservation projects in the area.
At an altitude of about 800m above sea level, the province offers a cooler climate & refreshing break from the heat of Cambodia's lower plains.

Sen Monorom - Mondulkiri’s provincial capital, is a small town, located 370 km ( about 5.5 hours ) northeast of Phnom Penh. Traveling to Mondulkiri is now made easier, since the connecting roads have been upgraded and paved in 2009 - 2017.
There are many express van companies connecting Sen Monorom with Phnom Penh and other destinations around Cambodia. There are 2 banks & ATMs in town, basic medical services, several cafes & restaurants.

The Bunong - Mondulkiri's Indigenous people:

The Bunong people have been living in the hills and jungles of Mondulkiri, Cambodia & Central Vietman for centuries, their unique culture includes animist traditional beliefs & taming wild elephants for work and transportation. It is unknown precisly how long ago the Bunong settled in Mondulkiri. In fact, the Bunong themselves are an anthropological mystery, their origin unclear. In Cambodia, they speak an independent Bunong dialect as well as basic Khmer. According to Bunong’s ancient beliefs - the spirits of nature control life and can bring on both good luck or misfortune.

The Bunong traditional way of life is now rapidly changing as they are exposed to the outside world & technology & modernization. Ecotourism can potentially motivate the youth to maintain their traditions and be proud of their identity. Many NGOs are trying to help the Bunong people develop & prepare for the future through ecotourism program developments, health education and agriculture programs.

We can recommend supporting community based ethical elephant & trekking programs, which help to empower & create livelihoods for Bunong communities around Sen Monorom. Use our slider for some photos & info about Mondulkiri’s indiginous Bunong people:

Welcome to Sen Mornorom - Mondulkiri’s small population and equally small provincial capital. Often called – “Switzerland of Cambodia” - A resemblance of high-altitude Vietnam more than lowland Cambodia define the Mondulkiri region, as grasslands and red earth give way to steep hillsides. One of mondulkiri’s great appeal is the weather, which offers a refreshing change from the heat and humidity of Cambodia's lowlands.During December - February, cold dry northeast winds dry out the landscape and scatter dust. Nights get downright chilly - A sweater, long sleeves and socks are essential here in the evenings. With multiple lovely waterfalls, and lush tropical jungles. Tourism revolves around the outdoors as visitors immerse in stunning natural beauty. The Bunong – Mondulkiri’s indigenous people have been living in the hills and jungles of Mondulkiri for centuries. The Bunong practice a complex animist tradition. Some Bunongs have more recently adopted Christianity. Traditional Bunong huts are made of timber, thatch and rattan. Many Bunong families now like to build wooden houses beside the traditional hut. inside a traditional home: There are several platforms for sleeping and storing food. The Bunong practice small scale slash and burn agriculture. They cultivate mainly  highland rice, cassava, corn, cashew and coffee. Being partial hunter gatherers, the Bunong hold a great knowledge of Mondulkiri’s forests, including a wide tradition of medicinal plants. The Bunong’s unique culture includes a tradition of taming wild elephants for work and transportation. Bunong children grow up with family elephants, yet breeding their elephants is considered a religious taboo. The Mondulkiri elephant & wildlife sanctuary provides a protected rainforest habitat, where retired domestic elephants roam freely. It is possible to visit the sanctuary and help create a future for elephants in Mondulkiri. By visiting Nature Lodge – you are choosing responsible tourism. lightbox photo gallery dreamweaverby VisualLightBox.com v6.0

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Mondulkiri’s weather, seasons & pack list

One of mondulkiri’s appeals is it’s cooler climate, which offers a much appreciated break from the heat and humidity of Cambodia's lowlands.
Due to Sen Monorom’s higher altitude, temperatures are typically 5-10 degrees lower than elsewhere in Cambodia. Visitors can enjoy the fresh highland air and sleep comfortably without A/C or fans.

Mondulkiri has 3 typical seasons :

Dry / cool season:

December - February:
Cold & dry northeast winds dry our Mondulkiri’s hills and scatter red dust. The indigenous farmers often use fire in order to clear their fields. Winter nights can get windy & downright chilly in Sen Monorom.
A sweater, long sleeves and socks are essential here in the evenings.

Summer / Hot season

March - June:
In early March, the weather gets warmer: the heat build up electricity, which brings on the first annual showers or “Mango rains”.
Mondulkiri’s hills usually go green again between March & April. In this season, there are many beautiful flowers and it’s bird’s mating season.

Wet / Rainy season:

July - October:
The wet season in Mondulkiri is very lush & green. If you're trekking in the wet season - It is the best time for viewing wildlife.

July & early August can still have sunny days & dry mornings, while afternoons & evenings are usually rainy.

Visiting Mondulkiri on Cambodian public holidays:

Cambodia is blessed with many festivals and public holidays. The Khmers love traveling on these occasions & Sen Monorom hotels, which normally has many vacancies can sometimes be fully booked. Travelers can expect higher accommodation and ticket rate on public holidays – as well as the closure / lack of some services:

Public holiday list 2017-2018:

Pchum Bun festival ( 2017 ) Sep 16th - 24th
Water festival holiday ( 2017 ) Nov 03rd -09th
Christmas and new year ( 2017 ) Dec 21 - Jan 10th
Chinese new year ( 2018 ) Feb 15th - Feb 19th
Khmer New Year ( 2018 ) Apr 9 - Apr 21
King’s birthday holiday ( 2018 ) May 9th - 19th

Travel packlist to Mondulkiri & Nature Lodge

Here is a list of useful things to bring while visiting Mondulkiri.
We encourage all visitors to help us reduce plastic waste in Cambodia by practicing responsible tourism.

1.  REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE– You can refill your water bottle at Nature Lodge.

2.  REUSABLE FOOD CONTAINER- Your own lunch box will allow you to enjoy take out without creating any waste

3.  REUSABLE SHOPPING BAG- Pack your shopping without the extra plastic bags.

4.  WARM CLOTHES– Mondulkiri’s nights can be very cold, so pack some long sleeves, light jacket and socks. Especially important during December – February.

5.  GOOD SHOES– For hiking and trekking.

6.  FLASHLIGHT – Pack a flashlight for walking around the countryside at night.

7.  RAINCOAT / UMBRELLA- During the wet month: March - October

8. INSECT REPELLENT For enjoying nature bite free.

Help us keep Mondulkiri clean by being a green traveller

Please help us keep travelers posted

Travel information & prices constantly change, and new services open while others close. Please contact us, if you have updates, or more information you think would be useful to other visitors to mondulkiri.

Mondulkiri / Sen Monorom Online Sightseeing Map


In order to make sightseeing in Mondulkiri easy – We have prepared a digital visitor map, with information about interesting places around Sen Monorom: The map includes an abundance of natural attractions: Local forests, waterfalls and swimming holes, Bunong minority villages, hilltop lookouts as well as some lovely spots that most tourists don't usually get to see.

Click on the map markers for the info details & pics. If you have a mobile data plan - You can also view the map on your mobile phone while getting around.

If staying Nature Lodge, we can assist to arrange a local tuk tuks & driver that can take you sightseeing. If you’re able to drive a moto, you can hire a bike and drive around on your own using our map.

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