Ratanakiri (Khmer: រតនគិរី) is a province of Cambodia located in the remote northeastern part of the country. It borders the provinces of Mondulkiri to the south and Stung Treng to the west and the countries of Laos and Vietnam to the north and east. The province extends from the mountains of the Annamite Range in Lao in the north, across a hilly plateau between the Tonle San and Tonle Srepok rivers, to tropical what used to be deciduous forests in the south. In recent years, logging and mining have scarred Ratanakiri's environment, long known for its beauty. Many forest has been replaced with rubber plantatations, there's still some forest and other beautiful landscapes to bee seen though. Rattanakiri is a name with a meaning. While the word 'Kiri' means hills, or mountains in Khmer language, the word 'Rattanak' refers to natural resources and wealth. Ratanakiri is famous for it's fertile red soils, it's gem stones and of course for it's tropical forests providing the Cambodians with the best quality of tropical hard woods. Unfortunately, most of the forests have been logged and have been replaced by Cashew nut plantations, rubber plantations (in more recent times) and pepper plantations (currently being set up in large numbers). Ratanakiri is relatively sparsely populated; its 200,000 residents make up just over 1% of the country's total population. Residents generally live in small villages (with the capital Ban Lung (sometimes spelled Ban Long) being the biggest with about 15.000 people) and engage in agriculture. Ratanakiri is among the least developed provinces of Cambodia. Its infrastructure is still pretty poor - although developing fast, and the local government is relatively weak. Health indicators and other general indicators for development in Ratanakiri are poor, especially outside of the provincial capital - Ban Lung. For visitors Ratanakiri has a lot to offer though - especially since the travel time from Phnom Penh has been reduced to only 7-8 hours (used to be three days in 2004, 13 hours in 2009). This website is providing you with up to date information about a visit to what we think is the most beautiful province of Cambodia.