Rattanak Kiri Province is located in the Northeast of Cambodia, 588 km. from the capital, Phnom Penh. The population of the province is 149,997 (according to a 2008 census). It covers an area of about 10,782 square km. Rattanak Kiri is a region rich in natural beauty and is home to several ethnic hill tribe minority groups. Tourists are able to visit local communities and experience firsthand the everyday life, traditions, customs and rituals of the indigenous people.
The provincial town of Rattanak Kiri is Bun Lung, nestled on a highland plateau surrounded by mountains, valleys, waterfalls and volcanic lakes. The population of Ban Lung is 19,412 including some ethnic groups living on the outskirts of town.
In the center of town is a large market where local people carry out their daily trade. All of the local products such as fruit, vegetables, fish, chickens and ducks, as well as home made products and forestry items can be found in this market. All of the local agricultural products are purely organic (except for some imports from Phnom Penh). The market opens is very early in the morning when hill tripe people can still be seen delivering their wares to the various market stalls.
A memorable experience for tourists is to see the sunrise over the Phnom Svay Mountain and then go to visit and explore the busiest time at Rattanak Kiri market when farmers and local traders do business. It's a fascinating market with many kinds of different products and strange foods; thing that you won't find anyplace else. Local organic fruit costs much less than other places in Cambodia.