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Extra Flight

I saw advertisement "EXTRA FLIGHT TO RATANAKIRI" in newspaper. Generally there are only two flights a week on Mondays and Fridays to Ratanakiri; this adv. said "You may now book seats on a special flight sponsored by The Cambodian Daily on Wednesday, January 07, 2004". 'Oh it's tomorrow!' immediately I telephoned to the office as I wanted to go there for a long time.

Command a bird's-eye view

Command a bird's-eye view of Royal Cambodia Golf Club

At 10:10 next morning our plane took off with 7 passengers into the sunny skies of Phnom Penh. The plane passed over golf course, which I always play, and flight northeast along the Mekong River to Ratanakiri.


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Flight to Ratanakiri

Flight over Sampor

Flight over Sampor
Minorities village

Minorities village

Around 30 minutes later the plane left the Mekong River and flight over primeval forest. There was red clay here and there like a patchwork, what is more I saw smoking in place in the forest. Although I guess these smoking were slash-and-burn farming or for plantations these were looked like burn scar on the earth.



Ratanakiri airport

Ratanakiri airport



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Ban Lung

Ban Lung is dusty capital of Ratanakiri Province; the town is spread around Independence Monument circle. Main Street was similar wide as Phnom Penh but town center was smaller than I guess.

Independence Monument

Independence Monument and market



Market

Market

Market
Market

Market



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Ratanak Hotel

At first I checked into Ratanak Hotel, which most fine building in this town for the present. As I needed some information, I asked about tourist office at the reception. But I was surprised with his answer "We have the office in the town but no one work there." "Oh, what shall I do?"

Ratanak Hotel

The most big building in the town was Ratanak Hotel

When I had took lunch in hotel's restaurant Mr. Virak, guide belonged exclusively to this hotel, was coming with brochure of sightseeing. He explained what I had to see in this area and I had no choice but to sightseeing with his proposal. In the last he made a suggestion, "Why don't you have elephant trek to waterfall this afternoon?"



Ratanakiri's special

Ratanakiri's special

1) Day1 Elephant trek and Yak Lom Lake
2) Day2 Gem mining and Waterfalls
3) Day3 Voen Sai
4) Day4 Minority villages
5) Day5 Lumphat
6) Independence Monument
7) Reclining Buddha
8) Sign1 to Voen Sai
9) Sign2 to Lumphat



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