Fodor's Expert Review Yeak Laom Lake

Ratanakkiri Province Volcano Fodor's Choice

Lodged in a volcanic crater 5 km (3 miles) east of Ban Lung, this mystical lake, bordered by jungle, is sacred to many of the Khmer Loeu hill tribes. It's a half mile in diameter and 154 feet deep, and there are three wooden jetties from which to launch yourself into the cool waters. Swing from a hammock in one of the wooden huts lining the shore—these cost $3 to rent for the day, but if you order food it's free. The local specialty is prung, bamboo stuffed with vegetables, meat, and local herbs and spices which is cooked over an open fire. Stalls at the entrance sell jungle honey, as well as the usual kramas and other craftwork cloths. Take a tuk-tuk ($3) or moto from Ban Lung.

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Banlung, Ratanakiri  Cambodia

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