Bordering Vietnam to the east, Laos to the north and Mondulkiri and Stung Treng provinces to the west, the sparsely populated Ratanakiri province is largely inhabited by Khmer Loeu. Although the province is underprivileged, it no longer suffers the hardships it once did as headquarters to the Khmer Rouge in the 1960s.

Encompassing lush forests and traditional villages, the province is largely agricultural. Banlung, the provincial capital, is the most urbanized destination in Ratanakiri, with a population of 17,000. While tourism is yet to take off in the province, improvements in infrastructure are underway.

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