Trek and relax with the songs and sights of birds from the eco-friendly Yaklom Hill Lodge situated in the jungle near the provincial town of Ban Lung, Rattanakiri Province.
What to experience ?
For Nature lovers
If you are tired of destinations for the masses or if you just need time to recharge your batteries before seeing more of Cambodia or nearby Laos, then stopping by the Yaklom Hill Lodge can help you escape from the hectic world of travelling for a while and provide you with a peaceful moment in the countryside.
Yaklom Hill Lodge is nestled in the beautiful jungles of Rattanakiri between two hills. 14 cottages in a mix of Khmer/Lao/Khmer Loeu styles, are dotted on the hillside overlooking another hill, all have a fan, private bathroom, and a balcony – and a hammock to chill out. Drinking water and tea-making facilities are offered.
There is also a traditional hill tribe house that is ideal for small groups or an extended family. Based on a hill tribe village community hall design, it was built by the Tampuan hill-tribe neighbours. The house has a main hall with 8 mattresses on 2 raised platforms, and 2 attached toilets/bathrooms. The balcony of the house commands an extensive mountain view.
Don’t expect luxury here, you are in natural surroundings with all that that involves.
There are three panoramic platforms at the lodge, nature trails linking them, hiking trails and day treks from the lodge, sixty bird species have been identified in the surroundings and bird tours are being developed.
If you wish to get a more in depth feel of the forest, the lodge has developed a variety of itineraries (day trips or overnight stays), which take you through the ethnic villages.
How does it help ?
Yaklom Hill Lodge offers an alternative for tourists who want to experience nature in a responsible environment. The natural forest conserved within the Lodge’s boundaries is the only pocket of forest near Ban Lung that remains intact, apart from the forest surrounding the Yak Lom Lake protected area. The last ten years of land use changes has seen Ratanakiri’s forests converted into commercial monoculture plantations.
However, the forest in the Lodge area has remained untouched, providing a natural and safe habitat for many bird species and much small wildlife. Yaklom Hill Lodge has a clear policy and regulations that no bird hunting be allowed on the property.
The Lodge’s trekking and homestay activities are a mutual partnership between the tour operator and the host families with income generated from these activities going directly to the community. In organising these excursion and treks, the lodge encourages guests to buy local handicrafts directly from local communities to make sure that money goes directly to the villagers who make them.
Yaklom Hill Lodge ensures fair work policies, and the staff consists of 50% locally employed people, with 50% of all staff female.
2006 Benchmarked Accommodation by GreenGlobe21
Marker identifies National Road 78 in Rattanakiri province, Cambodia, not where the lodge is exactly …