The Essential
Ban Lung is the beating heart of Ratanakiri province and a good base camp for excursions around this northeastern border region with Laos and Vietnam. It is rich in tourist potential, with waterfalls, the crater-lake of Yeak Loam and animist villages. Don't expect too much of the city itself, however, it is mostly dusty and even its imposing market is not enough to make it a truly enticing destination.