Visit the only volcanic lake in Cambodia’s Ratanakiri

“Swimming in the Yeak Loam lake is relaxing and refreshing after a day spent touring the local villages and many of the waterfalls on the back of a motorbike. Remote and charming, definitely an off the beaten track experience.”

Recommendation from the CamConsious Team


Yeak Laom was established in 1998 and is now managed by the local communities themselves. Boeung Yeak Laom is a sacred place connected to traditional Khmer legends. The lake, itself, was created by volcanic movements centuries ago.

Yeak Laom is a deep clear water volcanic lake surrounded by a jungle. This natural lake, is a very popular place for Khmer people to enjoy their countryside.  Near the lake, local indigenous minority people still live. The lake is managed by a community which includes 5 villages of Tum Poun people.

The lake is very busy  and noisy during Cambodian national holidays, so if you wan to experience the natural tranquility of this place avoid visiting during public holidays.


Currently there is no homestay available. However, keep checking back as the site is planning to re-open the homestay within the next few months.



  • Trekking around the lake
  • Swimming in lake, what is very refreshing and clear water
  • Meet indigenous people
  • Learn about their culture, traditional dancing and music
  • Experiencing traditional livelihoods and enjoying the rural Cambodian lifestyle
  • Hiking to waterfalls with a local guide


Travelling from Phnom Penh take a minibus to Sean Monourun (Mondulkiri capital). From there you will be able to book a local minibus to Ban Lung (Ratanakiri capaital). The minivans to Ratanakiri leave in the mornings, so you will most likely need to spend a night in Sean Monourun.  Travelling from Siem Reap, you will be able to find a VIP minibus to Stung Treng city. From there you will need to take local transport – shared taxi or minivan to Ban Lung.

Yeak Laom is 5km away from Banlung Town, it can be reached 10 to 15 minutes by taxi or motobike. They charge 4$ to 5$ return. By foot from ban Lung, it is 1 hour. Due to the road conditions access is more difficult during rainy season (July to October).


At this moment we are unable to take booking for this site.



Trekking to the volcanic lake in the mountain forest and just spending a half day swimming in the lake and enjoying the beautiful scenery. When you walk around the lake you might be lucky to spot some of the local wildlife and plants. Most of the walk is in the shade due to natural plant cover, so it is possible to walk around even in the middle of the day at the peak of hot dry season.

Once you are done with swimming, visit the village and experience the local life. You might be able to see or buy handicrafts from the local indigenous people such baskets, musical instrument, hand-woven cloths and scarves. It is a relatively remote area, with only few tourists out of the main tourism season, so sometimes it can be difficult to see all activities when you visit.


Trekking through the forest and meeting the indigenous people. Come back to the village and sleep over in the homestay and experience the daily life of the local tribes.

The best way to explore the area is on the back of a motorbike, so either hire one yourself or organise a motodop to take you to the local villages and many of the waterfalls in the area. South of Banlung, the Ou’Sean Lair Waterfall is one of the popular waterfall in Ratanakari. The other waterfall worth visiting is the katieng waterfall. Remember in the middle of dry season, some of these waterfalls might not have enough water. In rainy season the dusty roads get muddy and difficult to navigate, so be careful.


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