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  • Yak Lom Lake
    4.5 stars

    Believed to be around 700,000 years old, this crater lake is about 50 metres deep at the deepest point and around 800 metres across. Aside from the trail around the lake, another 850-metre path takes you up into the forested hill beside the lake and leads to the road from the main entrance. On ... read more

  • Gem shopping
    3.5 stars

    While they're probably outnumbered now by mobile phone shops (who does buy all these phones?!), those that remain offer a dazzling array of colourful precious stones from the surrounding hills and, unexpectedly, from far flung places such as Sri Lanka. You really need to know your stuff to pick ... read more

  • Reclining Buddha
    3 stars

    Set atop the hill is a small but active temple. Pass that by and continue up the hill for perhaps another 500 metres and you'll reach a small reclining Buddha. While the Buddha itself isn't all that unremarkable, the views are, offering expansive views over the surrounds. Both from behind the ... read more

  • Waterfalls around Banlung
    3.5 stars

    Cha Ong waterfall Head two kilometres west on National Road 78 until you reach a four-way intersection. Turn right and follow the road for about six kilometres to reach Cha Ong. This is the largest of three waterfalls within close distance to Banlung town and purportedly the tallest in the ... read more

  • Virachey National Park
    3 stars

    You can pay extra and have your guesthouse or tour company arrange this, or you can go to the office and arrange the trip directly with the rangers. The Office of Virachey National Park Headquarters is located three blocks north of the post office, only a few minutes from the centre of town. ... read more

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