Quickly growing town. Friendly locals can take you out to see the jungle, swimming in the lake, and checking out the artesian gem miners.
You must have 24 hour transport of your own. The volcanic lake is 7 kilometers from town. The market, restaurants and hotels are some distance apart.
Motorbikes and bicycles can be rented from some guest houses but generally not hotels which receive local visitors with cars. Tuk Tuks and Mototaxis are hard to find except in the central market in the day. Not much English spoken or on sign boards. Still, you are free to travel around open excellent new roads with little traffic. It is a rolling hilly area- cooler & it rains more in the hot season than in the south or seacoast. . There is a sense of freedom and peace and the lake is great for swimming and hiking. You can find good food at some Guest Houses and a few restaurants but no night life. This is a natural area for exploration on your own and it can be rewarding. There were several European families with young children when I visited as well as independent backpackers. I will try to return there and meet some of the local residents. For me it is the best part of Cambodia especially in the hot season.
Traveled from Mondulkiri to ratanakiri, enjoyed rattanakiri alot more. Waterfalls and swimming spots were beautiful.
Hired a tuk tuk for a day to take all 3 of us to the local / tourist spots, cost $25