Ratanakiri ("Mountain of Gems") is a province of Cambodia located in the remote northeast. It borders the provinces of Mondulkiri to the south and Stung Treng to the west and the countries of Laos and Vietnam to the north and east, respectively. The province extends from the mountains of the Annamite Range in the north, across a hilly plateau between the Tonle San and Tonle Srepok rivers, to tropical deciduous forests in the south. In recent years, logging and mining have scarred Ratanakiri's environment, long known for its beauty.
Chi Phat is located in the heart of the Southern Cardamoms Protected Forest that has been severely affected by warfare, commercial logging, and hunting. Lying on the banks of the Phipot River, Chi Phat commune comprises four small villages (Chi Phat, Chaom Sla, KamLort, and TeukLaork) of about 550 families. Villagers are using the highly fertile red soil of the area to grow rice, bananas and other seasonal crops.
Trapeang Roung is located in the heart of the Southern Cardamoms Protected Forest that has been severely affected by warfare, commercial logging, and hunting. Lying on the banks of the Trapeang Roung River, Trapeang Roung commune comprises four small villages (Trapeang Rung, DeiyTumneab, PraekAngkunh, and Koh Kong Knong) of about 500 families. Trapeang Roung is renowned for its traditional food, especially seafood and fruits especially their deliciously sweet Honey Pineapple.