Affectionately known as ‘dey krahorm’ (red earth) after its rust coloured affliction, Ban Lung provides a popular base for a range of Ratanakiri romps. It may look like autumn all year round, but it’s just that the leaves, like everything else, are cloaked in a blanket of dust. The town itself isn’t the most inspiring, but with attractions such as Boeng Yeak Lom just a short hop away, there is little room for complaint. Many of the minorities from the surrounding villages come to Ban Lung to buy and sell at the market, making it one of the more lively centres in the province. The town was originally known as Labansiek before the civil war, but the district name of Ban Lung has gradually slipped into use among locals.