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Nov 10, 2005 - The Death Highway Part Two -- The goat trail to Ko Nhek

There is no road-sign noting this innocuous little turn-off as being the main road to Cambodia's northeast capital. Locals know where it is and wary those who are travelling with a guide who doesn't know their way. Miss this turn-off, continue on the main big road (that any sane person would assume to be the correct road) and there is no way you'll do the trip in a day. The road deteriorated rapidly. You know when you're being dragged up to the top of the highest point in a roller-coaster -- the upward climb is slow and smooth, with just...

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Nov 10, 2005 - The Death Highway Part Three - Koh Nhek to Ban Lung

After Koh Nhek the scenery changed. Grassy plains, occasional paddies and a mere trickle of villages. According to Mab the whole area was decimated by logging some ten to fifteen years early -- mainly at the hands of Vietnamese logging interests. While Mab mouthed off at the inappropriateness of Vietnamese gutting his country, he had few words for the politicians in Phnom Penh who no doubt gave permission and profited handsomely from the raping of the forests of Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri. Riding through areas with ten years of regrowth was...

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