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Jun 25, 2013 - Tour Day 5 - Stung Treng

Morning folks. We had the enormous hotel restaurant all to ourselves for breakfast. The hotel is apparently owned by a 3 star general and ex Khmer Rouge officer. No expense had been spared on the place and it’s almost obscene as to the amount of ornate hardwood furniture there is around. Everything is very heavy solid teak. They are cutting trees down at an alarming rate and very much of the logging is illegal. Breakfast done we set out on a 4.5 hour road trip to Stung Treng, which sits on the banks of the Tonle Sap river. This river flows...

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Feb 7, 2011 - Making our way through Cambodia

306 days of travel 162 days on the bike 9600KM: Total riden as of Feb 9th 3200km: India 4200km: China 1635km: Laos 800km: Cambodia (so far) We had ridden 1200km since exiting China and time was running out on our 30 day Laos visa. We had three days to ride the 400km to the border OR we could hop a bus. Since leaving the hills of northern Laos, the riding days had become long and hot with scenery remaining the same day after day. After nearly 6 months of riding in the mountains and hills of northern India, Southern China and northern Laos,...

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Apr 3, 2009 - Cambodia

Whatever I or any of us write about Cambodia needs to be taken in the context of the recent history of this country. I'm glad that I didn't get around to writing my logs on Cambodia until after I'd travelled through the north east of the country and had a chance to visit and experience Phnom Penh and in particular the Killing Fields and the S-21 prison. Because only when you look at the devastating events that took place 30 or so years ago do you get a sense for the people and this country. If the people look poorer , less happy, less...

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Asia Journey

Jul 21, 2008 - 4000 Islands

We mad it to Laos!! After what the lonely planet book tells us we were quit scared about the boarder crossing into Laos. We were quit surprised by the paved roads all the way to the shakes that they called the boarder. We then payed the guards a dollar each to get out of Cambodia, walked about 100 meters, and Payed the Laos guards 2 dollars each to let us in. We then sat at the boarder for around an hour and a half waiting for our van to pick us up. All in all it was not to bad. So our first stop in Laos was Dong Khong, It is part of these...

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South East Asia

May 4, 2008 - Sick of Phnom Penh

So I have been sick for the past three days and I'm feeling better now. Thank God! I ate something that didn't agree with my stomach. I had not been that sick for a really long time but Andrew took really good care of me and got me all the meds I needed to get well. His Grandfather is doing better by the way and he will not be leaving to go back home any time soon. So thats good news. So a lot has happend but I will start with the most memorable part of Phnom Penh which is not on the best of notes. About a week ago we met up with our...

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Feb 26, 2008 - a summary of Laos

How to sum up an entire country? While traveling I am constantly running into people that have already been to where I am headed next, and everyone is always happy to give you their opinion of the place. I try to not have it affect my perspective, but subconsciously, I am sure it does. As it was for Vietnam, no one I have met has been overly affectionate, or even that affectionate, about their time there and I think I walked away with a similar feeling. Beautiful country but it did not leave me overflowing with love towards the people or...

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Jun 8, 2007 - Sunset Don Det!

Hello All, After one to many painful bites (for Jode) J & J have returned to Thailand for a little R & R! Since our last entry (I know its been a long time but we haven't had many chances to log on and when we did it was very expensive) we left Don Kong and travelled down to the marvellous yet difficult island of Don Det (accompanied by our new travelling buddy Job (pron Yob) from Holland who does the best Borat impression I've ever heard). As a location Don Det couldn't have been nicer. Endless paddy fields, rolling hills, buffalo, pigs,...

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Jun 4, 2007 - 4,000 Islands and not one beach!

Hello All, Since our last entry we have visited the amazing Buddha Park in Vientaine, traveled 11 hours by bus to Champasak (home of world heritage ruins) and caught the local 'bus' to Don Kongh (in Laos' 4000 islands)... Wowee that's a lot of travel in a a short period of time! Starting at the Buddha Park. Jodie and I arranged for a 1 hour tuk-tuk ride to take us out of the city (past the border bridge to Thailand) and into the country for a visit to one of the most amazing sights so far! The park consists of about 30 huge statues...

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Feb 28, 2007 - Journey to Stung Streng and the Laos Border

We boarded a mini bus to Stung Streng where we were told we would board a boat to the Laos border and on to the Si Phan Don, Four thousand Islands. There were four of us on the mini bus, Fatima and I, Ursula from Switzerland, and a young lad, Christian, from the UK, half empty. The driver saw this as an opportunity to make a few extra Riel and pick up six more locals and drop them off at various locations on the way. Three of us were then dropped off at Riche's Restaurant, Stung Streng, leaving Christian on board looking very worried and...

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Mar 22, 2006 - To Stung Treng

22 March 06 - To Stung Treng I was up really early, had breakfast and then Soccer took me at 0715 to the Tribal Hotel and Pierette was sitting there looking a lot happier than yesterday. Soon Dan and Rachel joined us, and Pierette went off in her taxi and we got in another with an Israeli chap called Aaron, who had spent 6 nights in Banlung doing nothing but eat and read! Our taxi left at 0815 and, joy of joys, it was just the four of us and the driver, who was a particularly careful driver. After just one brief stop we got into Stung...

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Mar 19, 2006 - To Stung Treng

19 March - To Stung Treng I had some time to catch up with a bit of internetting and had lunch by the river. Went for the 1400 bus at 1330, bumping into Wanda who took me with my luggage on his bike. He said he could travel free as he used to do some work for the bus company. I was feeling much better today, so was kinder to him and apologised for being a little off. It seemed he had picked up my cold. The bus arrived at 1430, having come from Phnomh Penh. There were three other westerners on it. Wanda sat next to me. He admitted that he...

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Mar 18, 2006 - Another Border Fiasco

Ah, land borders are always an adventure. And the fact that neither the Laos nor Cambodia guide books mentioned much about the only border between the two countries should have been our first clue that this was not going to be easy. But we knew it was possible and had met people who had done it so we stuck to our plan. At 8:30 in the morning we took the dollar boat across the Mekong to the mainland. From there we walked the 1km to the main road where we knew we could pick up some transport. After waiting an hour in the hot morning sun we...

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