Xé Kong

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    • Day 33

      Stung Treng

      December 8, 2019 in Cambodia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Unser erster Stop in Kambodscha war in Stung Treng. Die meisten Reisenden machen nur einen kurzen Halt um dann mit Bussen weiter nach Siem Reap oder Phnom Penh zu fahren. Doch wir hatten andere Pläne und blieben eine Nacht hier. Zu unserem Glück bekamen wir ein Zimmer in der 7. Etage des Hotels mit einem tollen Ausblick über den Mekong und die Stadt.Read more

    • Day 82

      On to Stung Treng

      January 7, 2023 in Cambodia ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      It’s almost 6am and we’re about done packing. A Tuk Tuk will pick us up from the hotel and take us to a ferry to cross the Mekong to Kratie, followed by a van to head north to the city of Strung Treng, where we had breakfast and spent several hours waiting near the market before boarding another van to the border. Not the most fun travel day!

      Along the way we captured a few pictures of rural Cambodia, including some tasty-looking tarantula snacks at a roadside restaurant.
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    • Day 82

      On to Laos

      January 7, 2023 in Cambodia ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

      After another pretty rough 90-minute van ride from Stung Treng, we arrived at the Cambodia/Laos border. This was the smoothest border crossing yet. The immigration staff were friendly, the lines weren’t too long, and while waiting for our visas on arrival, I was able to get a Lao SIM card for my iPhone - Done!

      We then took a short van ride to hop on a small ferry(!) to Don Det - an island in the Mekong River.
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    • Day 11

      Markets in Krong Stung Treng

      October 9, 2017 in Cambodia

      After a restless night due to a very firm mattress and David waking every 10 minutes to check there were no cockroaches crawling over us, we were then woken by the local cockerel at 5am which we tried to snooze through until 5:45. Then up and a quick breakfast before our next bus ride. We were picked up by the minibus from our hotel and after detouring around to fill the bus we headed north to Stung Treng. It took about 3.5 hours and a lot of bumpy road to arrive at this market town. Again, we decided to walk to our next guesthouse but after realising we weren't quite sure where it was we popped into the "Four Rivers Hotel" for directions. Here we were directed back to Kratie as the Le Tonlé had moved (as we had stayed there last night). We therefore took the opportunity to stay in an actual hotel for the next two nights. This hotel looks over the Mekong and Sekong rivers (not sure about the other 2) and even has a sky bar.
      We dropped our bags and headed into town in the rain (with an umbrella, thanks to our hotel!) to find lunch. There were not many restaurants around so we choose a busy local place which only gave us the English options of fried noodles or rice; we ordered one of each. The food was okay, but it just seemed a shame that the locals had a wider choice, that we were only able to peek at as it went past. We finished up lunch and had a walk through the large market before heading back for a rest at the hotel. On our way we realised we left our water bottle in the restaurant so had to make a detour to go and get it, which led us through the back street of town (past a whole load of rubbish) and through another market. We were very warm by the time we got back, but luckily the rain had stopped.
      In the evening, after David had a quick nap, we went up to the sky bar. We were the only ones to there and after they told us they didn't have mint for a mojito nor ice for any other cocktail we walked back into town for dinner. We had been recommended a place called Ponika's palace by the guy in Kratie. They do a mix of local, Indian and western food. Kerry went for the Indian set meal while David went for sweet and sour. The food was great, the service lacking and the power almost non-existent - the constant power-cuts left us feeling like we were eating in one of the 'dinner in the dark' restaurants.
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    • Day 12

      Last day in Cambodia

      October 10, 2017 in Cambodia

      We spent today trying to figure out the best way to get across the border and into Laos tomorrow. We first tried our hotel - but there was no one around who spoke English, just a mother with a young child sat on a rug on the floor. The girl had a drip up, as though it was a makeshift hospital in the lobby. We then tried the street vendors who offered either a bus leaving at 13:30 the next day or a taxi for $40. We continued back to Ponika's for breakfast and to ask here, again a bus leaving at maybe 12 or 1pm tomorrow or a taxi for $35. We ate our omelette with cheese (a cheese square on top) and poached eggs with a baguette, while we decided to think about our options. We then hired some bicycles from Ponika's to enjoy our last day in Cambodia.
      The bikes were just about road worthy, except David's puncture which we got refilled before riding on. We cycled parallel to the Sekong River out of town and to a women's development centre which was unfortunately closed until 13:30. We took the opportunity to cycle further and see some of the rural area around the town. We found a tourism sign which we followed but only found some abandoned huts and lots of army ants. At this point we turned around and cycled through some small village areas where the local people, especially the children, were very friendly and waving hello at us.
      We stopped for lunch at a cute restaurant with huts looking over the river. We were shown the first hut which Kerry quickly exited as she was faced with a green snake (no screaming involved!). The second was occupied by ants, but luckily the third we deemed safe and sat down in. Again the staff spoke very little English so we ordered chicken rice and some drinks. We were surprised to actually get a large plate of fried rice and chicken (no bones) with a side of chilli sauce. After a relaxing lunch and chill out in the hammocks we set back on our bikes.
      We cycled back to the women's development centre which was now open. One of the ladies showed us around and explained the main industry was silk but they also had programmes for cleaning, cooking, English and computer science. We were able to walk around the centre, seeing the workers spin, dye and weave the silk into beautiful fabrics and scarves. At the end of the tour we were shown the gift shop but the silk was very expensive so we opted for a donation in the box and a drink instead.
      We cycled back into town and dropped the bikes back (having to remind them we needed to pay and how much) before heading back to the hotel to organise the taxi for tomorrow. We decided a taxi would be the safest option given we had to catch transport the other side of the border.
      We had dinner in the hotel restaurant which we thought would be a good option, opting for fried chicken and chips and lok lak with chips. (We were really craving chips). But with the small portions and dubious pieces of beef, we ordered round two consisting of a noodle dish and some more french fries. Feeling utterly full after this we decided to call it a night.
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    • Day 8

      Vom falschen Mercedes ins Love-Mobil

      March 18, 2016 in Cambodia ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Offiziell sicher nur für 11 Personen zugelassen, haben wir es zeitweise auf 18 geschafft 👍. Zumindest mit buddhistischem Beistand 😊. Und das erste Mal, dass wir den Mekong sehen.

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