Mel & Jammy's Fun Times!
So I'm writing this entry some time after having left Cambodia as our last week or so there was spent out in the provinces that not that many tourists bother to visit which made it difficult to use the internet. However this was kind of a nice feeling and makes you realise what it must have been like to travel in days gone by. The first province we visited was Mondulkiri (which actually looked pretty much like wales) where we spent a lot of our time drinking iced coffee and swimming in random waterfalls with a really nice couple we met from Brighton called Gayle and Tom. I guess the main difference from Wales was the fact that we could do an elephant trek which was lots of fun, if not a little slow and uncomfortable on the old behinds. Whilst sitting around drinking iced coffee we all decided together that we needed an adventure and to try and get to Ratanakiri via one of the worst roads in the world. However on being quoted prices of $180 to take a truck for a 10 hour trip we decided it better to take the more conventional, less direct route. This turned out tho' to be the most uncomfortable 11 hour journey so far with 4 of us sharing the back bench inside a pick-up truck along bumpy roads whilst 3 Cambodians with child sat in the front! This was really horrible and painful, although we did manage to get some money back, but this trip only led us to what must be the dustiest town in the world! Outside of the dusty town (Ban Lung) tho was really beautiful and we all hired bikes (that were falling apart!) to visit a crater lake and some more waterfalls. However the next day we upped the pace and decided to hire mopeds which led to a pretty eventful day which included me and Jammy falling off our mopeds (albeit at slow speed), getting stuck in the dark with no lights, Gayle and Tom's bike breaking down and finally Gayle falling down a hole. Despite the disasters this was actually quite a funny day although it definitely put us off mopeds for a while, especially on bumpy, dangerous roads! Don't worry tho I only fell on my bum off the back and Jammy escaped with a cut knee so all in all it was reasonably painless lesson. Although the people in Ratanakiri were a little bit weird we generally loved our time in Cambodia and were really sad to leave but at the same time glad that we had seen a lot more than than the key tourist sites.