Anth in Phnom Penh

Friday, October 28, 2005

(The Horror) Bad roads, transport cartels and misadventure in northern Cambodia (The Horror)


Phnom Penh to Kratie
journey: 5 hours by bus
road condition: good

Our travels in Northern Cambodia began early one Saturday morning in Pchum Benh festival. It was bucketing down rain in Phnom Penh and every poncho wearing Khmer and his dog were trying to get out of the city to spend Pchum Benh with family in the provinces. The bus station was pure chaos with drenched and dripping travellers clutching luggage all with one aim: getting on a bus and getting out of town. After an hour long wait we made it on to our bus and into a huge traffic jam. I sleepily gazed out the window as motos and vehicles sluggishly crept along the wet streets. Finally we crossed the Japanese bridge, the sun was shining and we were on our way.

We arrived in Kratie early afternoon. It is a very pretty, laid back town surrounded by lush foliage, and hemmed in by the swollen banks of the Mekong. We didn't spend much time there as our sights were set further north. We purchased a bottle of "tuk grahom" (literal translation red water, aka johnny walker red label) and went where it was all at on a Saturday night, the tukkalup stands on the riverside. Post note: Whiskey and tukkalup (blended fruit, sugar, condensed milk, egg and ice) actually works!


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