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Jan 11, 2008 - Sen monorom

Un piccolo paese nell'est della cambogi. Da qui io e i tre inglesi ci siamo avventurati verso nord... su tre motorini 50cc (con i rispettivi autisti). 80 km di strada sabbiosa e buche... fantastico! Ci hanno lasciati alle rive del fiume dove abbiamo preso una piccola barca e poi camminato per 5 km. Tutto questo con il pesante zaino in spalla! (che tortura, ma fantastico). Mucche incuriosite ci hanno osservati per circa 5 km poi, per fortuna, abbiamo trovato un passaggio da un signore che ci ha permesso di fare gli ultimi 30 km fino alla...

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Jul 13, 2007 - Sen Monorom - Day 3

I woke feeling much better and almost 100%. After no luck trying to rent a scooter, we got a local hand drawn map and started walking to one of the main waterfalls. After missing a couple turns and getting directions from a local who noticed us wandering around, we found the correct road to the waterfall. The waterfall was nice, but not spectacular. We met up with Minnesota on our way back town. He was staying with a British guy he found on "couch surfing", funny, since Minnesota is sleeping on the floor because there is no couch (this...

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Jul 11, 2007 - Sen Monorom - Arrival

We woke to the unrelenting crowing of roosters at about 5am. We looked at each other and wondered what the hell we had gotten ourselves into. After cleaning up a little more (we were still covered in mud) we tried to search out some food but didn't find anything we deemed edible. Our driver from last night decided that the roads were too bad for him to re-attempt so he passed us off to someone else. Our next ride was a slightly used Toyota crew cab with 4-wheel drive and a wench on the front bumper. Toyotas are the vehicle of choice when it...

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Jul 10, 2007 - Sen Monorom - Getting there

We caught the local bus this morning at 9am and headed off towards Sen Monorom in the Mondulkiri provence. This was supposed to be a 5-6 hour bus ride to an area where few tourists venture. Since we had such a good time in Ban Lung, we threw caution to the wind and bought our bus tickets. In the end, we took 4 different modes of transport with total time to get to destination being 26.5 hours. The first hour was on a nice bus and we were dropped off in a village called Snoul, which was just about as delightful as it sounds. After waiting...

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Oct 29, 2006 - Day 46 - The second day with the Easy Riders

The program for the day was to be similar but with the stops slightly more spread out as we had a greater distance to cover. Amongst the masses of information we were plied with, we also learned Quan & Huong's views on communism. During their time at the re-education camps and after their release, for many years neither had sufficient food to eat. Many nights they went to bed with great hunger pains, despite both of them getting their full ration of food allotted by the government. Often the people were short of rice, which is curious as...

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Oct 10, 2006 - Seima Biodiversity Conservation Area, Mondulkiri, Cambodia, Part I

Hi, All. I've been in Mondulkiri for about 2 weeks, now, and it's one of the most magical places I've ever been. I think I'm in a good position to judge, since I've lived in a lot of amazing places over the years: among the bison heards at the foot of the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado, on a tropical beach on St. Croix, in the middle of the East African savannah.... This place is right up there with the best of them. I am living in the Seima Biodiversity Conservation Area (SBCA), a recently established protected area administered by the...

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Aug 24, 2006 - Margret Mead Would Be Proud

Hi Everybody - If you have ever questioned whether one person can make a difference, let me tell you, they can. I've just returned from a very remote area of Cambodia called Mondolkiri Province. Mondolkiri is home to an indiginous people call the P'Nong people who, much like the Muslim Cham I described in an earlier journal entry, have historically been marginalized by Cambodian society. As such, Mondolkiri is home to one of our Individual Student Programs and I traveled to this region to visit with as many students as I possibly could in...

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Mar 15, 2006 - Sen Monorum

Update by JT It was nice to arrive in Sen Monorum after being in busy cities for so long. It was much more relaxed and it was neat to see the villages of Cambodia. The town only had a few restaurants a several spaced out Hostels so our choices were limited. It was by far the cheapest town we've been to. We only paid 1.50 each for a room with satellite T.V. which is very nice to have in a less active town as this one. Besides trekking there is not much else to do. The first day we decided to dedicate to relaxing because the ride there was a...

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Feb 7, 2006 - Sen Monorom

7 Feb Tue Sen Monorom We left the guesthouse at 7:30 with the pick-up but we didn't leave the city till 9. We had a seat "inside", with the usual constellation of 2 people in front, 4 people in the back (and the rear space was much smaller than ever). We managed to arrange the front seats and we had to assist while all the goods were hauled. Sitting outside meant throning on top of the pile with scarely any clinging facilities. It was just 1 USD cheaper than inside (6/7) so it was not a big deal. The road was quite smooth till Snuol, where...

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Nov 10, 2005 - The Death Highway Part One - Plain sailing

Referred to in Matt Jacobson's Adventure Cambodia as the Death Highway, the "road" from Sen Monorom to Ban Lung is a pretty special affair. For dirtbike enthusiasts, the trip enjoys legendary status -- tales abound of monumental hardship traversing the just-over 200km trip. Fording nasty rivers, reconstructing smashed up motorbikes, sorting out smashed up limbs, and just generally finding one's way in what swings between dense forest with hardly a trail to see through to grassy plains with innumerable trails running off in all directions --...

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Nov 8, 2005 - Phnom Penh to Sen Monorom

OK, I'll fess up before we even get started - travelling companion Andrew and myself coughed up the cash and hired a 4WD for the eight hour trip up to Sen Monorom. None of this sitting in the back of a pick-up with the dust, the heat, the people, the chickens, the spare tires and the endless variety of boxes, bags and plastic bags stuffed full of, well, stuff. We've been there, done that and own the whole collection of T-shirts for uncomfortable trips on bleak roads to bleak towns. This time we're taking the luxurious route and hiring a...

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Mar 27, 2005 - cambodia-Sen Monoron

HELLO FAMILY!!!!!!! Antes q nada agradeceros los e-mails q hemos recibido en relacion a nuestra extension del viaje....es bonito ver q todo es apoyo y que no hay rencor...ni envidias... Ademas.. en q ibais a invertir todas vuestras horas de curro si no es por las noticias de nuestro pequeno viajecillo... Pero vamos a lo de Sen Monoron... ya solo el viaje para llegar ahi fue una odisea... hicimos el viaje en dos pick-ups, una especie de furgonetilla con la parte de atras abierta. Y podias viajar dentro con el conductor o fuera con toda la...

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