Happy Birthday to me

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Me jumping for joy at Boeng Yeak Loam crater lake

People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Juliana (Russia), Jim (England)

We departed Kratie for Ban Lung on Tuesday and had to endure another arse numbing 7 hour journey, at the back of a cramped bus, on bumpy dirt roads. We arrived exhausted but our mood soon improved when we came across Mr Lengs Guest House. For $8.5 a night, we had a massive room with cable TV, air conditioning, king size bed, a bathroom the size of Andorra and hot water. JACKPOT!

After a great nights sleep, Julia wished me a happy birthday and we went for some food. We then hired out some bicycles and rode to Boeng Yeak Loam Crater Lake. By the time we arrived we were extremely hot and ridiculously dusty, so stripped off and got refreshed in the Lake.

Julia in Boeng Yeak Loam crater lake
We met up with Jim and spent an hour walking around the edge, protected from the sun by the canopy of trees that surrounds the lake.

After a birthday beer, we went to the main entrance point to the lake and joined the local kids, by throwing ourselves into the water from a small platform. We headed back to Ban Lung as the sun began to set and spent the evening in the bar having a few beers and playing some cards. It was all i really wanted from my birthday, peace, quiet and no hassles!

The following day, Julia and I hired a motorbike and decided i would try and drive to some nearby waterfalls. The Cambodian roads are basically dirt tracks riddled with pot holes and i found it pretty hard to cope at first, erring on the side of caution. Thankfully unlike Vietnam, there is hardly any traffic, which made the whole experience slightly less fearful!

We went to see 3 waterfalls in total, visiting Ka Tieng, Kinchaan and Chaa Ong.
Locals jumping off Kinchaan waterfall
To get to Ka Tieng we had to go through a small river with the bike, which was pretty nerve racking, but worth the effort. On to  Kinchaan, where we met some local guys keen to show off their cliff jumping skills, although i was happy to remain dry after my last cliff jumping experience ended in hospitalisation, with a torn medial knee ligament. I was happier to get wet at Chaa Ong, where Julia and I took a dip in the powerful spray dropping around 10 metres. We headed back to Ban Lung at sunset, impressed by the waterfalls and happy i had coped on the motorbike.

Deats says:
Its some way. Its in the very north east of Cambodia, around 12 hours from either place i believe. You would be best off flying if possible :)
Posted on: Oct 28, 2007
thenewextrememimi says:
Oooh. I love waterfalls and I'll be in Cambodia for a few days in December. How do you get the these waterfalls? Is it far from siem reap or phnom phen?
Posted on: Oct 26, 2007
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Me jumping for joy at Boeng Yeak L…
Me jumping for joy at Boeng Yeak …
Julia in Boeng Yeak Loam crater la…
Julia in Boeng Yeak Loam crater l…
Locals jumping off Kinchaan waterf…
Locals jumping off Kinchaan water…
Me in Boeng Yeak Loam crater lake
Me in Boeng Yeak Loam crater lake
Me and Jim taking a jump into Boen…
Me and Jim taking a jump into Boe…
Julia and Jim on the dusty road ou…
Julia and Jim on the dusty road o…
The dusty road outside Ban Lung
The dusty road outside Ban Lung
Julia relaxing at our hotel in Ban…
Julia relaxing at our hotel in Ba…
Ka Tieng waterfall
Ka Tieng waterfall
The crossing we took our motorbike…
The crossing we took our motorbik…
Julia cooling off at Chaa Ong wate…
Julia cooling off at Chaa Ong wat…
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photo by: Deats