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I am married to my loving husband for more than 38 years now. I am a mother to 3 beautiful children, until 11 years ago when I lost my youngest son. Since then my life is forever altered but yet unbroken....

My Travel Journal

"There isn't much I haven't shared with you along the road and through it all there'd always be tomorrow's episode" - Elton John

I started traveling around the world since early 80s when I had the opportunity to combine business trips with vacations. Then later when my rezeki is in abundance, there were numerous other trips along the way for vacations, most of the time with hubby and the kids when the timing is right. I have also started to compile the journal and photo-pages covering almost more than 25 years of world wide travel. Some destinations I visited just once, others many times. Many of those places are the obvious famous places people would like to visit but some, the casual traveler doesn't even think to try. I have placed links to my travel at the side bar of my personal page, My Life Reflections, and will be updating them from time to time.

My wish is to continue my travel and complete circumnavigate the globe, insyaAllah…

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

4NR: Khong Island, Laos – Four Thousand Islands...

“Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown…”

(A mini Niagara Falls of Laos)

Day 05: 14 December 2015 (Monday)
Route: Stung Treng – Khong Island
Distance: 147 km

We gathered at the hotel restaurant early in the morning to have breakfast together and to clear off last night’s jitters among the riders.

We rode 80 km out of Stung Treng on AH11 towards the Cambodia/Laos border. The road leading to the border was not in the best of condition. Riding on some stretches of the undulating road was bumpy and dusty trying our best to avoid large potholes and rocks.

Border clearance at the Dom Kralor Cambodia border was smooth. Riders need to pay US$10 for a Temporary Custom Permit to bring our motorcycles out of Cambodia. At the Nong Nok Kheane Laos border the immigration and passport control process was simpler. We only need to submit the Arrival/Departure Form and got our passport stamped without any fee.

From the border we rode towards Khong Island where we planned to stay a night there. 13 km from the border, we made a detour to Khone Pha Pheng Falls located on the Mekong river in southern Laos near the Cambodian border. The cascading Khone waterfalls and rapids, also known as ‘mini Niagara Falls’ are the largest in Southeast Asia. It was worth the trip as the scenery is breath-taking.

We stayed for a while, absorbing the beautiful view of the falls. The Khone Pha Pheng falls are the main reason why the over 4,000 km long Mekong river is not navigable by ship from South China Sea to China.

After having a tall glass of iced coffee and a good rest, we continued riding towards Khong Island or Don Khong which is the largest among the 4,000 islands noted for its beauty and is a growing tourist destination. We checked in Pon’s Riverside Guesthouse and had seafood lunch at the restaurant by the river watching the sleepy, laid back way of life passed us by.

In the afternoon we rented a boat and went for a cruise on the Mekong. Tonight we celebrated Mat Putt’s birthday and spent time on the boat watching the beautiful sunset.

(Colorful buildings of Stung Treng)
(Ready to cross Cambodia/Laos border)
(Riding out of the town of Stung Treng)
(Crossing Cambodia-China Friendship bridge)
(Off-roading towards the border)
(Final refueling in Cambodia)
(Careful of bumpy road on damaged tarmac)
(Arriving at the Cambodia/Laos border) 
(Temporary parking to check on documents)
(Passport stamping at Cambodia Immigration Post)
(Hassle free border crossing)
(Detouring to Khone Pha Pheng Waterfalls)
(Quite an expensive entrance fee for foreigners)
(A short walk to the falls and rapids)
(A breath-taking beautiful scenery)
(Cascade of rapids on the Mekong River)
(A couple shot at the waterfalls)
(A discovery of a new scenic place)
(Riding with a disciplined formation)
(Typical Laotian houses in the village)
(Riding across a newly built bridge to Khong Island)
(Many quiet riverside resorts on the island)
(The mighty Mekong running through seven countries) 
(Bus and boat services available)
(Getting ready for a boat tour on the Mekong)
(Many long-tail boats for hire)
(Happy faces, on a sun-set boat tour)
(Fishing boats scattered here and there)
(A tranquil sight of the sun-set on the horizon)


Anonymous said...

nice place. nice story. but i heard you and your husband FELL DOWN FROM MOTORCYCLE AT THE PARKING AREA KHONE PHAPAENG WATERFALLS

Nong (Maimon Mohd Top) said...

Yes we did... hu hu