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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: Stung Treng, Cambodia – An Off-roading Adventure...

“It feels good to be lost in the right direction…”

(A painting on the wall - the Apsara Dancers)

Day 04: 13 December 2015 (Sunday) 
Route: Siem Reap - Stung Treng
Distance: 507 km

After a short briefing and recital of prayers, around 09:30 we started riding out of Siem Reap. As usual everyone entered the destination coordinates in their GPS. In one small town along the way, because of heavy traffic and road construction, the group was split from Tuan Shawal. Our GPS was showing a different route and requesting to make a u-turn.

The group stopped by the roadside to check on the routing. Meanwhile, realizing that the group was not in sight, Tuan Shawal made a turn back and joined the group. By group consensus, we decided to follow Tuan Shawal’s GPS routing to Stung Treng, which was different from ours.

The journey meandered along the Mekong River through traditional villages of Muslim Community, Kampong Cham and Kratie. If you want to have a peep at a way of life of the Muslims in Cambodia, riding through their kampung and bendang, is an opportunity not to be missed. Situated along side the Mekong and surrounded by pockets of bamboo forest and friendly villages, there are small towns act as the jumping off point for boat trips to see rare Irrawaddy dolphins.

Some stretches of the road were good but most were under construction, dusty and bumpy, but heaven for dirt bike enthusiasts. We rode slowly and carefully on the un-tarmac roads avoiding potholes and rocks. We reached Stung Treng and checked in Sun Tha Guesthouse very late at night, clocking double the distance from the original routing. Although off-roading in the dark was a little tough for us with poor night sight, it was a very good experience and we reached our destination safely without any incidents.

I was quite surprised that some ‘experienced’ riders found the route treacherous and wearing their patience super thin. For me, there was no reason to be agitated and shed tears.

(Fresh morning air of Siem Reap)
(Riding out of town, heading towards the border)
(Riding with the sun in our eyes)
(Cambodia is upgrading most highways)
(Dusty off-roading for quite a distance)
(Beware of lorries and steam-rolls in the middle of the road)
(A short break away from the red dust)
(Cambodian children playing along the highway)
(Slippery and muddy at some stretches)
(Road-side stalls selling food, life must go on)
(Sandwiched between heavy vehicles)
(Even towns are not spared)
(Crossing rivers and swamps)
(A short split. We lost sight of our lead)
(Continued riding on the un-tarmac road)
(A true adventure experience in Cambodia)
(A critical junction to Stung Treng)
(Passing through small villages)
(And through small towns)
(Crossing rivers, small and large)
(Continue riding on a trunk road)
(Beware of animals crossing)
(A remote, quiet town in the middle of nowhere)
(Refueling and double checking on the routing)
(The sun is setting fast)
(A beautiful floating mosque in Kampong Cham)
(Riding into a crowded market place)
(A beautiful sunset by the Mekong)
(Riding on un-paved road at night)

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