What do you mean the bridge is out??!!
Trip Start May 18, 2005
72Trip End May 18, 2006
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So we started off on our journey at about 10.30, expecting to get to the border at about 2ish with a bit of luck. The road was as bumpy as we had remembered, possibly even worse, and without seatbelts in the back we kept getting our heads bashed off the cieling which was fun
As we got closer to the bridge we could see a huge articulated truck had managed to get stuck. Its back wheels had fallen right rough the bridge, which was barely wide enough for it, and there was no budging it. There's some photos of it attached here if you want to look.
Anyway, this was obviously bad for us as we were nowhere near where we wanted to go and there was no way we were going back to Siem Reap. Some pick up trucks were chancing a go at the river which was only about 4 feet deep. Some made it across and some got stuck and blocked others from crossing. Carnage. Our Camry, as well as it could handle the fantastic roads, would never be able to cross the river. So we had to come up with something else
We made our way across the bridge, squeezing past the truck, and started looking for another camry. Maybe we could swap with someone who was coming in the opposite direction. And thats what we did. We found this Thai bloke with a bit of English who had come from Poipet in a taxi and was heading to Siem Reap. Dead handy. Since we were half way and had both agreed the same amount for the trip it was easy to sort things out. Although he did try to say that he had traveled further and should pay less. No chance boss!!
So we set off again in a slightly more comfy car this time, with seat belts, and got to the border about an hour later than we had planned. Not bad going really considering we spent at least an hour at the bridge. The border crossing was same as last time, nothing too stressful. Now we just needed to get to Bangkok where luxury awaited!!