A Bridge Across Forever

Trip Start Dec 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 03, 2011

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Phromprak Trochakcheth guesthouse

Flag of Cambodia  , Kâmpóng Cham,
Friday, January 14, 2011

A rather late start today. My 930am bus to Kompong Cham broke down enroute to Kratie. Spent the next two hours at U-Hong cafe near the market with a chilled coconut (best drink ever on a hot day). Back at the bus stop at 11am but with no bus in sight for twenty minutes. Around the corner was the bus office where I camped for the next 1.5 hours. A cranky old bus eventually arrived at 1230pm full of exhausted looking locals on board.
Finally arrived in Kompong Cham at 3.30pm and quickly asked to be dropped off near the river, past the japanese bridge. From there it was a brief ten minutes walk to the guesthouses and checked in a US$5 room at Phromprak Trochakcheth guesthouse overlooking the Mekong river. The room itself was a windowless cell hole (seemed to be a regular occurance now) but with a very comfortable bed and solid pillows.
After a quick meal at Mekong Crossing cafe, my 1 km walk began along the promenade towards a magnificent bamboo bridge connecting to Koh Ter island. The bamboo bridge was quite a sight. Looked filmsy but a sedan car was driving across when I was on it. The promenade came alive with food vendors preparing their stalls and locals doing their group aerobics to pumping Techno that screamed like an air raid siren. By the time I had explored Wat Day Doh and the Cham muslim community, my battery was completely flat. The next three hours was my nap with the Discovery Channel on until my dinner at 930pm. Tried my first Fish Amok dish and washed it down with plenty of coconut juice. Mekong Crossing's version was a creamy but spiceless curry dish. It was alright although I felt something was blatantly missing in the ingredients.
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