Northeast Cambodia Ride (Death Highway)

Discussion in 'Cambodia Road Trip Reports' started by belgarathc, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. belgarathc

    belgarathc Ol'Timer

    Dec 2006 / Jan 2007 (Dry Season) - Northeast Cambodia

    Route: Phnom Penh -> Kampong Cham -> Kratie -> Strung Treng -> Rattanakiri -> Mondulkiri -> Prey Veng -> Phnom Penh
    Distance: ~1500km
    Reference: Adventure Cambodia by Matt Jacobson,
    Bike: Honda Degree from Angkor Motorcycles at US$9 per day
    Comments: A long, hot and dusty ride through some of the most remote parts of Cambodia.
    Full Report: Detailed trip report and more photos at -> Northeast Cambodia (Death Highway)


    Map of Cambodia and route taken


    Day 1 (Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham)

    Creepy snacks. Fried tarantulas at Skuon aka Spiderville.

    Day 2 (Kampong Cham)

    Sunrise at Kampong Cham along Mekong river. On the right is the Cambodia’s first bridge to span the Mekong River.

    Nokor Temple

    Looking out for Irrawaddy dolphins.

    Day 3 (Kratie - Ratanakiri)

    Banlung in Ratanakiri. Does it look like a scene out of a war movie?

    Day 4 (Ratanakiri)

    Almost perfectly round, Yeak Lom lake is 45m deep and 750m in diameter.

    Road to Lumkud Lake

    Day 5 (Ratanakiri - Mondulkiri)

    Tonle Srepok river of Apocalypse Now fame. The Death Highway awaits across the river.

    Met a local at Death Highway

    Day 6 (Mondulkiri)

    Rolling hills of Sen Monorom

    Day 7 (Mondulkiri - Phnom Penh)

    Taking the Neak Loeung ferry across the Mekong River

    Day 8-9 (Phnom Penh)

    Memorial stupa at Choeung Ek where more than 8000 skulls were kept

    Sunset by the Mekong river
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  3. panok

    panok Member

    Nice Pic !!!
  4. dirthonk

    dirthonk Ol'Timer

    nice stuff man, do you have any more pics from the death highway between rattanakiri and mondulkiri??
    i plan to ride that section these coming months.
    was it difficult to navigate or were there enough locals on the way to point you in the right direction??
  5. belgarathc

    belgarathc Ol'Timer

    One more photo of Death Highway:

    During my ride, I met 2 groups of locals going in the same direction. I only met one group of riders (a tourist and his guide) coming from the opposite direction. Personally, I don't think you should count on having locals on the way to point you to the right direction. Navigation should be okay if you have GPS tracks to follow. I didn't have them and was lucky to met locals going the same way.

    But I think it's wiser to get the advice of more experienced riders in gt-rider. :)
  6. bill

    bill Ol'Timer

    Nicely structured trip report

    RE Death Highway
    I did the trip solo in 2003 over one day.
    That was before some of the road was upgraded between Sen Monorom and Koh Neak
    Would have been much easier with a gps and track, however only went the wrong way once and wasted ~30min.

    Two motodops on dailems fully loaded with 2 large female Scandinavian backpackers went through one day ahead of me and I crossed the motodops around Koh Neak on their return trip.
    Kind of puts the ego in check when you're riding one-up on a proper dirtbike.
    I own a gps now and these sort of trips are much more enjoyable when you're not stressing about where the hell you are.
  7. Moto-Rex

    Moto-Rex Ol'Timer

    Gday Belgarathc

    Great post mate, I don’t know why I didn’t see it earlier.
    Love the photo’s, don’t those “Mc spiders” look tasty…..where they???
    And that road to Lumkud Lake looks like the kind of road my new KLX would enjoy.
    I hope to get up that way next year sometime.

    Thanks for the report.

  8. NisseYaklom

    NisseYaklom New Member

    Road to Lumkud lake is now wide and smooth, work by Vietnamese, it will be paved after rainy season.
    Banlung to Vietnam border is 66 km and only an hours drive, last year it was 3 hrs of hard work to get there
  9. scot harper

    scot harper Ol'Timer

    Hey Bel, those pics do you proud, loved the sunset over the Mekong!!

    yea an spider girl can have that, do they taste like chicken?

    So whats next? :twisted: stay the bar...not on the bike.

  10. belgarathc

    belgarathc Ol'Timer

    Well, I didn't try the spiders. Wasn't so adventurous. :oops: Doesn't strange food always taste like chicken? :lol:

    I completed a few short rides in Laos, North Thailand, Indonesia and South Korea but I haven't posted the photos yet. I am hoping to visit Philippines, South India and Sri Lanka some time in the future.

    Glad to hear that the road to Lumkud has been improved. I gave up after 30 mins on the road when I realized that a visit to Lumkud lake is going to be a full day excursion. I spent the day at Ven Sai and the waterfalls instead.

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