15th May 2015:
We started the day by giving the cars a birthday. Cleaning out the dust from inside and outside our cars. Renee had a nice surprise for me for my birthday having found the Beatles song on YouTube – When I’m 64. The video was played and they gave me a nice birthday card.
Yesterday my email decided to give up the ghost and as I have no phone for Cambodia I cannot check to see whether I got any birthday messages.
Today we headed for the Laos border but not before finding and driving cross the bamboo bridge. The bridge is about 1km long and takes you to a local resort area. On reaching the bridge it was time to take a deep breath, tighten your sphincter muscles and slowly breathe out as our wheels hit the bridge. The bridge makes a weird noise as you drive over it. It looks rickety but is not as rickety as you might think. There are a few boards placed where the bamboo has sunk away but otherwise it was OK.
The roads to the border are good except for about 30Km’s that were under construction. We stopped off in Kratie to celebrate my birthday with a birthday lunch. We lunched at the Jasmine Boat a restaurant that overlooked the Mekong River. Unfortunately we did not see any of the famous Mekong dolphins and it was too warm to sit outside.
Once in Stung Treng we looked for a hotel. For the first time in our journey the first two hotels we approached were full. We finally found a guesthouse with 6 rooms, of which 4 were available. Two with airco; two without. As the birthday boy I got the front room with an airco unit.