Cycling the Death Highway (Ratanakiri to Mondulkiri) in Cambodia

Another stellar video from my adventurer-buddy about our cycling trip on the “Death Highway” (Route 141) in Cambodia: Ratanakiri to Mondulkiri via remote oxcart trails along the Vietnamese border.

Sadly, this region is coming under the ax.  Most of Mondulkiri-proper was unrecognizable to me, as the forests have been clearcut along the road at an alarming rate.  The Death Highway trail was quiet and remote, but mining companies and loggers are flooding the area around Khao Nheak.  We encountered one kind Chinese man wandering on foot along a remote trail who, when questioned about what he was doing, smiled and proudly exclaimed “geology.”

Towards the end of Day 1, we passed through the remote hamlet of Lumphat and crossed the river made famous in Apocalypse Now:

Willard: We’re going about 70 klicks above the Do Lung bridge.
Chief Phillips: That’s Cambodia, Captain.
Willard: That’s classified. We’re not supposed to be in Cambodia, but that’s where I’m going. You just get me close to my destination, and I cut you and the crew loose.

You’ll have to watch the video to see if we find Kurtz out in the jungle.

~ by responsiblenomad on November 20, 2012.

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