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Guiding our guide in Ratanakiri province

Written on: Sunday January 6th, 2008

A journal entry from: See you next year!

Although Cambodia is not famous for its trekking possibilities, there are a few places where you can do Jungle treks (or elephant treks for that matter, but somehow that doesn't appeal to me). We choose Ban Lung in Ratanakiri province, because some tuktuk driver told us to go there (tip!), and because it just sounds good. (And, besides Phnom Penh, it was one of the few places we could actually pronounce correctly).

The trek was nice, even though we had to guide our guide. He was just clueless about guiding. The worst was waking up our fellow hiker Sara in the middle of the night complaining he was cold. He probably expected an invitation to warm himself up in her fancy sleeping bag...with her in it of course. Besides that he got tired from walking, even though the terrain was almost completely level, and he was happy to make a break at some natural swimming pool....for about 2 hours.

We had to tell him not to leave garbage behind, and in the morning ask him to come out of bed, because it was "really getting late now" (even I had been up for hours already).

As far as jungle trips go (the landscape isn't as diverse as for example in the mountains), it was a beautiful trek. Wading through waist-deep water (with leeches?) was a new experience for us as well. 

So, a nice trek, great fun and good companion, despite the useless guide. Or maybe it was because of him.