|A tree trunk bridge across a river in the middle of nowhere on NH214 |
The road across northern Cambodia from Stung Treng to Tbeng Meanchey in Preah Vihear province is up and running. Well, it will be in 45 months time. That's how long they reckon it will take the Chinese to complete the road and the bridge over the Mekong River. PM Hun Sen broke ground for the project this weekend which includes 144 kms of road, National Highway 214 to be precise, which I thought was already close to completion, but perhaps that's just the compacted earth version, rather than a tarmac edition. It's also going to see the construction of a 1,731-meter bridge over the Mekong River. Obviously once finished, this will open the direct route between southern Laos and Preah Vihear and of course by extension, Siem Reap, without the need to travel south to Kompong Cham and north again via Kompong Thom. I actually travelled the new NH214 in May 2009 when it wasn't a road, more like a track that linked one village to another. It took my brother Tim and myself a whole day to get from Stung Treng to Tbeng Meanchey, on the back of two motodops, with various stops, falls and fun along the way. It was a tough day, but an experience I'm glad we endured. Something to tell my grandkids - if I had any.
Labels: NH 214, Stung Treng