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photoblog image Bike Tour 2019 #26

Bike Tour 2019 #26

[Images by Koen]

 

We ride into the Cambodia Army Camp at the bottom of the escarpment, and find we have a 1km walk up a steep concrete road to Ta Meung, a Khmer Antiguity that is right on the border such that its ownership is in dispute. Ta Meung is quite close to my House in Thailand, and I have visited it many times, but I have never arrived at it from the Cambodia side.

 

In the jungle, near the ruins, there are some lovely, old, huge trees with beautiful butress roots.

 

 

Finally, we break through the jungle, and there is the familiar set of anchient literite steps leading up to the ruins. When I climb to the top I am met by Thai Soldiers rearing very bemused expressions...I have walked across the border, but no-one thinks I need to be shot.

 

 

Standing on the border

Bike Tour 2019 #26

[Images by Koen]

 

We ride into the Cambodia Army Camp at the bottom of the escarpment, and find we have a 1km walk up a steep concrete road to Ta Meung, a Khmer Antiguity that is right on the border such that its ownership is in dispute. Ta Meung is quite close to my House in Thailand, and I have visited it many times, but I have never arrived at it from the Cambodia side.

 

In the jungle, near the ruins, there are some lovely, old, huge trees with beautiful butress roots.

 

 

Finally, we break through the jungle, and there is the familiar set of anchient literite steps leading up to the ruins. When I climb to the top I am met by Thai Soldiers rearing very bemused expressions...I have walked across the border, but no-one thinks I need to be shot.

 

 

Standing on the border

comments (10)

Cet arbre est magnifique et impressionnant.
Ray: C’était une comme plusieurs à l’intérieur du camp des soldats, Martine ... de belles et anciennes reliques de ce qui aurait pu être une forêt tropicale.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 21 Apr 2019, 06:20
All very exciting stuff Ray. I am exceedingly pleased you weren't shot crossing the border from the wrong side. I am assuming Thailand has a conscript army?
Ray: The Thailand Army is mostly permanent, Chris. It this disputed ownership Temple, where there are both Thailand and Cambodia soldiers, they mostly sit together and play cards.

But their Generals occasionally required them to shoot their guns into the trees, and I recall an incident a couple of years ago when each fired some mortar shells across the border.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Apr 2019, 06:54
Now it ould fun riding your bike down those steps...but then perhaps you would have been shot. Presumably, the soldiers were more interested in protecting the border than mucking around on the ruins.
Ray: Usually there are 3 or 4 soldiers from each country siting together in the ruins and playing cards, Alan...I doubt there is much blood spilled here as the dispute is being fought in the International Court.

I have ridden right up to the ruins from the Thailand side, a couple of times.
Voilà  encore une belle découverte et heureusement tu as pu franchir la frontière sans souci ..
Ray: Pour moi, les meilleures choses étaient ces arbres merveilleux, Claudine.
Pleased to hear they didn't feel the need to shoot you Ray
Ray: Yes...probably better that way.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 21 Apr 2019, 09:17
What for huge trees - a very impressive tour!
Ray: There were about 10 trees like this one in the Soldiers Camp, Philine.
Fascinating country!
Ray: This Border Country is a long way from Bangkok and Phnom Penh, and the people on both sides of the border have a lot in common...ethnicity, religion, culture, etc. Likewise, the border runs east/west along the top of an ancient, low mountain range that is about the same on both sides. Those big trees are remnants from an ancient rain-forest. It is a fascinating place, Tom, and all the more so because of the very advanced civilisation that existed here 1000 years ago.
I suspect there was an element of braveness to this part of the expedition.
Ray: Not really so, Brian. The soldiers from both countries have always been very un-aggressive in my experience.
i like your picture of the hikers along the road Ray and the one of you at the top of the stairs....petersmile
Ray: Thank you, Peter.
This is a wonderful part of the adventure!

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