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Lumphat

Day 5 : I was very tired. I was disgusted to riding, raising dust, hand washing and water shower (I really love to hot bath!). I needed a rest and wished to return home in Phnom Penh soon. But it was last day in Ratanakiri, so at last I decided to go ruin town Lumphat former province capital.

Road Sign

Road Sign to Phnom Penh and Lumphat
Junction to Lumphat

Junction to Lumphat

As road sigh shows 585km to Phnom Penh there is no direct transportation by land. From Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham (by car or boat) - Kratei (by car or boat) - Stung Treng (by car, or you can take a boat in the raining season) - Bun Lung (by car). You have to change conveyance several times and it takes 2-days 1-night normally.



Water tower

Remained of capital was water tower
Srepoc River

Srepoc River

After 1-hour ride we arrived empty town Lumphat. Spreader along Srepoc River I guessed there used to be a beautiful capital than Ban Lung. But present remained of capital were grassy rotary and water tower because of US bombing raids in early 1970s.


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Wedding of village

Wedding of village

Party held only one restuarant in the shade of big tree

We intended to take lunch at only one restaurant in Lumphat village, but "Oh, no." Wedding party was holding just that place. We missed lunch but I enjoyed to watch Khmer wedding.



Traditional costume in Khmer

Traditional costume in Khmer
Took picture with western dress

Took picture with western dress



Children gathered to wedding

Children gathered to the wedding


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Reclining Buddha

I was staying and looking around Ratanakiri for 5 days but didn't take photographs of panorama view of this firm ground yet. So I asked Tra to stop somewhere that had good view.

Reclining Buddha

Reclining Buddha at Wat Rah-tahn-ah-rathm

He brought me to behind hilltop of the Wat 1km southwest of Ban Lung town. There was colorful Buddha reclining faced for north. As there was no high mountains or hills around here this was nice observation platform to see the ground.



Reclining Buddha

The position gives a panoramic view.
You can see gem mining area and Lumphat region from behind of Buddha's back



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Good-bye Ratanakiri

Next morning I left hotel to the airport to catch 11:30 plane to Phnom Penh. Not only there was no airplane on dusty runway but also no one in building. On the other hand many children of elementary school use runway to school. At last after 2-hours waiting plane came in sight form behind the clouds and landing with fling up cloud of dust.

Plane landing

Plane from Phnom Penh was landing with fling up cloud of dust.



Good-bye Ratanakiri

In the end our plane was taking off at 13:00. Although I had a bird's-eye view of forest with uneasy feeling six days before, but now I was looking down same land with sense of affinity.

"Good-bye my Ratanakiri, see you again someday."


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