Bridge Down in Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia.
Above Photo: A sorry looking new bridge in Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia.
There’s never a dull moment travelling in Ratanakiri Province in remote north-eastern Cambodia. This is the wild tri-border area where Cambodia meets Laos and Vietnam, and it’s where I set a large part of my Vietnam War/backpacker novel, BACK.
On almost every trip something unexpected occurred and on this day we encountered a dramatically capsized brand new bridge (its supports looked too short, although I’m no bridge engineer, that’s for sure).
The locals said it had been washed away by floods within a few days of being completed, and posed us another set of logistical problems that day, although nothing like the life-threatening ones the hapless backpackers in my novel have to deal with in the same Vietnam War-ravaged area of Asia.
For a modern-day take on the Vietnam War, POWs/MIAs and Adventure Backpackers trekking into the war-ravaged jungles of Asia see: http://peteralanlloyd.com/back-part-2/backpackers-meet-the-vietnam-war-back-screenplay-finally-finished/
And for POWs left behind in Laos:
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