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Re: Oudong

Post by StroppyChops » Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:26 pm

I used to drive one of our tuk-tuks out there weekly for a program we were involved in. I wouldn't consider doing it as a tourist for quids - as others have said, that's a dangerous road with plenty of Lexus and bus drivers happy to literally shove you off the road at high speed. I don't know if the roadworks are complete, but they were some of the nastiest I'd seen up to a year ago (when I stopped the weekly trip).
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Re: Oudong

Post by lordofmisrule » Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:19 pm

Rent a moto for the day, it's a straight road, easy and takes no time at all. It's nice there but don't plan on being there too long, it's just nice, decent views, it's worth seeing. Rent a cheap moto for $5 and a half tank of fuel, maybe a bite to eat, all told $10. Enjoy!
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Re: Oudong

Post by Moose » Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:26 pm

Marcus-Darkus wrote:
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:20 pm
I'm planning a day trip next week. Did a quick search, but can't find much information as to getting there.

Tuk tuk - 2 hours.. is that right? How much should I pay?
Taxi - Too expensive, but would consider if it's only a little bit more than a tuk tuk.
Moto - I don't drive.
Bus - Seems like the best option. Can I book in advance?, or do I have to hang around the horrid Central market waiting to get one Kompong Chhnang bound! How reliable is this option?

I'm going with a local but interested to see how others have got there.

Thanks
I got there by Boat. I rented out the Mekong Flower boat with a group of friends. Left at 9:30am and got back late evening. The most enjoyable part was the boat trip. We had the 20 person boat and renting it for the whole day was about $150 so worked out nice and cheap, as there was over 25 of us.They provide ice and a speaker just make sure to bring lots of beer.

You can then get a tuk tuk from the river and back to Uodong for about $4 return
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Re: Oudong

Post by StroppyChops » Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:20 pm

Moose wrote:
Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:26 pm
Marcus-Darkus wrote:
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:20 pm
I'm planning a day trip next week. Did a quick search, but can't find much information as to getting there.

Tuk tuk - 2 hours.. is that right? How much should I pay?
Taxi - Too expensive, but would consider if it's only a little bit more than a tuk tuk.
Moto - I don't drive.
Bus - Seems like the best option. Can I book in advance?, or do I have to hang around the horrid Central market waiting to get one Kompong Chhnang bound! How reliable is this option?

I'm going with a local but interested to see how others have got there.

Thanks
I got there by Boat. I rented out the Mekong Flower boat with a group of friends. Left at 9:30am and got back late evening. The most enjoyable part was the boat trip. We had the 20 person boat and renting it for the whole day was about $150 so worked out nice and cheap, as there was over 25 of us.They provide ice and a speaker just make sure to bring lots of beer.

You can then get a tuk tuk from the river and back to Uodong for about $4 return
That's actually pretty cool.
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Re: Oudong

Post by timmydownawell » Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:06 pm

StroppyChops wrote:
Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:20 pm
Moose wrote:
Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:26 pm
Marcus-Darkus wrote:
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:20 pm
I'm planning a day trip next week. Did a quick search, but can't find much information as to getting there.

Tuk tuk - 2 hours.. is that right? How much should I pay?
Taxi - Too expensive, but would consider if it's only a little bit more than a tuk tuk.
Moto - I don't drive.
Bus - Seems like the best option. Can I book in advance?, or do I have to hang around the horrid Central market waiting to get one Kompong Chhnang bound! How reliable is this option?

I'm going with a local but interested to see how others have got there.

Thanks
I got there by Boat. I rented out the Mekong Flower boat with a group of friends. Left at 9:30am and got back late evening. The most enjoyable part was the boat trip. We had the 20 person boat and renting it for the whole day was about $150 so worked out nice and cheap, as there was over 25 of us.They provide ice and a speaker just make sure to bring lots of beer.

You can then get a tuk tuk from the river and back to Uodong for about $4 return
That's actually pretty cool.
Yep, except for the 'over 25 people in a 20 person boat' part. :facepalm:

But if someone's looking for a business opp maybe this could be it.
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Re: Oudong

Post by StroppyChops » Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:28 pm

timmydownawell wrote:
Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:06 pm
But if someone's looking for a business opp maybe this could be it.
:D I only ever went to Oudong for work, but I really can't imagine there'd be enough demand for that! It's nice, but there are plenty of other places where monkeys steal your stuff once you've climbed a mountain, as entertainment.

The idea of running a boat trip up/down any of the rivers, and then tuk-tukking it to the nearby attractions is a good one though. Especially if you put decent food and crappers on the boat. This is starting to sound like an episode of The Love Boat. Let's get Vlad to be Captain Stubing.

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Re: Oudong

Post by frank lee bent » Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:01 pm

the rivers here are an entirely neglected area of operation for foreign tourism day trips.
all the infrastructure already exists for lots of trips- it is just not well marketed to foreigners.

all the pub cruises are well attended and the Kien Svay trips formerly organized by JM, Felgerkarb, and Tara river boats were a lot of fun, and pretty inexpensive.
For sure there is the seed of a business here.

You would have to start small and do weekends I think.
the various pubs would all pitch in as part of a day out I think.
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Re: Oudong

Post by lordofmisrule » Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:03 pm

Moose wrote:
Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:26 pm
Marcus-Darkus wrote:
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:20 pm
I'm planning a day trip next week. Did a quick search, but can't find much information as to getting there.

Tuk tuk - 2 hours.. is that right? How much should I pay?
Taxi - Too expensive, but would consider if it's only a little bit more than a tuk tuk.
Moto - I don't drive.
Bus - Seems like the best option. Can I book in advance?, or do I have to hang around the horrid Central market waiting to get one Kompong Chhnang bound! How reliable is this option?

I'm going with a local but interested to see how others have got there.

Thanks
I got there by Boat. I rented out the Mekong Flower boat with a group of friends. Left at 9:30am and got back late evening. The most enjoyable part was the boat trip. We had the 20 person boat and renting it for the whole day was about $150 so worked out nice and cheap, as there was over 25 of us.They provide ice and a speaker just make sure to bring lots of beer.

You can then get a tuk tuk from the river and back to Uodong for about $4 return
Nice idea!
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Re: Oudong

Post by mauser765 » Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:20 pm

frank lee bent wrote:
Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:01 pm
the rivers here are an entirely neglected area of operation for foreign tourism day trips.
And the market for longer leisure trips is almost monopolised by the luxury tour companies that run Mekong Pandaw etc.

Would be an idea to organise a long leisure trip or kayaking from Kratie or beyond to the Mekong Delta, but I expect it would involve a big capital outlay
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Re: Oudong

Post by frank lee bent » Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:32 pm

i was advocating that as a worthy endeavor for our friend trapper
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