Ban Lung – Just a bumpy ride away

by Poi on April 6, 2011

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You may have read why we left laos early, well once that was all out of the way we had a chance to enjoy our first destination in Cambodia, Ban Lung.

Ban lung is a four hour bus journey from Stung Treng (Some passengers who were told it was only two weren’t best pleased with this) and despite the lonely planet saying its along a sealed road it most certainly isn’t. Yet another chance to enjoy some off off-roading in a bus – our head certainly became accustomed to the ceiling!

As I said in our previous post we were staying at a posh hotel the first night, well out of our budget, but after Tottenham beat Ac Milan (just had to write it) we moved into the Treetop Ecolodge and what an amazing place it is.

The Treetop Ecolodge in Ban Lung, Cambodia

Our beds in Treetop Ecolodge

The ‘ecolodge’ title is just for attraction purposes but as far as hostels/guesthouses go this place is great. The whole theme of the place is like a treehouse, from the wooden walkway entrance, tree stumps for seats and wooden bungalows on stilts situated on the side of a valley which the whole place looks over.

The staff are friendly and always around to help, they offer well priced transport to other main towns and will arrange just about anything for you at little profit for themselves.

We only had a few days in Ban Lung and after our relaxing time in Don Det we had quite a bit of catching up to do. Treetop provided a prefect place to do that, looking over the valley and enjoying much of the food and drink on offer.

After a couple of days on the computers I was ready to get back in the water again and having read much about the volcanic lake in Ban Lung I was very excited. We grabbed some bicycles from a restaurant and pedalled about 20 minutes out of town. Arriving pretty warn out after a few up hills, it was well worth it, the lake looked great and seemed to be a hangout for the locals at the weekend, of course this being Asia they were all eating.

Yeak Laom Volcanic Lake - Ban Lung, Cambodia.

I can’t sit still….

The lake is great to swim in and very refreshing in the hot weather, Kirsty spent a couple of hours laying in the sun and cooling off every now and again while I repeatedly jumped off the jetty a few (hundred) times.

Such a nice place and despite being quite hyped up in the guidebooks, few people head to the north east of cambodia to Ban Lung. Not in a long time have we had so many people say hello in the street and everyone genuinely friendly. We would have liked to stay longer and check out the many waterfalls however due to a change in plans we had to be on our way to Phnom Penh, for more on that you’ll just have to wait until the next post…

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Lauren April 6, 2011 at 8:09 pm

It looks like a beautiful place, and those beds look amazing!! It may have been out of your budget, but it’s always nice to treat yourselves now and again šŸ™‚
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Poi April 7, 2011 at 8:40 am

The beds at treetop were very good for a budget place, we loved it there

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Annie April 6, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Sounds like a good place! I like the looks of that ecolodge! Was it comfy?
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Poi April 7, 2011 at 8:40 am

Everything about it was great and yes comfy šŸ™‚

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Dyanne @TravelnLass April 6, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Love your blurb about “…off-roading in a bus” – a most apt description of many a tropical bus ride I’ve been on!

The Treetop lodge looks great – and at $7 for a single ($12 double) it’s surely in most anyone’s budget. I’ve bookmarked it (amid many!) for nearby forays after I’m settled in Vietnam.
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Poi April 7, 2011 at 8:41 am

I hope you manage to get there and enjoy the place like we did – and we only paid $7 for both of us, $12 would have got us a bungalow on the side of the valley.

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sarah wu April 7, 2011 at 2:18 am

The Treetop Ecolodge room is so cute! Cozy and colorful.

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Poi April 7, 2011 at 8:42 am

and our room also included a pet – The biggest lizard I have seen in my life!

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Iain April 7, 2011 at 7:06 am

I’m going to be in Vietnam in a month or two, on my way to China, and might decide to visit that jetty.
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Poi April 7, 2011 at 8:43 am

You know it’s in Cambodia right?? haha

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Iain April 7, 2011 at 10:04 am

Excuse the spasticness. I’m going to Cambodia too, so I suppose that’s what I meant.
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Poi April 7, 2011 at 10:35 am

haha I thought so!

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Connie April 18, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I remember that bus ride to Ban Lung very well… Took forever and I honestly thought we were lost in the jungle! It’s a gorgeous place though and I also had so much fun there, especially at Crater Lake! Unfortunately, I have a fear of jumping from heights and couldn’t manage some of those acrobatic feats you did!
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Poi April 19, 2011 at 11:27 am

We had the same sort of feeling, they were working on the roads quite a lot so the bus would take a detour through the tree’s – quite the experience.

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