Posted in Flora & Fauna, Life, Travel

Pumpkin Flower

Pumpkin Flower 1

Pumpkin Flowers have a lovely sweet mild pumpkin flavour.   Pick them early in the morning when they are in full bloom.  Pick the male flowers, the female flowers have a tiny pumpkin at the base.  Leave the female to grow into a  pumpkin.

Pumpkin Flower 2

Pumpkin flowers are also delicious to cook. However, I have never eaten them but I know they are edible.

Pumpkin Flower 3

This vegetable, pumpkin boasts more than good looks. It’s also full of nutrition, dishing up vitamin C, beta-carotene, fiber, and potassium. One half cup of cooked pumpkin provides a day’s supply of vitamin A.


Posted in CAMBODIA, Life, Travel

From Siem Reap to Steung Traeng

Tbaeng Meanchey to Steung Traeng [1]At the begining of our travel from Tbaeng Meanchey to Steung Traeng, dusty as construction of road actively being carried out.

Our initial plan want to begin traveling at 9.00 am after our breakfast, but had to be postponed because one of our vehicles have puntured tyre. Then at 10 am, we started our journey through from siem Reap to Steung Traeng through Tbaeng Meanchey.

Tbaeng Meanchey to Steung Traeng [2]This road is being upgraded to National Road No. 9

Tbaeng Meanchey to Steung Traeng [3]Village at beginning of the journey from Tbaeng Meanchey.

Not many village along the route.

I actually was arrived at Siem Reap three days ago. Previous day, I had arrived in Phnom Penh in the morning. Then in the evening I met up with an agronomist from Riyadh that arrived from Sydney. The next morning I and him flew to Siem Reap with Cambodia Angkor Air.

Upon arrival, we proceed to the Preah Vihear through Anlong Veng. Having finished our tasks there, we went back to Siem Reap and arrived at the hotel at 10pm.

Tbaeng Meanchey to Steung Traeng [5]After travel for 2 and half hours, we took a brief stop.  No logging track except a good laterite road

Tbaeng Meanchey to Steung Traeng [6]Arrives at Thalabarivat.

The next day, I arranged a meeting with a group of logistic and agronomist from Kuala Lumpur and bring them again to Preah Vihear. Agronomist from Riyadh was decided to take rest in Siem Reap after travelling more than a week.

Two days ago we received orders from Riyadh, Sydney and Kuala Lumpur to continue our visit to Steung Traeng, even it is not in our initial plan.

According to our guide, travel from Siem Reap to Steung Traeng by road, we had to pass through southern province Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham, Kratie and then to the north to Steung Traeng which covers a distance of almost 650 km. So he advised for us to take a shortcut from Siem Reap to Tbaeng Meanchey and by crossing the Mekong River to Steung Traeng directly. Estimated this trip will covers a distance of 180 km, and partly will pass through a logging track.

Arriving at ferry terminal

Tbaeng Meanchey to Steung Traeng [8]Ready to board ferry to cross Mekong and Sekong Rivers

Travelling to Tbaeng Meanchey running smoothly even we’ve stopped briefly in cultivation areas in Kulaen. After having lunch in Tbaeng Meanchey, at approximately at 1.30 pm, we continue our journey.

At first, the journey was not smooth as there are road construction activities. Then we know that route from Tbaeng Meanchey to Thalabarivat at the riverside of Mekong River, is being upgraded to National Road No. 9.

After 4:30 hours, we finally arrived at Talabarivat.  Across the Mekong River and Sekong River we see Steung Traeng afar.  Actually Steung Traeng situated at the confluence of two rivers, Mekong and Sekong.

Tbaeng Meanchey to Steung Traeng [9]On Mekong River and Steung Traeng far at the background.

Tbaeng Meanchey to Steung Traeng [10]On board

Tbaeng Meanchey to Steung Traeng [11]On Sekong River and Steung Traeng at the background

Tbaeng Meanchey to Steung Traeng [12]Fishermen on Sekong River

Tbaeng Meanchey to Steung Traeng [13]Approaching ferry landing area and our hotel already seen at the background.

Tbaeng Meanchey to Steung Traeng [14]On landing point and moving to Steung Traeng city awaiting us.

Tbaeng Meanchey to Steung Traeng [15]A women from Khmer Leu tribe on board of ferry