My dream ride - Cambodia
I've been planning and hoping for this ride for more than 2 years.
Circumstances somehow clicked and it was on.
I'll post some teasers here ( about 56 pics ) : )
The full write is at the blog below
Early morning on the Malaysian freeways. the 1st day was going to be long
After crossing the Thai border i stopped at the border town of Dan Nok
I was not alone :huh
Nice Thai roads
After 850+km i stopped for the day
Early the next morning. great riding weather.
No idea :huh
religious i think:deal
After braving the Bangkok madness i had to get on the ferry as motorcycles are not allowed on the freeways
I use the term ferry loosely
After the river crossing i looked for a hotel .
See the cars in their individual parkings.
see the number plates being blocked.Lets just say my room had a verrrry large mirror:evil
Nice and cool in the next morning
After a few hours i reached this- Welcome to the Kingdom of Cambodia
The border town of Poipet. dusty .yet so cool.:D
Big sky country
Miles of straights...
Reached my destination of Siem Reap
Now the fun begins
Terrace of the Leper king in the Angkor complex
This is the picture i've been wanting to take for the last 2 years.
My bike infront of the Angkor Wat. :clap:clap
How else to end the day :D
the next morning i headed to Phnom Phen. Took the back roads (another way of saying i got lost ) :D
Had a chat with the locals. The lady couldnt stop smiling.
Streets of Phnom Phen
I wanted to visit here.
School kids exercise equipment became an instrument of torture
no explanation needed :cry
This is actually how it was
The same buliding as above with the original barbed wire still intact.
Cells on the ground floor.
on the 1st floor
This is how it was.
Phnom phen's main park
looking on to the Tonle Sap river. In the background is the Mekong river.
Had a beer and chat at fellow ADVrider Jacl-Kampuchea's bar :freaky
Heading north the next day.
So cool :clap
On the way to the beach town of Hua Hin
Cool wheels :D
On to Ranong the next day
Exiting the freeway it was 110km of bliss.
Came from here
going here :D
From ranong you can look over to Myanmar
Back in to Malaysia
It has been a dream ride and i had to fight to get the time to go.
Was it worth it ??
Did I see a proper asphalt road to Siem Riep??? How times have changed.
Great ride!! Thanks for sharing it and posting all those lovely pics :thumb
@Tmotten- yup,they tarred the roads about 4 years ago.
Still in some places work was going on
meaning miles of mud,gravel and stones.
great for a DP . not too bad for the FJR.:D
@GB - Thanks. Also thanks for correcting my double posting.:clap
Thank you for this excellent write up! :clap:clap
I was married to a Cambodian woman for nearly 18 years but have never been to Cambodia. Yet.
Ah - so you went to Battambong in the end.
Nice to meet you Griffen:norton
hey Quealy ,
Yup i went through Battambang . Didn't stop , just a fly by.
Couple of my friends are getting itchy , so i may just pop in at your establishment again. Soon i hope :freaky
Bro... why do u need to tape your bike light?? Any reason for it
I would hazard a guess that his bikes headlamps are wired to always be on when the bike is on.
In Cambodia it is illegal to run lamps in Daylight and gives the police a reason to attempt to stop you and extort a bribe of between $1 and $50.
Mind you, they don't try too hard when a bike is bigger than 250cc as they would get knocked on their asses/ dislocate a shoulder trying to grab the rider.
In general, if a policeman steps into the road waving for you to stop, the correct etiquette is to gear down and wind the throttle up and drive directly at them.
They will get out of the way:D
Hi Vic72t. Jacl-Kampuchea is absolutely right.
Although i would personally stop if a cop stops me.:1drink
I usually stop when motioned to if I have committed an infraction.
But ,all too often, five or six traffic cops here will pick a section of road and just stop as many vehicles as possible for no reason than to line their own pockets.
They don't carry guns or care is somebody blasts past as there are always more vehicles coming.
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