|12-08-2008, 01:37 PM||#1|
Joined: May 2008
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Me and a friend are planning to go Cambodia in July 2009. It would not be a solely biking trip but we would like to do some. A possibly route we have is Bangkok (coming from Ireland) overland to Siem Reap by train and then bus,Temple sight seeing there and then to Phnom Phen and on to Sihanoukville. Flying out of Phnom Phen too Bangkok to head home. We would be going for about 3 weeks.
Any advice on some routes?We would not have bikes with us so we would have to buy a bike or rent some bikes.
Anyone familar with these areas and biking there,or rented biked there?
|12-09-2008, 09:38 PM||#4|
I hate sand.......
Joined: Nov 2008
Location: Sanding something in the shed...
Was over in Cambo' last year and took in PP - SR - Snookville - PP, Great part of the world. Takes about 6 hours by bus/drive/ride from PP - Snookville. Good road and plenty of fuel stops. While your at SR take a couple of days to check the temples (see Ankor Wat at first light to beat the bus tours) and check out the artisans (disabled craft centre) while your there. The FCC at both SR + PP are great for a drink and meal as is the elephant bar. Locals are beautiful and better than most I live here with in Perth. Bikes are cheap to hire and very cheap to buy (depending what your after). Most locals ride postie bikes and the expats ride the bigger 250+ dirt bikes. Im hoping to head back there next year to look a bit further around - but you cant take any bike into Vietnam over the border - pity. Any other questions - let us know...
|12-12-2008, 10:30 AM||#5|
Joined: Nov 2008
Suggestion...FWIW: always bargain prices for goods and services, though bike rental prices are usually firm. The actual price for a Cambo visa is $20 in US currency; if gotten at the border they will likely overcharge you! You can get your Cambo visa in advance in BKK at their Embassy for $20, or an e-visa online for $25. http://evisa.mfaic.gov.kh/e-visa/vindex.aspx
As your riding experience is unknown, below is a list of the better bike shops in PPenh and one in Siem Reap. I don't know if you can rent bikes in Siem Reap; a few years ago the city dis-allowed rentals but maybe that has since changed. Whether you ride roads or dirt you need to be
aware that a newbie riding in PPenh needs to be cautious; Khmer drivers can be very erratic! Safer for a newbie in Siem Reap as far less traffic and there are temples/sights (on dirt) away from SR and Angkor Wat.
The roads between cities are good, but be apprised that vehicles will jump into oncoming traffic and take your lane to pass others (vehicle size matters...the larger vehicle gets his way!)
Some of the following rent bikes, some provide only tours. Dirt bikes are usually about $25 (US) and road bikes like Harley's run from 225-300+/day!
All the shops, except as mentioned, provide well maintained bikes.
**Lucky-Lucky bikes, or the other rental shop next door.
NOT recommended...poorly maintained bikes, but cheaper rental prices
**The Bike Shop 31, Street 302, near Monivong
**Angkor Dirt Bikes Street 51 and 172 - no web site, rentals
**Dancing Roads - does tours, often hard core. good rep.
**Flying Bikes Russian Blvd. Near the Central Market
no web site; has some rentals & well maintained bikes
**Harley's, and recently acquired 2- 250cc dirt bikes. well maintained bikes.
http://www.hiddencambodia.com/ have good rep, do tours not rentals.
Yank-n-Asia screwed with this post 12-12-2008 at 09:41 PM
|03-22-2009, 05:03 PM||#6|
master of disaster
Joined: Mar 2009
Having been to Bangok also before,may i suggest a short stay in Bangkok only.
You could arrange a private small tour on/offraod with a superb guide named Mr Leng.
He can arrange a route you like,bikes(pretty well just XR250's,accomodation options etc.he charges about $90 US per day for bike,food,fuel,accomodation.He is honest, a good guy and an ex champion MX racer.
I can find his email if you need it.You could also ask Ben Laffer who runs the Extreme rally Raid for his contact details.
BTW taking a rental bike accross borders there is apparantly near impossible.Your passport for one is left as a security deposit at you rental bike shop.
|03-26-2009, 03:05 AM||#7|
Joined: Aug 2008
You will have a ball in Cambodia.
I was there 4 years ago. Did a big ride in thailand then flew into Phnom Penh.
Stayed in some dodgy street but was ok. Bike hire is easy i got a good honda 250 baja it was ok for the ride. Just took a small back pack and took off. Headed up north tp Siem Reap to Battambang. Arrived there late road up there was fine apart from the odd car van truck etc on wrong side of road and animals get the drift. DO NOT RIDE TO FAST AS THERE ARE BIG UNSEEN POT HOLE...
After Battambang the road gets fun. ex moto cross enduro rider , i was in heaven... Fun fun fun... Dirt road dusty and wild.. Dont try in dark, head lights had bust by the. Would be more fun in wet season on the road.
S Reap is awesome just mind blowing..
Would of loved to do more north but needed to head back. Sihanoukville was my last place of rest. Fun had.
You will love it.
No problems in renting bike cheap and easy. Cambodia is a wonderful place and so much to see and taste.
Enjoy your trip. I did mine on my own and loved every moment. To do it with a mate would be the best..
the lost soul....
|03-26-2009, 07:22 PM||#8|
Joined: Jun 2006
I made a short trip into Cambodia last month.
They recently finished the road from Koh Khong to Sihanookville. Nice road and through some very pretty unspoiled country.
Border crossing was easy with a Thai registered bike.
Food is crap compared to Thailand, but the beer is better and cheaper. So I guess it balances out.
The Sihanookville is awash with dope and dopers. Pot smoking going on at all hours in the bars and restaurants. I found it a bit tedious to be eating breakfast in the morning and some "mush for brains" doper blowing reefer smoke your way.
The countryside outside of the tourist areas is really poor and there really is a scarcity of local eateries.
And what you could find wasn't very good and a bit expensive by Thailand standards.
Also beware of the Khymer drivers driving the big shiny black Landcruisers. They will run you off the road without a second thought. Asside from those idiots trying to kill you the ridding was pretty enjoyable.
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