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Old 05-14-2014, 08:20 AM   #1
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::: Vietnam - Cambodia - Laos: three bikes, three countries

Holiday time (30Apr is Vietnam Victory day and May Day), I took some more leave to fulfill this trip.
My plan was riding from Hochiminh City (Vietnam) thru Cambodia to Laos, spend some nights in Laos before getting back to my parents in law in middle of Vietnam to catch up with the wife and son who would be traveling there by air.
Three bikes, three guys, three different plans, but the same departure and all rode on three nations.

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Old 05-14-2014, 09:09 AM   #2
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You got my attention.

There has been three recent RRs on S.E.A.(2 on going) now we can get it "straight from the horse's mouth."

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Old 05-14-2014, 11:35 AM   #3
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Old 05-14-2014, 01:36 PM   #4
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Ever since watching the Top Gear Vietnam I've been fascinated with adv riding in SEA. Wanting very much to experience it first hand.

So yeah, I'm tuned in for this one too.

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Old 05-14-2014, 02:28 PM   #5
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Another VietHorse adventure- I'm in. Looking forward to lots of great pictures. Hope you enjoy your trip.



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Old 05-14-2014, 04:39 PM   #6
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Day 1- Hochiminh City to Stung Treng (Cambodia)



You may know that Hochiminh city traffic is not so friendly with big motorcycle, especially to the heavy GS like mine, so that to get out of the City without any delay, we started rolling in the dark:



Actually my original trip is me with my own doing this trip. With that plan, I can have lots of more things to do, i.e. visiting some good places, doing some swimming on river, sleeping in my tent, etc...
At the end of the day, two of my friends asked to join me, so I have something changed from what I planned.

At the meeting place:



There were myself, a GS WC and a KLR. Both of them are pretty young, but prefer adventure riding after experienced sport bikes for a while.

Border. Ok, border crossing in Vietnam never been easy. Especially for the Vietnamese and for more than ONE bike.
No exception to us this time. We reached Moc Bai checkpoint after having breakfast. Sorry for not having pix of the breakfast. It is Bánh Canh - a special stuff sort of noodle, with pork and some special vegetables.

We spent quite a lot of time working with the border guys.
Funny we met two big names of Vietnam tourist, two GMs of two well-known adventure tourist companies:



Long waiting time at Bavet checkpoint - Cambodia side:



Hell, when my GS would be rolling??

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Old 05-14-2014, 04:41 PM   #7
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You got my attention.

There has been three recent RRs on S.E.A.(2 on going) now we can get it "straight from the horse's mouth."
Thanks for being along all of my trip.

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Thanks and sure for the pix. Don't be disappointed if too many of not good pix.
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Old 05-14-2014, 04:46 PM   #8
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Ever since watching the Top Gear Vietnam I've been fascinated with adv riding in SEA. Wanting very much to experience it first hand.

So yeah, I'm tuned in for this one too.

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Thanks.
As I mentioned many times in my other RR, it's not really great watching a Vietnamese guy do a RR on his country trip. Because that's the local's look, local's feeling, so for sure there will be a lot of good stuff (for a foreigner) being missing from the RR.
Oh hell, I don't really understand what I wrote up here. Whatever, I think if a foreigner doing a RR about Vietnam could be more interesting than a local


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Old 05-14-2014, 04:50 PM   #9
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I'm curious to see which bike needs the most attention. Looks like you are in for a good ride.
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Old 05-14-2014, 04:54 PM   #10
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Old 05-14-2014, 05:23 PM   #11
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First day

We passed checkpoints at both sides around 11AM. It's too bad for a beginning.
It's really annoying if you don't have a proper procedure to follow. And even more, people want to make the unclear procedure more blur. Well, I am talking about the border crossing procedure.

Passed the border, we have not much time left in the day to reach the first destination.
I also planed to stay at Stung Treng province as what we did in the last year trip (LINK)

I don't have the Cambodia Garmin map (or the map for Cambodia is not existing, I don't knnow) so I had to use the Indochina map. That's not really good for detail searching or routing. Followed the GPS, we turned right to the north before reaching Svay Rieng province. Later I found it's not a correct one.

Cambodia is a country which have not so complicated road system as they have not much population. However, we jumped in that road and just expecting for the better stuff at the end, rather than make an u-turn.
After a while we almost head back to Vietnam as the road lead us to the Phuoc Tan checkpoint, an other border gate with Vietnam along the border.
Well, a 10km U-turn is not bad huh .

We stopped for lunch after found the better road toward Stung Treng. A very low quality lunch.



Funny the lunch place they have very big speakers arranged in their in-completed house.
We have well treated with traditional Cambodian music as well as very modern discotheque music .
I found the mango tree there with lots of fruit, so I asked them for some. They pulled out some of mango inside the kitchen, I think it somehow better than the provided rice.



Kids are all around, as usual when you visiting SE Asia:





Asked for coconut water, but they did not have. Too bad that I could not catch this one:



You can see the trees beside the road, watch the leaves color - that's road color. You can feel how dusty the road is.



Different from Vietnam, I think it's more interesting thing than Vietnam that you can find the place they sell drinks by locating the red ice box on the road side.
Inside the red ice box, you can have multiple choice of drinks. That's pretty good. The not as good thing is that they sell many high-content of sugar drinks.

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Old 05-14-2014, 05:31 PM   #12
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I'm curious to see which bike needs the most attention. Looks like you are in for a good ride.
What you meant by "needs the most attention"? Attention to prevent its breakdown? Thief? or? (My English issue).
Sure it's good ride of us.



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Can you try THIS first, for the time being , while waiting for our chef cooking for you
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Old 05-14-2014, 08:55 PM   #13
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Good to hear you guys are getting along fine so far. Keep it coming for those of us still trying to find a way to make it over there to have our own S.E.A. adventure.
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Old 05-15-2014, 05:40 AM   #14
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Iám sure its too late now,but try to stay off National Road 7 From Kratie to Strung Trang.Was there a few weeks ago and the road is bad.I would have sent you up through Sen Monorem in Mondolkiri to Banlung.Then East to Srrung Trang.
I live in Siem Reap.Have a safe trip.
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Old 05-15-2014, 08:11 AM   #15
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Thanks DeepBarney. Why not do your own trip?

Aboveangkor: Thanks for your info. But do you know if going as your advice, it wold be 210km further.
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