Cambodia-vietnam: chau Doc border

Discussion in 'Cambodia Road Trip Reports' started by Mingh, Feb 19, 2006.

  1. Mingh

    Mingh Active Member

    We left Phnom Pehn via Highway 1. not the smoothes roller in the universe but alltogether we were in Neun Kham at the ferry in no time. Instead of taking the ferry accross the Mekong towards the Moc Bai border (that seems to have a bit of a reputation for bribes and bikers) we took the dirt road to the right from the ferry landing. That's south on the west bank of the Mekong. It turned out to be one of the nicest roads in Cambodia to see the real everyday life. The overly friendly people with the scarfs, the ox carts, the wooden bridges (in all ranges of decay) and the Mekong as wide as we ever saw it.
    A lot of prose, I know, but that's because there's nothing to say about the actual border crossing (apart from our Minsk stalling again at 2 km before the border ;-)). Easy as picking your nose.
    There's no real landmark to see it, but about 1.5 kilometres before the border is customs on the left side(which you can safely pass) and about 300m further on the left side is the police station. They stamped the passports and were very interested in the bike, or at least how much we paid for it. Other than that, they didn't care. We do need to add here that we had the bike declared as temporary export on our exit document upon leaving Vietnam. And it's a vietnam registered one.
    The vietnam side acted toughm but they simply checked the papers and that was it. Stamps set at all done. When we asked about the motorbike, the official simply answered that Chau doc is 35k along the asphalt! Zereo bribes, zero toughness.... Maybe we were lucky with the very officials that day, but we believe that they're so used to patrolling the river that they don't mind about the odd biker.

    Apart from the ease of the crossing, the road is so much more fun than highway 1.
    After a short trip in the Mekong Delta (nice, but the cambodian side was so much more beautiful) we're in Ho Chi Minh City now, serviced the bike, and preparing the last leg of the trip, due north. Hopefully the floods in Hue won't stop us.

    Happy trails!
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  3. rectravel

    rectravel Ol'Timer

    Mingh. Good show. Someone in Phnom Penh (JimCA2?) must have told you about the road along the west bank of the Mekong River that leads to the Kaam Samnour (Cambodia) – Vinh Xuong (Vietnam) crossing on the way between Neak Luang (Cambodia) and Chau Doc (Vietnam). This old dirt road is passable only in the dry season. It is flooded by the Mekong River during the wet season. This is the route used by the boats between Phnom Penh and Chau Doc. They dock at Kaam Samnour for the customs and immigrations procedures. To get there from Phnom Penh by road is exactly how Mingh describes it above. Head out of Phnom Penh on Hwy 1 on the way to the always open Bavet / Moc Bai border crossing. Upon arrival at the Mekong River ferry crossing at Neak Luang, turn to the right and hand off south along the old road along the Mekong which eventually arrives at Kaam Samnour. Mingh made it across into Vietnam at this crossing point, but it may have been only because he was riding a Vietnamese registered Minsk...

    An old online map of this road on the west bank of the Mekong is on ... 48_06c.jpg

    It used to be called Road 101 on the Cambodia side, Road 139 on the Vietnamese side. The road is worth a look even if you do not intend to cross to or from Vietnam at this place.

    For Americans who know their political history, it was along this exact same stretch of the Mekong River that Senator John Kerry claims to have spent Christmas in December of 1968.
  4. scot harper

    scot harper Ol'Timer

    Ming,It would take an act of biblical proportions to stop you an the "MIGHTY" minsk from traveling north.
    So don't let a miner flood that would scare the Bejesus out of a mear mortal worry you, thank you for the posts, you dont mention your travl'n buddy? is he like a robin or a shaggy or a boo-boo or a costello type side kick[:eek:)]. I'll look forward to your next post!!
    Scott "never saw a site that didn't look beter look'n back"
  5. Mingh

    Mingh Active Member

    Hi Scotty and Rectravel,
    Your support and crossed fingers have helped: We've completed our loop! We made it back to Hanoi. Other than a few flats (rear tire was worn to the wire...) we didn't have any problems anymore.

    Promise to get back soon with a detailed report on the trip. But in short we took the Ho Chi Minh road most of the time and it turned out to be one of the highlights of the whole trip!

    About the road along the mekong leading to Chau doc: we found it on the great Gecko map (we didn't find a single error in the map) we picked up at monument books. I can't remember if we discussed it with JimCa2 or not, but i'm sure it's the sort of road he'd like to ride ;-)

    Happy Trails
    PS: Our avatar Mingh is actually based on how locals pronounce Minsk. We're 2 Belgians named Jan and Brenda, fighting all the time over who gets to ride and who's to sit on the back. You can find some of our pics here: but here's one to feast on:
  6. scot harper

    scot harper Ol'Timer

    Brenda, you hotty you! That picture of you on the mighty "minsk" was a ripper.(enough gushing)
    I enjoyed your posts,envying the places you went and visulizing as I read, I hope when you get home you can settle down after a hoot of a holiday that you an Jan had, or do you have other adventures up your sleeve. Look forward to reading more of your posts [;)].
    Bye for now...Scott..Land of "OZ"

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