Cambodia Ride - Stage 1

lipmeng

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Hi guys

Came back from Phnom Penh a couple of days ago and competetd my 1st stage of the ride that I've planned.

Rode from home in Malaysia to Hatyai on 23 July and catch an evening express train to BKK while the bikes were transported by lorry.

Reached BKK railway station on next morning at 10.00 am and managed to get the bikes ready at ther transporters premises next the railway station at about 11.30 am. The main challenge here was the ride out of BKK and avoid the lunch time city jam. The local guy who guide us out of the city did not do a complete job as he only guide us to the main highway to Nakhon Nayok and we got in the wrong lane within a few kms after that despite we paid 500 baht for his fee.

Next we managed to get the help of a bike taxi who did a fantastic job by guiding us to the highway leading to Nakhon Nayok and he only ask for 200 baht. We reach the border town of Aranyaprathet about 6.30 pm and checked in to the GH for the night. Road side food at Aran was good as usual in Thailand.

Next morning, we crossed the border to Poipet and the immigration and customs at Thai side is efficeint while the immigration at Cambodian counterpart is also OK despite the chaotic situation there at the border.

However, my partner who is a Thai was asked to pay 1100 baht for the Visa despite that I clarify that under ASEAN countries there's no need for such a requirement. Maybe it could be the present situation at Preah Vihear that the both countries are having tense relationship and the payment of 1100 baht was as to avoid any further arguement and undue delay. The was a Visa sticker in the Thai passport but I did not examine the details of the contents.

Next we ride towards Siem Reap on route 6 and the road is quite ok although it is a little narrow. The traffic on the road especially the trucks and buses overtakes but driving in the middel of the road without much consideration of on coming traffic. Maybe this is the culture of the country. As compared to Thailand the road users here are much more dangerous.

The ride is quite pleasant at the county side before Kompong Thum.
However the journey from Kompong Thum towards Phnom Penh is not as pleasant. Especially the road from Skon to Phnom Penh with heavy traffic and road repair.

We stayed for 2 nights in Siem Reap at the Freedom Hotel which is USD20/- per night and ample parking for bikes and the room is reasonably good for such a price (without breakfast).

The visit to Angkor Wat for sunset and sunrise is worthwhile despite it was a cloudy day. We have insuffiicient to visit the whole Angkor Wat due to time constraint but there will be another visit most probably sometime next year.

We also took the boat ride at the river market and the Tonle Sap lake for USD20/- per person which is a bit stiff. Nonetheless it will be an one off affair.

On the 5th day morning we ride towards Phnom Penh and stayed overnight at Asia Hotel located along Monivong Blvd and it cost USD20/- per night with breakfast. Quite convenient as there is a KFC outlet on the groundfloor of the hotel. Parking for bikes are at the five foot way of the hotel building with night security guard (uncovered).

Next morning, I rode around the city along the river side for a short tour and takes the evening flight home while the bikes are kept at Phnom Penh for the 2nd stage of the ride to Vientaine sometime end of Aug.

Will upload the pics later as my camera is not with me now but is should be ready after the 2nd stage of the ride. Hopefullly the video goes well also.
 

burnjr

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nice ride lipmeng..but dont forget from phnom penh to kg cham used the back road follow the mekong river nice sighht seeing...
kg cham Kartie and Stung Streng..entre combodia ta Dham clour..and dont forget 4000 island nice scenery for the life..
safety ride bro :D :lol:
thai people entre combodia need the visa.
 

lipmeng

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Apr 20, 2008
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Hi Guys

Here are some pics of the 1st sgate of the ride from Hatyai to Cambodia last month.

Unfortunately I can't made it to continue my 2nd stage which is suppose to be today as my leave was cancelled by my employer just barely 48 hrs before the departure despite my appeal that air tickets were purchased and my bike is in Phnom Penh.

The last time during Feb 09 my plan to ride to Laos was cancelled less than 24 hrs before the travelling date and same stupid decision by inconsiderate idiots.

However, this does not deter me to plan the ride although the itenary and schedule has be to revised.

Now heres the pics of bikes at Hatyai lorry transporter to be loaded for BKK and cost per bike is 2000 baht. Expected to reach BKK next morning and their agent office is near the BKK railway station.

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Train ride from Hatyai to BKK @ approx 900+baht per person 2nd class with sleeper and clean bed sheets.

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Sunrise from train ride
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Stop @ Nakhon Pathom railway station before arriving @ BKK
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Bikes arrive in BKK and unloading take some time and huge effort. My observations are the workers here are not as efficient as compared to porters of the railway during my visit last May 08.

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Pic of BKK railway station
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Overnight at Aranayaprathep.....nice guesthouse...Market Motel at 400baht per night nice clean room with hot shower and fridge. Ample parking in front of your own room and nice restaurant but did not eat there instead there are good hawker food stall nearby...short walk to the canal just opposite 7/11 shop.

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Arrived at the Thai border office of Aranyaprathep.

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Poipet, Cambodia..haven for gamblers....Casions......
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To continue in just a short while........
 

lipmeng

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Contiunation......Poipet to Siem Reap via route 6.

Straight road with good surface but a bit narrow for an interstate highway. Perhaps it is just Cambodia but not to complaint too much as the country side has beautiful scenery...lots of green padi fields. Previuosly the road was bad as it can be seen in some of those earlier ride reports by fellow riders who have been there.

Now some pics for viewing.......

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Taking a break just approx 35km before entering Siem Reap and the locals are friendly and pleasant despite having language barrier.

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Piggy ride to local market..........guess it must be the last ride.

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Riding into Siem Reap city.....lots of new luxury hotels cater for tourist...not my intended stay as that don't fit my budget.........

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Place the fits me in perfectly....Freedom Hotel...although a bit out of town but no problem as tuk-tuks aplently there......USD15.00 per night no breakfast.....nice room with large bed and hot shower with fridge & TV....ample parking for bikes...there a swimming pool also. Nearby there's a convinient store 24 hrs and food is no problem.

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Next will continue with day tour of Siem Reap town and Angkor Wat...sunset on hilltop and sunrise at Angkor Wat.

So much for tonite.

Warmest regards

Lip Meng
 

lipmeng

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Continuation - Siem Reap town

Very touristy and plenty of old colonial buildings around the market area and western restaurants and cafes.

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Market offers lots of stuff to entice tourist.
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Here's one of the branchs in Cambodia......maybe ask for a posting from my boss........hmmmm..paid in USD
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Great chap who runs his own TUK-TUK and his name is Mr. SOTHEA....highly recommended as he is honest and pleasant...speaks good english. h/p 012369143
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Next will continue with the Angkor Wat visit.....follow by the water community in Tonle Sap.
 

lipmeng

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Continuation - Visit to Angkor Wat for sunset at hill top.

Road to Angkor Wat
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Ticket per person to watch sunset at hilltop and sunrise the next morning is USD20/- and it is worth every penny.
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Even it was a cloudy day that evening the climb to the hill top is marvellous and view is exhilarating. One can be amazed how come so many tourist young and old, western and eastern tourist scales the tiny narrow and steep steps of the hill top temple just to have a good view.

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Lipmeng
Great to see you back on the road & reporting your trip.
It certainy looks like things are going well in the various stages.
Maybe we can link up when you are at the end of your Laos sector.
Take care, ride safe & enjoy.

Thanks for taking the time to write it up with photos.
 

jerome

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lipmeng,
following your trip!seems like you re having good time!
nice pictures,remind me few years ago.
don t forget to stop at the first waterfall,khone Phapheng,after you enter laos!looking forward to meet you!
enjoy your ride.bon voyage.
jerome
 

shadow

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great trip report. I hope you can continue on the second stage without any interuptions from your employer. I am living in Phnom Penh and if you would like any suggestions or tips on the route up to laos give me a shout.

I have covered nearly every possible track between the two.
 

locoduc

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Lipmeng, good to read your report and lovely photos. Can't believe the condition of the road from Aranyaprathet to Siem Reap though - it's all nicely paved now? Had a jarring and painfully slow trek in January:

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(The earlier section of the highway which was all very loose and dusty then)
 

feejer

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Lip Meng,

Great report and looks like a great time being had by all. I hope to be able to hit the roads in Cambo on 2 wheels one of these days.

But I must say I am stunned by the change in Siem Reap and the amount of people at Bakheng etc. I was there a short 4 years ago in 2005 and almost had the place to myself. So, so happy I got over there back then. Looks like Disneyland now and pretty much the case with all of SEA. Gotta get out there as the once remote places of the world are disappearing by the hour. :(

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