Cambodia Trip 1999
Bangkok - Poipet - Siem Reap - Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham - Kratie - Stung Treng - Phnom Penh - Kampot - Sihanoukville - Bangkok.
12 hours overland trip from the Thai border to Siem Reap. Terribly bad road between Sisophon and Siem Reap after heavy rainfalls. Amazing Angkor Wat. Beautiful Siem Reap countryside, small villages at the river. Three days water festival (Bon Oumtouk) in Phnom Penh with hundred thousands of visitors. Party and good food everywhere. Boat races on the Mekong. Asian bellydance in a nightclub. Still dangerous streets at night. Rewarding boat trip up the Mekong to Stung Treng. Less travellers, more real Cambodia. Endless green ricefields south of Phnom Penh. Beautiful road from Kampot to Kep. Nice beaches in Sihanoukville. South route by boat via Ko Kong to Thailand. Hammocks and pooltables everywhere. The friendliest people with the warmest smiles I have ever seen. Thousands of beer girls and taxi girls. Mobilephones and radio equipment very popular. Many weddings, November seems to be the popular month.
Cambodia Trip 2002
Veun Kham (Laos) - Mekong - Stung Treng - Ban Lung - Sen Monorom - Phnom Penh - Kampot - Bokor - Sihanoukville - Phnom Penh - Battambang - Pailin - Poipet
Mekong Falls and Irrawaddy Dolphins. Bordercrossing on the Mekong coming from 4000 islands in Laos. Pickup to Ban Lung, road still in bad condition. Swimming in crystal clear water of crater lake. 13h motorbike ride through forests, rivers and ricefields to Sen Monorom. Charming nightlife in Phnom Penh. Alory (bamboo-train) ride to Udong. With the real train to Kampot, rail travel like 100 years ago. Dirtbike trip on Bokor mountain. Cambodian sweets on the nightmarket. Beaches and Fullmoon Party in Sihanoukville. Khmer disco with karaoke, beergirls, taxigirls... Christmas dinner at the riverfront in Phnom Penh and party in the Heart of Darkness. Shared Taxi to Battambang. Laid back city with colonial atmosphere. Trip to the Battambang Killing Fields (Phnom Sampeau) and to the Kamping Poy Dam. Sunset beer with our motodrivers. Bad road to ex Kmer Rouge stronghold Pailin. Trip to the gem mines. Motoride to Poipet along the Thai border on small roads. Most scenic places ever seen in Cambodia.
Cambodia Trip 2003
Koh Kong - Sre Ambel - Phnom Penh - Kampong Thom - Siem Reap - Anlong Veng - Preah Vihear - Sisophon - Poipet
Used the new minibus service of Local Adventures from Koh Kong to Phnom Penh. Spent most of my time there, including Christmas in the Heart. Headed north with the bus to Siem Reap. Very touristy place at this time of year. Avoided Angkor and the package tourists masses there. Went to Preah Vihear instead. One day ride with motodop. We stayed overnight at the mountaintop. Sunrise next day and travel back. Great trip. See PV Infobox below for details.
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Available everywhere and everytime. 500 Riel for short distance. 1000-4000 R for longer distances in Phnom Penh, a bit more at night. Drivers with good English (sometimes French) wait in front of guesthouses. Moderately bargaining is usual before you go. Going rate is PP is 4-6$ for whole day. In SR 6$ for a whole day with temple visits is the going rate, drivers ask for more when visiting remote places like Banteay Srey. Moto rides for long distances on bad roads (or no roads) can be very expensive. The trip from Ban Lung to Sen Monorom (more than 200 km, 13h) was 50 $. This route is really hardcore for bike and driver. He stays overnight and usually returns without passenger.
1 U.S. $ = 4.000 Cambodian Riel = 40 Thai Baht (Dec 2003)
Dom Kralor / Veung Kham (Laos, "Mekong crossing")
You must have a Lao / Cambodian visa in your passport before you do this trip.
Alternative by road:
KOH KONG / HAT LEK (Thailand, "Cham Yeam crossing", overland)
KOH KONG / HAT LEK (Thailand, Cham Yeam crossing, by boat)
BKK to PP
POIPET / ARANYAPRATHET (Thailand)
From SR to BKK the bus ticket is now sold for $10. Expect to have many stops at restaurants...
O'SMACH / CHONG CHOM (Thailand)
PAILIN / PONG NAM RON (Thailand, "Phsa Prom crossing")
BATTAMBANG DAUN LEM / BAN LAEM (Thailand)
ANLONG VENG / SA 'NGAM CHOAM (Thailand)
BAVET / MOC BAI (Vietnam)
This bordergate at the popular route connecting Saigon and Phnom Penh issues Cambodian visas on arrival. The easy trip is offered by many companies in both cities. The trip usually takes about 6 hours barring traffic back ups at the Neak Loung ferry crossing.
KAAM SAMNOR / VING XUONG (Vietnam, "Chau doc crossing")
TRAPEANG PHLONG / XA MAT (Vietnam, "Trapeang Phlong Border Pass")
DONG THAP (Vietnam)
O'YADAW / LE TANH (Vietnam) (Banlung border crossing)
PHNOM DEN / TINH BIEN (Vietnam)
PREK CHAK / XA XIA (Vietnam, "Ha Tien crossing")
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