02 June 2011

Ride to Cambodia




I've been dreaming of this ride for more than 2 years. I actually didn't expect to get to go anytime soon , but a happy series of circumstances made it possible..

Let me tell you a story.

Come ride with me.........




Day 1
Early morning along the Malaysian highways 


A R&R break as the day was going to be brutal


Another break along the way, See the wet roads.


It kept raining ,then hot ,then rain again...throughout the 1st day


A short break in Dan Nok after the border crossing.


I wasn't riding alone......  : )             (Yes,there is a story there)  


More rain in southern Thailand.


Nice and hot here...north of Songkla



Getting close to my destinaton


After slightly more than 850km i reached my destination of Surathani


Nice parking


Nice room,.....check out the balcony


cool view.After some food and a massage.I promptly crashed as the next day was also going to be fun.........not



Day 2

Welcome to Australia.............don't ask me.I also don't know?
Seen on the way to Chumpon


Nice and sunny, great roads. Time to ride...


Look at that sky & road......


nice huh?


griffin's ride....in the wilds of Thailand


Along the way north i had to stop and take a pic of this....look at the girl for comparison


Dark clouds ahead. A short break before the rains.


Bangkok. Anti bike  traffic rules means we can't get onto the highways.


So we have to take this.....


The barge from Petra pier...       See the elevated highway in the background?


To cross the Chao Praya river.


Bangkok was bad in terms of traffic but thanks to great advise from my fellow riders i got through it relatively easily. It was almost night and i had to find a hotel. I didn't want to go out of my way to find a hotel so i pulled up in one along the way.
See the cars in the individual parkings.
See the boards blocking the number plates.
If i have to tell you what this hotel is you need to get out more often  : ) 


My very own garage.
No pics of the room as the verrrrrrrry large mirror in it would have been blinding with the flash on  : )
600km with the Bangkok traffic thrown in. Not too bad actually.



Day 3

Early the next day i left Bangok and headed east. 


Nice roads. Empty in the early morning.


After a few hours i reached this.
Welcome to the Kingdom of Cambodia.


Poipet.   Dusty.  Keep right please.
Crossing the border was rather fast.All in about 25 mins. Thailand and Cambodia both.


looking back at the casino in no mans land between the borders.


Cambodian customs. A bit away from the immigrations


Time to ride again.


Miles of flatlands


This is FJR country     : )


Kept reminding myself......keep right.


Nice weather. Nice roads.  Not so nice a few years ago.


Had to tape up my lights.


After a couple of hours i reached Siem Reap.


Now the fun starts.
Victory gate.. with the FJR



By the moat


Terrace of the leper King 



Looking for lady Croft...



Ancient Ponds and fountains



A bigger temple.


View from the top.


FJR in the historic city 



Next to the Bayon.


Another view of the Bayon


inside......nice.


This is the picture i rode thousands of kilometers for.
my bike infront of the Angkor Wat.
my dream for the last 2 years.


The moat around Angkor Wat.


The next few shots are of the Angkor Wat proper 






Miles and miles of carvings 





This truely is a awesome  place 


My room in Siem Reap


nice. The hotel is owned by a ''fixer'' in Siem Reap who was my back up in case my original plan to get into the Angkor complex didn't work out.
didn't need his help in the end but it was good to have a back up, just in case.


Private parking  : )


A nice end to the day.


Pub street. the main tourist drag.


Free apsara show    mmmmmmmmm      : ) 



Day 4

In the morning i headed south.


Initially the roads were nice , but i took a parallel road which lead through the country side.
Another way of saying i got lost     ; ) 


Cambodian kampung houses


I have to say the FJR took every thing that was thrown at it and rode it through. from mud roads for kilometers , to miles of gravel and miles of rock , the bike just sailed through.



Pit stop and had a nice chat with the locals



On the outskirts of Phnom Phen


Took the back roads due to my earlier detour



After having fun with the Phnom Phen traffic i finally reached my hotel.


Ok parking.


A couple of sight of the streets of Phnom Phen




I wanted to visit here...
I'll let the pics speak for themselves.
Its not a happy place, but better we remember lest we forget and repeat the mistakes of the past.






See this pic

Now read this.

























After that experience i went around Phnom Phen


The main park



The esplanade along the river



looking onto the Tonle sap river


Thats the Mekong river in the far end


And here is where the two rivers join


Meet up with a fellow ADVrider at his bar


ADVrider wheels Cambodian style


My host..Quealy  aka Jacl-Kampuchea


How else to end the day?   : )


Back to the Billabong Hotel and crash. I was supposed to stay in phnom Phen for 2 days but since i've had a look around , i knew i would be bored the next day. 



Day 5

The next day was nice and bright


Making my way north



The city of Battambang


Tres cool


Out of Cambodia and into Thailand took about 25 min again    : )


Nice parking at my hotel in Aranyaprathet.
The staff  were really nice and had a good time there   .


Day 6

The next morning i rode from the above border town through Bangkok. crossed the chao praya again and finally stopped and took this pic after Samut Songkran. 


After some hours i reached my destination of Hua Hin .Its cloudy thats why the sea in the horizon is not clear. 


Nice hotel.




Cool parking



A few sights and sounds from around Hua Hin.
Nice beach.





Cool wheels.


Normal touristy streets you would seen in any Thai tourist area




Day 7

After enjoying Hua Hin the bike called me and we hit the road 



I left the highway at Chumpon and headed towards Ranong.
If you take the best of TTkong, Ulu yam and Frasers and stretch it into a 110kn long road you would get this road .Frickin awesome


I only stopped cause i saw this nice waterfall


This is where i came from


This is where i'm going.
it still gives me chills  : )


finally ...Ranong


Nice rooms again


Good parking, now time to explore.
So whats the atraction of Ranong?



This....... That Myanmar there


Zoom


Max zoom. Hope to ride there someday  : )


nice island on the Thai side


Andaman Club quay


Some funky ?army outpost.



Day 8

my trip is almost over. Since i skipped a day in Phnom Phen i could have stopped at the death railway near Bangkok.
But i decided to keep that for another ride north as this was mainly heading east.


Nice roads in southern Thailand


After 550km i reached Dan Nok. Rested here for a night. the view from my room .Malaysia is behind me and Thailand in front


Nice hotel



Day 9

After all this days(sic) its good to be home. 


I didn't switch on the GPS on the outbound Malaysian leg so the total distance is just above 5000km


Here is the route. green for the stops there and red for the stops back again


I waited and hoped for this trip for more than 2 years. No one but another biker will understand why we have to ride. was it worth it. ????
HELL YEAH.

Go out there and ride. Get out of your comfort zone and make your own road. 
A favourite saying i 've heard before.

''we are stuck between the regrets of the things undone in the past    and  
the fear of the things in the future''

Ride safe , ride far.
Cheers.

16 comments:

  1. owhhhhhhhhhhh Maaaaaaannnnnnnnnnn..!!

    Bro..u did it bro..!! respect u..!! I cannot tido la tonite..dammn! hahaha..

    Nice bro..very nice pics..!! hope i'll be there too..

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  2. lupa nak tanye..bile u pegi ride ni bro?? almost 10 days rite??

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  3. Two thumbs up bro!!!
    Simply Awesome.

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  4. great pictorial blog! Kudos my friend. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. @Han 23/5- 1/6 . sepatutnya i duduk Phnom phen 2 malam, tapi dah bosan bro. So fikir nak pergi tengok death railway dekat bangkok . Akhirnya death railway lain kali shj la bila pergi utara Thailand.

    @Anand. thanks bro . So when we riding up together ?

    @hurricanemax - Thanks bro . Juniors like me need help and advise from seniors like you . Thanks again for all your advise bro.

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  6. Griffin - tu laa..u kene tukar style ride 'solo' dgn ride 'duo'..tigo ko ompek ko (slang negeri 9)..pun bolehhh! hahaha

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  7. My friend! This is soooo cool bro. Wish I could have gone with you.

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  8. @Han - Tak pe bro. next ride ke atas kita duduk plan baik2. Macam songkla ari tu. Duo,tigo ke ompek pun boleh bro : )

    @ Nik - it would be even cooler with 2 FJRs . When bro ?

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  9. ....wow.... wonder when i can ride up to angkor watt ... thanx for sharing - very inspriring!!

    wonder if u wd dare have me along on rides like this in the future....?

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  10. Hi sis. I would definately ride with you in future. Will let you know when we plan a group ride next time.

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  11. wow!!! terbaek la bro... wa caya sama lu...

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  12. @AbangBotak - Thanks bro : )

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  13. congrats Bro...u enter cambodia, prosedure sama cam enter Thai? What about currency or they accept Thai Baht? Sorry, byk tanya, Hehehe..

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  14. @ roslin - procedure hampir sama bro tapi kena dpt cert of conveyence dari Thai immigration. pandu belah kanan , tutup lampu depan waktu siang & duit yg diguna USD atau Cambodian rial.

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