Cambodia
February 03, 2009 GMT
Thai - Cambodian border

We arrive on the Thai - Cambodian border mid morning, at Hat Lek, the place is busing with people crossing into Cambodia and strait back for a new visa into Thailand.
We get stamped out at Emigration, go over to Customs with the paperwork for the bike, fill out some form and get another stamp and we are done, no worries.
we drive a short distance across to the Cambodian checkpoint, fill out a visa application hand over 1600bath each ( 80.- AU$) for a months visa wait for ten minutes and Welcome to Cambodia, they don't even look at the bike. It takes me a moment to adjust driving on the right but it's not a big problem.
from the boarder we drive on to Sihanouk Ville on the coast, it's the cambodian beach resort, we end up staying for a couple of days and then head of to Keb via Kampot.

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Keb
Keb used to be the place for the french to go and enjoy the beach, the Khmer rouge destroyed all the old villas and burned a lot of them to the ground, there are lots of old ruins along the beach. from keb we follow the national Highway No 3 towards Chhuk - Ta Saom - Phnom Penh. Rather ten being a highway its more like a goats track with potholes big enough to park a car in.

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Ta saom

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A well packed van

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Girl at petrol station

It's taken over 5 hour's to cover just under 200 km to reach Phnom Penh, the traffic in town is interesting to say the least, aslong as you dont stop and just go with the flow its not to bad.

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Traffic in Phnom Penh

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River front Phnom Penh

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Markets in Town

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King's Palace

Posted by Mark Allenspach at 07:22 AM GMT
February 06, 2009 GMT
north towards Siem Riep

After 4 days we leave Phnom Penh behind us, the road north towards Siem Riep starts of very busy but eases of after about 30km and the road conditions improve dramaticaly we are able to travel at up to 100kmh. We arrive in Siem Riep around lunchtime and decide to go and check out some of the Temples in the afternoon.

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Angkor Wat

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Posted by Mark Allenspach at 04:14 AM GMT
 
 

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