Ideal for a 250cc off-road machine, these motorcycles give us the opportunity to visit all the remote places in the country.
|per rider in shared twin/double room||€3,050.00 $3,393.00 ?|
|per pillion passenger in shared twin/double room||€2,650.00 $2,948.01 ?|
|per person single room (surcharge)||€395.00 $439.42 ?|
|Transfers Airport Phnom Penh - Hotel and back|
|All overnight stays|
|Rental motorcycle incl. insurance Property damage to third parties|
|Multilingual tour guide on the motorcycle|
|Escort vehicle and luggage transport|
|travel security note|
|Visa (Visa on arrival at airport 30,- USD)|
|food and drink|
|Pocket money - 500 Euro (This amount is an indication of how much money you will need for this trip. It includes food, drink, souvenirs, optional excursions and gasoline.)|
|Scheduled flight - Phnom Penh and back|
|Minimum number of participants: 8|
|Maximum number of participants: 12|
|Maximum number of passengers: 2|
|On the Cambodia motorcycle trip we are on a Honda Baja (250 ccm) or equivalent motorcycles on the way. If you prefer a lower "Honda Degree", please indicate this when booking. This has a seat height of 860 mm, but can perhaps be made a little lower).|
|The name "Cambodia Adventure" comes from the time of our first motorcycle trip through this country in 2001. The roads of that time were often no more than gravel roads, littered with bomb craters. Not a single bridge was intact, in the jungle was warned of robbers and because of the many minefields there were official travel warnings. In the meantime, the country has been stable for a long time and hard work is being put into reconstruction. Roads are repaired at high speed and even asphalted. Mine service has now cleared most of the country of mines and the government has once and for all put a stop to the rebels and the remaining Khmer Rouge fighters. For this reason, the name "Cambodia Adventure" may no longer be so appropriate. The adventurous routes of the past were made into paved roads or repaired so well that we can cover distances within hours, which used to take us a whole day. However, we have decided to keep the name, because every time we go on a journey, we go in search of new, adventurous routes. Besides, riding a motorcycle in Cambodia, no matter how, is always a great adventure.|
|Level of difficulty of the journey:|
|The country is, except for some border areas, almost flat. The difficulty of the journey therefore depends mainly on the unpaved roads. Our goal is not to offer a complete off-road trip. We strive to plan for about a third of off-road routes. These unpaved road sections vary from dirt roads along the Mekong River to wide gravel roads through the jungle. The unpaved climb to Bokorhill is a strenuous one for most participants. Offroad experience is recommended, an offroad basic training could be very useful as preparation. You learn how best to handle the bike and it makes riding more fun. In Cambodia, every year after the rainy season, you have to wait and see how the unpaved roads are doing. Large trucks use the routes even in the wet period and then often stop somewhere. This means that flat paths suddenly become a challenge. Most roads today are flattened once a year with a bulldozer. In addition to hard truck tracks, the rainy season also leaves behind rain gutters and pits in the road surface.|
|A helmet, motorcycle protective clothing, good gloves and boots or other sturdy footwear are mandatory. Although the rainy season lasts until mid-October, it can still be very warm in November. The clothes should therefore not be too warm, but nevertheless protective. We recommend an integral helmet or an offroad helmet.|
|Visas and insurance:|
|At the airport in Phnom Penh you can buy a visa for 20 US dollars on arrival. All you need is a passport photo. The tour price includes insurance for damage to third parties, but does not cover any damage to the motorcycle itself. The insurance can only be taken out locally in Phnom Penh. You'll need an international rider's license for this.|
|More details about the trip and what to take with you can be found in the manual that you will receive about 1 month before departure.|
|Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.|
Due to the war years there was almost no road network in Cambodia until some time ago. Most of the roads were heavily worn sand roads. Now they are working hard to improve the road network. Nevertheless, on our tours we still discovered many narrow, unpaved roads. We follow narrow paths along the Mekong River to the north, where we take a tour through the jungle. Via trails that lead across the jungle we reach the world famous Angkor Wat. We take a boat trip along floating villages and find our way south on narrow paths. Here we climb Bokor Mountain. It is a very varied motorcycle tour, which allows us to experience all remote corners and unknown routes in 3 weeks. It is also a great pleasure to meet the friendly inhabitants of this poor country.
Day 1: ARRIVAL PHNOM PENH
In the course of the day you will receive your motorcycle and the tour guide will familiarise you with important rules for travelling by motorcycle. The program of the whole tour will be discussed again. The following day we will use for a sightseeing tour through Phnom Penh. So you can get used to your motorcycle and the Cambodian traffic rules.
Day 2: PHNOM PENH
We visit the Toul Sleng (S-21) Museum. Thousands of citizens were interrogated here between 1975 and 1979 and counter-revolutionary ideas were imputed to them. They were tortured and all but 7 were killed. The former school still leaves an impression that makes one feel moved.
Then we ride to the "Killing Fields" of Chuoeng Eck. About 10 kilometers outside the city, the prisoners of S-21 were killed in the most brutal way to save bullets. There are still remains of clothes, teeth and bones scattered on the field. In memory of these events, a temple has been built on the site with the skulls excavated so far. If the time allows it, we can visit the atmospheric Wat Phnom temple afterwards. At the end of the first day we will relax in one of the many street cafés along the Mekong river in Phnom Penh.
Day 3: PHNOM PENH - KRATIE
An early start for a nice and varied day. After only 1 km we are taken by ferry across the Mekong. This way we avoid the traffic of Phnom Penh. We ride on small paths along the Mekong, passing villages and many temples. On the way we enjoy a local lunch in Kampong Cham. We will literally ride through the backyards of the inhabitants. After a detour to the beautiful Han Chey temple with its magnificent view over the Mekong we continue our way along the river. We cross the Mekong once again and follow the road to Kratie. While enjoying a cool drink you can watch the sun go down sitting in front of the hotel.
Day 4: CREATIVITY - SEN MONORON
Today we're going to Sen Monorom. This small former jungle town is the capital of the Mondulkiri province. The former jungle was cut down for rubber plantations, rice fields and other agricultural production. First we take the repaired NH7 towards Snoul, where we occasionally leave the road to ride through the rice fields. Then we ride on a tarred road through the beautiful Snoul Wildlife Sanctuary, it is a bit more hilly, curvy and densely forested here. Afterwards we ride along the Vietnamese border to the northeast.
Day 5: SEN MONOROM - BANG LUNG
Today we ride to the province of Ratanakiri, which hides in a corner next to Laos and Vietnam. This is a thinly populated forest area with mountains, waterfalls, crater lakes and ethnic minorities (called "KhmerLoeu" or "Highland Khmer"). There are also many gemstone mines here. The road was recently renewed and on a good tarred road we ride north to the Tonle Srepok river. Then we ride on wider gravel roads, through small villages, forests and plantations to Ban Lung, where we can drink our arrival drink with a view of a small lake.
Day 6: BANG LUNG - TA VEAENG
Today we dive deeper into the province and leave the tarred road behind us. Over narrow gravel roads and winding mountain paths and maybe through mud we ride to the feet of the Virachey National Park, stopping in between at the Yeak Lam crater lake. This is a 4000 year old lake which is very popular with local families for picnics. Ta Veaeng is a small village on the south side of the TonLe San river, and a base for the Virachey Park. Ta Veaeng district was also the guerrilla base of the Khmer Rouge in the 1960s. We sleep here with a local (brewing) family.
Day 7: TA VEAENG - STUNG TREND
When nature wakes us up, we prepare ourselves for another adventurous day. We leave on time to find our way through the mountains to Stung Treng. When the water level is low enough, we ride to Siem Pang, cross the Tonle Kong and continue to the Laotian border. The alternative is to ride a bit further south on the recently paved Route 78, which was heavily bombed by the Americans during the Vietnam War. There were several "Ho Chi Minh" trails, routes that the North Vietnamese used to supply and manage the southern lines. Stung Treng is a characteristic place with its own atmosphere.
Day 8: STUNG TREND - REST DAY
After the wonderful, but also tiring days of the last week, we take it easy today. We have enough time to look around, do the laundry (or have it done) and/or take a boat trip (or a kayak trip) into the flooded forest, possibly back by bike. If you like, we can take a short tour of the area. Of course you can also decide to lie in the hammock with a book.
Day 9: STUNG TREND - TBENG MIENCHAY
We cross the Mekong over a new bridge and then set course westwards. We quickly leave the asphalt and continue to Anlung Chrey, where we take a break. The route leads over a bumpy sand track and through dense vegetation. The escort vehicle will most likely not come along, but we will meet it later in the day. In Anlung Chrey we decide on the spot which route we want to follow. In any case it will be a beautiful and adventurous route that leads to our final destination: Tbeng Meanchey, the provincial capital.
Day 10: TBENG MIENCHAY - SIEM RIEP
Today we're going north. It's going to be a long day and we'll cover many miles. High on a ridge of hills, on the border between Cambodia and Thailand, lies the temple complex of Preah Vihear. These more than 1000 year old temples give us a taste of what is waiting for us at Angkor Wat. The difference is that we are one of the few tourists who enjoy this breathtaking view over the complex from the very top. Most of the people feel that the way there is too far. For us, this is even more a reason to start it. We have lunch here.
We continue west on a beautiful road along the Dangrek Mountains. Then we turn and ride south towards Siem Reap. We reach the area of Angkor Wat and will try to penetrate the temple city of Angkor Thom and pass the world famous temple Angkor Wat. Siem Reap is one of the liveliest cities in Cambodia. In the centre you will find many good restaurants and many cosy bars. It is also a perfect place to buy souvenirs or treat yourself to a massage. It is also our starting point from where we will visit the temples of Angkor Wat.
Day 11: SIEM REAP - EXCURSION ANGKOR WAT
The visit of Angkor Wat is on our program. Angkor Wat is the largest sacred building in the world and the temples are a source of inspiration. They are the pride of every Cambodian. The imagination of most visitors is also stimulated here. The period of the Angkor Empire lasted about 600 years. During this period, more than 70 temples, palaces, libraries and other buildings were built on an area of 350 square kilometers. Actually Angkor Wat is only one of these temples, but nowadays the whole area is called so. If you want to visit all temples on this gigantic area, one day is hardly enough. But your travel companion will be able to advise you. This day in Angkor Wat is certainly one of the highlights of your trip.
Day 12: SIEM REAP - POIPET
Today we ride to the western border with Thailand. We try to avoid the chaotic Highway No. 6 as much as possible and ride through the agricultural lowlands of northern Cambodia. The roads vary from asphalt to good gravel roads. We get a good impression of the rural activity and the Cambodian friendliness. When we arrive in Poipet, we visit the border with Thailand. Poipet has developed into a kind of Las Vegas in Cambodia in recent years under the influence of the Thai gambling ban.
Day 13: POIPET - PAILIN
We ride south along the Thai border and through the Roneam Daun Sam Wildlife Sanctuary to Pailin. The province of Pailin is famous for gemstones, wood and the accommodation of pensioners of the Khmer Rouge. Pailin is a Wild West town that once had a great "gold rush" or much more "gem rush" and is the northern gateway to the Khmer Rouge. Thai and Burmese influences can also be seen here, both in clothing and in the food and physical characteristics of the local population.
Day 14: PAILIN - VEAL VENG
It can be a strenuous day today, on the way to and through the Cardamon Mountains. Although Cambodia has been welcoming a large number of tourists for several years, this mountain range is still one of the less known areas. It forms the border between Cambodia and Thailand and has long been a stronghold of the Khmer Rouge. At the beginning the gravel roads are still wide and flat, but then they become bumpier and more hilly. The agricultural plains turn into tropical rainforests. We spend the night in the small village Veal Veng in a simple guesthouse.
Day 15: VEAL VENG - KOH KONG
Today's track can be difficult when rain turns the red surface into smooth clay. We take our time for this adventurous path through the green forest. The civilized world will be very far away for a while. On the way we will have a temporary lunch. After lunch we will look for the new Chinese road, a concrete block path, which will lead us to Koh Kong. Koh Kong is located on the coast of the Gulf of Thailand, only a few kilometres from the neighbouring country.
Day 16 KOH KONG - REST DAY
We can recover from the strenuous mountain tours of the last days. Take a walk along the boulevard and through the nearby mangroves or optionally a day trip to the island of the same name Koh Kong for swimming and/or snorkeling. A motorcycle trip to the Thai border is also possible.
Day 17: KOH KONG - CAMPOT
We leave the mountains and follow the newly paved road from Koh Kong towards Sre Ambel. For the last part of the journey we will ride on highway no. 3 and arrive in the early afternoon in the town of Kampot. Kampot is famous for its pepper and French colonial architecture. It is nice to take a walk, dive in the river or enjoy the sunset during a boat trip and discover firefly nests.
Day 18: CAMP - PHNOM PENH
On our last riding day we ride through rice fields, on dusty roads and mostly asphalted roads to the capital. We do this with a detour, first to the east to visit the Vietnamese border and then north towards Phnom Penh. The variety of roads in Cambodia is again clearly visible. We take another look at life in the country and exchange it again with the hustle and bustle of the city of Phnom Penh.
Day 19: PHNOM PENH - REST DAY
Today you can discover the city at your own pace. Your travel companion can recommend a few places of interest. If you did not have time to visit the Royal Palace on day 2-3, you can do so today, or go to the "Russian Market" where cheap clothes, DVDs and souvenirs are offered. The "evening market" also offers the possibility for souvenirs. Or take part in one of the outdoor aerobics sessions, which are held in the Olympic Stadium, among other places. The city has a lot to offer.
Day 20: DEPARTURE PHNOM PENH
You will get a transfer to the airport and fly back to Germany with endless impressions.
- Changes to the route can be adapted to the current conditions on site -