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Old 10-06-2014, 06:20 AM   #1
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::: A mini Long Way Down (Vietnam - Cambodia - Thailand - Malaysia)

Yeah, it's should be called a mini-LWD trip, but actually it's really a LWD to me.

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I got this route planning months ago:



Got some interest from friends to join me but finally I gotta be with my own.
Again, I will do my solo trip, starting from Hochiminh City - Vietnam. Don't know where and how far I could reach, but I have not much leave to spend. Gotta be back home within a week.

A friend of mine who helped me to install and merge the maps of Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore - to thanks to his support then I put up a sticker which illustrate his current business that making Garmin maps for Vietnam:




Another friend gave me a Led Lenser torch light for free, then I have no issue to put up his stickers on:




Haha... looks like I had some sponsorship there. LOL....
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Old 10-06-2014, 06:24 AM   #2
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LWD day 1

First day of the trip, HCMC - Vietnam to Chanthaburi - Thailand:

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Old 10-06-2014, 06:30 AM   #3
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LWD day 1

As usual, I departed very early from home, 4:30AM already out of my garage.
There are three more bikers were with me, to see me off.
We had breakfast near the border with Cambodia:





Got full tank of gas near border, then say good bye to buddies. I with my own to cross the border.
On Cambodia land not long after that:



It was very strange to me that there were so many people on the Cambodia road. They even blocked the road to the ferry, the only means which help me to reach Phnom Penh.

Thanks to the security guys there, they saw my bike was too big then he allowed me to take short cut to the ferry. Otherwise I will stuck there for hours, and also block their way as well.

Viet horse and Cam horse on the ferry :



Quick stop to take pix of a Cambodian pagoda:









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Old 10-06-2014, 06:36 AM   #4
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Old 10-06-2014, 07:35 AM   #5
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Old 10-06-2014, 07:38 AM   #6
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LWD day 1

I have a buddy who is Thai, working in Cambodia rode to receive me outside of Phnom Penh. He's great GS guy:





I had several good advices from him as he knows Thailand and Cambodia very well:



The Indo-china map is his gift for me. Such a kind support:



Gave him a sticker of our group ACE MTSG:



And he also interested in Vietnam Garmin map and sure he will have good care from my GPS friend, Gpsclub.vn:




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Old 10-06-2014, 07:41 AM   #7
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LWD day 1

Had some food and drinks, then we back on the road. My friend rode with me for around 100km more before he come back to Phnom Penh:





Cambodia random pics:























Ohlala....



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Old 10-06-2014, 08:45 PM   #8
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Around 100km away from Phnom Penh, we stopped for drinks:



After this, I would be on my own. My friend would head back to Phnom Penh with his commitment of work.
I decided not to choose any border gate (Cam-Thai) until I reach the turning point. Let's see how the roads and weather look like then I will decide.

Good roads then. Very sunny and really hot. Thankful to one of my friend, who sent me a gift is a set of Vetnz (http://www.ventz-range.com/). It really helped.

As near to the borders, the sun was down and directly pointed to my eyes. Really annoying.

Krong Pursat - could not pass this interesting sign - a giant marble pot at a junction, looks like the symbol of the area:





Almost reached Batambang, I decided not to take Poipet border but Pailin..



However, I still rode ahead a bit, just to see how's Batambang. This is a symbol at the City entrance:

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Old 10-06-2014, 08:52 PM   #9
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LWD - Day 1

Turned left to Pailin, the roads was great, with very minimum traffic.

Interesting view with a pagoda on top of the mount:







Road near the border:







Almost there:







Still can turn right to Poipet if I wanted :)

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Old 10-07-2014, 03:48 AM   #10
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Turned left to Pailin, the roads was great, with very minimum traffic.

Interesting view with a pagoda on top of the mount:







Road near the border:







Almost there:







Still can turn right to Poipet if I wanted :)

It was so great trip ...
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Old 10-07-2014, 11:20 PM   #11
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LWD - Day 1

5:20 PM, reached Pailin border gate Cambodia. This place is to stamp your passport:



Thai-land is just over the fence:



Quick process at Cambodia side, now toward Thailand:



Chanthaburi:





Took me quite long time for the bike importation, until dark:



I gotta open up my laptop to show the guys there how the other Thai border did to my bike previously:



Finally, all done:



I did a really serious mistake just after the Thai custom. You know what? I was riding on my right side, very confidently, even when I saw an opposite car coming toward me with the high beam ON. Holly sh*t, I was riding on the wrong side.
Actually I kept reminding myself from Cambodia checkpoint about changing riding lane when in Thailand, but too long paperwork process made me totally forgot about that. Hell. I was still so lucky that having that in the small road, not the highway.

After more than 100km nice twisty road, I reached Chanthaburi when it was not so early:



Food after checking in:



For the last customer:



Then I had to find a nearby 7eleven to grab some more things:



Really good night after 700km of the first day, 3 countries.
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Old 10-07-2014, 11:25 PM   #12
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LWD - Day 2

Day 2, from Chanthaburi to Khao Yai park, 300km.

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Old 10-07-2014, 11:32 PM   #13
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As said, I had a really good night after 1st day. Did not want to wake up in the morning.
Late breakfast. Well, KP Grand hotel with price of approx $35 including breakfast is not so good for an adventure trip, but not bad at all.



A $15 paid for nothing, but gears hanger:



Complimentary water was in bottles, inside the fridge. It made me confused and asked the hotel several times to ask them bringing me water



Departure from hotel just around noon time.
Nice road up north:









Average speed:





Some more random pix:







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Old 10-07-2014, 11:40 PM   #14
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LWD - Day 2

At a cafe' after more than 1 hour riding:



Coffee and some nutrition food I bring with:



Another crazy thing happened. I was changing my SIM card to one of the phones, and did not know why I dropped my roaming Vietnamese SIM on the floor, and bad thing came as the SIM fell into the floor gap. No way to get it out. Okay, lost my SIM.



Tried not to be crazy that time, and taking pix of bike:



On the road again. Then I stopped at a strange place - there is a rock wall at the middle of a really flat area:



And see the cave - really awesome cave:



It turned raining:







Stopped and think of putting my rain gears:



What a black sky - where I was heading to:



First stop for gas and wait for the rain to be out:



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Old 10-08-2014, 12:29 AM   #15
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Nice pics and well documented ride....bring it on Bro

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