Cambodia in Jan - 2013

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  1. George 99

    George 99 Been here awhile

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    I'll take a look at those apps, Danny. I've downloaded a different one for Cam from I-Tunes and doesn't display a thing. Sez in it's text ya have to be "within the map area" for all the features to work, but none of them?

    I also down loaded a free translator from I-Tunes which contains both French and Thai, could prove useful.

    This on Deba's ol' I-Phone 3 GS. It will mainly serve as I-Pod and possible back-up device. Still gotta purchase my bigger device.
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  2. Digiamo

    Digiamo Dan nyc

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    I would bring my SPOT if I had one. MELLOW offered his to me a second time.
    I ran it to Panama and back which was cool but the international ride and being solo somehow stacked the chores at the stops, especially the border crossings. I would be surrounded by "helpers" before I even got off the bike so the SPOT usually took a back seat in the priority list.
    I declined JOE'S kind offer with appreciation, going with the understanding that one of us at least would have one and we'd be together generally.
    Don't know about smart phone SPOT that works while the service is not available so I will be all ears with regard to that.
    This is not a high priority for me but fully understand that others may feel differently.
    I am going to know where I am with OSM offline maps on my GS3 phone.
    Everyone else can have fun guessing. :D:D:D
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  3. George 99

    George 99 Been here awhile

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    My 'lectronics list:
    - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7" with OMSAND GPS and Cam/Thai/Laos maps. (I've used it twice with AZ and CA maps, seems to work pretty good.) Also has front 'n rear cameras, WiFi, and g-mail link, book reader, other typical "tablet" apps.
    - Unlocked Nokia GSM simple phone for local calls with SIM card.
    - I-Phone 3 with more apps and lots of music, mainly for the music but useful as a backup to the Samsung too.
    - SPOT 1

    All that with charge cords and 12V supply could prove to be a PITA, but it's all coming with.

    Still plan to carry minimum stuff, haven't decided on which helmet yet, betting we're gonna be without bike more than with so will have to lug around whatever.
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  4. Digiamo

    Digiamo Dan nyc

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    Got a tetanus shot today. Had Hepatitis A and B done two years ago.
    I'll get the oral immunities when I get to BKK.
    Got a lot done today toward this trip.
    Flying JFK to Beijing Tuesday...15 hours without stops, then 5 more to BKK. :puke1
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  5. George 99

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    Folks at Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute in Bangkok acknowledged we can get immunities there. That's good news.
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  6. VTbeemer

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    Hey guys,

    Have been following this ride for a while now. Currently making last minute arrangements to join the group. Will arrive BK sometime around the 17th and travel to PP a little while after that. Was looking at the train as an option...highly recommended in Thailand fast and cheap. Only downside is that one has to transfer to bus at the Cambodia border to finish the trip through to PP since there is no train service in Cambodia, part of the adventure! There is a great website for overland train/bus travel in the area (the name escapes me right now sorry will look for it.)

    I will try to book at some of the recommended hotels in BK and PP mentioned previously before the ride. After the R4C will be making my way up to Chiang Mai for riding up in the Golden Triangle area. hopefully run for the Laos and Burma/Myanmar border areas. If a few in the group want to do this we could easily hire a private guide to help things along. Or just wing it.

    I will have to post something on the R4C forum page.

    If. Anyone wants to email me. Try:

    Djzeevt@gmail.com

    Luckily my travel immunizations are up to date from my South America trip a while back. For those of you looking a good travel clinic can fix you up with recommendations and shots as needed based on current regional recommendations.

    Looking forward to it.
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    Dan, we'll see ya there. Chiang Mai and Laos are on our short list. Considering staying in Cam an extra few days to avoid the coronation traffic in PP.
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  8. Nata Harli

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    Just got back from my doc. I feel like a pincushion but other than that I survived. I've got to get to Costco to pick up my oral meds then I should be all set.

    I leave on the 12th and arrive in Bangkok on the 13th (I think!). Crossing the dateline and arrive just after midnight so I'm not sure if it will be the 13th or 14th. That also assumes I make my connection in Tokyo.

    I'm booked into the New Siam II which looks like it's just a block or so from you guys staying at the New Siam Riverside. Got a room booked at the Paragon in PP both before and after the ride.

    I'm planning on leaving for PP on Thursday. Dan, I'd be up for the train/bus ride but wondered if you'd seen this? http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/326227/thailand-to-launch-bus-routes-to-cambodia#.UOcHBfikWgE.gmail

    Looks like there is now bus service all the way between Bangkok and PP. If it leaves in the morning, I'd be interested in taking the bus if anyone else is up for it. Don't want to do it by myself but would enjoy some company. I was thinking of taking the bus mainly to see some of the countryside.

    daveg is a neighbor/friend and he is taking a group out on Friday to purchase bikes and start prepping them. I think on Saturday he's going to be rounding up supplies and whatever will be needed for the trip. That's the main reason I'm looking at getting into PP on Thursday.

    After the ride I'm pretty open but was thinking about the Chiang Mai area for a while. I've got almost 3 weeks free after the ride and thought about renting some street bikes and touring the area.

    Looking forward to meeting up with you guys in Bangkok and then whatever follows.

    Ken (nataharli@gmail.com)
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  9. Nata Harli

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    I ended up with an extra phone while I was in Central America. I'm pretty sure it will work on our trip with the correct SIM.

    So, if anyone would like to use it, let me know and I'll bring it. After you get home you can just mail it back to me or pass it on to someone else who can use it.
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    Ken

    If OK with you I would like to take you up on the phone offer. I have been wanting to get on like this for a while now. If I can borrow yours I can further delay buying one for myself:lol3:lol3
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    Guys,

    Here is a terrific site and primer on how to get from BK to PP by train, Bus, taxi tuk tuk, etc.

    http://www.seat61.com/Cambodia.htm#Siem Reap


    The new bus service seems like a terrific way to go. Would like to find out if it is actually running and where/how to get reservation on it.

    According to the website above it will take about a 1 1/2 days to get to PP from BK using the existing services. If I had more time it would be a great option.

    I have to delay my departure from the US due to a surgery scheduled for my dog. I will be leving on the 17th and arrive late the 18th. As such I will have to transit directly to PP upon arrival in BK. Since I am ariving late I am looking at flying to PP. It is only $95 and gets there the same day in about an hour. But this "new" bus would be a great option if it pans out. Ken, it seems you will be a day or so ahead of me so message me if you take this bus and arrive in one piece :lol3.

    Upon arrival in PP I am renting a bike so I will not need to "buy" a bike when I get there. But I would like to accompany some of you, look over yor shoulders and offer unsolicited buying advice!!:evil
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  12. Nata Harli

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    Dan,

    Consider it yours. It's going to cost you big, though! Probably at least one cold beer.

    See you in Bangkok! :clap

    Ken
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    Here's an article about the bus:

    http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/326227/thailand-to-launch-bus-routes-to-cambodia#.UOcHBfikWgE.gmail
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    Dan and Ken, glad youse guys have chimed in. The more, the merrier.

    Train/bus/plane, it's all'a same to me 'long as we get to PP in time to buy our bikes. Extra time after the Cam ride can/will be split up as appropriate. Wanna see some Thai and Laos if possible. Chiang Mai is for sure on my short list.

    Larry and Danny are staying longer, Dace shorter. I hope to ride as much as possible so renting in Thai is also on my short list. I don't want to carry a helmet around for days and weeks.

    I don't have an unlocked phone yet. My Nokia 2610s have to be reflashed and I didn't find anyone local to do it. My i-phone 3 is in process of getting unlocked, waiting to hear back from AT&T.

    All else is looking good. Got my maps today (3 for areas in Northern Thailand around Chiang Mai and a full Laos map.) My "GPS" (Open Source Map on my Samsung with full maps for all three countries) works pretty good too. So I doubt we'll get lost.

    I have an 0-dark-thirty departure out'a 'Vegas on Monday the 14th. LA-Tokyo-Bangkok arriving afternoon of the 15th local. See y'all there.
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    Thanks for posting the various links, folks. I've read a bunch of RideAsia info, I feel the same, kind'a like Central America. I've ridden and driven in Boston and Detroit so SEA holds little fear for me ('cept for wrong-side-of-the road.) :D
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  19. Digiamo

    Digiamo Dan nyc

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    Joe is enroute and I board at JFK at 3:50 PM today bound for BKK. :1drink

    Hope to see you all over there at the New Siam Riverside. :freaky
    I like all the ideas being bounced about modes of transport to PP, Cambodia.
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    I've still got a week, leaving 'Vegas at zero-dark-thirty next Tuesday morning. Hope it's not planned for a Boeing 787, I expect them to get grounded... :(
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