Cambodia Rally ?? anyone done it ?

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  1. SafariBerg

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    That sounds fantastic mate. I notice however that the only mention about landmines is the explosion pic at the bottom of the page.:lol3
    Defintely would be an adventure for sure. Reasonable cost as well.
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    UInfortunately we've already booked for Vietnam in Feb 2008 so I am so going in 2009.

    It looks like a hoot, now if someone can tell me of an insurance company that will cover me for airlifting out I would be very grateful.

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    www.worldnomads.com possibly .au - World Nomads .. see HU for comments on them .. and others
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    Thanks Frank, That will do the job.
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    I can probably get you guys a discount for a small group at:

    www.hiddencambodia.com

    Customised tours available, as tough or as easy as you want.

    Paul and Shelia are the owner/operators.
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    jaq

    I am definately going, i.e. wifey says yes. Barring unforeseen circumstances, that 12 days tour sounds sweet. Can this mob do something similar?

    rossco
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    Go and peruse the Hidden Cambodia website and if you don't find a tour you like, describe in detail what you reckon you'd like to do.

    Myself I couldn't be arsed to spend 12 days slogging a bike thru the jungle and camping on the side of a track at night.
    I'd rather have a mixture of jungle, beaches, a large town or two, a mixture of roads, a mix of camping and hotels.

    Let me know.

    I'll have a word with Paul and Shelia, direct them to your inquiry here.
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    I've got two Hidden Cambodia DVD's for people to watch if they want to get an idea of the riding over there.
    PM me your address and I'll post them out for interested people to watch.
    Film quality is not the best, but still watchable.
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    Jaq, correct me if I am wrong but it seems that the bike tours Hidden offer are actually run by the toursintheextreme guys anyway. In the videos on both companys web sites there are the same bikes being shown. I would assume then that Paul is acting as a tour organiser/middle man and sub contracts out the actual bike tour to Ben's group ?
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    Two different companies.

    Both companies use older model XR 250's and 250 Honda Baja's, plus a mixture of other 250 Jap bikes.
    It's very hard to get bikes bigger than 250's in Cambodia.
    Also it's been pointed out before that riders do crash a lot in the harder jungle terrain and thick, soft sand, of which Cambodia has a lot, the difference being = they just crash a lot faster and harder on the 600's.
    I think you will find neither company uses 600's at all.

    I believe Hidden Cambodia has better back-up in the event of an emergency also.
    This is just my personal opinion.

    Emergency Extraction in the remote jungle areas of Cambodia can sometimes require a Military Helicopter medivac.
    Make sure you have really good insurance cover.
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  13. Scrubs

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    Yes I did it last year mate,

    Ben who runs the Rally and Leng who helps are both great lads.
    I can tell you it is very testing and equally rewarding should
    you finish the full 12 daysn. Only 2 people in our group did
    out of around 15 and I was lucky enough to be one of them.
    If there's anything else you want to know. Let me know.
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    Paul and Shelia from Hidden Cambodia Dirt Bike Tours will be on-line here shortly to tell you a bit more and answer any questions you chaps have.

    Cheers: Jaq.
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    Sweet,

    I'd like to know if they have an equivilant tour? I can do an easy tour any time, I want an adventure:deal

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    Better come singletrack riding with me then.:lol3
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    Shit, surely there's something in the middle between Jaq's descent into Hades and the Honda dream bitumen stroll?:rofl
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    hiddencambodia Paul Hay /Sheila Connolly

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    Greeting for Hidden Cambodia Adventure Tours.
    We have a couple of sections - Cultural (Siem Reap, Angkor wat, taxis, tours), Humanitarian ( Hidden Cambodia guests giving back... wells/ waterfilters /schools etc), 4WD & dirt bike tours (day & multi day inclusive tours to remote areas) and Eco-tourism - Tonle Sap Lake.

    Dirt biking is what we started with and remains Pauls love and passion. As tour director, he is still very involved and will always be on the experienced riders trips.

    We have done nine and 12 days tours but mostly average about between 5 to seven days as most popular . Group sizes are small , between 2 - 6/7. For a group of 7, if you add in support people and vehicles, add another 4/5 people to work including Paul. We prefer smaller groups.. less complaining about waiting for this and that and momentum can be kept going.

    We dont do a Rally.. guys say to us that they want to ride and not to spend five day racing everyone else .. so its really a tour, dirt biking being the essence of it but the destinations, the people, the culture and history is important to us and we hope that comes across. Often those riding at the rear never see Paul or anyone else thats riding at the top at all!

    We own all our own bikes - we are the only opertor in the country that does that, unless that has changed recently.

    Regards routes, need the number of days you weat to and your skills in datail and we propose the magic. Lots depends on time of year, road conditions and what loop is the best. We have all level of rides, beginners to experienced.

    Phone signals are now nearly all over Cambodia, using an icom to contact groups has nearly died out but there are a few areas and expecially the tracks and trails that expereinced riders travel, yes .. remote, yes difficult to contact and yes, risky in terms of an accident and getting you out .. but thats the naure of the busines and yes, we dont like to push it as much as other operators - don't ride at night etc. Paul is big on comfortable sleep and good food on tour , as much for himself as much as for the guests. Guys and gals come in to race him and the sweepers, often riding from behind and pushing him them on!!. All fine but always glad when everone is back We have not have any serious incidents.

    There's not any good hotels outside the main towns and so we combine jungle camps (usually one night) with mountain camps, homestays, guest houses and rural basic hotels. Trails and tours are tailor made. We also look after the non biking arrangements for our guests and their partners.
    :evil
    Give a shout if any questions
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