::: Rainy Cambodia to Sunny Vietnam

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by VietHorse, Aug 10, 2014.

  1. VietHorse

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    An afternoon, I took a bus from Hochiminh City (Vietnam) to Phnom Penh (Cambodia) as my bike was stored at Phnom Penh.
    We planned for a trip from PP to northern Cambodia then cross to middle Vietnam and down to HCMC.

    My dinner on the bus:

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    Look the "bus" for Cambodian workers after working hours:

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    Prep the bikes after dinner with friends:

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    It's our bed room that night - an empty office room, then we put some mattresses to enjoy the night:

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    Not too bad for adventure bikers:

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    Early morning looked down Phnom Penh street:

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    Aprillia showroom:

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    Done the morning coffee session, we went to mech shop for some additional works:

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    Saw this super cub:

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    Guess where the handle bar taken from?

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    Speechless:

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    Done with my bike:

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    Where we were ready for departure:

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  4. VietHorse

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    Left Phnom Penh noon time.
    We were on a ferry to cross the Mekong river.
    Quite strange ferry that we have to go in and go out the ferry by the same way. We have to turn our bikes 180degree if we have space.
    Some pix taken by buddy on ferry:

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    Sorry for not having any pix of the ferry from far. I feel so regret that I did not bring correct strap for my tankbag. That's why I have to put my camera in the pannier, and it's really inconvenience every time taking out for taking pix.
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    It was too hot. I was feeling uncomfortable with the Cambodia heat as I prepared for a rainy trip :evil.
    At the first stop for fuel:

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    The first and the only Tenere in Vietnam at the moment:

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    You always have interesting reports! :thumb What helmet is that you're wearing? 'Scribed...
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    Lets here the story about how you imported the Tenere? What country did you get it from?
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    Thank you very much. The yellow one is mine, it's AFX-39, bought from an ADV inmate :freaky

    I don't know much about that bike, it's my friend's. I believe it come from the States. Yeah, up to now, it's the first and the only Tenere in Vietnam.
    The farkles of Tenere are on the way shipping to Vietnam, including panniers and racks.
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    Keep continued with the road. It was really hot there.
    We were riding on my familiar road, the one I have just experienced in the Three bikes, three countries thread some months ago.
    Một cây xăng nữa làm chỗ nghỉ chân

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    Then good road, but it was raining like hell. There are not many houses and trees in Cambodia, so when it rains, normally comes with strong wind. Really unsafe for riding.

    We had to check-in earlier than planned

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    Checking in:

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    Rain stopped a bit:

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    Then another turn - see the clouds on Mekong river:

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    Nice room with quite good rate:

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    We went to dinner on a Tuktuk. It was heavy rain. The tuktuk had been covered with plastic sheets, but could not prevent us from being wet.

    Long way ahead...

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    With expectation to reach Da Nang (Vietnam) within the day, including aprox 100km offroad, so we departed very early.
    It was raining the whole night, as so the morning.

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    I 've ridden on this terrible AH11 road many times, but I have no picture showing how bad the road is. You know why? Because I always pass this road at night time.
    This is the first time I been to this road in daylight. However, the road looks much better this time. They are doing something seriously.

    This pix taken when the rain was out for a short while:

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    The locals did not understand why the guy dropped his bike there:

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    He saw me taking pix then he slowed down, then he pulled over to stop and wait for me. Too bad that he stopped at the road side that very soft soil and then .... yuuup....

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    Not deep enough to test my new Icon Patrol waterproof boots :)

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    We 've been thru some kms which they just covered by loose stone, all of us were almost down due to thick stone layer.
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    Checked the bike before rolling again.

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    Another stopped of mine to take pix. The camera was put inside my side box so I have to spend lot of time to take it out, th Goldwing always pass me without being captured.

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    We stopped at a shop for breakfast:

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    Balut eggs, you guys may not know about that. Or you don't dare to eat if knowing what it is :lol3:

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    Good one, lot of energy :freaky...

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    We saw they sell instant noodle, so why not? We asked the girl to make each of us one can.

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    Looks weird, right?

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    Don't be surprised with such kind of transportation in Cambodia:

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    Do you know what is it? It's mobile supermarket:

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    At the rural area, with very few population, this kind of mobile market is very popular and effective. They sell everything in that cage. From food, cake, toys, cooking oil, diesel oil, household stuff...

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    We even have Cambodia coffee - delivered from nowhere:

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    Friendly bikers and locals:

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    We communicate with them by Vietnamese - yes.

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  16. fir_chan

    fir_chan Little Red Dot

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    I am so getting to Cambodia/Vietnam someday.....

    I will know who to look for...

    Keep going Viethorse!!

    Great pics and great editing!!

    Subscribed!!
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  17. VietHorse

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    Thank you.
    I am planning to see you at your place first :rofl

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  18. fir_chan

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    I suggest touch and go. As there is just too much paperwork just to ride in Singapore.

    And it is only 40km island wide long....lol...

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  19. VietHorse

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    Yeah, small but it's still a Country. And I don't think any Vietnamese biker has reached there with their bike :deal.

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    Look at the new Tenere, worry for its front forks, without any cover:

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    Worry about nothing for my GS. More dirt, more fun :lol3

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    People said that from this place to good road around almost 100km more. Gotta hit the road soon:

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    Another gas stop:

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    Oh this pix was intentionally taken to introduce my brand new Icon Patrol boots. After my first trip with almost riding time under the rain and wet, I think have spent money well:

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    You guys can notice the red-orange boxes on the road side. They are drink cool-box. So wherever you see that box along the road, meaning to say you can have some cold drinks.

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