Renting my way through Asia

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Doogle, Mar 3, 2017.

  1. gavo

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    Good read, renting seems to be the thing now that Thailand has got just as silly about foreign vehicle's as Vietnam and China. I was lucky enough to ship my bike and ride around before Thailand changed the rules. I will be interested to see in you get a rental in Myanmar as they wouldn't let us ride without an escort, accompanied tours only.
    Best of luck on the trip.
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  2. Doogle

    Doogle Do it while you can

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    Could I have made a mistake on the 90 cent room? I don't remember. They must be teaching English here and all the other countries I've been in recently. Because it is no problem yet. Road signs, store fronts, restaurants all have English posted. Here in Cambodia I didn't get any currency exchanged. They accept USD. They do give me riel change if it is under 5 dollars.

    Surprises? So much English, I've survived the rush hour traffics, so much development in Vietnam, there are many millionaires in Hanoi, and SE Asia is a lot better off than I thought.
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  3. Doogle

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    2017-03-09 Siem Reap, Cambodia

    I took the tuk tuk to Lucky Lucky Service Company at 8 am. I was ready to go about 8:30. As usual you must leave your passport as collateral. They give you a paper that is accepted at hotels for checking in. Here it is, ready to go.
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    My GPS guided me through the city several kilometers. Then I thought it was taking me across a bridge. It was to a ferry. Is it confused?

    After exiting through mud, I went about 5 miles and the GPS told me to make a u turn and get back on the ferry. No way Jose. I'm going this way even if it takes me through Vietnam. 20 miles up the road I see signs for Siem Reap. I'm on National Road 6 which goes to Siem Reap. The first hour there was a lot of construction. Never slowed me down. After that it was mostly new road. Turn left at the roundabout with the big elephant.
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    It's hot and the land is flat and boring. There are many ornate Buddhist Temples along the way. A lot of houses built 6 or 8 feet off the ground on stilts. Cambodia is not clean like Vietnam. A lot of litter.

    I arrived in Siem Reap before 2 pm. I stopped at the West East Burger restaurant to eat and use wifi. I had a missed call from Gayle. If it wasn't an accidental call it might be something not good. No email or message from her. So I guess we're okay.

    I couldn't find the hotel I saw online. So I went back to the nicest hotel I passed coming into town. The Smiling Hotel. Don't laugh. Smile. It's 5 miles from Angkor Wat. My destination for this ride. It is the largest religious monument in the world. 400 acres.
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  4. gavo

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    Here in Cambodia I didn't get any currency exchanged. They accept USD. They do give me riel change if it is under 5 dollars.

    Foreigners can only get US dollars from the banks, you'll loose on the exchange and then when you pay for something your change will be in reil and you'll loose again on the exchange rate.
    This was my experience on the most recent trip, 2 previous trps I think things were different. Be very careful about getting any dirty,damaged or very worn $ as no one will accept them but people will try to get rid of them to you.
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  5. Doogle

    Doogle Do it while you can

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    Since I can't edit the above post, I'll just add another post here. The manager told me the room was $60. I asked to see it. As we went into the room he said he could call someone at a company and use them for a corporate rate-$ 45.
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  6. Coffeeman

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    Fantastic thread.
    I was in Vietnam/Hanoi/Cambodia/Seim Reap a few months ago. No way would I have had the courage to ride, this has emboldened me (a bit!)
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  7. wera688

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    Hey Doug when you get to Chaing Mai, we stayed at the Mitrapap travellers hotel, its cheap and near the street market. You can rent from Mr Mechanic or Tony's big bikes. You'll love Thailand! Have fun! -Kith
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  8. Doogle

    Doogle Do it while you can

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    Hey, are you saying I'm cheap??? I'm going to meet someone there and ride with them. And he knows where I will rent from. You know I'd probably be in India now if that guy hadn't offered to take our picture at the HU rally.
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  9. Doogle

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    2017-03-10 Angkor Wat
    I woke up at 5am and rode to the ticket office for Angkor Wat. It's $37 for a day pass. They put your picture on the pass. It allows you to enter many different sites. Glad I got there soon after they opened, because it was already very busy. The first place I went to was Angkor Wat. It was built in early 12th century as a Hindu temple. By the end of the century it was a Buddhist Temple. Of all the structures in the area, they say this one is in the best condition.



    Then I rode to the Angkor Thom complex.


    And my last stop was Preah Khan. Actually I went here twice. After leaving I rode down the road a couple miles and saw another site entrance. You would think they would have some signage for these places. But they don't. I like to take pictures of signs so I can sort out my pictures later. After entering and a long walk back to the site, I got confused inside. These places are huge. I didn't realize I was in the same place until I exited where I entered the first time. I hired a tuk tuk to take me back to the bike. I was templed out. It was hot and humid. And I was dripping wet. So I headed back to the hotel.


    When I got to the hotel the receptionist told me there was a cruise from 3:30 till 7:30 for $37. Dinner and all drinks included. And you go to a floating village. Okay, why not? That gave me little time to charge my camera battery and take a shower. My camera battery died on me.

    The cruise was a little miss leading and certainly over priced. First they were over a half hour late picking me up. Then there was a long van ride to the Floating Village. The guide was too difficult to understand. And when we got to the Floating village he didn't explain anything. So I took a few pictures and got
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  10. Doogle

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    I don't know if the problem is advrider.com or my connection. But I lost part of my post here. I'll try to refinish it here. And I'll add pictures later when I can upload pictures to my Photobucket account. The 7 bus loads of Chinese here are using all the bandwidth of the hotel.

    So I took a few pictures and got back in the van. Next we went to a port to get on a mid sized boat. We went up the Siem Reap River and saw life on the river. Many of the people living here are from Vietnam. Others are struggling families from Cambodia. Eventually we arrive at the dinner cruise ship. It is in the water alone. We board and get started with the open bar. I sat with Douwe de maijer and his female companion the rest of the evening. He is from Amsterdam. I had to show him where Meijel is. I told him about my other family from the Netherlands. And how I met Hilde, Theo, Drina, and Corr.
    The dinner was really just glorified snack food. But with enough beer I'd call it cuisine. Finally we reboard the other boat and headed back to the van. But on the way the captain had to stop at the floating pony keg and restock the beer supply. I'm glad there was a van to take me back to the hotel.

    I started to write my blog. At 4 am I decided that it could wait another couple of hours. I turned the lights out and slept for a couple more hours.
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  11. Doogle

    Doogle Do it while you can

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    Once again, advrider won't let me edit. So I'll add pictures here.

    Just now getting a few pictures uploaded. So I am editing them in.
    Angkor Wat.
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    People waiting to see to see the sunrise.

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    Just me.

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    Mowing the grass around the temple.

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    Pictures from the temples.
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    If you're too lazy to walk around you can thumb a ride with one of these fellows.
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    It doesn't look like it from here, but it is a long way through here.

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    The Floating village. Someone said they harvest the lotus plant seeds.
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    Our boat to the boat. Or is it just a beer run?

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    Life on the water.
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    The dinner boat view.

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    Douwe de maijer and his female companion. I sat at a table and ate with them.

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    The beer stop on the way back. Is it blurry? Or was it the beer?
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    It's after 10 am and I don't have time to wait for the rest of my pictures to upload. I decided to ride back to Phnom Penh today. I hope I can find a flight to Chaing Mai tomorrow.
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  12. Doogle

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    2017-03-11 Phnom Penh 220 miles

    I started back to Phnom Penh at 11 am. Great traffic flow today. The bike sputtered and requested breakfast. It's the first time I used the reserve fuel. It's hard to tell if it is on reserve or normal. Luckily I had it in the correct position. Fuel has been about $3.50 a gallon here and in Vietnam.

    This is a Kubota,I think. They seem to be the workhorse machine in Asia. They are everywhere.
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    There wasn't any picture taking today. I really really needed sunscreen today. My face and arms look like tomatoes. The red ones. I checked in to the hotel at 4 pm. I had to take the bike back before they closed so I could get my passport back. If Gayle gets me the 9:10 reservation I need to leave for the airport before 6 am.

    I just washed my used to be white shirt. My good buddy Norm got the shirt for me before I rode to South America. It's had a good life. I hope a good washing machine can bring it back to at least an off white.
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  13. gavo

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    It's a shame you didn't have time for the boat from Siem Reap to Battambang through the top of Tonle sap lake. It's a wonderfull look at life on the water and Battambang is an interesting town.
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    Not much water in the Sangkar River to Battambang right now.I just flew over it in a microlight as part of my job last weekend.The best part is in Samlot South of Palin.
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  15. Doogle

    Doogle Do it while you can

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    So many things and never enough time. I'd never heard of the places you and aboveangkor mentioned. Off to Chiang Mai at 9:10 tomorrow morning.
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  16. Doogle

    Doogle Do it while you can

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    2017-03-12 Flew to Chiang Mai

    First, happy birthday brother. Oh, it's a big one.

    This morning I got up at 5:30 and checked out. I woke up a tuk tuk driver and asked him to take me to the airport. After he rubbed his eyes, put his shirt on and cleared the seat of all his personal things, we were off. Like a snail at the Kentucky Derby. It took 30 minutes. No rush. I was there by 6:15. My flight was at 9:10. Many thanks again and again to my travel agent-Gayle.
    Right now I'm in Bangkok waiting for a connecting flight to Chiang Mai,Thailand. I liked the paint job on the plane.


    No definite things to see there. I will meet a guy I have communicated with on the Ride Asia Forum. He's from UK but lives in Hainan,China. I think he is riding for 6 weeks. So we will probably ride together some in Chiang Mai. I will go to Myanmar for a few days. Then I will fly to Kunming,China. He will also go there about the same time. Then he will ride up to near Beijing. I don't know if we will ride together in China . He is doing a ride. I'm riding and sightseeing. I don't get to China very often. Also, I will rent,return,and fly. He is on his own bike.
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    I took a cab from the airport to a street Stephen Prince mentioned. It was about 3 miles. He said there were many hostels, hotels, and bars there. I walked a short distance and saw a biker bar named Roos that he has been to. I went in and asked if they had wifi. It's the only reason I drank a beer. I looked at walking distance hotels. They were from $6 up. I liked the $75 hotel. It's the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel. I got it for 2 nights.
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    A guy at Roos pointed me to a bike rental shop. I may look. But I'll wait till Stephen gets here tomorrow.

    I waited 10 minutes for the down elevator and finally walked down from the 7th floor. The couple times the elevator did stop I waved them on. Couldn't squeeze another sardine in.

    I walked around the old town. It has some remains of the city wall. It looks like it was about a square kilometer. And I went into several small temples.

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    Now I'm back in my room trying to figure why Skype won't let me call my wife.
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  17. prince666

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    Imperial Mae Ping Hotel nice one a bit upmarket for me lol
    Great you made it.
    Should be with you about 11.am riding with a club group from Chiang Rai.
    Now, so I been told from Brain a club member who owners Chiang Rai Big Bikes rental he recommends C&P rentals Doogle.
    Now because you like to get things all sorted out maybe its best to sort out the bikes first in the morning?
    From the ROO Bar turn right heading up the road to the moat?
    Turn right and C&P is just after POPS rental on the right.
    I ride a Honda CRF but if you are looking for a bit more zoooooom then go for the Honda CB 500X.

    Link......https://www.cpbigbikechiangmai.com/

    See you soon
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  18. wera688

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    BKK is a busy, busy, busy place. I stayed at the fancy hotel that David Carradine died in, you know all duct taped up and naked. We asked for the Carradine room but they didnt think it was funny. Beware if you are asked to go to the Club Ma-le :)
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  19. Doogle

    Doogle Do it while you can

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    I think I looked at both places already. Same prices for same bikes. Are you on a 250?
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  20. Doogle

    Doogle Do it while you can

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    Only there for 2 hours this time. Did they rent hourly?
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