Next Stop Vietnam... Laos and Cambodia

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by 95Monster, Dec 11, 2019.

  1. Schmokel

    Schmokel Key to Happiness: Low Expectations

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    Hm. Yea, the spelling I don't have right at all. I was able to speak it quite well. Any time the wife and I go to a Thai place or whatever, I open with Sabadi Ha. Coy Khun Kow. And yes. I totally butchered that spelling. :D
  2. 95Monster

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    I’m not complaining just grumpy that it went straight from my beer fund into his.
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    Great RR @95Monster! Just read it through from start to finish. We’ll be in HCMC around the 25th/26th or so. If you’re in the neighborhood it would be great to meetup. I’ll be on crutches unfortunately. Ash is still riding though!
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    61B22C22-0B66-4491-9FF8-3599F7D6A0BC.jpeg I’ve been here at the Baitong Hotel in Phnom Penh for a couple of nights since the place round the corner serves tacos! First night was Carnitas, last night Al Pastor. D42434D4-9E02-43AE-8F80-238DD50A00C2.jpeg Might have to stay another night and try the fish! Did some traveler errands- SIM card, cash, laundry. Everyone gives you a bill in US$. I only have Cambodian Riel, so I use my currency converter and give them the dollar equivalent in riel. And I always get change in a mixture of riel and dollars.

    Im ready to get out of this city. Everything seems incredibly expensive... until you put it in perspective. I’m at one of the nicest hotels in the capital of Cambodia paying less than I would for a Motel 6 in Arkansas. And there are tacos nearby...
  6. Pete_Tallahassee

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    I don't know if you're heading towards Siem Reap but the ruins of Angkor Wat are definitely worth looking at. I think you need at least 3 days to get a feel for the ruins. You could easily spend a very long time there.
    My buddy and I were there a few years back with rented 400 CC DR z's. We thought we would use the bikes to drive around from ruin to ruin, NOT! We tried every which way to get in but they have guards everywhere and will not let you ride around in your own private vehicle or motorbike. You must rent one of the tuck tucks. It actually works out better that way. You can carry around a cooler of beer and the driver knows exactly where to go.
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  7. 95Monster

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    Heading there today!
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    Did you say tacos! I found a little place last night and had tacos sesos (chicken brains) not sure I'll have them again jaja
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    Don't eat brains - mad chicken disease
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    Perdone cluck cluck cluck arhhhh
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  11. GregDavidL

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    So how many chickens does it take to get enough brains for a taco?
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  12. 95Monster

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    Give us a taco report, Cal!
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    That guy is Bodhidharma who walked all the way from the south of india well into china and the south east bringing buddhism to that entire region. Also brought shaolin, and introduced zen in japan.

    Tough little guy.

    Sorry just catching up on ur rr, its on the list for me. I always thought the weather was hot and humid even for the winter. What is the usual weather for dec/jan?
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    It’s pretty hot and humid here in Cambodia. Laos was hot but seemed very dry. Northern Vietnam was cold wet and foggy. Southern Vietnam was hot like here in Cambodia.
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    Today, I went to church. 5FBCFEAF-CB99-4B18-87F8-54C1044CF1B9.jpeg 7F3EEC88-EDC9-4606-9406-B113F8CFB550.jpeg 8D6D50BC-E3B2-4845-A177-3C37A3FF9BD6.jpeg AD43B399-7F1B-43A1-9D93-CC831992C842.jpeg 8403E59E-2206-473A-AAB4-A43EBCA4F6B6.jpeg 42CBE1D8-4656-4F82-8F83-232CF47CF633.jpeg F4AF2136-EBDC-4834-A9BC-FD915266D3D7.jpeg 47C2FBCD-E946-4183-940E-AF542F3E4AC5.jpeg 6B010029-D8D1-4985-A72A-4B8052A3696E.jpeg
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    5D62C675-971F-465B-BE2F-800C56CAC195.jpeg 35B87A60-D92F-439F-BEDF-2EFD9A621970.jpeg 399196B3-4770-43F9-8ECC-6D4F2B2E4FE5.jpeg I didn’t have any problems riding the bike around the temples. But, I avoided the crowds, tuk tuks, vendors. When I’d get to a temple entrance, I’d look at the crowds jockeying for position for photos, then I’d look at the trails going around the temples. I’d follow those trails to the backside that had the same gates and architecture but no tourists. And the place is a honeycomb of dirt roads and single track. I’ve got two more days on my pass to explore!
  17. Red liner

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    Great. Does the klim gear make any sense there? I think mesh and a rain coat should do even during the coldest time?

    How much is the xr150 costing you per day? Any deposits? How much?
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    The Klim Badlands jacket was great in the wet, cold north. Down here, I’m wearing a motocross jersey with armor. But I wear the klim badlands pants every day. You’d be fine with mesh and a raincoat. Speeds are generally low.

    I did a buy- buyback deal with Tigit. Technically, I own the bike (so I can cross borders) and when I return it, they buy it back. I have no idea how much per day but if all goes to plan, it will be less than a grand for three months.
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    great. I am just doing the mind mapping for a very similar trip to yours. Three months is a long time though. I like the buy back deal. And a grand for three months is fantastic value.

    hot and humid...less stuff to wear the better. Mesh it is. Can always layer.
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  20. aboveangkor

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    I been here almost 20 years.Give tourists flights around the temples in a microlight.Give me a call 092 533 269 and I will give you a flight on the house.