::: Vietnam - Cambodia - Laos: three bikes, three countries

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by VietHorse, May 14, 2014.

  1. VietHorse

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    Holiday time (30Apr is Vietnam Victory day and May Day), I took some more leave to fulfill this trip.
    My plan was riding from Hochiminh City (Vietnam) thru Cambodia to Laos, spend some nights in Laos before getting back to my parents in law in middle of Vietnam to catch up with the wife and son who would be traveling there by air.
    Three bikes, three guys, three different plans, but the same departure and all rode on three nations.

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    You got my attention. :y0!

    There has been three recent RRs on S.E.A.(2 on going) now we can get it "straight from the horse's mouth." :wink:
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    Lots of pics please.
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  4. DeepBarney

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    Ever since watching the Top Gear Vietnam I've been fascinated with adv riding in SEA. Wanting very much to experience it first hand. :evil

    So yeah, I'm tuned in for this one too.

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  5. mcc66

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    Another VietHorse adventure- I'm in. Looking forward to lots of great pictures. Hope you enjoy your trip.

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  6. VietHorse

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    Day 1- Hochiminh City to Stung Treng (Cambodia)

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    You may know that Hochiminh city traffic is not so friendly with big motorcycle, especially to the heavy GS like mine, so that to get out of the City without any delay, we started rolling in the dark:

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    Actually my original trip is me with my own doing this trip. With that plan, I can have lots of more things to do, i.e. visiting some good places, doing some swimming on river, sleeping in my tent, etc...
    At the end of the day, two of my friends asked to join me, so I have something changed from what I planned.

    At the meeting place:

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    There were myself, a GS WC and a KLR. Both of them are pretty young, but prefer adventure riding after experienced sport bikes for a while.

    Border. Ok, border crossing in Vietnam never been easy. Especially for the Vietnamese and for more than ONE bike.
    No exception to us this time. We reached Moc Bai checkpoint after having breakfast. Sorry for not having pix of the breakfast. It is Bánh Canh - a special stuff sort of noodle, with pork and some special vegetables.

    We spent quite a lot of time working with the border guys.
    Funny we met two big names of Vietnam tourist, two GMs of two well-known adventure tourist companies:

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    Long waiting time at Bavet checkpoint - Cambodia side:

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    Hell, when my GS would be rolling??

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  7. VietHorse

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    Thanks for being along all of my trip. :freaky

    Thanks and sure for the pix. Don't be disappointed if too many of not good pix.
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    Thanks.
    As I mentioned many times in my other RR, it's not really great watching a Vietnamese guy do a RR on his country trip. Because that's the local's look, local's feeling, so for sure there will be a lot of good stuff (for a foreigner) being missing from the RR.
    Oh hell, I don't really understand what I wrote up here. Whatever, I think if a foreigner doing a RR about Vietnam could be more interesting than a local


    Thank you. Lots of pix :evil
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    I'm curious to see which bike needs the most attention. Looks like you are in for a good ride.
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    In. Please include a lot of food pics for us fat arsed Americans
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  11. VietHorse

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    We passed checkpoints at both sides around 11AM. It's too bad for a beginning.
    It's really annoying if you don't have a proper procedure to follow. And even more, people want to make the unclear procedure more blur. Well, I am talking about the border crossing procedure.

    Passed the border, we have not much time left in the day to reach the first destination.
    I also planed to stay at Stung Treng province as what we did in the last year trip (LINK)

    I don't have the Cambodia Garmin map (or the map for Cambodia is not existing, I don't knnow) so I had to use the Indochina map. That's not really good for detail searching or routing. Followed the GPS, we turned right to the north before reaching Svay Rieng province. Later I found it's not a correct one.

    Cambodia is a country which have not so complicated road system as they have not much population. However, we jumped in that road and just expecting for the better stuff at the end, rather than make an u-turn.
    After a while we almost head back to Vietnam as the road lead us to the Phuoc Tan checkpoint, an other border gate with Vietnam along the border.
    Well, a 10km U-turn is not bad huh :evil.

    We stopped for lunch after found the better road toward Stung Treng. A very low quality lunch.:cry

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    Funny the lunch place they have very big speakers arranged in their in-completed house.
    We have well treated with traditional Cambodian music as well as very modern discotheque music :ear.
    I found the mango tree there with lots of fruit, so I asked them for some. They pulled out some of mango inside the kitchen, I think it somehow better than the provided rice.

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    Kids are all around, as usual when you visiting SE Asia:

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    Asked for coconut water, but they did not have. Too bad that I could not catch this one:

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    You can see the trees beside the road, watch the leaves color - that's road color. You can feel how dusty the road is.

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    Different from Vietnam, I think it's more interesting thing than Vietnam that you can find the place they sell drinks by locating the red ice box on the road side.
    Inside the red ice box, you can have multiple choice of drinks. That's pretty good. The not as good thing is that they sell many high-content of sugar drinks.

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  12. VietHorse

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    What you meant by "needs the most attention"? :earAttention to prevent its breakdown? Thief? or? (My English issue).
    Sure it's good ride of us.



    Can you try THIS first, for the time being :D , while waiting for our chef cooking for you :deal
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  13. DeepBarney

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    Good to hear you guys are getting along fine so far. Keep it coming for those of us still trying to find a way to make it over there to have our own S.E.A. adventure. :wink:
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  14. aboveangkor

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    Iám sure its too late now,but try to stay off National Road 7 From Kratie to Strung Trang.Was there a few weeks ago and the road is bad.I would have sent you up through Sen Monorem in Mondolkiri to Banlung.Then East to Srrung Trang.
    I live in Siem Reap.Have a safe trip.
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  15. VietHorse

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    Thanks DeepBarney. Why not do your own trip?

    Aboveangkor: Thanks for your info. But do you know if going as your advice, it wold be 210km further. :evil
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    Because I need to work and get some money saved before I act on my dream of living for a year maybe two as an expat in Vietnam teaching English and exploring the country on an old minsk or cub in my spare time.

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    Done the lunch, we back to saddle again. We kept following this road toward Stung Treng.
    It was not easy to find somewhere with trees around like this:

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    Lucky us, it had just stopped raining before we came, so the road not so dusty.
    See the Cambodian houses - they made from wood, with two stories like that.
    The ground floor is used as the store, sometimes used as animal cage (for cow, pigs, ducks, chicken, etc...). People live on the first floor.

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    One of the modern house, with concrete column:

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    Viethorse you do a great job showing off your amazing country, thank you.
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  20. VietHorse

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    Around mid afternoon, we reached the well paved road. It's Cambodia national road #8.
    Too bad that this kind of road made me sleepy:

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    Turned left to the National road #7 - it's the road in the system of Asian Highway - called AH11:

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    We stopped for taking the signboard pix - very soon the boys approached:

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    Rode for a while, stopped for fuel - my GS spent 14 "dallars" :D:

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    We decided to get into the cafe for a while. It's Memot comune, just around 10km to another border gate with Vietnam.
    That's why the shop owner here speak Vietnamese very well.

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