Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

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Re: Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

#11 Post by cruiser » Thu Nov 01, 2007 9:03 am

That's a cool outlook Rickvon and I wish you all the best too with your group now on the road...how many in your entourage btw? Take care and hope to read your adventures and view the hundreds of pics I assume, you too would be snapping....

Cheers to you all... Cruiser. :thumbsup:
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Re: Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

#12 Post by nadainn » Fri Nov 02, 2007 2:08 am


Your info is very much appreciated, nadainn.. and probably a relief for some of us who were getting a little apprehensive about the trip! Bear in mind that we're going to be on two wheels and huge potholes that might be easily traversed in a car/fwd albeit a little uncomfortably may end up in a disaster on a bike if we're not careful. Worse still if the pothole is covered in water. Falling off a GS Adventure AND trying to pick it up again for the 12th time is not going to be easy! haha! If anyone of you have watched the DVD "Long Way Round" you'll know what I mean. In addition to that, our group also consists of a few old coots (like me!) who think they're still 25 but their bodies won't agree. :mrgreen:

Having said that I'm still looking forward to the ride. As they say.. it's the journey, not the destination. Altho in this case I'm also very excited about being able to take my D80 to Angkor Wat to grab some shots!
Long Way Round!!! I've watched 2 rounds already! Totally enjoy \:D/ When Ewan finally managed his GS after many falls, it's juz like life journey! Touching ! Well, we will [-o< for sponsor for such road trip rite =P~ I'm waiting for the vid of Charlie in Paris Darkar ...not sure if he's with KTM or GS this round.

Yah....potholes....We were getting comfortable on the dirt road until we drove hard into one. Out of no where! Beware!
We help to push a small bike stuck in pothole. Another bike dropped with his goods into pothole with water..sigh.. supposed that's the end of his day's earning. Not forgetting a photographer drop into 1 too :mrgreen: Well, that's journey man!

Following is a short vid of of the road to Siem Reap. The beginning is the stretch from Poipet to Siem Reap, followed by the dirt road.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpWb5_zB-go
BTW, we were caught in a flood at the outskirt of Bangkok on the way to Poipet, for abt 30minutes.

Not sure if you visiting the Kbal Spean site, it's more off road.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPc-mVZ2wo0

Vid of the trip
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ed_u7-src9k

Checkout this page for more info
http://www.singaporebikes.com/forums/sh ... p?t=121405

So when you setting off...and for how many days? Let me know if you need any info.

Enjoy and have a safe trip!
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Re: Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

#13 Post by cruiser » Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:21 am

Thanks for the U-Tube clips... I must say, those dirt tracks you rode over sure were bumpy...hehe!!!

While watching and trying to understand what you both were exchanging in your Suzi cockpit, I was wondering if you will next time get a dashboard support to hold up your digicam...that way, your movies will show up better both in colors and also, as reverberation free as the sounds were resonating some acoustic imbalance.

It can be daunting to think of not veering too far off any track that may not have been cleared of mines... good to have you back safe anyway... :tq: and :good: with the trip plus pictures brought to this Forum.
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Re: Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

#14 Post by rickvon » Tue Nov 06, 2007 7:22 am

I've watched the Race to Dakar DVD. Charlie was still with BMW but not on a 1150GS this time. And I won't spoil your fun by telling you more! :mrgreen: Incidentally there's a new adventure out by Ewan and Charlie entitled Long Way Down. Check it out HERE

The trip is scheduled for 1st Dec 2007 and should take from 10 to 14 days depending on how far some of us want to push on after Siem Reap. Some of us who don't have that many days to spare will come back after visiting Angkor Wat while the others may proceed to Phnom Penh and maybe Sihanoukville. Tentatively there are about 10 of us going, all on BMW GS. It will be free & easy throughout most of the ride, stopping and staying wherever and whenever we feel anywhere is worth putting up the night and exploring.

Did you have any problems with Cambodian customs re: vehicle entry and exit and also on the Thai side at Aranyaprathet? How long did it take you to get thru Immigration at the Thai/Cambodian border? Any info is appreciated. Feel free to PM if necessary.

Great vids bro! I would very much love to document the ride with a video cam coupled with a bullet(or helmet)-cam mounted on the bike but unfortunately I don't have enough time to check out the various hardware needed.
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Re: Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

#15 Post by nadainn » Mon Nov 12, 2007 10:35 pm

Dakar u've watched it! That's fast. Hope one day they will make an asia leg an invites biker in the region to come along :mrgreen:

Hmm.....custom.....we dun have any problem with the Cambodia custom as we have arranged for car permit to drive in Cambodia. Entering and exit is a breeze. As for bikes, We do have frens encountering problem when trying to exit from custom other then Poipet (they entered from Poipet). I cant remember which custom. So when in Poipet custom house, just highlight to the custom officers that you are exiting another custom and seek their advise, just to play safe. Once you pass the thai custom, infront you will see Cambodia immigrantion ofc on your right. Park ur bikes and get ur passport stamp. Then bike to the custom ofc, white building on ur left after the round about. You can ride back to the casino hotel b4 the custom if you are staying at Poipet for a night.

We encountered problem with the Thai custom at Aranyaprathet. They insist on a vehicle convayance form in order for us to exit. They also dun recognise our new paper log card. :fire: We then showed them the permit we got for Cambodia which have our embassy acknowledgement on the log card. After much argument, they relunctantly let us through.

Sabaidy! We are in Laos juz today. The same problem happened with Thai's Chong Mek custom. We told them that Sadoa custom dun issue convayance form (we did request for 1 when we entered). The Chong Mek custom were more understanding and juz request a photcopy of the our papers and let us thru.

Im not sure if you will face the same problem, juz for your info, juz incase they ask you for the convayance form, tell them Sadao dun issue. Share your encountance with the customs too.

If Bokor hill station is in your itenary enrouting to Sihanoukville, give yourself a day too to explore as it will take abt 2 hrs to go up/down, or longer as the road condition maybe bad juz after the raining season. We were there late afternoon so not allowed to go in. You may have to find out more on this.

Saw other thread that u will b in Thailand b4 your Cambodia trip. Long holiday huh! Enjoy your ride! Have a safe trip!

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Re: Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

#16 Post by rickvon » Wed Nov 14, 2007 10:37 pm

I read about all that "conveyance form" problems in the net which other travellers have encountered too but we've just managed to get in touch with one fellow biker who makes regular trips to Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam and he has given us a contact in Thailand who can take care of all this red-tape for us. However, and sad to say, at this juncture the ride may have to be indefinitely postponed. I will know for sure by tomorrow but this is a huge disappointment for me. Still, I guess everything happens for a reason. In the meantime my annual "pilgrimage" to Chiangmai (and Bangkok) trip goes on as planned so.. at least that's something to cheer about! :D Will post pics of that trip when I get back altho it's obviously not going to be as exciting as Siem Reap and Angkor Wat.
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Re: Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

#17 Post by naim » Wed Nov 14, 2007 10:40 pm

rickvon wrote:... In the meantime my annual "pilgrimage" to Chiangmai (and Bangkok) trip goes on as planned so.. at least that's something to cheer about! :D Will post pics of that trip when I get back altho it's obviously not going to be as exciting as Siem Reap and Angkor Wat.
rickvon, when are you in Chiangmai? I'll be there next week, 22-25 Nov, on my regular outing. :mrgreen:
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