Three Bongs on Bikes

The bikes have been hired and the tickets have been bought. Hotels are booked. The Kampong Thom ticketsroad-trip starts here. Or, well when we collect the bikes tomorrow, or maybe when work finishes tomorrow evening or perhaps, even on leaving Phnom Penh on Saturday.

Whenever it starts it does not dim the excitement that once again I’m getting on a bike and heading out into the countryside to see more of Cambodia.

For the first part though we are loading the bikes on a bus to Kampong Thom arriving Saturday lunchtime. We’ll then see the temple at Sambor Prei Kuk, a pre-Ankorian temple complex that recently gained UNESCO World Heritage status.

Route June Juy 2018The next day is temple day. It is a ride to Preah Khan Kampong Svay to see the temple there and, after lunch, it is on to Koh Ker Temple. The theme doesn’t change the next day as it is on to another UNESCO World Heritage site, Preah

Vihear temple, on the border with Thailand.

Then it is the end of temples for a while, moving to Anlong Veng – the last hold out of the Khmer Rouge and the place their leader, Pol Pot died.

Then it is on to Sisophon via another temple at Banteay Chhmar. From Sisophon it is

Five go to the Province

Five go to the province for Khmer New Year. The Bongs on the Bikes are the two left and one right in the picture.

change of mode of transport again as the newly opened western train line runs from Poipet on the Thai border to Pursat, and we hope to join it to ride from Sisophon to Cambodia’s second city, Battambang. A night or two here where we could see, among other delights, a bat cave, Cambodia’s only vineyard, another killing field, a temple, a crocodile farm as well as the delights of the city itself. Whilst there we will undoubtedly catch England’s last group game in the World Cup.

After Battambang it is off to Pursat for Chrak La Eang, a waterfall it is famous for, followed by a night at Kampong Chhnang, merely because I love the sound of its name, before returning to Phnom Penh.

Now you know why we’re excited. So much to do and see.

*Bong is an honorific in Cambodia much like ‘mate’.

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