Cambodian Beach Motorbike Tour from Phnom Penh to Sihanouk Ville – Tour Itinerary
DAY 1: CAMBODIAN BEACH MOTORBIKE TOUR – KAMPOT MOTORCYCLE TOUR (B,L,D)
You will be picked up from your hotel around 8am and started a motorbike trip to our depot, known to all as the Hog House, approximately 12kms from the centre of the city in the village of Takmau. Here we will have a basic breakfast, finalize paperwork, go over our bikes and answer any queries. In departing from our depot you will avoid most of the craziness that is Phnom Penh traffic. We leave Takmao around 10am and take a motorbike through the countryside to Takeo. Here we stop for a short drinks break in the centre of Takeo town. From Takeo, we continue onto Kampot.
Suggestions: Here we book into our hotel. You have a choice of two hotels, the historical Bokor Mountain Lodge with (6)rooms upstairs and bar/restaurant downstairs or the more modern Rikitikitavi with (4)rooms downstairs and bar restaurant upstairs. Both are small so we may end up occupying both. Don’t worry about location as they are both on the riverside and approximately 25 metres apart.
You will have a few hours to relax or explore the area, perhaps even a short 16km trip to the beach at Kep for a dip in the ocean. That night we’ll have a dinner at a Khmer restaurant on the river for dinner and a few drinks. After dinner perhaps a few drinks at a few of the bars in Kampot such as the Rusty Keyhole (a personal favorite of mine) then off to bed.
DAY 2: CAMBODIAN BEACH MOTORBIKE TOUR – KAMPOT MOTORBIKE TOUR TO SIHANOUK VILLE (B, D)
We depart Kampot around 10am after breakfast at the Rusty Keyhole bar and restaurant. We ride relatively quiet roads until we reach Route 4. Route 4 is the shortest route from Phnom Penh to Sihanouk Ville and warned, it can get quite hectic. Just before Sihanouk Ville we will stop off at the K’bal Chhay waterfalls. The waterfalls are about 10 kms off the road along a dirt track. In the wet season we may organize our escort vehicle to bring us back later as the road may be quite muddy.
We then ride our motorcyles into Sihanouk Ville where we check into the Reef Resort. From here you are free to relax by the pool or walk to the nearby beaches. That night we will head to Treasure Island, a Khmer seafood restaurant on a deserted beach. Then the rest of the night is yours to enjoy the nightlife that is Sihanouk Ville.
DAY 3: CAMBODIAN BEACH MOTORBIKE TOUR – MOTORCYCLE TOUR AROUND SIHANOUK VILLE (B)
Day 3 is a lazy day indeed. You may like to just relax on the beach. It’s unnecessary to leave the Reef Resort, perhaps a day by the pool. If you’re a bit more energetic, your guide will be more than happy to show you around Sihanouk Ville or even organize an excursion to Strung Hav, a small fishing village 30 kms from town. Strung Hav is famous among local expats for its simple but tasty seafood restaurant.
Once again the road is dirt and in the wet season it’s not the place to take a motorbike, still your guide can organize another way to get there if you desire. Be it a trail bike or in our escort vehicle. You’re also free to explore the area and its fine beaches.
DAY 4: CAMBODIAN BEACH MOTORBIKE TOUR – SIHANOUK VILLE TO KRUNG KEP (B, L, D)
We leave Sihanouk Ville but never fear, we don’t say goodbye to Cambodia’s beaches just yet. We depart the Reef Resort after breakfast and take a ride back to Kampot. After a drinks break in Kampot, we will ride a motorbikes for the short distance to Krung Kep. In Kampot we decide whether to have lunch at Kristian’s Rusty Keyhole (where the BBQ ribs are famous throughout the Kingdom) or, after a drink, we make a ride to Kep for seafood (where the seafood is famous throughout the Kingdom) Kep was once the darling of elite Cambodians before Sihanouk Ville became Cambodia’s number one beach destination.
In Kep we check into the Beach House, a splendid hotel set in the hills overlooking the ocean. Here you can enjoy the pool or walk down to the beach. That night we will have a dinner at a Khmer seafood restaurant. There are getting to be more drinking establishments in Kep, but maybe a swim or quiet beer back at the Beach House is the best way to finish our last night before Phnom Penh.
DAY 5: CAMBODIAN BEACH MOTORBIKE TOUR – MOTORCYCLE PACKAGE BACK TOWARDS PHNOM PENH (B, L, D – A BBQ)
We are in no hurry to take a motorcycles around the 150 odd kilometres back to the Hog House. Maybe an early breakfast followed by an hour or two on the beach. We’ll check out around noon, and then have lunch at another Khmer seafood restaurant. After lunch we begin the final leg of our tour. We’ll return at the Hog House in Takmau well before dark with a few drinks, a swim and a BBQ before you are dropped off at your hotel that evening in Phnom Penh.
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Notes: All prices are per bike. If you are traveling 2 up on your motorbike, there is an extra fee of $25/day to cover meals. If an extra room is requested, it will be charged at cost price, upon arrival at the hotel. This trip was a trail bike trip until recently. In fact the road and bridges from Kampot to Route 4 were only finished in the last 12 months. Extra day/s can be included where possible on request. Maybe an extra day in Sihanouk Ville or an overnight detour to the Thai border town of Koh Kong.
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* ACCOMMODATION: – We endeavour to select a combination of good quality hotels that reflect the character of the local area as well as being as centrally located as possible, all the while striving to keep the cost affordable.
– Your trip will stay in a range of hotels / guesthouses with standardized quality.
– Please be aware that some hotel rooms, especially those in major urban centres or older cities, may be smaller than what you are used to in other parts of the world. Standards and ratings may also be different to your home country.
– Rooms are en-suite and either twin- or triple-share, depending on what you have booked. If you are a solo traveller, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex otherwise you can pay a supplement to possess a single room
– If you are traveling as a couple and would prefer to have a double bed, please officially request a double room with us. We never presume that two people traveling together are a couple, even if you share the same surname, unless informed otherwise.
* MEALS: – Your included meals are detailed in the ‘More Inclusions’ section of this document.
– Breakfasts are included every day in the hotel (except on the first morning). They are usually ‘continental breakfasts’, which are typical in most countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink. It is rare to get a hot breakfast in Asia, though on some occasions there may be some hot food available as well. Included evening meals are in local restaurants or accommodation places, and are either two or three courses. In most cases table water is provided with the meals, and if you wish to purchase additional drinks you can do so at your own expense.
– If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent when you book, or make note by email before you set out. But please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs, particularly in Asia. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.
* Ten Tips to Survive Vietnam’s Traffic: + DON’T spend hours waiting to cross the street on foot: that constant tide of traffic won’t stop until late at night, so
+ DO as the Vietnamese do: take the plunge and inch slowly across. Observe the Miracle of the Red Sea, as the traffic parts like magic, flowing smoothly in front of you or behind, meeting up again on the other side.
+ DON’T make any sudden or unpredictable movements: freeze if you have to, but never lunge forward or backward towards the safety of the sidewalk. In fact, you can do just about anything, but do it with conviction!
+ DON’T forget, if you’re riding or driving, to look where you’re going – all the time: if you hit anything in front of you, then it’s your fault.
+ DO give way to any vehicle bigger and noisier than yours. Trucks and buses are particularly dangerous: often old, sometimes unsafe and usually all over the road.
+ DO watch out for unfamiliar obstacles: water buffaloes, rocks of various sizes, broken-down trucks…, people sitting in the road, missing bridges, girls in ao dai cycling five abreast, slow-moving mountains of farm produce, dog fights, impromptu football matches, piles of building materials – and almost no light on anything at night..
+ DON’T hesitate to take evasive action – even if this sometimes means leaving the tarmac or coming to a dead stop.
+ DO try to avoid getting involved in one of the all-too-frequent minor accidents that plague Vietnam’s roads (and the major ones as well, of course), but if you are unlucky,
+ DON’T lose your cool, in spite of the interference of the large and vocal crowd that may gather: try to settle things amicably and swiftly. Sometimes, paying a reasonable amount of money will save you a lot of hassle.
+ DO remember that the only rule is: you’re not allowed to bump into anybody… irrespective of what they did or should have done, or of what the road signs or traffic lights were telling them to do. Some people still seem to think that anything red means forward, comrade
* Tipping for guides & mechanic: Our crews never expect tips themselves and will not ask for any; that’s not what friends do! However, so if you are really satisfied with all of what they did for you, please don’t mind tipping them a bit with a normal norm of US$ 7 – US$ 10/person for a guide per day and US$ 3 – US$ 5/person for a mechanic per day. (just don’t forget Mum’s souvenir).
Professional tour guide with his bike Honda motorbike 3rd party insurance - Applies only for riders having motorbike driving licence.
A cambodian driving licence will have to be purchased (45$)
Helmet, goggles, gloves, elbow and knee pads set
Entrance fees for temples, national park or ferry
Damages to motorcycle
Alcohol and soft drinks
Airport transfer and pick-up
Support vehicle on request ($180/day to be shared among the participants)
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