DAY 1: THE ULTIMATE CAMBODIAN BEACH MOTORBIKE TOURS: LOCAL VILLAGES MOTORBIKE TOUR (B, D)
You will be picked up from your hotel around 8am and driven 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 light breakfast, finalize paperwork, take a ride 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 ride motorcycles through the countryside to Takeo. Here we stop for a short drinks break in the centre of Takeo town. From Takeo we keep riding to Kampot.
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 20km 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 at a few of the bars in Kampot such as the Rusty Keyhole (a personal favorite of mine) then off to bed.
We leave Kampot after breakfast. We make a motorbike trip towards west until we reach Route 4. From here we head 40 kilometers north until we reach the Sre Ambel turn off. The road to Koh Kong is finally completely sealed with 2 bridges now open. Another bridge is near completion and the final bridge is due to be completed sometime in late 2008. At least one ferry crossing will be necessary. This is a nuisance but is no real problem. The ride from Sre Ambel can only be described in one word……..SENSATIONAL! In Koh Kong we check into the Oasis Resort. That night we’ll head off to a Khmer Seafood restaurant down by the river.
DAY 3: THE ULTIMATE CAMBODIAN BEACH MOTORBIKE TOURS: DAY WITH SEVERAL OPTIONS OF MOTORCYCLE TOUR(B)
You have two options as followed:
Option 1: a lazy day by the beach or the pool. The beach is about 10 kilometers from town and has excellent but very basic restaurants and bars.
Option 2: for the more adventurous. Our guide will put you on a 250cc trail bike and take you on a one day tour of the Cardamon Mountains. He will let you choose the duration of your trip and the degree of difficulty. It could be a leisurely ride through the bush or it could be bloody hard work, it’s up to you. Whatever happens you are guaranteed a great days riding. This ride is free of charge and compliments of HCT.
We say goodbye to the Oasis and return to route 4. We then head south to the Resort city of Sihanouk Ville. Route 4 is the shortest route from Phnom Penh to Sihanouk Ville so be warned, it can get quite hectic. When we reach Sihanouk Ville 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 come over 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 5: THE ULTIMATE CAMBODIAN BEACH MOTORBIKE TOURS: ENJOY WITH SOME ACTIVITIES OF MOTORBIKE TOUR (B, D)
Again we have a day of choices, a lazy day down by the beach or a fishing trip, a big Kiwi mate of mine. We guarantee you will catch fish! Whatever you might or might not catch you will have a great day around the islands where you are also welcome to swim or go snorkeling. That night whether you are a fishermen or not, our guide will cook up his famous fish and chips for all.
We leave Sihanouk Ville but never fear, we are not leaving 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 ride a short motorbike 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 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 visit 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 7: THE ULTIMATE CAMBODIAN BEACH MOTORBIKE TOURS: MOTORCYCLE TOUR BACK TO PHNOM PENH (B, L, AND D – A BBQ)
we don’t need depart immediately 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 take a ride to the final leg of our tour. We’ll return at the Hog House in Takmau well before dark. There we’ll have a few drinks, a swim and a BBQ before you are dropped off at your hotel in Phnom Penh and stay overnight here.
Notes: This trip will be accompanied by an escort vehicle and a tour guide. 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. The bridges to Koh Kong are not yet finished, so keep in mind that one and possibly two ferry crossings are needed to reach Koh Kong. Extra day/s can be included where possible on request.
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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 River crossings
Entrance fees for temples, national park or ferry
Personal insurance Damages to motorcycle
Alcohol and soft drinks Accommodation
Airport transfer and pick-up
Support vehicle on request ($180/day to be shared among the participants)
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