On November 4th Fred the bike is embarking on a six month journey across Southeast Asia. Starting in Singapore, Fred plans to make his way up the west coast of Malaysia, across Thailand, Cambodia, up through Vietnam and into Laos. After that... who knows? Fred invites you to follow him through his adventure. Any advice from fellow travelers is always welcome.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Kampot-Sihanouk Ville

Total Distance:97.09km
Total Time:4h40m38s
Average Speed:20.7km/h
Maximum Speed:51.0km/h
Total Distance So Far:2890.64km

I had intended to stay in Kampot for a day and check out the few sights that are there. However after assessing the amount of time I have left in Cambodia, which is a lot, I decided I would come back in a few days when I need a brake from beach life in Sihanouk. I didn't actually make this decision until 7:00 this morning. By the time I left it was about 8:30, making for a later start than I'm used to. It isn't a far ride though, so I didn't mind so much.
The ride from Kampot to Sihanouk Ville was, hands down, the best I've had in Cambodia. The road was beautifully paved. Traffic was tame up until right before hitting Sihanouk. Most importantly, there were actual hills. Not huge ones, but after riding the flat lands for days it was a great change. Given my late start there wasn't a lot of stopping today, but I did make time for a couple of quick brakes.
Sihanouk Ville is even busier than Kampot. I guess I should have taken into account that it's Chinese New year. I experienced the same thing on New Years Eve in Thailand. It took me hours to find a place. I'm not very content with where I am. Tomorrow morning I'll look for something better. I've got a line on a couple of good places. I went for dinner tonight at a great little family run Indian place. The boys who were working there were so cute. They were watching American movies to try and brush up on their English. Periodically they would jot something down from the film. A few minutes later they would come to my table and use the newly learned phrase. It was pretty good entertainment.
The North was great, but it's nice to be back on the back. It's not comparable to Thailand, but it will certainly do. So, for the next few days it's time to kick back and relax.


saysomethinginappropriate said...

I love reading your blog entries keep it up. It is -23 here today and I am living through you.

saysomethinginappropriate said...

HA! The monkeys don't even serve you drinks!!! Sure it's 30 and sunny there, but the TV says that everywhere but where I am now is full or Dangerous foreign people, and snakes that pose as young people on the internet and once they have lured me into their trap they will sting me to death with the assistance of the Killer bees.

CNN! CNN! I have had 6 coffees today! CNN!