Cycling in Cambodia

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After a week-long stay in Phnom Penh, we departed for coastal city of Sihanoukville which is about 220 km away. Cambodia has quite flat terrain and the journey took us 2 days to complete. The landscapes on the way to Sihanoukville were pretty uninspiring, lacking the splendour and vibrancy of the routes of Indonesia! And to add to it, we were on one of the busiest highways in the country (NH4) and were subject to a constant stream of speeding cars and trucks!

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Sihanoukville is in south west Cambodia, located near the sea. We stopped here for 2 days and stayed at Otres beach. While most beaches in Sihanoukville are crowded and loud, we were lucky to stay next to a calm and quiet spot! We spent one of the days there on a boat cruise, went snorkelling and jumped off some (not so) high cliffs!

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After Sihanoukville we left for the city of Kampot. It took us 2 days of cycling to reach Kampot.

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Kampot is located on the banks of the river Preak Tuek Chhou and has a lovely, relaxed vibe. We spent 2 days here walking around the town and eating some FANTASTIC food! Kampot is also known for the world class pepper-  world class because of the proximity to the sea and the humid weather that give it a special taste.

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The next day we visited the Tuek Chhou national park and the Tada Ruong waterfalls.

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We left Kampot early morning today and crossed over into Vietnam through the Prek Chak border crossing. We are now in the third country on our itinerary and have made our first stop at the town of Hà Tiên. Next on the list is the Mekong delta and Ho Chi Minh! Keep following for more!

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Le Cambodge à velo!

Une semaine après notre arrivée au Cambodge, nous avons quitté Phnom Penh direction Sihanoukville sur la côte Sud. Le Cambodge étant relativement plat nous avons pu pédaler 220 km en 2 jours, malheureusement pas grand-chose à voir sur le trajet et la route est un des axes principaux du pays donc très fréquentée par les camions, du coup nous avons préférés arriver au plus vite.

Nous nous sommes arrêtés pendant 2 jours à Sihanoukville du côté de Otres Beach, une plage un peu plus calme et moins touristique que celles des alentours. Au planning baignade, bateau et plongée masque et tuba.
Après Sihanoukville nous nous sommes dirigés vers Kampot à 90km, située sur les rives de la rivière Preak Tuek Chhou et très réputée pour son poivre en raison de la proximité de la mer et du temps humide qui lui donnent un goût particulier. Nous sommes restés 2 jours à nous balader dans cette jolie petite ville pour profiter de la nourriture locale et visiter cascades et plantations de poivre dans les environs.

Nous avons quitté Kampot tôt ce matin et nous avons traversé le Vietnam au passage frontalier de Prek Chak. Nous nous sommes ensuite arrêtés à Ha Tien d’où nous partirons demain pour visiter le delta du Mékong avant de rejoindre Ho Chi Minh. Notre compteur affiche désormais plus de 1800 km !
La suite au prochain épisode.

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