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photoblog image NE Cambodia by bike #03

NE Cambodia by bike #03

We have no problems in purchasing Visas for Cambodia, but there are two things that may interest anyone who is considering spending a little time in Cambodia:

1. Visas for this country occupy an entire page of your passport, and

2. Visas cost US$40 per person, which might be a bit of a wrench for tourists on a tight budjet.

 

On the road, now...the first 2km are sharply downfill, and the Immigration Official has had the humanity to advise us to "take it slowly"!

NE Cambodia by bike #03

We have no problems in purchasing Visas for Cambodia, but there are two things that may interest anyone who is considering spending a little time in Cambodia:

1. Visas for this country occupy an entire page of your passport, and

2. Visas cost US$40 per person, which might be a bit of a wrench for tourists on a tight budjet.

 

On the road, now...the first 2km are sharply downfill, and the Immigration Official has had the humanity to advise us to "take it slowly"!

comments (15)

no biometric photographs, finger printing, retina scan, etc? grin i quite like the idea of pulling up to the immigration office on bikes, Ray.
Ray: They did no finger prints and photos, Ayush. I think we were a bit of a novelty at this quiet crossing.
Hi guys!
Thanks for the advise!
Looks like you're off to a smooth start!
Ray: A smooth, but quick, start, Elizabeth, and all fun from this pint on.
That downhill part was scary....
Ray: It was very steep in places, KK, and gave our breaks a serious workout.
$40 to visit Cambodia seems like a very good deal to me, Ray! But going downhill can be very scary, I know, because of what we see and feel during the Tour de France each year. It usually scares the bejesus out of us!
Ray: $40 sounds better than 25% of travel budjet, doesn't it, Ginnie...but, that is a lot of beer!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Dec 2019, 06:17
The intrigue of the open road. Is your top picture reversed?
Ray: Yes it is, Chris.

And, Open Road is good, especially if there is cold beer at the other end. smile
Ces responsables on bien eu raison de vous prevenir du danger sur ces premiers Kms ..
Ray: C'était bien de leur part de penser à notre sécurité, Claudine, mais il est peu probable qu'ils figurent dans leur description de poste.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 11 Dec 2019, 06:34
Always good to get local advice, Ray
Ray: On this I agree, Lisl.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Dec 2019, 06:36
I make sure that I look at all of your pictures also the day before. I can imagine that they not often get "three-man-with-bike" crossing the border....
I hope you brought some spare break-blocks for your bikes....
What an adventure.
Ray: Ha Ha...especially 3 Old Foreign Blokes, Astrid.

We are travelling light, so the only spares we carry are inner tubs. My strategy is as follows...if one of the others loses control from failed breaks, then I push their remains under a bush and use my smartphone to record the co-ordinates of that bush to send to next-of-kin, and help myself to their break blocks if they are in better condition than mine.
There is no substitute for local knowledge...did you have to come back up the hill to get home?
Ray: Yes...I like local knowledge, Bill.

And, yes...Thailand is much higher than Cambodia all along this section of Border, so we will have to scale it!
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 11 Dec 2019, 08:38
You have put your shirt on left to right instead of right to left.
Ray: After my brain rearrangement I do a few things differently, Chad.
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 11 Dec 2019, 09:16
Is it very sweaty cycling in. Cambodia?
Ray: Oh yes! It gets quite hot, Richard.
The trouble with hills, whether walking or cycling is having to come back up them later on!
Ray: Will will ascend this scarp two times during this trip, Brian, but we are not in a hurry.
Oh oh! When there is a steep down hill there is usually a n uphill after that. Your yellow is highly visible. Good idea!!!!
Ray: We will ascend this scarp twice during the trip, Mary, but I think you will enjoy it.

I always aim to be seen when on the bike.
Three determined adventurers.
Ray: We have executed more than 10 of these mini tours together now, Tom, and all of us like to get out of our comfort zones. We travel well together.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 11 Dec 2019, 23:21
That official was thinking how the auld ones probably have slow reaction times grin
Ray: I am wondering if he knows of events here where cyclists have been forced to terminate their tours, Louis. sad

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