Experience motorbike road trip around Kampot | Cruise Mekong River

Experience motorbike road trip around Kampot

Experience motorbike road trip around Kampot
A small provincial town of Kampot, which is set alongside the river, the rolling hills of the Cambodia’s countryside and Mount Bokor is where not a lot happens making it exactly why many people want to spend time there.
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A Motorcycle Road Trip in Cambodia

A Motorcycle Road Trip in Cambodia- source: internet

A few kilometres up from the town, on the river where you can spend your days swimming, lazing around and enjoying the charming scenery are located most of the traveller based accommodation. Even though the town itself is lovely and filling up with coffee shops offering a gentile pace of life, it is in the surrounding areas that lies the real appeal.

What is more amazing than traveling to Kampot, taking daily trips around this town on your bikes, uncovering the simple pleasures that exist in this area? This is the joy of uncovering what makes it into the guidebooks and enjoying some kinds of places simply unfolding before your eyes, providing adventure simply because it is your job to explore it by yourself. There is even more to uncover!

Get On Your Bike and Go Discovering… What Lies Around Kampot

Get On Your Bike and Go Discovering

Get On Your Bike and Go Discovering- source: internet

Kampot is located close to some areas worthy of a visit with the coast, the rural scenes and mountains all setting the background for a fascinating glimpse into the daily life of Cambodians.

Twenty five kilometers away from Kampot, the seaside town of Kep is a reminder of the recent political turbulence that unfolded in this country. Before Pol Pot seized Cambodia’s control under totalitarian rule in 1975, Kep, where the villas of the wealthy were left to ruin, was a holiday destination for the elite countries. Even though Kep is now slowly repairing itself, these examples of the violent history, many damaged and broken buildings, are still clearly visible. You can see: ho chi minh to phnom penh cruise

Kep is famous for not only the local seafood but also prior to the Khmer Rouge – who did so much damage to the small country – the Kampot area was also well known for growing pepper, considered as one of the best in the world. In Kep, the stunning combination of many famous local ingredients result in Kampot pepper crab – one of the most luxuriously mouthwatering things you can expect to have on your Southeast Asian adventures. At the crab market, there is plenty of competition and relatively cheap prices.

 

The salt fields of Kampot

The salt fields of Kampot- source: internet

From Kep, travelers can also go to Koh Tonsay, a small picture-like island with long white sandy beaches and then, back to basics beach shack accommodation. The one straight drive to Kep on recently resurfaced road takes around 45 minutes. Take your time to watch out for haulage trucks, and of course, enjoy the spectacular scenery.

The secret lake, sixteen kilometers from the town, is a worth discovery at the end of bumpy dirt tracks off the Kep road. Luckily, the ride to the lake is almost as good as the lake itself. Cruising along through rural villages where children on oversized bicycles will wave hands saying hellos and the occasional roaming cow will slow you down since you weave between pot holes, surrounded by great mountain and rice paddies backdrops.

This man-made lake is another reminder of the tyrannical Khmer Rouge who used forced labor to construct it as an irrigation dam. Today, it is a calm oasis lined with bamboo huts and places offering a traditional style Cambodian meal – rice, morning glory, roast chicken and chili sauce. Sounding simple yet really delicious!

 

Head up Mount Bokor, 1080 meters above sea level and around forty kilometers from the town for another motor day trip. The colonial hill station is home to a couple of waterfalls, a monastery and a number of old derelict buildings. The hill station became a stronghold until as recently as the 1990’s as the Khmer Rouge lost their grip of the country around 1979. Here, you can enjoy good, clear weather views including out to the coast which can be seen for miles around.

Cave complexes, salt fields and pepper farms where you can learn about the production and drying processes of the pepper are other things to see and visit in the area. In addition, this region is also one of the main roundabouts in town celebrates this with a massive fruity sculpture and a big producer of durian.

Getting Around on the Back of a Bike

Ride a motorbike and enjoy freedom

Ride a motorbike and enjoy freedom- source: internet

Traveling to Kampot via motorbike, you will certainly have cannot-be-underestimated freedom in such a quiet corner of a humble, rural country with limited public transport yet a relatively undeveloped tourism infrastructure.

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