Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Cycling around Battambang...and a new visa to add on our passport!

Today we rented some bicycles with Jack and Theo whom we’ve met at our guest house in Siem Reap. We happened to take the same bus to Battambang so we decided to stick together in this super hot and hectic town.

A tuktuk driver offered us a full tour for $2 but let’s face it, it’s much more fun to cycle when it’s 40 degrees and humid than being driven along.

Especially when you get overtaken by stuff like this!

We cycled about 35km in the countryside around Battambang. We started along the river until a dirt road and realised we may not going towards Aek Phnom Temple as thought We asked a local who pointed us the direction where we came from, on the other side of the bridge. Half an hour and a sugar cane bottle later we reached the giant Buddha next to the temple. After seeing temples like Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm we become a bit more picky when it comes to appreciating a temple, so we decided not to stop at the wat and carry on on a dirt road full of pot holes. 

The other reason why we didn’t stop is that it’s just too hot when you stop and loose that tiny breeze you get when you are on the move.

The Cambodian countryside is really pretty with its shades of green, rice fields and muddy area. It is however scary to think that about 6 million mines are still somewhere around here! We’re drifting now so we’ll tell you more about this later. 

Once back in Battambang we found by pure luck (we got lost) the Vietnamese embassy and got our visas sorted for next week…in 20 minutes! That means we won’t have to stay too long in Phnom Penh! Yeaaaah! 

It all happened very quickly. As soon we got our visas we bought our bus tickets from Battambang to PP for tomorrow morning. The plan is to stay one afternoon in PP -it’s a big city and you know us by now- and the next day we’ll travel to Kampot and stay on the coast for a few days. 

We should enter Vietnam on the 5th of June.


  1. Hello there,
    It sounds like these past 2 weeks between Thailand, Laos and Cambodia were pretty instructive in sightseeings, adventures and contacts with the local folks. Photos are still great. From a distance, we try to stay on the same path as you are...Enjoy Vietnam!
    Take care,

  2. Found you Two! :D
    It seems like an age ago that we were cycling through super hot Battambang, but you two are still going!
    I tried to find you guys on facebook but came to no avail, Look me up: Theodore Roseland or http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1160266174
    Lots of love Theo xxx