Phnom Penh, Kampong Cham, Kratie, Ratanakiri, Mondulkiri.. (Northeast Cambodia Loop) – 11. Journey, Day 7

Day 7 (Mondulkiri – Phnom Penh)

The bad thing about riding before sunrise is the cold. I had my jacket zipped up to my neck and yet I could not ride faster than 30km/h without trembling. But the reward is you get the road to yourself. So despite the freezing winds, I would say it’s my favorite time of the day for riding. Besides, there is the sunrise to look forward to. You know that as the sun rises, you would get warmer. Knowing that things will get better puts me in a good mood. What about the blazing afternoon sun? Well, it gives me a good tan and a good sweat. I like to think that I can slim down in this way.

The plan today was to ride all the way from Sen Monorom back to Phnom Penh. The distance might look great but I was able to make good pace because of the good-conditioned tarmac roads. I left my guesthouse at 6am and reached Suong at 11am . As I didn’t want the repeat the roads I have taken, I turned left for highway 11 instead of continuing west to Kampong Cham. Besides, I heard Prey Veng has some nice rubber plantations by the roads which would make for a pleasant ride.

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Phnom Penh, Kampong Cham, Kratie, Ratanakiri, Mondulkiri.. (Northeast Cambodia Loop) – 3. Motorcycle

I did a little more research before this trip and heard good things about Angkor Motorcycles in Phnom Penh. Their motorcycles are known to be road worthy and properly maintained. Furthermore, they promised to put working odometers on all their bikes. Seeing that this trip might get a little tough, I decided that it is better to spend the extra money. Actually, their rental rates were just slightly above that of Lucky! Lucky!. At US$9 per day for Honda Degree 250, it was definitely affordable.

To my pleasant surprise, Angkor Motorcycles provided me with a basic set of bike tools, which would come in helpful if my motorcycle is to break down. I also requested an additional screw driver to mount my Garmin GPS receiver which was provided with no questions. However, I was slightly disappointed when I found out only after riding for 10km that the odometer was not working. I rode back to the shop for repair. No big deal I guess, I was not in a hurry and it was partly my fault for not checking earlier.

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