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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Cambodian Villages

Lets put the shoe on the other foot for a minute. Imagine if seven wet and muddy Cambodians turned up on your doorstep, knocked on your door and said "Hi can we stay, eat your food and by the way do you have any beer?" Most people would tell them to piss off! Not in Cambodia these people offered us a place to sleep, cooked up some great food and if they had it gave us a few beers. Now we did pay them for letting us stay but how could you not? These people aren't exactly living the high life and their generosity was greatly appreciated!

Carrying Bikes & Cooling Off

Carrying bikes and cooling off was a welcome treat. The weather was about 35'c / 95f with 90% humidity ... the river was really cold, it was like jumping in a cold shower it was totally awesome!

Bamboo through the wheels so we can carry the bike and keep the air box out of the water
1-2-3 LIFT! Go boys only 6 more bikes to go then we can relax!
Who ever slips and drops the bike gets to kick start it for the next 4 hours
Almost there!
Chilling like a bunch of fat bastards who are worn out!
Rossco chilling in his new found water bed!

Pitt Stops Food & Beer

Nothing beats taking your helmet off and plowing through some good food! I can honestly say we never had a bad meal, weather it be in a village or road side cafe the food was awesome!

 The villagers here offered us Jelly or Snakes ... ahh we'll have the Jelly thanks!
 Fanta - Coke - Sprite bring it on we needed the sugar fix!
 After 8 hours riding a day we were well overdue for an ice cold beer!
 More Beer!
 Stony got a new sprocket & some more beer!
 Chicken & lemongrass curry thanks to the villagers it was awesome!
 Mick weighing up Jelly or some Snakes!
Chicken fried rice times seven and empty your fridge of Coke!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Preah Khan TEMPLES Dirt Biking

There are very little moments in your life when you actually get to feel like Indiana Jones for a day but Preah Khan temple is the exception!

There's an eerie kind of feeling that comes over you when you're crawling over these amazing deserted ruins and the only noise is the back ground sounds of the jungle. This place is huge and I mean huge, it coves 138 acres in size and it has that Toom Raider feel where much of the temple is overgrown with jungle.

Now you can access the temples on dirt bikes but in a few years time when UNESCO restore the temples, you can be guaranteed that there will be new roads and tour buses lining up to see these amazing ruins that still stand the test of time.

We rode with to the village of Ta Seng where we stayed the night and experienced some amazing Cambodian food. Early in the morning it's a short ride from the villages to the temples of Preah Khan and to be honest it still stands as one of my highlights.

Preah Khan Main Entrance

Pol Pot's Grave At Anlong Veng

In 2010 at the end of our tour , we ventured up into Anlong Veng which is Pol Pots resting place and former Khmer Rouge strong hold area.

This is where Pol Pot was finally tried and put under house arrest. Hardly punishment for an evil ruler who sent almost 2 million people to their deaths.

Pol Pot became leader of Cambodia in mid-1975. During his time in power he imposed a version of agrarian socialism, forcing urban dwellers to relocate to the countryside to work in collective farms and forced labour projects, toward a goal of "restarting civilization" in "Year Zero." The combined effects of forced labour, malnutrition, poor medical care and executions resulted in the deaths of approximately 21 percent of the Cambodian population. In all, an estimated 1,700,000–2,500,000 people died under his leadership.

In 1979 after the invasion of Cambodia by neighbouring Vietnam in the Cambodian–Vietnamese War, he fled into the jungles of southwest Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge government collapsed. From 1979 to 1997 he and a remnant of the old Khmer Rouge operated from the border region of Cambodia and Thailand, where they clung to power, with nominal United Nations recognition as the rightful government of Cambodia.

He died in 1998 while under house arrest by the Ta Mok faction of the Khmer Rouge. Since his death, rumours that he was poisoned have persisted.

Here are a few photos of Pol Pots grave in Anlong Veng. It's about two hours riding out of Siem Reap to the north where Cambodia borders with Thailand.

Pol Pots Grave - Anlong Veng Cambodia

2011 Tour Video

Here is a short video with some highlights from our September tour from Phnom Penh - Mondrulkiri - Siem Reap.

Sorry that some of the footage is slightly blurry, we had a lot of moisture that was getting into the lenses ... but you'll get the general idea!