Online adventure mag Wide World has a cool article up about exploring Cambodia’s backcountry by motorcycle, with author Michael Guy giving us the details on his ten day right through one of the poorest countries on Earth.
The ride begins in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, and proceeds out into the countryside, which as been inundated with rain in recent days, and looks more like a lake than actual land. Guy and his companions set off on Honda XR250’s, which are very capable motorcycles that can go from paved road to dirt to non-existant trail fairly well, something that is necessary on a trip such as this one.
The ride winds its way past ancient Cambodian temples, through remote villages, and along back roads that seldom see traffic. It seems that this is as much a cultural and historical adventure as it is an off-road excursion on bikes that are a lot of fun to ride. As the week goes on, and the cycling tour continues, some of the highlights include crossing remote rivers on rafts, riding up into the mountains to visit tribes that seldom have contact with outsiders, and a stop by a 12th century temple, before coming to an end in historic Siam Reap.
Reading about this adventure, I can’t help but think that this would be an amazing way to visit a country. Riding on a motorcycle through remote locations sounds fantastic. This particular tour is offered by Global Enduro, who offers a full slate of other adventure motorcycling tours, many of which look like they would be a lot of fun. Anyone want to go for a ride?
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