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two Bromptons in Cambodia
By jan houtermans - (contact)

january 18- Kep to Ha Tien

Monday January 18, 2010, 37 km (23 miles) - Total so far: 588 km (365 miles)

january 18- Kep to Ha Tien 37 km

It's time to say goodbye to Cambodia and make a visit to Charlie and the cone hats.

Since there is an international border crossing into Ha Tien and the road from Koh Kong to Sihanoukville is paved all the way, it is easy to follow the sea from Thailand into the Mekong Delta.
The normal ride to the border is via Kampong Trach and is about 45 km- if you do not miss the crossing after the bridge like it happened to me last year. I travelled on and ended at a minor border crossing, only for locals. A nice ride, but a 15 km detour.
We found a much better and shorter road in the highly recommended 'Ultimate Cambodia' guidebook- see the Information chapter- less traffic, better scenery, less dust.

We managed an early start, hoping to avoid the heat and the wind. It took us just 5 km to find reason for a major delay. Approaching the 'White Horse' monument we were stopped by a person on a motorbike, who looked familiar to us. We have seen the guy before, but now he looks much thinner and red faced. It is our swiss friend Mai Li we met in Siem Reap, who is on a motorbike tour accompanied by a local guide. They made it all the way from Siem Reap to Battambang and across the Cardamon Mountains to Koh Kong.
We had a coffee and Coke and when we rode onward, expecting the usual strong headwind and the burning sun.
No headwind, but tailwind, and a cloudy sky- Hooray! Perfect riding conditions. We reached the Vietnamese Border very soon, stopped just once to get rid of our Cambodian Riels by having a glass of sugarcane juice. Getting stamped out of the country took ten minutes, getting into Vietnam not much longer. They rip you off one Dollar for filling out some kind of health certificate- corruption is one of the favourite pastimes in Vietnam as well as in Cambodia.

Here we are, coming out of the 'red`n dusty' to well paved roads, millions of buzzing motorbikes, colourful billboards, brick houses, country of multiple coffee shops and fancy hotels.

Ha Tien is a 'Cul de Sac' (remember the ingenious movie by Roman Polanski, starring Donald Pleasance at his best?) placed in the very south-western corner at the border. It is, for Vietnamese standards, a very relaxed town.
Many travellers did ask us 'have you been to Vietnam?' and when we affirm, the next question is 'did you like it'- expecting us to say 'no!'. But we say 'yes!' and they are absolutely flabbergasted and start a pitch about greedy people, being harassed all the time, being cheated, the speed, the traffic....

Well, we love it, the country is full of energy, people are not shy, they are very self conscious and have a positive view of their future- and the Pho Bo........

There are dozens of nice and new hotels in Ha Tien to choose from- better stay away from those directly at the waterfront. Our choice is the Dong Tam Hotel right in the centre of town, spotless clean and comfortable rooms from 12 to 18 $. We did the mistake to tell to a moto taxi driver, who asked us where we want to go, that we are heading for 'Dong Tam'. We knew, how to get there, but he insisted to guide us to get a commission from the hotel for bringing us there. So we cycled past the Dong Tam to get rid of him and decided to have a coffee in one of the many coffee shops.
We have to thank Mr. Moto to compel us to that place. The family immediately adopted us, first gave us fruit with the iced coffee and later invited us to join their meal.
Fat pieces of pork- probably from the head or from the legs, vegetables, rice, dried fish and a sensational tasting sauce made from fermented fish (prahok style), lemon, sugar and garlic.
Dinner in a promising waterfront restaurant was far from being so delicious- we have to check out if there are any beer places around.,
Ritz Crackers and 'la vache qui rit' accompanied by a stupid movie on HBO channel- unfortunatey not "Cul de Sac"- good night.



Rt 33 from Kep "White Horse Roundabout" and over backroads to the Vietnamese border 26 km

Road conditions: good

Traffic: a bit annoying on Rt 33, then hardly recognizable

Scenery: charming

This is a much nicer trip to Ha Tien than the one you see on the maps- going to Kampong Trach and then down south. I did it last year and it is not only much longer, but the 16 km from Kampong Trach an a busy gravel road are awful.
From "White Horse Monument" go 9,3 km on Rt.33 until you see a pink/orange gate on the right side. Follow the small gravel road through the gate and a village some hundred meters until you hit upon a wider gravel road- go right and you are on your way. There is a crossroads about 4,5 km after the gate- right leads to a beach, left to Vietnam. Anther 8,5 km through farmland and salt fields bring you to the road from Kampong Trach and now it is about 2,5 km to the border.

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Where is the notorious headwind?

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Here is where you have to turn right off Rd 33 at km 9,3 from White Horse monument

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Our last stop in Cambodia- sugarcane juice with lots of ice.

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We never had any problems consuming ice for many years- and it makes the drinks so much better.

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G. proudly posing at the Vietnames border- we made it!

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Having lunch with the friendly Coffee Shop family.

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Young girls are obsereved by pedophile sex tourist

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our late night snack- the laughing cow, Ritz Crackers, Coca and Mekong Whiskey



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