Cambodia stats

We said good bye to Cambodia today as we crossed the border back into Vietnam at Ha Tien. It’s been a hard cycle, despite the flatness of the country, only because it took us a while to adjust to the state of the roads, food availability and travelling more generally when we first arrived here. It was difficult riding and we often found ourselves skipping lunch at the roadside and sticking to bottled or canned sugar drinks to fuel us through the day. 

However, I’d not want to have missed coming here. Reading about both Cambodia’s recent and ancient histories made us see the country in a different way and explained much of what we saw on the bicycles. The rural poverty in the east of the country made sense when we understood it’s devastation in the 1970’s from the spread of hostilities between the north and south Vietnamese during the American War into Cambodia and America’s subsequent extensive aerial bombardment in Operation Menu of the country.

We’ve enjoyed the small towns we’ve passed through and stayed in, always finding interesting places and friendly people. The bigger cites of Phnom Penh, Battambang and Siem Reap have delighted us with their architecture, colonial history, and sophistication. We’ll miss Cambodia and our riding stats are as follows:

  • Distance ridden – 1,290
  • Days riding – 11 (including 6 half days)
  • Average daily distance – 117 (flat terrain)
  • Longest day – 150km Kampong Thom to Siem Reap 
  • Punctures – 0
  • Mechanicals – None but my bottom bracket and bar tape all need attention 
  • Other touring cyclists – 04 (2 pairs) heading in the opposite direction and coming from the Thai border

2 thoughts on “Cambodia stats

  1. Hi you two!! We are at Stans and have read through many of your posts with him. He is very impressed with your tenacity! Loved hearing about your mechanicals and all of the journey stats so far.
    It’s a cold crisp day here in Durham/North Yorkshire. Lots of cyclists out despite the early hard frost. Thanks to Yasmin for your lovely letter. Will respond properly when I have some time over Christmas. The jigsaw challenge has been enhanced by the purchase of two head torches for this years puzzle!!! Will send pics.
    Lots of love to you both xx


    • Lovely message – thank you! So pleased that Yasmin’s paper mail reached you. Will write again shortly. We’ve eaten some very interesting food in Cambodia so will tel you all about it! Please pass on our love to Stan. We can picture you all being there with him and would love to be there too! Will x


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