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Posted by AbgAcid on 24/1/2011 at 11:37

Hi all, wonder if anyone had done this before.
Im a malaysian. The plan is to hop into a train at Sg Golok (south thailand) with my bicycle. Alight at Bangkok and from there cycle into Cambodia.

From research, distance from Bangkok to Poipet (bordertown of Cambodia) is ap 230km. I think I can make it within 3 days on easy cyling. But there seems to be many roads to chose from. Any recomemdations of which bicycle freindly road to take? Also which are the good towns/places to stay along the suggested route.

Thank you in advance
AA

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Posted by Tilapia on 29/1/2011 at 19:48

Hi AA,

I think that you've done enough cycling around there to know that cycling in Bangkok is not terribly difficult, but it is also not terribly pleasant when heading out of town, and heading east out of town, in my opinion, is particularly dull. I like to take a train to the outskirts whenever I can. You may want to consider taking the east bound train from Hualomphong to Chachengsao, then continue from there. It's about a 2 hour ride and would probably shave the better part of a day from that part of your route.

You could then continue east following highway 359, or any one of the minor roads if you're comfortable or if you have a GPS, until 359 connects with highway 33 at Sa Kaeo, then continue on to Aran.

I used to live in Prachinburi and found the road traffic in the area typically light. The minor roads were excellent for riding, though there wasn't much to be found in quite a few of the areas in the way of shops or food stands.

Having said that, you could also take the train to Prachinburi, spend the night there (there is at least one hotel and an excellent riverside night market), then ride the 90 km, or so, the next day to Sa Kaeo. You'd then be about 30 km from the border.

Good luck.

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Posted by AbgAcid on 24/3/2011 at 20:47

Thank you Tilapia, and sorry for the long absence. Yes, we will take the trainn till chachengso and then cycle on to Prachinburi. We will put up a night there as suggested by you. We dont travel so much distance per day as we way over 50s, not young anymore, After Prachinburi would you suggest another nigth at Sae Kao or Aranya?


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AA

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Posted by Tilapia on 25/3/2011 at 02:54

Hi AA,

50 is the new 35!!!

It is about 75-80 km to Prachinburi from Chachoengsao , and you will probably be starting later in the day. You may want to get off of the train in Prachinburi instead. It's only another 40 minutes, or so. But if you take the 8:00 am train from Bangkok you will get to Chachoengsao Junction at around 9:15 am, which should give you plenty of time to get to Prachin if you want to ride.

Where you stay will probably depend on how you are feeling and whether or not you see anywhere to stay. Sa Kaeo will be about 30 km, or so, from Aran. There is also a town called Watthana Nakon between the two places. I've been there before but don't recall if there were any places to stay.

Here is a link that covers the area you plan to ride ...

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=RrzKj&page_id=182113&v=3R

It's from Crazy Guy on a Bike, and very recent. This covers the ride from Bangkok to Aranyaphrathet, and then on to Siem Reap. Hope you find it useful.

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Posted by AbgAcid on 25/3/2011 at 11:51

Hi Tilapia,
Thank you very much for sharing the infos. Really good. and now the route is much clearer to us. We will try to cycle into Aran fron Prachin. Will spend the night at Aran. From then will pass the border and another night at Sisophon.

From Sisophon we will head to Banttambang first and stay for a couple of nights, then only we will head for Siem Reap. Now thats where my brother and me must come to decision.Im keen on heading to Siem Riap by the much talked about boat ride, thru river and tonle sap. And I'm sure the boats can take in our bikes too. I can taste the excitement. But my brother is not keen on that, probably because of some bad reputations of overloaded and unseaworthy boats that serviced there. I dont know if this is true afterall, or its only jokes about boats of cambodia.

However, if we were to cycle, does it mean that we need to head back to Sisophon or is there any other road of lesser distance instead of making a loop?

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AA

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Posted by Tilapia on 26/3/2011 at 20:27

Hi AA,

Your bikes would go on the roof of the boat. Here's a page written by a cyclist who took the boat you mention several years ago ...

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=RrzKj&page_id=77169&v=8n#pic_302342

I took the boat from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap many years ago and thought it was fine.

If you don't want to double-back on yourselves, then perhaps you could take the boat one way, then ride the other. I take it you plan to leave Cambodia via Poipet, and that you are not planning on going to Phnom Penh or leaving Cambodia via some other border crossing?

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Posted by AbgAcid on 30/3/2011 at 19:13

wow, just a small boat, thought its a biig one. Thank you Tilapia, you have help so much. Really appreiate it.

The route is train from Sg Kolok to Bangkok. Immediately leave Bangkot to Chachaengsao on train again. One night at Chachaengsao. Then cycle to Prachinburi, 1 night. Cycle to Aranyaprathet ( if we can make) 1 night. If its not possible we will put up the night at Sa Kaeo,
Cycle to Sisophon. Then to Battambang (2 nights) and boat to Siem Reap. (2 nights at Siem Reap. Then we will fly home on air Asia from Siem Reap, mission accomplish!.

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Posted by AbgAcid on 30/3/2011 at 22:00

Hi Tilapia,
just another enquiery, is the Hualomphong station for the train to Chacengsao the same staion that i will get off at bangkok from Sg Kolok


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AA

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Posted by Tilapia on 31/3/2011 at 18:22

Yes, you will arrive at and leave from Hualomphong.

Here is the website for schedules. Look at the Eastern Line section.

http://www.railway.co.th/english/index.asp

For some reason the site is not working for me this morning, but hopefully it will be fine for you.

I'm pretty sure that all the trains going in that direction are 3rd. Class. Don't forget to buy a ticket for your bike. There's a little blue box of an office not far from the taxi area of the station. The guy inside will look at your bike and sell you a ticket the cost of which is related to how much it weighs. There are no scales. I think I pay around 90 baht for a trip to Nong Khai, so you shouldn't be paying much at all.

There are some interesting temples in Chachoengsao if you find yourself there for the night. Wat Sothorn Wararam Woraviharn has an amazing, new (4 or 5 years old) marble hall, and there is a reclining, pink Ganesh at Wat Saman Rattanaram. That was a first for me!

Have a great time. I'm envious!

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Posted by AbgAcid on 31/3/2011 at 19:36

Brilliant, thank you so much, Tilapia.
ah yes, thats what cycling is all about, moving slow and seing places. We will do just that, visitng temples, etc. I love taking pictures, so does my rother. He is 60 this year and has a surly cycle cross. I on the other hand have a much cheaper bike, Polygon,. made in Indonesia. hehe.
I ve put an enquiery at cambodia section, if there is good bicycle shop at Siem Reap . I need to box in my bicycle for the plane ride home. Do you know if there is one at Siem Reap that can do it for us?
If you ever come to Malaysia, contact me and I will show you places. You envious?.. I had always envy touring cyclist too. Each time I met foreign cyclists pass thru my hometown, I will try to befriend them, offer for drinks at local restaurants just to hear their tales. Had some of these foreingners that still in contact thru emails even though their cycle adventure has long ended. Anyway, if you would like to see some cycling photos of us in Malaysia click here. Its a website for motorcycling tour actually but David, the owner has opened up a section for cycling. The Gt-rider website.

http://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-motorcycle-forum/forums/53-Mountain-Biking-Road-amp-Trip-Reports

regards
AA

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Posted by Tilapia on 1/4/2011 at 16:45

Hi again, AA.

I believe, from webjournals I've read, that there are at least a couple of shops in SR. There are bike touring companies, so there must be something there to service them. I'm sure you'll find what you need to get your bike home.

Thanks for the invite to visit. I was in Malaysia a very long time ago and would love to come back. When that time comes, I will be in touch with you.

And if you ever come to Canada, let me know.

Have a great trip.

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Posted by Lionel on 12/8/2012 at 03:43

Bonjour Tilapia,

I'm Lionel from Switzerland. I read with much interest all the informations you gave and decided to follow your advices. I thank you very much for that.

From Siem Reap I'm looking for a road to hit the vietnamien coast. Could you help me in any ways ?

(I tried to send you a privat mail but it failed).

in advance thank you really much for your answer.

best ! Lionel

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Posted by Tilapia on 13/8/2012 at 12:26

Hi Lionel,

I sent you a private message. Hopefully you have received it.

Best regards.

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Posted by Lionel on 13/8/2012 at 12:32

bonjour Tilapia,

in the meantime I found this very useful link :

http://www.vwvagabonds.com/Bike/CycleTouringRoutes.html

I think it's a great source of informations and it seems to me very very reliable. if reading it you have some doubts, please let me know.

best to you.

thanks again.

L

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