Farewell to Cambodia Through its Armpit

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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Lyheng Chhay Hotel

Flag of Cambodia  , Khétt Bântéay Méan Cheăy,
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

It had been such a good call not to set off yesterday and instead enjoy the sights of Battambang. Not only was it possibly the best named place we have been to but it gave us a very welcome break from the 60+ mile days we have been riding. The hotel was one of the friendliest we have been to , and the breakfast set us up nicely for the 71 miles to Poipet.

Loading up the bikes Polly was surrounded by a family who were also checking out.  They were very interested in Polly, I just got on with loading the bikes  and removing the thick clay mud from our bike shoes.

The ride was pretty standard today.  Flat and not too hot.  We hammered out the first 30 miles with only one quick drinks stop and then did another 15 before lunch.  The town of Sissophon had little to offer but we once again found a stall full of metal pots.  It is a great way to have lunch, lift the lid and see what is inside.  The meat in the dishes we chose was however very ropey, we had to bury most of it so the lovely lady was not offended.

Fuelled up we found top gear for the final 30 miles.  Cruising at 17mph we were overtaking all sorts of local farming transport.  The beautiful Cambodian smiles continued to shine and the next 100 miles will be really interesting to see if things change.  The straight road to the border had nothing to see.  It was just open farmland but we were grateful for it being flat, smooth and traffic friendly.

We arrived in the border town of Poipet at 3pm, just as the afternoon rain clouds were creeping up on us.  The sky blackened as we entered a town described as the armpit of Cambodia.  Sure enough there is nothing nice to report on.  The first hotel was not a place to hang around in but fortunately the second stop came up trumps.  The hilarious receptionist really sealed the deal as we asked her about rooms. She said the $20 room comes with breakfast included but with the $15 room only one of us can have breakfast!  Of course we went for the former.  Then we asked what time breakfast is served, 7am she said. The question "And what time until?" was misinterpreted and taken as "how long will it take me to eat my breakfast?".  She guessed it would take us about 20 minutes to eat what was on offer so “7:20am” was her response!

A quick cycle around town confirmed that this place is a sleazy dump and the best plan for tonight is the hotel restaurant and TV in the room.  We cross into Thailand tomorrow morning with great memories of Cambodia.

Miles cycled: 71 super speedy miles (home by 3pm)
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Ray on

Ha ha very funny! x

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