Aranyaprathet/Poipet border – Sisophan = 52km
Well we have survived what is renowned as the most corrupt and dodgey border crossing in SE Asia which is nicknamed the “Scambodia arrival”. Without a doubt you aren’t the same target for scams when you are on your bikes as maybe you look ready for a quick getaway. When the corrupt police at Cambodian immigration requested his 100b bribe money Andy gave him a very stern “no that won’t be happening”, he rolled his eyes and 10 minutes later we had the visa and we were in Cambodia. We have now done a few SE Asia border crossings by land but boy this was something else………………..(couldn’t take many pics as police everywhere and didn’t want to be caught)
Now on the Cambodian side it is immediately obvious the difference in wealth compared with Thailand, from roads, to cars, houses and everything in between. A quick stop just through the border at a bank in Poipet to get some Riel and off we go. Amongst the dusty and smokey roads and villages we were greeted with huge smiles and hellos from what would be some of the friendliest people we have encountered.
It was a tough 52km today with a head wind, now biking on the right hand side of the road, wasn’t a lot of shoulder and the traffic heavy out of the border.
However yet again scored some great digs for NZ $20 with Betty and Nancy parked up inside. The shower was awesome after the dust and the heat and looking forward to trying some Cambodian beer tonight.