A tale of three countries! All wonderful and all very different - landscape, people, food, history. Very very hot and humid though - and the trip is frontloaded with mileage in East Thailand ... which was actually the least scenic or interesting part of the whole trip .
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
All of Cambodia - and do make sure that you make the trip to Tonle Sap.
Having a Thai temple opened up just for us by our lovely Thai guide and then sitting down with him in the temple listening to him explaining all about village life and the life of the village monks and bringing it all to life ... and then finding out at the end that he had previously been a monk for 7 years! It was also good to have some time in the cool calm in the middle of the day too.
Phonm Penh for the history - our guide for the Killing Fields/S21 was absolutely superb and very humbling. The team dinner in PP was amazing too.
Homestay in the Mekong delta - for the experience, the hospitality and the food.
- What did you think of your group leader?
Joe was great - calm, patient and willing to try everything!
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
It is seriously humid and hot in November/December and the cycling is flat, flat, flat so very little breeze to keep one cool. The support crew were great in Thailand in keeping everyone cool with ice and power drinks but bring your own power drink/rehydration tabs too ... they will definitely get used!
You do need to be confident in high volume and erratic traffic (and complete absence of rules of the road!) when cycling in and around Siem Reap and into and out of some of the Thai towns.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
This was an excellent cultural and historical tour in three amazingly diverse countries. If your primary aim is to get under the skin of these countries then definitely go for it! You will love it.
If you are a really really keen cyclist then you may feel (with the front loaded mileage) that you don't have enough time on your bike over the entirety of the holiday.