Rach Gia – Can Tho

31-Dec-12 | Map
Distance: 122 km
Riding time: 6:56
Average speed: 17.5 km/h
Cumulative distance: 1319.5 km
Terrain: Flat (total ascent 72 m), light north-easterly headwind first 70 km
Road condition: Sealed, good condition

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Setting up for a wedding reception, a common event along the road to Can Tho.

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Traffic gradually increased from Rach Gia, but it was still relatively slow moving and most passed me with apparent care. This shot is taken looking south-west back down QL 80 in the Rach Gia direction.

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Taken at the same spot as the previous photo, but looking north-east along QL 80 in the direction of My Thanh. QL 80 from Rach Gia to the My Thanh junction was the longest straight section of road on the entire trip, about 60-70 kms without a real corner or bend in the road. It certainly wasn’t boring though – there were so many villages along the way and so much happening in them and on and around the waterways the road passes that interest levels never waned.

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The Hau River, a branch of the Mekong, at Can Tho.

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Early on New Year’s Eve at Can Tho.

Guesthouse: Tay Ho, 42 Hai Ba Trung, +84 710 3823 392 (USD $17.50 p.n.)

Ha Tien – Rach Gia

30-Dec-12 | Map
Distance: 94.4 km
Riding time: 5:39
Average speed: 16.7 km/h
Cumulative distance: 1197.5 km
Terrain: Flat, except for one short 3-4% grade early in ride (total ascent 76 m), easterly wind for duration of ride
Road condition: Sealed, good condition

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First light in Ha Tien, from my guesthouse room.

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Looking southwest across the Gulf of Thailand from road QL 80, which links Ha Tien and Rach Gia.

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The fishing port at Kien Luong, on the way to Rach Gia.

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QL 80 swings away from the coast after Kien Luong.

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Great food – rice flour delicacies – from these Rach Gia street vendors.

Guesthouse: Kim Co Hotel, 141 Nguyen Hong Son Street, +84 77 3879 610 (USD 15 p.n.)

Kep – Ha Tien

29-Dec-12 | Map
Distance: 44.1 km
Riding time: 2:59
Average speed: 14.8 km/h
Cumulative distance: 1103.1 km
Terrain: Flat (total ascent 47 m)
Road condition: Sealed and good condition, except for 5-10 km unsealed section on Ha Tien side of border

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Monument to salt workers, at the junction of Roads 33 and 1332 (which takes you to Ha Tien).

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Salt fields.

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Approaching the Cambodian border post at Prek Chak.

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The Prek Chak border post.

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The Xaxia (Ha Tien) border post, from the Cambodian side of the border.

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Why bother with a truck when a car will do the job.

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The only puncture of the trip occurred a kilometre or two on the Ha Tien side of the border with Cambodia – a rear tube blowout. This happy guy helped me fix it, with his extended family as onlookers.

Guesthouse: Hai Yen, 15 To Chau, (077) 385 1580 (USD 12.50 p.n.)

Kep

27-Dec-12 thru 28-Dec-12

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Crab buyers and sellers near the Kep market.

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Late morning. High tide. All is quiet in Kep.

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Kep – on the horizon – from Koh Tunsay (Rabbit Island), ‘a small tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand located about 20-40 minutes south of Kep by local boat’.

Kampot – Kep

26-Dec-12 | Map
Distance: 24.3 km
Riding time: 1:34
Average speed: 15.4 km/h
Cumulative distance: 1059.0 km
Terrain: Flat (total ascent 20 m)
Road condition: Sealed, mostly good condition

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Road 33 between Kampot and Kep.

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Still on Road 33, at the boundary between Kampot and Kep provinces.

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The Gulf of Thailand at Kep, looking north from near the crab shacks.

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The Gulf again, this time looking south-west from the crab shacks.

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Another view northwards. A beautiful place is Kep.

Guesthouse: Kimly Lodge (USD 38 p.n.)

Kampot

24-Dec-12 thru 25-Dec-12

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The old bridge (also known as the Entanou Bridge) over the Kampong Bay River.

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Late afternoon and the fisher folk depart for their night’s work.

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French colonial architecture abounds in Kampot and the bougainvillea thrives.

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The Kampong Bay River, looking downstream from Kampot (the river flows out to the Gulf of Thailand).

Takeo – Kampot

23-Dec-12 | Map
Distance: 87.0 km
Riding time: 4:26
Average speed: 19.6 km/h
Cumulative distance: 1034.7 km
Terrain: Flat (total ascent 70 m)
Road condition: Sealed, mostly good condition

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Departure from the Huy Meyly guesthouse. The bike was stored inside for the night, under the stairs.

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The countryside changes between Takeo and Kampot, with small hills appearing on the horizon.

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The road skirts the hills.

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The Kampong Bay River, from the eastern side of Kampot town.

Guesthouse: Moliden (USD 30 p.n.)