The capitol of Siem Reap province, Siem Reap was, until very recently, a sleepy little town much like all the provincial capitals of Cambodia. That was before peace, stability and over a million tourists a year found it. It is now undergoing massive expansion and still searching for it’s new identity. Not much for the avid adventurer here, except maybe the nightlife. But the temples have to be visited at least once in a lifetime, if not several times.
Points Onward & Riding Conditions
Around Siem Reap: (Novice)
The roads around town are all well paved, but be careful not to ride your bike around the temple complex because if the temple traffic mafia stop you they can impound your steed and without papers it can be a bitch to get it back.
Preah Vihear/The north: (Novice)
Conversely, at present (but soon to change) the temples sit across the public highway to the provinces to the north and so you have every right to use them. Just don’t stop at any of the temples on the way.
Koh Ker Temple: (Novice/Intermediate)
Several routes, the new road past Beng Mealea is recently cut from the bush and easy, but you have to pay to use it.
Phnom Penh: (Novice)
Big fat tarmac road all the way Phnom Penh, just watch out for the traffic, it can get pretty nuts.
Thai Border: (Novice)
The road to the border sucks. The cynical might say because a certain Thai airline has the monopoly to fly into Siem Reap, so they keep the road in poor condition so only the poor use it.