Phnom Penh to Takeo, Cambodia
Kilometers 80 Miles 48
Road/Ride - Hwy 2. Sealed, but bumpy. Patches from
repaires, the deteriorated edges of the road and the
potholes make for a bumpy ride.
Shoulder is gravel, hard packed dirt or a sealed narrow
part of the old road.
Traffic leaving Phnom Penhi is hectic. Streets are crowded
with tuk-tuks, mini-bikes, bicycles and pedestrians.
At kilometer 10 there is a bridge with a sign showing a
traffic circle that indicates that the road to the right heads
toward Takeo and Hwy 2. The traffic circle has a
monument of a Buddha with a mustache.
At kilometer 20 there is a fork in the road. Take the left fork
and cross the small metal bridge to continue toward Takeo
and Hwy 2.
Traffic after kilometer 20 is moderate to low.
Food and Water - This ride is populated the entire way.
Small villages are scattered evenly.
Water and other beverages are well spaced out. Food is
also available in the bigger villages that come up around 5
to 10 kilometers from each other.
Kilometer markers appear around 32 kilometers from
Takeo. The majority are so worn and faded that we could
not read them.
Pedaled by lots of friendly locals yelling hello cheering us
on. Parts of the road is has lines of trees as we got closer
to Takeo and gave us some nice shade.
The surrounding area is not very commercially developed
mostly dried out rice paddy fields, pools of water with giant
Lilly pads, and traditional teak homes built on stilts.
Farmers passed us on wooden carts pulled by white cattle.
Herder men wearing sarongs prodded along their cattle
and other cattle grazed along the sides of the road. At
times the unsupervised cattle cause quite the traffic jams
as they cross the street at a leisurely pace.
Backseats of scooters are covered with upside down
chickens hanging by a rope or caged pigs.
Weather - Hot with a slight to moderate headwind that
would hit us at various times on this ride.
Gas stations with toilet facilities pop up every now and
again. A pleasant surprise, the majority of the gas stations
have western toilets. Go figure.
Tip! Energy Drink - We found this amazing powered
additive for our water bottles. It's called the Royal - D. And
it's an electrolyte powder with glucose, sodium, potassium
It has been so incredibly hot that we have been feeling as if
we are not drinking enough water. This power helps to
keep us hydrated and gives us energy. It is delicious and
very inexpensive. The packets are small enough that we
carry a few in our handle bar bags. They're made in
Thailand and they sell them at the U-Care Pharmacy in
Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Price per packet 2000 riel
Takeo Town is a small town built along a dry riverbed that
have been harvested and are rice fields. The old part of
Takeo is like a ghost town with spectacular, but
deteriorated French colonial architecture. Cross streets
are a combination of dirt and sealed and the more transited
streets are semi-sealed with dirt patches. The old market
was empty, but we did arrive late in the afternoon on
Other accommodations in Town - Several guesthouses (3)
are around the market area.
Slept - Sotheavy Guesthouse
Location - Highway 2. West end as you come in into town
from Phnom Penh. The guesthouse is yellow on the right
and looks new.
Cost - $10.00 with a/c.
Amenities - Small room, up very steep flights of stairs. Two
double beds, a/c, en suite bath with good shower over
toilet, western toilet. No fridge.
Owners are very gracious and live on the ground floor.
Bicycles were locked inside the gated guesthouse
compound inside the office building. Very safe.