Cycling Cambodia - Day 11 - Kep to Ha Tien
Today would be the last day of our cycle Cambodia ride.
We had read in a local guidebook about a track along the coast to the
beach at Angoul which would cut about 10km off our cycle Cambodia route to the
border. It started with a right turn just after the school onto a
typical red dirt double track lane. After about 1km there was rougher
track around the edge of salt pans. From there the track was just a
footpath and very muddy in parts, needing us to get off to push over the
This joined another section of red dirt road, through a couple of
fishing villages against the sea. We came to a fork in what was once
again a footpath and went left which took us to some small thatch
houses. The friendly ladies of the houses came out and chatted away to
us in Cambodian though we understood nothing. One of them was fascinated
by Karen's glasses and tried them on for size. They pointed us back to
the fork and onto the right turn.
It was just as muddy, little used and continued over a bank between the
sea and another area of salt pans. This looked decidedly dangerous, with
parts washed away, so we headed inland and onto the road. Without a
detailed map we weren't quite sure where we were, but a sign to 'Ha Tien
Casino' reassured us as we knew this was at the border crossing. Just
before the border is a long section of unsurfaced road, busy with
traffic kicking up clouds of thick red dust.
The Cambodian border was simple and service was quick. Arriving at the
Vietnamese side we first had to fill in a health questionnaire. The
official did it for us, just ticking all the 'no' boxes to the questions
like 'do you have a fever' without even asking us. Then he demanded a
$1 fee. Moving on to the passport check we found that we were bottom of
the queue for the man behind the window. First were the bus tour group
organisers who appeared regularly with piles of passports from the bus
groups, then locals, then us. So even though it was not busy we had to
wait over an hour before the passports were returned. At least there was
no palm to grease.
From here it was just a short ride to the town of Ha Tien on the banks
of a river. We booked into a small guesthouse where the owner spoke
quite good English. We asked him about the ferries to the island of Phu
Quoc, our next destination. He advised us that it would be cheaper and
easier, with the bikes, to catch the slow car ferry rather than the
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