Happy New Year 2014!

Thank you New Zealand, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, East Timor and Australia for the people we met, the friendly welcome everywhere, the roads we rode, the food we could taste, the adventures we could master, the experiences we made and finally thank you for all the dust in our faces ;) All the best Kerstin and Sascha, www.RTWbyBIKE.com Ps.: There will be an update soon, I promise! Just don´t know when we will have the time to do so ;) Busy days these days…

Last days in Cambodia: Gaining insight the sad history; seeing the ocean after a long time and meeting lovely people – Crossing the border back to Thailand

Early morning at the Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh we met a nice couple, Chantal and Patrick, who are riding with some interruptions for 17 years around the world on their bicycles – very impressive!!! Accidently we met again in a pub at the evening so we had a good reason to celebrate our visa application together with some beers. Unfortunately nobody was able to serve us with a back tire. Only a street tire and one size to small was available. Anyhow, we felt better taking this one as it was cheap instead of worrying all the way what could happen… at least it will bring us to Bangkok. To gain insight the sad history of Cambodia we went to the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek. They built up a big Stupa full of skulls and bones of the victims; a large number of people were killed and buried Read More …

Cambodia – From the north via Siam Reap (Angkor) down to the Capital Phnom Penh

Entering Cambodia after an easy border crossing we drove first to the north, Ban Lung. The countryside looked immediately very different to us… more flat, dry and dusty; no forest as far as you can look and all along the street where signs not to leave the road because of mines. In Ban Lung we spend the morning on the market, exploring the local food and habits… and learning our first words in Khmer. Actually it was very surprising how many people do speak view words of English! When we left for a daytrip around Ban Lung we recognized quite quick what we heard already before: the roads on the map or displayed at the GPS are there somewhere but keep on changing and mostly they do end somewhere in the middle of nowhere… just disappearing into many little tiny trails where you can just choose which direction could fit Read More …