Showing why dirt biking can be one of the best ways to see a country, Mark Peters has a thrilling account of traversing the Cambodian countryside with a local guide.

His seven-day adventure with eight friends covered untouched regions of the country for most tourists from Phnom Penh to Koh Kong. In his story posted to South China Morning Post, Peters puts you behind the handlebars on a grueling trip over foot bridges and rocky paths to the villages and huts where they spent the night. 

He writes:

Off-road machines are allowing us to explore the heartland of Cambodia and visit places far removed from bus or train routes. As we leave the village and our homestay behind, we join a natural singletrack cutting through dry flood plains that sweep across the mountains as far as the eye can see. It’s mile upon mile of biking heaven, one flowing trail leading seamlessly into the next.

There’s no time to think of anything other than hanging on as our bikes skip over rocks and roots, and into deep clay ruts. I’m totally focused, living purely in the present; it’s a white-knuckle, heart-in-your-mouth meditation session.

Reflecting on the trip, Peters goes on to say:

The enigmatic landscape has certainly proven to be a world-class destination for dirt biking but it’s the sincere smiles and warm hospitality of the people that have made it a truly unforgettable experience.

For the full story with photos click here. 

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