Travelling by bicycle in Cambodia is different than Vietnam. There is way less motor bikes, perhaps more cars and way more different modes of transportation and contraptions on the road. It is nice not riding in the midst of a swarm of motor bikes. I am not sure if it is any safer though. The vehicles that can do seem to move faster here.
Cambodia is predominantly a Buddhist country. When you have a population that thinks when they do good, good things happen it creates a feeling that things are generally going to be ok. It is also quite poor so a lot of folks are just surviving.
The first day out of Kampot was the longest so far on the trip and it was hot with relatively strong headwinds. Navigating was easy, just followed road #3 then onto #2 to Doun Kaev in Takeo province. I stayed at the Alice Villa Hotel a sort of resort type facility in beautiful gardens at $13 can. per night. Lots of Watts everywhere and no tourists that I saw in this region.
I had a TV in my room with a few English channels so I got caught up on some of the world news. I found it somewhat amusing that in one day I saw a monk walking down the road looking at his cell phone and heard that the US president is using Twitter to share his feelings on US policy.
The second day was a straight run on road #2 right into Phnom Phen to the Cyclo hotel, the same place I stayed at with Brian and Gina the last time I was here. After I settled in I went out for supper and walked around. This is the first place on this trip that I have been to before and I was amazed at how fast it came back to me.
I am going to take a day here to regroup and hopefully book a boat to Siem Reap for tomorrow to start the last loop of the trip.