What are the roads like?

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What are the roads like?

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Cambodia offers a complete range of riding conditions which will appeal to every kind of rider, whether you’re looking for an adrenalin filled challenge or a laidback cruise. Roads range from pot-holed tarmac to red clay to grassy trails and rocky jungle paths. Here’s a guideline:

  • Tarmac / Pot-holed tarmac / Packed Gravel – The easiest surfaces you’ll come across, but watch out for farm animals and unfinished bridges
  • Red dirt – The most common road type in Cambodia. Surfaces vary, from smooth to rutted and potholed; easier in the dry season but deteriorate every rainy season.
  • Broken tarmac – A tricky surface with loose rocks and sand patches
  • Ox cart tracks – Often very sandy during the dry season, less-so during the monsoon months
  • Rice paddies- Negotiate the dikes and irrigation canals; dry season only
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  • Jungle Trails – The most challenging conditions – ridges, ruts, rocks, sand and clay, sometimes impassable depending on water levels
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