Shopping for motorcycle..
02.02.2016 - 05.02.2016
Morning of Feb 2nd after 8 amazing days at Colunms hotel in Kampot Cambodia with Jim and my new friends Howard and Elizabeth from Oxford and the Colunms manager/owner Thavy I say goodbye for now.. Bus arrives at 8:30 am for Jim and myself and we are off to Phnom Penh, the bus ride normal takes around 3 hours to get to bus station in Phnom Penh but not today... We are 51/2 kilometres from there when driver decides to pull over for fuel which takes 20 mins, now back on road only to sit in traffic for another hour and a half do to construction ( that's right 1 /12 hrs for 5 kilometres) maybe the bus driver knew about construction and filled up for that... Arrive at bus station @ 1:30 in the afternoon and are greeted by Jims TukTuk driver Mr. Chae who takes us to are hotel the Silver River, after shower and a few hours of rest we hit the town for some drinks and dinner. A local place just up the street from hotel is where we end up for Kalmar food and wine, after dinner we decide to check out some local watering holes, one in perticular is the "Walk about" this place is filled with local "working girls".. After a couple of beers we are joined by three of these girls looking for company, there English is not the greatest so telling them that we are not interested they ask for drinks which we buy.. Don't want to be rude..lol after numerous beers/drinks we decide it is time to call it a night...
Day two we are off to Chris's place in Phnom Penh (the owner of Colunms hotel) to look at 125cc motorcycle,after ariiving and taking bike for ride I find that the bike needs some service and after renting 250cc motorcycle in Kampot this bike is to small.. The gentlemen showing us the bike says he knows of place where they have 250cc motorcycle for sale.. We exchange numbers and we are of to city to look for a Go Pro camera for my helmet, after a short sheacrh will locate camera shop with owner that is very knowledgeable and has good english. Twenty minutes later we are off with my new Go Pro 4 black with extra battery and 32 g memory card and mount.. Good price compared to Canada, saved around a hundred dollars I think..shorty after leaving shop we are contacted by gentle with motorcycle and we are off to take a look, end up taking two Honda 250 cc out for a test ride and decide on the Honda Ax-1 250 and after short negotiation we settle on price and now we are off to get photos for ownership and licensing. With a few hours to kill until documents are ready so we drop Jim back at hotel and I am off to Russian market for some shopping and site seeing.. The Russian market is quite large and a little confusing, but I make my way back after exploring for an hour or so.. Back with Mr Chae and off to licensing place.. Thanks goodness for Mr.Chae, would not been able to do everything in one day ( licence photo and registration with plates) all in the course of 5 hrs... Ride bike back to hotel in rush hour with Mr. Chae on back giving me directions as we go.. What a rush driving in rush hour here ( not for the novice driver).. Back to hotel just in time to shower and meet the gang from Kampot for reunion tour ford inner at the Titanic restaurant ( nothing to do with actual movie or ship).. After a great dinner and company we say are good nights until next year hopefully..
Stay tuned, off to Battambang tomorrow on new motorcycle..