I decided to skip Siem Reap on my motorbike ride around Cambodia. Angkor Wat is amazing, but I already saw it, and I wanted to avoid the mess of Siem Reap. There was an alternate, scenic route in the far North, following the border with Thailand. I decided to go that way, which would give me the opportunity to see the little visited ruins of Banteay Chhmar.

One of the best things about traveling independently by motorbike is that I’m not confined to a bus recklessly speeding through the beautiful countryside. Every time I see something interesting, I am free to stop and photograph it, which I did frequently. These are a few photos from my rides to Banteay Chmar and to Battambang.

This peaceful, beautiful place is a baray built by forced labor during the Pol Pot regime.
This peaceful, beautiful place is a baray built by Pol Pot.
Temple among the lotuses.
Temple among the lotuses.
Green field.
Green field.
Taking a break on the road.
Taking a break on the road.
House among the banana trees.
House among the banana trees.
Houses, mountains, and clouds.
Houses, mountains, and clouds.
Green fields.
Green fields.
Swimming in one of Pol Pot's canals.
Swimming in one of Pol Pot’s canals.
On the Pol Pot baray.
On the Pol Pot baray.
Terry
I'm Terry, former cubicle-dweller, and now traveler, photographer, writer, and entrepreneur. I quit my job in 2014 to travel to US national parks, then to South East Asia. I write about independent, flexible, long-term, budget travel. Sign up to my newsletter to get the latest news on what I'm up to. I hope you join me on my trek around the world.

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