Tbeang Meanchey

The capital of Preah Vihear province, T’beang Meachey is the jumping off point for the three major temples in the province as well as the cross-country route over to Stung Treng. No tarmac for many kilometres in all directions; this is a real rural backwater and likely to remain that way for many years to come. tbeang-meanchey

High Light

  • Joom Loom Silk Weaving Project, started by Bud Gibbons from the Vietnam Veterans Association. The project has resurrected the silk making industry to help support the provinces handicapped and disadvantaged.
  • Dirt roads in all directions

Points Onward & Riding Conditions

Around T’beang Meanchey: (Intermediate)

The roads around town are all red dust.

Koh Ker Temple: (Intermediate/expert)

Newly constructed latterite road that can be badly beaten by the wet season.

Preah Vihear Temple: (Intermediate/expert)

The are several routes, the main road is large and graded and easy but there are back routes that are far more entertaining.

Stung Treng: (Intermediate/expert)

The cross-country route is one of the best trails in the country, a mixture of everything. Sand, river crossings, bamboo groves, little villages. You’ve just got to make it past the ferry pirates at the far end, to cross the Mekong.

Kompong Thom/Phnom Penh: (Novice/intermediate)

Starts dirty and dusty, so watch out for those fast-moving taxi’s and trucks that create huge sand clouds. Meets route 6 in Kompong Thom.