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Paleriders – Cambodia update page. News, upcoming rides, items of interest.

November 2016 Charity Ride

For the second year running Paleriders – Cambodia ran a charity ride for the Jesus School in Phnom Penh. The school was founded in 2002 by Pastor Meng Aun Hour after he visited the Thnot Chrum rubbish dump. He had a vision of creating a school nearby to educate the children of the dump workers … Continue reading »

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Cape to Kalahari Ride – July 2016

I recently did a 16 day Cape to Kalahari ride with RideDownSouth Motorcycle Tours, based in Capetown. It was actually the first time I’ve been on a ride organised by someone else, having run them for years for a group of mates in Australia and more recently as a sideline business in Cambodia. Africa wasn’t … Continue reading »

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Paleriders Charity Tour – November 18th to December 3rd 2016

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Paleriders tour – December 29th 2014 to January 12th 2015

In January 2014 I was contacted by Bill McCallum, whom I’d previously worked with at Phu Kham Copper Mine in Laos. He was interested in doing a tour with a group of friends at the end of the year so over the next 6 months we developed an itinerary that suited the group. The tour … Continue reading »

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Donations by Paleriders and friends in 2013

The year is not finished yet but Paleriders and friends have helped to build 3 schools in 2013 as well as contributing to many worthy causes. In total we have given away $39,029. Thank you so much to everyone for your generosity. Bobbie Jo Busiko Samroeng Pagoda School building $65.00 desks 16/03/2013 Brett Hardwick& Cherie … Continue reading »

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Paleriders tour – September 22nd to 29th 2013

This tour came about through catching up with a school friend, Kirschty Birt, on Facebook. Kirschty and I went to high school together but we hadn’t seen each other for about 35 years. She asked me in February if I’d be interested in helping plan a holiday in Cambodia and Laos for her and a … Continue reading »

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Two new classrooms at Samroeng Village Primary School

Some time ago a generous Australian donor gave me $5000 AUD to help build another classroom block at the main primary school in my village. Whilst waiting for more funds to come in so that the work could commence, another donor from Australia gave me the full amount estimated to finish the work, $13500 AUD. … Continue reading »

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Two new classrooms for Jesus School, Phnom Penh

We’d thought for a while about helping to add more rooms to the Jesus School in Phnom Penh. It was built to provide an education for the kids from the nearby rubbish dump, which has since closed, but student numbers have grown to 250 now and the original four room building is too small. The … Continue reading »

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Paleriders tour – May 27th to June 3rd 2013

It’s been a while since I posted anything on my blog but I’ve got a bit to write about since the last tour. I was fortunate to have a couple of workmates interested in doing a Paleriders tour, so after months of talking about it the day finally arrived. I flew into Phnom Penh from … Continue reading »

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School at Samroeng Village Pagoda – update

Support for this project has been outstanding, from members of the community and from friends of Paleriders – Cambodia. The school is now completed. Extra money donated for the desks was used to lay the concrete apron around the building. Thanks so much to the friends of Paleriders – Cambodia who generously contributed to the … Continue reading »

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School at Samroeng Village Pagoda

For some time Paleriders – Cambodia has been supporting our local village pagoda with their building fund. The pagoda is a work in progress, as money comes in a bit more work gets completed. Recently though, work started on a schoolroom and we decided to get involved in the project. Originally there was a big, … Continue reading »

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Latest update on Paleriders School

On my last trip to Baray, in January, I was able to have a toilet built at the school at Chuuk Ksach Pagoda. Two generous donors, one in Laos and one in Australia, had given me $400 to put towards the project. On my next trip home I’ll get a well put in, and buy … Continue reading »

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Paleriders School is now open!

Finally the Paleriders School is finished. We had a small opening ceremony on December 5, attended by children, parents and village elders. Monks came and blessed the school, then everyone shared a meal of Khmer noodles and fish.  Next part of this project is to construct a toilet block, we will start on that in … Continue reading »

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Paleriders School Update

It has been quite a mission getting a small school built in a village close to where I live in Cambodia. I was approached by the people who built my house back in June 2011, and asked if I could help them get money to build a school. I went and had a look at … Continue reading »

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Paleriders – Cambodia donates to Samroeng Pagoda, Baray

In Cambodia, the pagoda is a reflection of the wealth of the village. My village is poor, so the pagoda is still under construction. As the monks receive donations from the community they get a bit more work done. The pagoda still doesn’t have a roof, so Paleriders will donate $500 towards buying tiles. Recently, … Continue reading »

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We Shared the Peeled Orange by Dr. Louis Braile

Not long ago I read a fantastic book about a doctor from the US who volunteered for many years in the refugee camps along the Thai – Cambodian border. Most people assume that life went back to normal after the Khmer Rouge government was ousted by Vietnam in 1979, but it didn’t. Many people fled … Continue reading »

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Join Kiva and make a loan today

Paleriders – Cambodia has been assisting people with loans through Kiva for a few years now. For people less privileged than most of us, the only way to get loans to improve their lives is through microfinance – ordinary banks will not lend to them because they have nothing to offer as security. This is … Continue reading »

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Vietnam Veterans Mine Clearing Team(Cambodia)

Paleriders – Cambodia supports and promotes the work of the Vietnam Veterans Mine Clearing Team(Cambodia). VVMCT physically and financially supports the Cambodian Self Help Demining operation, a Non Government Organisation (CSHD NGO) and were directly involved with the CSHD’s accreditation and certification as a demining organisation with the Cambodian authorities and continues to support them … Continue reading »

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“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” ~Immanuel Kant

Take a few minutes to get on the Soi Dog Foundation website and send some emails to the Vietnamese and Thai embassies protesting this horrible bloody business. The bastards who do this should be put on the receiving end of it themselves. Living in SE Asia I really miss having dogs as good mates – … Continue reading »

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War journalists missing or killed in Cambodia in 1970

Sean Leslie Flynn (born May 31, 1941; disappeared April 6, 1970, age 28; declared legally dead in 1984) was an American actor and freelance photojournalist best known for his coverage of the Vietnam War. He started a news service in Saigon with John Steinbeck IV, son of the American author. Flynn was the only child of the marriage of Errol Flynn and Lili Damita. After studying … Continue reading »

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Off to Cambodia again!

Another 28 day stint finished here in Laos. Leaving Phu Kham on the afternoon transport to Vientiane, then to Bangkok for the night and into Phnom Penh on Wednesday morning to meet my beautiful wife. This roster seems to have gone fairly quickly, doing a week of night shift at the start helped. I should … Continue reading »

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Aok Sokun Kanha – Cambodian singer

My wife Sreyda loves music, just like I do. She’s always getting new songs downloaded to her phone, there are market stalls all over Cambodia where you can pay someone to do that for you. Anyway, I found this one in the latest lot she had downloaded and I finally found out who it was, … Continue reading »

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Sinn Sisamouth – great Khmer singer from the ’70s

A Cambodian singer with a wonderful voice, Sinn Sisamouth was murdered by the Khmer Rouge along with millions of his fellow countrymen. What a loss to the world, and for what reason? Sinn Sisamouth     Responsible Tourism in Cambodia

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Happy Khmer New Year from Paleriders

Paleriders – Cambodia wishes everyone a Happy Khmer New Year, or Chaul Chnam Thmey. Good health and good luck for the next year. Above all, stay safe on the roads.     Responsible Tourism in Cambodia  

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Phnom Santuk, Kampong Thom province

Phnom Santuk is only 30 km from our home in Baray District, in fact on a clear day it is visible from the back verandah. It is sacred to all Cambodians. There is a legendary figure from the past who stood with one foot on Phnom Santuk, and the other on Phnom Kulen, which would … Continue reading »

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1st of January Dam, Kampong Thom Province

A visit to Moi Makara (1st of January) Dam in Kampong Thom Province is a part of every Paleriders –  Cambodia tour. Built during the Khmer Rouge reign of terror, it cost the lives of thousands of Cambodians through overwork, starvation and outright murder. Now a peaceful place where locals go to swim, fish and … Continue reading »

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