An avid Cyclist and member of Ranchi cycling Club, kanishka Poddar, recently rode his cycle from Bangkok in Thailand to Phnom Penh in Cambodia, covering over 1,000 kilometres in three weeks.
Poddar rode through cities and villages less travelled, crossed coastal stretch, rubber plantations, paddy fields by experiencing food and local culture in the purest forms. He also crossed the international border between Thailand and Cambodia on the bicycle.
Kanishka flew to Bangkok with his Bicycle on June 16 and started his ride towards Cambodia on June 17 this year. He rode approximately 100 kms every day and took a break of 2-3 days after every 4 days of continuous cycling.
Poddar reached the Cambodian Border from the South East province of Trat in Thailand on the 8th day but was denied entry into Cambodia due to bribe soliciting from the Cambodian Immigration Officers which he refused to pay.
Poddar then moved to the Border at Poipet and entered Cambodia flawlessly and finally ended his ride in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on July 1 and flew back to India on July 4.
He shared his experience about the cities he discovered in this trip, some famous tourist destinations like Siem Reap, Angkor Wat, Koh Chang and Phnom Penh and few unknown places like Chanthaburi and Rayong. “Visiting Angkor Wat and exploring magnificent temples was the highlight of my trip,” he said.
During the trip, he he carried everything from clothes to tents, repair kit on his bicycle.
Poddar has been touring places on bicycle for past few years. In International Context Poddar toured from the West Coast to East coast of Thailand covering approximately 800 kms and also in Vietnam covering over 1,000 kms.
In India Poddar rode from Manali to Leh in August 2018, Bombay to Lonavala and back, Guwahati to Shillong and had successfully completed BRM 200 ride from Delhi to Panipat and return, covering 220 kms, riding continuously for 11 hours.
Poddar has even bagged a Bronze Medal from the French Club Audax for successfully completing BRM 200 in Delhi.