I am lucky enough to have just spent a week riding the roads (paved & dirt) of Cambodia as part of an organised motorbike tour group. If you get the opportunity I would encourage you to give it a go too. My small group had 4 riders, 1 guide and 1 mechanic/sweeper. The 4 of us were road bike riders and not very experienced on dirt bikes so the path was worked out specifically for us, with paved roads and graded dirt roads the norm. That being said, the guide was happy to throw in more testing dirt riding whenever the group wanted it. To my way of thinking, the city of Siem Reap should be more of a holiday hotspot for us Aussies. Forget Bali, Siem Reap is cheap, safe, interesting and not over exposed. The vast Angkor Wat temple complexes are a short tuk tuk ride away. Did I say cheap? A stay in a 4 star hotel, dinner & drinks cost me less than I can pay for dinner alone in Perth. In the central 'pub street', you will get a wide range of great food and beer at 50c a glass. I went over expecting to lose a little weight but actually put on some kilo's with the great food and the large portions. We stopped at roadside cafes along the ride and as long as we didn't have ice, the food was safe and delicious. We bumped into a couple of guys on a different bike tour & they were doing a hardcore run. They looked at us and said "We expected a fatality!". Fair dinkum. No bullshit. They had 20 in their group and did some rides into the night. Now the dry season is very dry and the dust is very fine, at times it was hard enough with 4 riders in front of you during the day. The locals also like to burn off along the sides of roads, fields & rice paddies. So dust and smoke at night while riding dirt tracks will give adrenaline junkies a decent fix. The bike hire & accommodation was inclusive in the tour cost. A tour might put a few people off but the interaction with the locals that we got from having 2 of them with our group was enormous. We stopped in places and ate at small roadside eateries that I just wouldn't have been game to do otherwise. Having an interpreter obviously means you get to interact with a wider range of the community. The guide & sweeper tried their hardest to give us an insight into the real Cambodia, its people, its past and its likely path into the future. A dirt bike is a great way of getting around the country but the locals on scooters put us to shame with their ability to carry a family at speed over pot-holed dirt tracks. Its hard to convey how good Cambodia is. As we rode by villages, kids would run out to have a look & wave as you went by. Tourists are an unusual sight off the beaten track and the locals have that natural warm welcome & inquisitiveness. Tourists are generally welcomed in Cambodia, not just tolerated as I get the feeling we are in some other asian hotspots. Summary... Cambodia is how I imagine Bali a few decades ago. Tourists are welcome. Locals are friendly. Everything is cheap. But get there fast, the place is being modernised at a dramatic speed. Before too long it will just look like every other neon signed asian holiday destination. At the moment it has charm by the bucketload. Warning... If your going on a dirt bike tour, check the operator out as best as you can. This is a bit of a boom market for dirt bike tours and not everyone is sane!