This Saturday, 23 November from 11am-11pm, the 3rd annual bike meet and music festival will be held at the iconic Box Ville, a container market located along the busiest thoroughfare in Siem Reap — National Road 6. This place can’t be missed, with a new ferris wheel promising views of Angkor Wat aptly named Angkor Eye, being erected by a Japanese contracting company who saw an opportunity in Siem Reap’s tourism industry.
Siem Reap Bike Meet is organized by a non-profit group of enthusiastic and passionate motorcycle riders who have lived in and around Siem Reap for more than a decade. Their vision of improving road safety and promoting proper motorcycle riding in Cambodia is evidenced in the event’s slogan “Ride Safe. Ride Smart.” The event will hold a raffle to raise money for charities that donate helmets to children in order to improve road safety for youth in the community.
Here are the highlights for Siem Reap Bike Meet 2019:
• Live Music — 5 Local Bands
• Live Skateboarding Show
• Charity Shave-a-thon
• Raffle Drawings for Charity Throughout the Event
• Motorcycle Competition with Prizes
• Motorbike Gear Vendors and Marketplace
• Kids Mega-Playground, Ice Cream Giveaways, and Activities
• Delicious Food and Drinks Available from 11am-9pm
The event is completely free to attend (and always will be!) and expects to receive attendance from the local Siem Reap community and their families, both Khmer and expat, as well as confirmed international motorcycle travellers who will stay at hotels and guesthouses before and after the weekend. Local businesses will benefit from an influx of riders travelling across borders and from neighboring cities such as Battambang and Phnom Penh.
Following the big event will be Recovery Rides on 24 November, which are social group rides where attendees will meet up and ride together to a location within 100km of the bike meet. There will be rides for three different classes of motorbikes — small bikes and scooters, big motorcycles, and dirt bikes — each with their own speeds and needs when riding as a group. Riders will get the opportunity to build lasting relationships and learn from each other as they work together to ride safe and ride smart.