More than a thousand local and international riders are expected to converge on Siem Reap early next month for the Motorrad Angkor Festival 2019.
The festival, which will be the biggest event for motorcycle enthusiasts in the Kingdom this year, will be held Dec 6-8.
Bunreth Oum, president of the BMW Motorcycle Club Cambodia, said in a press release that participants are also coming from China, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Laos, and other countries in Southeast Asia.
Around 200 of the more than 1,000 riders expected for the event will reportedly come from Thailand.
The BMW Motorcycle Club Cambodia is organising the event with the support of the Cambodia Motor Sports Federation (CMSF) and several corporate sponsors.
According to Mr Bunreth, the event is not only for fun, but is also intended to promote Cambodia to the outside wold.
“This will make Cambodia better known to the outside world. It will also help boost our economy,” he said.
The event is expected to draw more than 50,000 spectators, not only from Cambodia, but also from neighboring countries. Siem Reap’s close proximity to Thailand means that many Thais are expected to come and participate in the activities related to the festival.
Other stated goals for the gathering are to raise funds for humanitarian purposes and to raise awareness about road safety. The festival will also be a good time to share experiences with riders from other parts of the region.
The three-day festival will feature enduro racing, an adventure bike challenge, and a charity ride.
There would also be a concert featuring Pub’s Street bands and top perfoming artists from Cambodia and Thailand. The CMSF will take the lead in conducting talks on road safety and related topics.
More than 350 booths featuring products and services related to the motorcycle industry will also be part of the event.
To promote the festival, around 50 riders raced through Diamond Island in Phnom Penh on their big, shiny bikes last Saturday.