Cambodian Jeep rally announced
Image: Jim Legans, Jr, 2009
A new trip option for adventurous travellers has been revealed, as a company is about to set up tours of Cambodia and Vietnam, which will take place using classic Willys Jeeps that date from the era of the Vietnam War.
The first rally, which will last for just over two weeks, is set to start in February 2013 and will begin its route in Siem Reap, before heading on to such famous areas as Phnom Penh and Angkor.
The reason that Willys Jeeps are being used in the tour is not just because they are suitably authentic, but also because many of these vehicles are still in regular use in Cambodia, which means that it is practically sensible to take advantage of them.
Road side support will be provided by mechanics and there will be plenty of local expertise in repairing the Jeeps, given that they have been a presence in the country since US armed forces first arrived there.
While the Willys Jeep was manufactured until the early 1980s, it remains a popular model amongst enthusiasts. The German company which is organising the rally, has also used classic cars in previous tours, most notably when people were encouraged to set out across India in Ambassadors.