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GPS Maps for Cambodia

PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 5:30 am
by daveg
I'm working on putting together a mapset for the ride. I'm probably going to use the free OSM maps unless someone else can come up with something better. I used them while I was there and it worked ok. I think this first year may be a little bit more adventurous than subsequent years... but that is what makes it fun

Anyone have any POIs for hotels / gas stations / photo ops? I'm going to make a POI database / a list of places to stay along one possible route.

Re: GPS Maps for Cambodia

PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 7:45 am
by digiamo
I just downloaded https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... 9zbWFuZCJd to my Sammy GS3 Droid. Then I grabbed the maps for Thai, Cam, Laos and Myanmar.
I shut all data and cell functions off on the phone to simulate "lost in the back hills" and it looks like I have truly off line mapping on the phone.
No need to have a cell or WiFi connection to have a functional GPS system on my phone.

Now that the last of my midnight oil is burning dimly, I can sleep knowing my GPS issues are solved ... at least for now.
I'll get to play with this more on the 'morrow.

Then I can focus on a translator app. :)

Re: GPS Maps for Cambodia

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 12:04 am
by digiamo
I'm curious about the GPS mount as seen on the third from the last opening pic in the series at rideforcambodia.com. The bike on the left has it affixed somehow and judging by the cleanliness of the bikes and riders, they are just starting out. I can't figure how it's mounted and why don't I see that GPS in any other picture? :roll: :?: :roll:

I'm thinking it's on the base of the mirror but that base looks a bit tapered in the wrong direction. I might try heavy duty zip ties with a bar clamp on the left rubber grip, but without the standard handlebar u-bolt because of the extra thickness.

Any input is encouraged ...and thanks.

Re: GPS Maps for Cambodia

PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 4:35 am
by raven
braketron is your friend for mounting you GPS or phone to the bikes
http://www.bracketron.com

I picked up one of their bicycle mounts for $5 on a close-out at one of the discount department stores and it works very well.

Re: GPS Maps for Cambodia

PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:42 am
by Phat Phreddy
Theres a few ways to skin this cat depending on device you wish to use. I tend to tour with a garmin and a android phone and am a bit of a mapping geek so will chime in with the little bits of info I know.

Starting with a simple android cellphone. Pluses are, many people have one, so no hardware cost, minuses are screen isnt always great, it chews through the battery, and its not weather / shock proof.. However as a casual glance to check your on the right path, its great. Also, as outside of town Cambodia has a fairly limited road network you need to simply get on the right path more than in more complex layouts. Hence a Phone setup is less of a drawback than in some places.

Of course most have google maps as an out of the box app, but thats only going to work while the data connection works and is fast (shockingly in lots of very rural cambo 3G does often work.. I can have decent quality 3g skype video calls with Kampong Cheam province to a village that doesnt have electric !!). Theres also a slew of apps that pull map data from many online sources. The OSM collaborate maps being one of the more interesting options. The few I have tested and that are worth knowing about are..

An app called Maps(+) for the paid version and Maps(-) for the ad supported one. Both apps allow you to use google maps, or possibly even better for Cambodia the OSM map tiles. Also you can 'cache' map tiles to your phone over a wifi connection so as not to drain 3G data or not have map access while the data connection drops out.

I used to always cache up a city I was going to at med to high res and the country at low res and that way I have the motorways and main rds of the country and the basic detail layout of a city all in my hand even if I didnt have a 3G connection.. Handy bit of pre prep and great if heading for a weekend to a new country that you dont have 3G in or dont want to pay 3G data roaming charges.

Last one I have tested in the cellphone side is oruxmaps a really rather slick app that I have only recently found. It can use 100's of map sources, looks great and appears to cache offline too. The really nice thing about oruxmaps I have just been informed of is the latest version will load a garmin .img file if the map is fully unlocked (which can be done to any map ;-) ) and provide garmin style mapping. Like I say this is a new app to me but I will be testing it this trip.

Outside of the cellphone use and into dedicated GPS units Garmin seems to be the default choice for global mapping. I have a bunch of different maps for Cambo / Laos / Thailand that I can make available but the best Cambodian one I would rather not post online. I am not even sure of the OSM map export has overtaken the routable garmin map I have in terms of detail, its progressing so fast on OSM I havent had a chance to test it in the last few months. I would love some feedback.

I currently have for Cambodia

LaosCambodiaVietnam-R6 (think a Mapsource)
Rottweiler-v2 (Mapsource)
Cambodia v3 (IMG garmin format to load a GPS directly) << The best one IMO

I dont want to put the last one hosted online but can find a way to get it to you directly. Or can arrange a place you can pre load it from in Phnom Penh. They are not huge, under 20 MB for the v3 mapset.

I would be really interested in feedback on if the v3 one above is still superior in roads and routes to the OSM project.

I also have a whole bunch of Vietnam / Laos / Thailand maps in mapsource or IMG formats for those continuing on one way or another. Just shout and I will see what I have.

Lastly and its so obvious it goes without saying.. NEVER just trust a GPS with these kind of home made maps, always look at the routing in full before setting off and use common sense on which way its sending you, sometimes a tiny glitch in a junction can make the route guidance think 2 rds dont link and send you on a huge detour when in fact they do and its simply machine logic not working. Dont ask me how I gained that knowledge ;-)

Hope some of that is helpful and hope to meet you guys before you depart.

Re: GPS Maps for Cambodia

PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:25 am
by Vtbeemer
Hello all

I just spent the better part of an hour on the phone with Garmin cust service trying to unlock maps on my recent replacement Montana. This is the third unit for me. I was not able to load any OSM maps of Asia. Hopefully one of you can help me out a bit. There is a cold beer or three in for you...this GPS still has me baffled along with the Basecamp software.
Hopefully we can get tracks for the R4C ride.

See you guys there.

Ps Phreddy this is me shouting out at you :lol: :lol:

Re: GPS Maps for Cambodia

PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:17 pm
by Nata Harli
Vtbeemer wrote:Hello all

I just spent the better part of an hour on the phone with Garmin cust service trying to unlock maps on my recent replacement Montana. This is the third unit for me. I was not able to load any OSM maps of Asia. Hopefully one of you can help me out a bit. There is a cold beer or three in for you...this GPS still has me baffled along with the Basecamp software.
Hopefully we can get tracks for the R4C ride.

See you guys there.

Ps Phreddy this is me shouting out at you :lol: :lol:
n,
Dan,

I've had the same problems with both my Montana and 60Csx. I've done some surfing and will attempt to spend part of today seeing if any of the solutions I've found work. Hopefully if one of them does we can transfer the knowledge to your Montana.

I love my Montana but the transition to both the Montana and Basecamp at the same time has been very trying. I understand what you are going through.

See you soon.

Ken