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Jan 23, 2020 - Bangkok to Cambodia

Monday January 20 Another 5:30 am wake-up call! They have had to start early since the ship is leaving at 3:00 rather than 5:00 like it used to do. The international breakfast buffet certainly catered to every continent. Teriyaki chicken for breakfast?! We met the group who had some concerns with the damp ground, but I had my trusty umbrella. It turned out that rain wasn’t an issue, although it was more overcast than the day before. We trooped off to catch our boat for the morning. Bangkok is divided by a huge river and many canals, and...

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Far East Cruise

Mar 14, 2019 - Birding at the Kampot Salt Flats

It was a long ride from eastern central Cambodia to the southern coastal city of Kampot. Especially as the paved roads disappeared as we left the outskirts of Phnom Penh. And after 8 hours of driving we still had more than 100 km to go, and it was now dark, and the road was rutted gravel under construction, and there were various vehicle types all trying to find the 'smooth' way; and there was not one. Our caravan of four Toyota Land Cruisers was often granted right of way, which made for a quicker journey than had we been on a scooter !...

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Feb 27, 2019 - Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Today Brian and I took separate shore excursions. Brian visited the Ream National Park via boat ride on the Prek Toeuk Sap River. This was followed by a trek through the remote village of Prek Trabek. Camille participated in a similar tour except the Ream National Park visit included a kayak trip along Prey Chak Mangrove river. the brochure descriptions specifically state that the these tow tours are at high level of difficulty and are not recommended for folks with any kind of mobility issues. However, the self assessment filter was...

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Mar 20, 2018 - Sihanoukville , Cambodia

History: Sihanoukville Cambodia a coastal town is perched on the end of a scenic peninsula. This is cambodia’s Prime seaside resort. All I can say is “filthy dirty and a place I will never return to visit” Very rude and pushy people, see the pictures. Off to Bangkok

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Mar 20, 2018 - Cambodia - Boy have they been through a lot

Two excursions today in Cambodia. First to Ream National Park for a boat ride. A couple of stops before getting to the river. First was a school and temple. The kids were at recess, playing marbles, volley ball and following us around. We went into a first grade class room which had the standard looking calendar and alphabet, but not a book to be seen. Next door was a temple that the kids wandered back and forth to. Didn’t seem like they had to be in the class room. Saw our first monks in the orange robes. The Temple complex had a couple of...

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Jan 16, 2018 - Cambodia - Southeast Asia Cruise

Our next stop was Sihanoukville, Cambodia (you may recognize the name, the previous leader of the country). Sihanoukville is located in the Gulf of Thailand and was developed as Cambodia’s only deep water port in 1964. Two temples, Wat Krom and Wat Leu are highlights of this area, but the temples pale in comparison with the Angor Wat Temples up north that we visited some years ago. The beaches in the area are fantastic and the open market is just another “you gotta see dis”.

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Jun 21, 2017 - A Day with Mr Bun

Today was our pre arranged day with Mr Bun. He tried so hard to get us to visit every tourist attraction here in Kampot, but not wanting to spend all day, every day with Mr Bun, we selected 3 of the most popular activities in the region. Kampot Pepper, Kampot Salt and a fishing village, were our narrowed down choices, not thinking at all that these three go together nicely on a BBQ! So at our arranged time of 10am, Mr Bun was there outside our hotel, greeting us with a welcoming handshake and many 'Good morning Brother' and 'Good Morning...

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Jun 20, 2017 - Mr Bun and the Sunset River Cruise

Today, the plan is to explore the friendly and engaging town of Kampot, Cambodia. Actually, it is a city but with a small town feel. Hotel supplied breakfast was included in this accommodation package, so a leisurely breakfast was the order of the day and then a morning walk around town. As the morning was heating up, we decided to call our personal Tuk Tuk driver Mr Bun- who answers the phone "Hello Brother", followed by my reply, "Good Morning Mr Bun, this is Rod from the Boutique Hotel" , Mr Bun replies with-" yes, yes my friend, where...

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Jun 19, 2017 - The bus trip from Hell

Well, we have already managed to break one of the 10 Commandments of travelling in SE Asia- 'thou shalt NEVER travel in a mini van or bus unless it belongs to one of the Top 4 Bus companies' ! We unwittingly allowed our guest house manager in Sihankonville, to book us a trip from there, through to Kampot, which is about 2 and a 1/2 hours away. As it's low season, the larger buses are not plying this route, so a minivan is the most common transport, due to lack of passengers. We check out of our guest house and climb into the most...

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Jun 18, 2017 - Last day in Sihanoukville, Cambodia and another boat trip...

On the recommendations of many that we have met, we booked a speed boat trip to the Island of Koh Rong Sanloem. Our guest house owner kindly booked our trip for today, with a pickup from the front of the guest house at 10am. Shortly after the arranged time, a truck with rows of stainless steel seats arrives, we climb aboard and hold on, after a couple of other pick ups we arrive at the pier, where we are checked in for our trip. Not long after, we board our speed boat for the 1/2 hour trip and as soon as we cleared the Pier, the driver...

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Jun 16, 2017 - Bus Trip Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville

As part of our travel itinerary, and planning, we had originally planned to catch the train which is a recently re opened service from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville, however due to the train timetable, which would not see us arrive till late at night, we decided to catch the train on the return journey and book the bus instead. Fortunately, on the street corner just near our Hostel, there happened to be a booking office for trips, tours and all travel arrangements. We discussed with the man what we wanted and discussed the safest bus company....

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Feb 10, 2017 - A chilled couple of days in Kampot

The following morning we made our way back to ‘our favourite’ guest house (the one with the good food) as we had been told that the lady there sells onward bus travel which would include a pick up from the pier when we returned from the early boat. True to everyone’s word we were able to pick up tickets – me for Kampot and Audrey for Sianokville. Tickets in hand we gathered our things and headed in the direction of the boat to go back to the mainland. It was quite a windy morning which meant boats couldn’t dock on the beach we were staying...

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