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Feb 9, 2016 - Back Into Vietnam

Our tuk tuk driver was on time at 8am & we headed out to the site of the "Killing Fields" about 8 miles from our hotel on the Southern outskirts of Phnom Penh. Nothing much of the original buildings remain as they were torn down & burnt when it was discovered what had been going on here. We took the audio tour which described the way that the prisoners were brought here in trucks & then eaten & hacked to death, bullets were too expensive. They were then thrown into pits & buried. Loud music & communist propaganda speeches blared out from...

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South East Asia 2016

Feb 1, 2016 - Best border crossing ever: Mekong River boat from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc, Vietnam

Despite my trepidation after our horrendous boat trip to Battambang, we decided to take the boat from Phnom Penh, across the border to Chau Doc, Vietnam. All I can say is Wow! Best border crossing ever! We soaked up the views from our pappasan chairs as we drifted by life along the mighty Mekong River. One quick and flower-filled stop to check out of Cambodia, and another to check in to Chau Doc. Even our switch to a smaller boat (goodbye pappasans!) did little to dampen our spirits. We arrived at the small harbor in Chau Doc, the boat...

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Jan 19, 2016 - Chau Doc City

Left Phnom Penh late last night and cruised down the Mekong for about three hours before anchoring for the night. Underway again about 6am and crossed the border into Vietnam at Chua Doc village. Anchored for about an hour while customs officials from first Cambodia and then Vietnam boarded the boat to check documentation. Finally arrived in Chua Doc City around noon. The area is heavily involved in fish farming so we visited one of the floating farms. The family lives in a house floating on the river and under the house is a cadge holding...

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Nov 9, 2012 - The killing fields, Sihanoukville and crossing the border to Vietnam

Choeung Ek, S-21 and Sihoukville Hello, I was a little behind sending out my last blog as I didn't have the wifi to send it. On Tuesday we went to the Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre or the killing fields as they are also known as. This site is where over 8,000 people lost their lives between 1975 & 1979 under the orders of Pol Pot a dictator and leader of the democratic Kampuchea. It was hard to believe that such a beautiful and peaceful place was the site of such brutal violence and mass murder. They have constructed a very impressive...

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Aug 19, 2012 - Phnom Penh to Chau Doc

At 7.00am we learnt that the builders across from us also work on Sundays! After breakfast we were transferred to the boat pier for the boat to Chau Doc Vietnam. Our boat was over an hour late and it was very hot waiting at the wharf. After another delay in departing I asked for some compensation, maybe a cold beer. Some spanish backpackers liked the idea of a cold one as well. So after a phone call to head office the boat company representative disappeared. He came back with some shopping bags and handed out cans of icy cold coke. Not...

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Jun 13, 2012 - Hello Vietnam

On June 13th I boarded a passenger boat in Phnom Penh that would carry me 4-1/2 hours down the Mekong River to the Vietnamese border town of Chau Doc. I had to laugh at my hand written ticket which read "slow boat to Vietnam." The boat wasn't particularly slow but I've often heard the expression "slow boat to China" so I found the description amusing. The scenery along the way isn't particularly beautiful (just routine tropical trees and foliage) and the water is a muddy brown--but, despite it's appearance, the Mekong is the life blood of...

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A Whole New World

Mar 29, 2012 - Una vita galleggiante

Sinceramente mi sarei aspettata un po' di più dal Delta del Mekong, ma in realtà ero stata avvertita. In molte parti è diventato davvero turistico e per esplorarlo bene bisogna necessariamente recarvisi da soli, all'avventura. Come praticamente tutti, mi sono però fatta convincere a partecipare a un tour organizzato, in modo da riuscire a vedere più cose, oltre ad avere incluso il trasferimento in barca in Cambogia, a Phnom Penh. La prima tappa era al mercato galleggiante di Can Bai. Qui accorrono da provincie anche lontane, che possono...

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My Big Trip

Mar 10, 2012 - Chau Doc - goodbye Vietnam, hello Cambodia and the Lower Mekong (again thís magnificent river!)

A lively border town on the Mekong River north of the Delta - and our jumping off point to get on the River back to Cambodia. We arrived by a very efficient, and inexpensive Vietnamese bus trip. Included in the fare of $8 for the 6 hour trip is a mini van pickup in Saigon and delivery at the Chau Doc end. Amazing. Halfway, there was a private bus station for this company, a massive plane hangar building with vendors and a small market for their commuting customers. Very well planned and organized - and busy! We also jumped off the...

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Mar 4, 2012 - Mekong Delta Tour

Today was full of buses, boats, and the unexpected (in that we joined a tour but the itinerary was unclear). Of the important facts we were certain-- the tour was to leave Saigon this morning and is a 2 day, 1 night excursion through the Mekong Delta, exiting Vietnam and ending in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. At $35 per person, that's not too terrible a deal. We had an AMAZING breakfast this morning before leaving Saigon, repeating Bahn Xeo and Bahn Khot from the same vendor as yesterday. The woman seemed extremely pleased that we returned, and we...

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Feb 25, 2012 - Chau Doc to Ho Chi Minh

I woke up at 6:00 am to take a shower and we headed down to get breakfast at 6:30 before getting the boat. Took our breakfast to go and got on the boat a little after 7 am. We thought were heading to the floating market first because it is better to go early in the morning when it is busy. I heard that even 8 am is too late. Turns out we weren't really heading to the floating market- he decided to first take us on a tour of the stilted houses along the Mekong. It was interesting to see, but the whole point of waking up so early and getting...

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Feb 24, 2012 - Bus to Vietnam

I got picked up at Mushroom Point at 6:45 am on a moto and was taken to the place where the van to Vietnam would pick me up. I had some time to order breakfast at one of the hostels in the area before the van came. We drove through Kampot, Kep, and then stopped somewhere to switch into a bigger bus. I got onto the other bus and we drove straight to the Ha Tien border crossing. We each paid $1 for the border crossing entrance fee, and another dollar after we filled out a paper that said we don't have any contagious diseases (we even got our...

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Feb 18, 2012 - Mekong delta

Vietnam today! Crossed the boarder by bus an arrived in our town. Quite small and quiet- its only really a stopover place as its too far to travel much further into Vietnam in one go. In the evening we rented motorbikes (don't stress, we had drivers) and somehow managed to struggle up a mountain on machines that seem to have the engine of an electric toothbrush- good job I had a small lunch. We had a beer at the top of the mountain and watched the sunset in hammocks. Lovely views but it was pretty hazy which was a shame. On the way back it...

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