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6 Days in Cambodia Day 4 – Siem Reap

6 Days in Cambodia Day 4 – Siem Reap

The road to Angkor.  We walked out of the hotel and down the hot, dusty, noisy street, past Hard Rock Cafe Siem Reap (yes, it’s changed a bit this place – and this one is even more expensive than the one in Singapore!), and to Costa Coffee for a delicious ice latte, but not before […]

6 Days in Cambodia Day 3 – Boat trip from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

6 Days in Cambodia Day 3 – Boat trip from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

An early start = 6:15.  We were downstairs at 6:30, expecting breakfast before we got picked up at 7 to go to the boat departure point to catch our ride to Siem Reap.  Of course, the guy we had placed our breakfast order with the night before (so we wouldn’t have to wait in the […]

6 Days in Cambodia Day 2 – Phnom Penh

6 Days in Cambodia Day 2 – Phnom Penh

A bog-standard breakfast in lovely surrounds is just about bearable.  I couldn’t complain too much – breakfasts are not the Secret Villa’s forte – it’s charms and appeal show in various other ways.  Vero and I walked it off on one of our customary long strolls through a new city, where we took in the […]

6 Days in Cambodia: Day 1 – Phnom Penh

6 Days in Cambodia: Day 1 – Phnom Penh

Flying into Phnom Penh on Jetstar airways from Singapore we passed over a dry, flat, barren farmland, before hitting the low-rise, dusty looking outskirts of the city; houses bunched together around the occasional monstrous seemingly out-of-place skyscraper , the grid of roads, the winding, mighty Mekong….a smooth landing.  Would it be a smooth trip?  The […]

Paul’s Week in Asia Day 4 – Cambodia (Siem Reap)

Paul’s Week in Asia Day 4 – Cambodia (Siem Reap)

Waking up at 5:30am is never easy.  When the reason is to see Angkor Wat at sunrise, you tend not to mind.  Paul wasn’t convinced, however, but after 3 hours sleep he was entitled to feel a little grumpy.  I knew he’d soon feel better.  As a veteran of 2 Angkor Wat sunrises, I knew […]

Paul’s Week in Asia Day 3 – Cambodia (Siem Reap)

Paul’s Week in Asia Day 3 – Cambodia (Siem Reap)

The flight to Siem Reap with Air Asia was at the very insensible time of 5:30am.  Woke after a 2 hour sleep and wearily stuffed a change of clothes into a rucksac, then headed out to get a taxi to the airport.  Paul looked bewlidered – for a while I think he thought he was […]

Vietnam Day 28 – Saigon

Arrived in Saigon at 6:30am.  Spring House Hotel was full, ao we checked into the Orient Hotel, which was actually nicer, but more expensive at $20.  We slept until 2pm, then had lunch, followed by another delicious Ice Blended Mars Bar drink from Bobby Brewers.  We then walked around the city, and I bought some […]

Vietnam Day 27 – Mui Ne

Had a delicious seafood fried rice in Wax with more ice-coffee and played pool.  I strolled along the lovely beach in the sun alone, as Lindsay avoids the sun when she can.  I enjoyed it, the beach was littered with shells, and I had a good sing to myself.  Later on we got on the […]

Vietnam Day 26 – Mui Ne

6 hours to get to Mui Ne is a long time, but it was worth it.  We stayed at Windchamps resort, set on a beautiful white sandy beach and offering a selection of huts priced as low as $10.  The place had a swimming pool as well.  We took a $10 hut, then popped next […]

Vietnam Day 25 – Saigon

Went to the famous Cu Chi tunnels today.  We were in a largish tour group, but the tour was very informative and interesting, although being forced to sit and watch a video hailing Vietnam’s victory and rubbishing Americans and American foreign policy was a little uneccessary.  We had the opportunity to squeeze ourselves down the tunnels […]

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