Back in the land of noodle soup for breakfast

Trip Start Nov 27, 2009
Trip End Feb 13, 2010

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Bopha Koh Kong Hotel

Flag of Cambodia  , Kaôh Kŏng,
Thursday, December 3, 2009

Phew!  Made it to Cambodia!  Had a final chilled out day in Bangkok on Tuesday with Sandra and Tara visiting the Grand Palace (an array of gold and jewelled walls) and Wat Pho with a 46m long reclining golden Bhuddha, finishing off with a much needed leg, foot, head and shoulder massage.  Bliss!

Had a long long journey to Cambodia from Bangkok yesterday.  It didn't start well with the 8am bus being nearly and hour late (not sure if "Asia time" or Bangkok traffic).  It was supposed to arrive in the middle of Trat south east of Bangkok at 2pm but it didn't get there until 3pm, and instead of being the middle of Trat it was at the ferry port to Ko Chang island.  So I had to get a shared minibus for 45 mins back into Trat and then another shared minibus for an hour or so to the Thai / Cambodia border - finally got to the border at approx 5:30pm.  As expected from reading various travel blogs I had a fight with the corrupt border officials who try to rip you off for a Cambodian visa.  It is supposed to cost US $20 but they try to charge between 1,000 - 1,500 Thai Baht which is approx US$30 - 45.  Most people were just paying this but as advised I threatened to report them to the Ministry of Tourism in Phnom Penh, so I managed to get it down to US$25.  If I pushed harder I probably could have got it for US$20 but I could tell it would take ages and I was tired and didn't think it was worth it for US$5!  I may still report them though!  Then it was a local taxi into the nearby town of Koh Kong where I found somewhere to stay.

Because I was late arriving unfortunately not been able to organise too much for today although hope to go somewhere this afternoon.  Not many tourists here - there is a trip I am hoping to do tomorrow into the Cardomon Hills (it depends if anyone else books as they won't take just one person).  If not I'll head to Kampot tomorrow.

It's good to be in Cambodia again.  Spent the morning walking around the town and everything is very laid back. Had noodle soup for breakfast!  I think this may be my staple brekkie for the next couple of weeks as it is much better than the fairly poor Western breakfasts on offer.  Serious deterioration in the coffee though! :-(

I'll get some photos up here as soon as possible although may be a while depending on when I can burn a CD.  Be patient!

Thanks for all the messages and comments - keep them coming, as it's lovely hearing from everyone at home!

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Mark W on

Envious of your adventure Ali - wish we could join you but not so feasible with a 2 yr old! Love from your Asian neighbours, M xx

Sue D (now N!) on

Hi Al,
Great blogging - cheers up a dull lunchtime in Winnersh Triangle !
Glad you are having a good time, take care and look forward to seeing some photos. Luv Sue x

Anska on

Ooo, photos too?? Would be marvellous. And noodle soup for breakfast sounds much better than Asda's Bran Flakes :))). Had a nice chat to Darren the other night too...glad he's finally got in touch with me. See yas! xxx

Sandra on

Hi there, Can't believe you had such a long journey to reach Cambodia, esp after such an early start. Thanks for staying on a day in Bangkok, it was great to have that time with you. When I asked Tara what her fave things were, one of them was 'the high up restaurant' ;-). BTW, got that photo safe, so you can have a copy when I see you next..

Seb and I are off to the UK tonight - seems like I've only just got unpacked from Thailand! - and w'ell, or I'll, see Mark on Wed eve.

Take care and enjoy all your travels and experiences,

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