Back in the land of noodle soup for breakfast
Trip Start Nov 27, 2009
42Trip End Feb 13, 2010
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Where I stayed
Bopha Koh Kong Hotel
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!