On the bus to Pnom Penh
Trip Start Jun 15, 2007
172Trip End Nov 15, 2007
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I'm about to have some scrambled eggs with bread and a pineapple juice for breakfast. The bus to Cambodia leaves in about 15 minutes, or so they say (actually it left at 9am).
I have my last Xe Om ride in Vietnam (for now). It was as crazy as usual and, of course, loads of fun. It's still really cool to see whole families piled onto one motorbike, like mom and dad with a couple of children. It's a bit hair-rising to see these young kids just sitting (or standing sometimes) on their parents' laps as they dart through traffic.
I just crossed the border into Cambodia. Yay! Number 7. The border crossing was a piece of cake
Since Vietnam outlaws casinos, the fist thing I saw were a dozen or so of them on the Cambodian side.
The ride in Cambodia has been a blast. The roads were actually quite good until we reached (what I think was) the Mekong River. After that, we've been alternating between bumpy paved roads and hole-ridden dirt roads.
It's still been a blast and I've been trying to capture some of the amazing countryside and people we're passing by. I could immediately notice, once on the Cambodian side, how much more rustic everything seemed; even the vegetation seems more abundant, out of control, and jungle-like.
Crossing the Mekong was really fun as well, with the bus slowly boarding the ferry, and then floating us across. I can't help but notice the beauty and rustic-quality (so far) in the Cambodian people. We keep driving along small, isolated, poor towns with very interesting daily life activity going on in them. There's also this beautiful little Cambodian girl on the bus with a hear-melting smile.