Last day in Siem Reap, off to Vietnam
Trip Start Jul 02, 2012
58Trip End Oct 04, 2012
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Arriving back at the hotel, we packed up and came downstairs to be greeted by all the staff including one of the concierges who came in specially to farewell us even though his shift didn't start for another few hours! We were presented with Cambodian scarves as a farewell gift, and they all stood and waved as we drove off. What a great place!
Driving out to the airport, we reminisced about all that we had seen over the past few days, the experiences we'd had and the wonderful people we'd met. It was sad to be leaving a place we'd grown to love in a very short space of time.
After a quick flight, we landed in Ho Chi Minh city and were at once assaulted by the noise, sound, smells and sheer volume of people. It was somewhat of a culture shock after the simplicity of Siem Reap, and we sat in the van with jaws dropped as we were driven to the hotel amongst thousands upon thousands of motorbikes.
We spent the remainder of the afternoon exploring the hotel, checking out the restaurants, pool, spa and shops downstairs. I was helped to cross the road to buy a local sim card - it really is a matter of faith - you just start walking and the motorbikes weave around you - the woman from the hotel held my arm and kept saying "slowly, slowly, slowly" as we crossed!
We met a lovely couple from Sydney when we were up in the lounge for Happy Hour who gave us lots of hints about things to do and places to go while we are here.