Heading North (Finally)
Trip Start Jun 17, 2006
49Trip End Jul 07, 2007
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When the bus arrived I found someone holding up a sign for the guesthouse I wanted and he led me to the hostel and got me all set up. The guy I met can't be more than 30, but has been doing this awhile since he has a quite decent british accent and had just met an American who taught him all the latest Snoop Dog slang to try out. I was cracking up all the way, he probably knows more of what is going on back home than I do. Despite his good English the sign of the guesthouse rules were pretty much indecipherable to me
I set up my dolphin tour for the next day and another bus trip for the day after that. When I arrived at the dolphin site the a group of tourists was just leaving so I had my choice. I could pay $5 and wait for at least two more people to show up and go out on the boat with them or pay $7 and go out right away by myself. An easy choice and two minutes later I was sitting on the bow of the boat. Right away you could here the dolphins coming up to the surface for air, but it took a little while to figure out where they were. Then you would look where you heard them last and one would come up somewhere you weren't looking. The driver motored about halfway out and then shut off the engine and would paddle around to where they were moving to. We were just getting close to a group of 4 of them when two other boats started up and headed towards us.
That scared them off and sent them a few hundred meters away. The dolphins were quite shy and not as playful as the ocean dolphins I have seen. They have much smaller dorsal fins and I couldn't really tell, but the good pictures I have seen on the advertisements in town show that their color is actually turquoise
I'm heading to northeast Cambodia today where I will set up for a week or so in a town called Ban Lung. There isn't a whole lot in the town itself but there are a variety of day trips that can be done with the town in the center. Lots of waterfalls, a volcanic crate lake to go swimming in, maybe an elephant trek, and seeing some of remote tribes that live in the area. It sounds like its right up my ally and includes some of the things I didn't get to do when I skipped Chiang Mai to come to Cambodia. I got my Laos visa while in Phnom Penh so I'll be heading there by the 16th when my Cambodia visa is up.