Ciao from Chau Doc
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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Where I stayed
Rickety guesthouse with lots of geckos
Another friend of theirs, called Pha arrived during the meal and we interrogated them all about their careers
For the first time in weeks the sky was overcast and so, fuelled up with our big breakfast and the previous night’s pasta, we powered through the busy 40 miles to Long Xuyen. The empty roads of the previous few days were gone and so we put the helmets back on and weaved in and out of the mopeds on the hard shoulder. Long Xuyen turned out to be a massive town, where we found a great café and had ice cream sundaes and strawberry milkshakes for lunch.
The last 37 miles followed the river and racing the boats kept our minds off our tired legs and achy arms (me – they’re fed up of being in the same position all the time.) Arriving in Chau Doc we checked out the boat situation first and bought two tickets to Phnom Penh leaving at 8am. This boat should mean we will arrive in the capital city of Cambodia at noon, giving us time to have a look around before getting the boat to Siem Riep the next morning
We pedalled round the hectic market filled town looking for a hotel and eventually found a cheap and nasty one on the river front. The pastel pink room was filled with more noisy geckos, but the view from the balcony of floating houses below was great and the owner very friendly. We ate our last Vietnamese meal in a floating restaurant next door while watching busy river life. Looking back at our route through Vietnam, it’s incredibly satisfying to see just how much of the country we’ve covered. From sunny, chilly mountains and drizzly northern paddy fields, to moped filled metropolises and baking red sandy desert scrub, we’ve now spent our last days here pedalling through an enormous watery jungle. Best of all for cyclists, all roads in this country have been TARMACKED!!! Definitely a cycle tourer’s paradise.
Miles cycled: 77 (thats alot)