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Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville December 25th 2012

First of all we are SOOO behind. We were in Otres Beach December 14th - 16th. We are working really hard to get you up to date at this busy time so please bear with us!! Everything will still be posted, just a little behind that's all. After spending three days at Serendipity Beach in Sihanoukville (basically being drunk), we had to get out of that town. We didn't want to go to far since the area is beautiful so we moved to Otres Beach with Paul, Dan and Avi. It took us a while to find accommodations because it is now high season but we were happy to settle in $12 bungalows right on the beach. The place we stayed at (Moorea Beach) resembled a resort with black, white and red accents all over the ... read more
Moorea Beach Guesthouse
Otres Beach
Joe's Bar

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap December 19th 2012

When we first started this adventure I dreaded the days that we had to spend on buses. You never know what to expect! What is the size of bus? What's the seat to person ratio? Any pukers? Any babies? What are the roads going to be like? Will the time quoted either by guidebook or travel agent be accurate? These are the questions that used to fill my mind while preparing for travel days. When we bought our bus tickets from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap the three guys travelling with us were most concerned about whether or not the bus would have AC. I laughed to myself as I thought "that is the least of my worries". All I really want now is enough room to feel comfortable. I can shut out babies crying, I ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville December 13th 2012

From Koh Tonsay we met up with the other guys in Kampot. It's a super cute little town on a river. If we were on our own we probably would have stayed for a few days to check out the surrounding area but our group was eager to get to Sihanoukville so we only stayed for one night. Sihanoukville was absolutely insane. We met back up with Dan and Avi (from Minnesota), Danielle and Hannah (from England) and bumped into Jordyn (a Canuck we partied with in Hoi An, Vietnam and is renting a house in Snookyville). Our group found great accommodations at Family Bungalow (minus the Brits who were staying at a different place) and basically took over the whole establishment. It has 7 or 8 rooms and we took up 5 of them. Having ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampot December 13th 2012

If we were looking for paradise, we found it on Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island). The days melted into each other and we never wanted to leave. Here is a breakdown of what we did each day to the best of our recollection: Day One We were up early in Phnom Penh to catch a bus to Kep where we caught a boat to Koh Tonsay. We got to Kep at about 12:30 and the next boat left at 1:00 so our timing couldn't have been better. We made a pit-stop at the local market to buy some fruit before making our way to the docks. It was about 1:30 by the time we made it to our new home. As the boat drove up it looked exactly like the photos we had seen on Google images. ... read more
Our neighbourhood
Chill spot

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh December 9th 2012

Our border crossing from Vietnam into Cambodia went smoother than we could have imagined. We booked a ticket for a bus that took us directly from HCMC to Phnom Penh. One of the employees on our bus had everyone fill out the appropriate paper work well in advance. When we arrived at the Vietnam side of the border he took everyone's passports to get an exit stamp, all we had to do was have a border official make sure it was in fact our passport by comparing our current state of “backpacker chic” with our mug shots. The same guy from the bus then collected all the passports again and took them to the Cambodian side with our money to get our visas. Again all we really had to do was go through a wicket – ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampot December 9th 2012

A lot has happened in the last month. At some point this stopped feeling like a trip and started feeling like life. It doesn't seem weird anymore, I don't feel like I'm on some crazy adventure. It just feels like this is what I should be doing. I bought a necklace way back in Bukit Lawang (where we did the jungle trek and saw orangutans) that is a foot carved out of coconut. That foot has come to mean a lot to me. At first I thought it was cool because I love dance, I love yoga and I'm travelling. Now is also means that every step I take is precious. While I want to see the world, I don't want to leave my footprints behind; I want to leave the places I come across just ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh November 30th 2012

We have been in Phnom Penh for the last five days. Tyler's friend Jaf met up with us so our duo has become a trio (for now). Tomorrow morning we are off to Koh Tonsay aka Rabbit Island. There will be limited electricity and we aren't expecting an internet connection. I know it's snowy season in Canada so you probably don't want to know that we are going to be having beach bonfires and lazing around in hammocks for a week, but I needed to let you know so that you don't get worried when no blogs are posted. We will be sure to get you a full update of our time in PP (Phnom Penh) and Koh Tonsay when we are back to the real world. Our friend Paul is meeting us on December 11th ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City November 30th 2012

We probably say this every time, but where do we start?! With only one month in Vietnam you would think we would have less to say, less to write, but that is definitely not the case. We learned so much; we saw so many things; we fell in love with the scenery and the culture; we already want to go back to see the parts of Vietnam that we missed and return to the places we loved. Hanoi – Cat Ba Town – Ninh Binh – Hue – Hoi An – Nha Trang – Dalat – Mui Ne – HCMC (Ho Chi Minh City aka Saigon) As soon as the bus dropped us off in Hanoi a wave of relief overcame us. We were back in South-East Asia! There were locals that could speak English and ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City November 28th 2012

Transportation from Mui Ne to our final Vietnam destination, HCMC, was slowed by rush hour traffic (later in our stay there our guide joked that rush hour is from 7am-11pm) so we got dropped off in District 1 (Pham Ngu Lao, the tourism centre) at around 7:00pm. Since we are quite picky with our accommodations – when it comes to pricing – we “shopped around” for about 45 minutes before settling in at Ly – a clean family run hotel on an alley off Bui Vien. The younger staff (we assumed to be the owners children) were the only ones who spoke English. Family operated hotels/guesthouses are always our favourite places to stay. We have found these places to be a bit warmer and friendlier then the larger hotels. As usual after a long bus, we ... read more
Vietnamese Propaganda Poster
Dioxin/Agent Orange facts

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Binh Thuan » Mui Ne November 28th 2012

The bus from Dalat to Mui Ne was pretty rough, the roads were probably the worst we have been on in Vietnam to date but completely bearable compared to other bus rides in China or Indo. Mui Ne is a small-ish town set in a large bay. The town is basically all along one road that follows the ocean. We got dropped off on the out-skirts of Mui Ne. Since the road is so long and we didn't want to lug our backpacks around for hours we grabbed a bite to eat and while Rebecca watched the bags Tyler went to find us a “home”. The majority of the hotels are huge resorts looking to charge up to $100/night for their “cheap” rooms. On Tyler's adventure he found that many other prices had gone up and ... read more
Bike Ride
Fishing Village
Fishing Village2

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