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Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh July 13th 2009

I took a Capitol private bus to Phnom Penh which crossed the border at Bravet. The border crossing which some people had reported was difficult, I found fine. The bus arrived in Phnom Penh center at about 1pm. I walked to the hotel with my bag ( about 2km) where the rude fat owner gladly took my 7 dollars per night. I stayed at the Royal Palace Hotel. The room was ok, it had a fan, a tv, a small balcony but cold showers :( They really haven't heard about customer service here. I dropped my bags then went for lovely lunch at the place next to the hotel. Where I tried to ask for sprite and got this green fanta which tasted worse than mouth wash. In the late afternoon I took a tuk-tuk to ... read more
The first of many
Fancy a fanta
S-21 Prision

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City July 12th 2009

After spending the morning meeting Bobo's really nice friends at the beach we took the bus back to HCM. It was a quicker journey as we took a mini bus and they can weave in and out of the traffic really fast. In the evening I took a few members of Bobo's family for a meal as a thank you. We ate fish steam boat or hot pot as we call it. It was great - it was really big and very cheap even with beers the whole meal was still under 10 pounds for 6 people. ... read more
View in Vung Tao
Habour in Vung Tao
Me and Bobo posing

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City July 11th 2009

Went to the beach in the morning. It was the busiest beach I have ever been to. The water wasnt great there was lots of pollution and about 6 oil tankers just off the coast. We didnt swim long as the water was causing our skin to sting, maybe tiny jellyfish ? In the afternoon we cycled to a temple on the top of a hill and visited a family friends house. ... read more
Garden near temple
Me messing about
Pretty hut

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City July 10th 2009

Took a short bus trip to the beach resort of Vung Tau for the weekend to visit Bobo's parents. The roads were very busy as the school holidays had just started. We arrived at about 1ish and had a huge lunch which included more fruits. In the evening we went out for Pho (Noodles) and a couple of warm beers. It was really nice evening but rained a lot.... read more
More fruit
Looking cool
Bobo's parents

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City July 8th 2009

Went out to Bobo friends restaurant and met some of her friends. It was good fun, they are all really sweet girls. Went and visited more pagodas while Bobo was at uni.... read more
More wall paintings
Us getting fun stickers made

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City July 5th 2009

Spent the morning doing tasks like posting all my clothes back to the UK (which was very expensive and takes 3 months to arrive!!) I really hope it arrives as its got my lovely new dress in the box. On the way back from the post office I lost my map and got totally lost and was late meeting my friend Bobo but luckily she was still waiting for me. We went for a great lunch where I tried some of the local deserts (see photo). Then we took a couple of buses to the outskirts and to stay at her cousins house. Her aunt and uncle's house is quite typical of Vietnamese houses, Two rooms downstairs and two up, most of her family live on the same street which is really nice. There are cold ... read more
Me and Bobo
Sweeter deserts
Local fruit

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi July 4th 2009

Woke up early again had a lovely breakfast and left on boat and then bus towards the Cu Chi tunnels. Cu Chi is a city which has lots of tunnels left over from the war. There is a huge network of tunnels which were tiny inside and have hidden entrances. Here is a photo of me in one of them. There were huge bomb craters everywhere. Then were taken to the shooting range where we could try and shoot a gun. The sound walking towards the range made me jump, it was so loud. Standing near the gun I had to use earplugs and headphones to attempt to ease the sound, it was painfully loud. I had to close my eyes when I pulled the trigger as I was so scared. My legs were shaking it ... read more
Me and Daisy leaving the Mekong Delta
Fancy duck tonight?
Local Cu Chi guide in tunnel entrance

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » Tien Giang » My Tho July 3rd 2009

Left early for the Mekong Delta area. We headed to a city called My Tho where we got a small boat to our first stop Turtle Island where we ate lovely local fruits and listened to music sang by two women. Then we went to a coconut candy making place on the mainland. It was soo yummy I bought 2 packs which have already been eaten. We then took a short donkey ride to the Bee farm where we had honey tea with extra honey. There was also a snake there which we could try on....We then took an even smaller peddle boat down the calm streamdsof the mekong delta to a restaurant where we stopped for lunch. We were persuaded to have the set menu for lunch as it included a little of everything. It ... read more
View from boat 1
View from boat 2
Local fruits

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City July 2nd 2009

We took an early flight to Ho Chi Minh City ( previously called Saigon) We arrive at the hotel at 12. Ning took us to the Pho2000 noodle bar for lunch and then we visited the market which sold cheap clothes and yummy sweets. At 4pm Ning took us on a tour of the city for an extra $2usd. We fist visited the war relic's museum which was really shocking. There were images of the war through the whole building and left over guns and bullets. In the courtyard there were some tanks and US planes. We also saw the disgusting images of the tiger cages where VC were tortured. It was a barbed wire cage. The whole museum left me very sad and feeling sick. We then visted the building where the peace contract was ... read more
Me and Jeff at the Pho2000
War museum

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An July 1st 2009

The next two days were spent shopping and lying next to the pool. I got 2 beautiful dresses made for me for about 7pounds each!! So cheap, you can pick the material and the style and about 4hours later your dress arrives completely made!! perfect fit first time. I also had a skirt and some lovely sandals made. And I also bought a red dress with white dots for 80,000 dong (not much) The pool was lovely and the weather was perfect for suntanning. For lunch and dinner both days I ate in this restaurant called the Friendship near the river front. It was great food and great value. They did a set menu for 30,000 dong and the cheapest beer so far :) ... read more
Dress number 1
Dress number 3
Me posing

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