Asia

Thief and groping: the dark side of night buses in Vietnam

After a few lovely, and sunny days in the coastal town of Mui Ne, I realised that I was still so far south, and had to make it up to Hanoi in 2 weeks, to fly to Bangkok to meet my sister. With still so much to see, I decided that I needed to move north to Hoi An.   There are various ways to get to Hoi An from Mui Ne – fly or get a train from Nha Trang to...

The Sahara of Vietnam in Mui Ne: Sand dune exploration

Despite living within an acceptable travelling distance from the Sahara Dessert for most of my life, I have never actually visited the desert, not even in Australia, when I lived in New Zealand . When I got to Vietnam from Cambodia, I had read up a little on Mui Ne, and also had some recommendations to visit the sand dunes there. Sand dunes don’t sound too...

Floating on the Mekong Delta, Can Tho, Vietnam

  Can Tho, on the Mekong Delta was my introduction to what would be a crazy and diverse three weeks in Vietnam. After crossing the border from Kampot in Cambodia, I decided to spend two days lazing in and around the Mekong Delta. Although there are some amazing home stays that can be done on the Mekong Delta, and many of these are taken up by people who make two...

Crossing Borders: Kampot, Cambodia to Can Tho, Vietnam

As with most of my decisions when I am travelling, my journey from Cambodia to Vietnam was booked just one day in advance. You can reach Vietnam from Cambodia through various border crossings. Many choose to leave from Phnom Penh, and get into Hoh Chi Minh City (HCMC). I did eventually want to get to HCMC, but after some extensive research (The Lonely Planet), and...

What to see in Kampot, Cambodia

Whilst in Sihanoukville getting my visa for Vietnam, I had to toss-up between getting a ferry to the beautiful islands of Koh Rong, or heading further towards the Vietnamese border, and stopping in Kampot. It had rained for two days solid on the islands, and so I decided to move on, which would have allowed me to have a full three weeks in Vietnam, a good decision in...

The dark side of Cambodia: The Killing Fields, and S-21 Prison

One thing I like to try and do, prior to visiting a new country, is read up on its history. To find out where it has come from, and what its people have gone through. Cambodia, as a country hasn’t had it easy. It has been through 4 wars. It is one of the poorest countries in the World, with many of its people living on less than $2 per day. It also has a high...

Crocodiles, Bats and a Bamboo Train: A tour of Battambang, Cambodia

Battambang (pronounced Battambong by locals), not to be confused with the British cake Battenberg (yes, I constantly have food on my mind!) is located three hours South of the travellers hub of Siem Reap, however the bus will take much longer to reach the city, as is often the case in South East Asia. It is often an unexplored area, and many people skip through it in...

Phare, The Cambodian Circus, Siem Reap

  What is the first thing that comes to mind, when you think of a Circus? Monkey’s on bicycles? Elephants juggling? A Lion jumping through a burning hoop, guided by a ringmaster? I guess that is a stereotypical view of a Circus yes, and one which I do not endorse. The use of animals in Circus acts, or any human activity is wrong, and cruel. However...

A guide to the Temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

The magnificent Temples of Angkor Wat, appear to rise out of nowhere in Siem Reap. You go from a typical Cambodian city, to the area where the Temples are and it has a completely different feel.  The rustic Khmer ruins are what attracts many people to Cambodia in the first place. So much so that it is the only place people seem to go. The typical visitor to Siem...

Good Cause Cambodia: Supporting NGOs

As a country, Cambodia doesn’t have it easy. It is in the top percent of the poorest countries in the World, many people live on just $2 per day. They have a high incidence of sex and human trafficking, and between 1975 and 1979 the whole country was virtually wiped out during the Khmer Rouge rule, leaving effectively a peasant society, where those left had...

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