Hello again – these are very late I agree – couldn’t remember the website password or face using the tablet anymore for blogging so as they say better late than never and here are ten tales from the month after Lucy left split into three manageable posts. So in no particular order here we go…. … More Tales of the Final Month – Part 1
Following our night with Mr ‘wheeler wood dealer’, we continued north bypassing Savanahkhet and headed for Thakhet – a lovely town on the Mekong, looking across to Thailand. At this point we thought we’d be on a bus the next day in order to visit a national park and see some elephants. Sadly, a bit … More Cycling gets serious.
So on a lovely sunny Monday morning (yes quite the contrast to the dull rainy Monday mornings we all so dread back home), we were up with the birds at the crack of dawn and began our cycle to the Cambodian/ Laos border after a wonderful breakfast overlooking the Mekong. Fueled for the day, we … More Goodbye Cambodia, Hello Laos!
Well our last three days in Cambodia were certainly eventful. Feeling “explory” and in need of a challenge we decided to investigate the Mekong Discovery Trail. The information we had on it was sketchy to say the least. It seems to have been set up a few years back complete with cool map but has … More Last days in Cambodia
We stayed in a homestay last night in the village of Yaev. The family is one of the area’s soft shell turtle nest protectors. Mum is in charge. She finds the nests, keeps an eye on them and delivers the hatchlings to the Mekong Turtle Conservation Centre (MTCC) all for a decent wage. (See our … More Phnom Penh to Sambor
Tuesday 24 to Friday 27 November Although we are cycling along the Mekong for our expedition we both felt, rather like the French Mekong Exploration Commission of 1866 -68, that we couldn’t come to Cambodia and not see the Angkor temples. Luckily for us this week was national Water Festival a three day holiday which … More Temples and Festivals
Our three days in Phnom Penh were spent in a whirlwind of activity. On Saturday we were up at 0500hrs to cycle 45km to see FFI’s Siamese crocodile breeding program at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre. See our separate webpage for this report. The ginger stuffed barbeque frogs on the way back got me through … More Nailing Phnom Penh
The Vinh Xuong border crossing must be one of the most beautiful, located in an old single storey colonial building under swaying palm trees with the mighty Mekong sliding past – a huge band of glistening silver in the midday sun. The formalities on the Vietnamese side passed smoothly – we may even feature in … More Goodbye Vietnam, Hello Cambodia!
Sa Dec to Tram Chim Woke up early to get out on the road before 11 today. Most of the clothes had dried from last night’s rain and we were soon packed and rolling down the road trying to get our bearings as to where in the town we actually were! Finding ourselves, we headed … More Sa Dec to the Cambodian Border
We are now officially on the road and up and running, bikes packed like donkeys (well Tash’s bike is…) and learning to navigate the roads like pros. Ho Chi Minh City Our first venture out took us across Ho Chi Minh (nothing like what must be one the the world’s most conjested cities to get … More Goodbye Saigon