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Kirky’s Travel Diary

Sunday, 17 Jul 2005

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

MapBack to the joys of Ko Sahn road again, thankfully only for a couple of days of shopping and catching up with friends before heading to India.

Since the last entry it's been a busy time. It was great to explore the area surrounding Nha Trang by motorbike before a relaxed day on the beach, and unfortunately having to endure another (painful) Lions performance. Congratualations to the Kiwis.

It was on to Dalat very briefly up in the Cetral Highlands of Vietnam, where I met Luu who was eventually to become my motorcycle guide down to Saigon over 5 days. Luu is an 'Easy Rider', one of about 30 who started taken travellers all over Vietnam on anything from 1 day to 1 month trips, to get out into those far flung places. I didnt see another backpacker for 3 of those days, and how great that was. I was happy to get off the back of the bike after 5 days and nearly 800km though.

A day in Saigon was just not enough and for the first time in a while I actually liked a city and wished I had more time, but with the Visa running out the next day it was over the border to Phnom Penh in Cambodia. Given the decades of conflict this country had to endure, PP was quite a surprise. A visit to the Killing Fields and S-21 (a school turned prison and torture centre) was quite a shock.

A bumpy road to Angkor Wat lay ahead and 3 days of exploring some of the most amazing temples in the world, if only it was possible to see them in their full glory (and without the 1000's of other tourists).

I'm hoping to get some photos up on the site, but I'm back to the old point and click with the digital camera finally giving up the ghost and repair probably being more expensive than replacement!