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Phnom Penh

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Well i kinda liked it, it was fun. The markets were awesum there was so so much stuff i wanted to buy there but of course i only have a limited amount of space in my backpack.

Well if you read my last post then you know Ema and i have broken up and well we decided to sell our bikes here and travel by bus to Siem Reap and see Ankur Wat together then go our seperate ways. Ema will be joining some friends in Malaysia and i will be going to Bangkok to see what happens. And so as sad as i am to do this this will be my last post on this blog. But fear not i have a new blog at http://ohyehherewego.wordpress.com and i will continue to write about my travels here so please if you like what i’ve done with this blog and now that i’m single check this one out in a few days once i get it properly organised.

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Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh

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Well this was the most uneventful and useless day we have spent riding yet as Ema and me broke up the night before we left. And well Lisbeth Ema’s bike is a little faster than mine because i have a lot of extra gear i carry, tools, spare parts etc… And because we’re not getting along very well she would ride ahead then wait until she seen me coming and before i got to her she would start going again. Now i understand why she would sometimes get fucked off with me as i did that quite a bit when she was still learning to ride but oh well what goes around comes around.

So there were some kool stuff we coulda seen and taken photo’s of but because we weren’t getting along at all we didn’t even stop for food or to take a single photo so sorry there will be no photo’s in this post.

Sihanoukvile and Mushroom Point

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Arrgh one of my favorite place’s i visited last time although after being here a couple days i can’t remember why.

A view from our balcony at Serendipity beach

Yeh it’s beautiful and the beach’s are amazing but it’s so full of other tourist’s and beggar’s and children trying to sell you bracelets and other people walking round trying to sell you useless crap or give you a massgae. It’s just so annoying you don’t get much of a chance to actually relax and enjoy being at the beach. And forget about leaving your stuff on a chair or something and going for a swim unless someone is watching it for you because before you even get to the water it’d be gone and you’d never see it again.

View of Serendipity from beach level

So we pack our stuff up and headed to another beach away from all the tourist’s, beggars and child slave’s. That beach is called Otres beach. A couple friends of mine told me to skip the main town and head there in the first place but I’d forgotten about it until a tuk-tuk driver asked us if we wanted to go there, then i remembered i had it written down in a small book i have with a lot of note’s and crap written in. They also suggested a nice place with bungalow’s on the beach where we could stay and get some happy pizza.

Looking back into town with a Cambodian tuk-tuk front left

Mushroom Point (aka. Smurf Village)

Smurf Village

Well we got to the place my friends suggested called Papa Pippo and it was fully booked but about 50-60 meters back there was another place called Mushroom Point which looks like a smurf village. All the bunglows here are designed to look like mushrooms and are kool as hell and although there is only 5 of them we were lucky and got there just in time to get one as someone had just checked out. Hell yehhh!!!

Inside our mushroom

Mushroom toilet and shower

We were supposed to be here only for 1 night but we’re still here 4 days later and have no idea when we will actually leave. This place is just that kool. There is still the people mainly children selling stuff and giving massages but not nearly as much or as annoying as Serendipity beach and you can always hide in the bar which is only 10 meters from the water. But even with that this place is still the best we have come across so far.

Some more mushroom’s

Papa smurf’s house

The first night here it was storming pretty bad and our mushroom felt like a ship at sea rocking back and forth, i loved it it was awesome. The second day it wasn’t raining but it was still pretty windy and the sea was hard to swim in with all the waves. The last couple days though have been absolutely amazing. There is hardly anybody around here and sometimes you feel like you have the beach all to yourself.

The calm before the storm

This is by far the best place we have been to so far in southeast asia and we can’t recommend this place enough but to say if you ever come to Sihanoukvile you just have to stay here. Details are as follows:

Adress: Otres Beach, Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Phone: +855 97 71 246 35

            +855 78 509 079

E-mail: mushroompoint.otres@gmail.com

Facebook: Mushroom Point – place to be at Otres Beach

Crossing the border – Ha Tien to Sihanoukvile

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Well not much to report really. It was the most uneventful border crossing I’ve ever had we didn’t even have to bribe anyone even though we expected to.

Vietnam side of the border

Leaving Vietnam

Once across the border there was however a major change of atmosphere although the scenery is much the same. There is simply no traffic compared to Vietnam and we could open up our throttles and go for it. And there was this strange sense of freedom as well. It’s hard to explain but it kinda felt like a huge weight had been taken off my shoulders and i no longer had to watch out for anything or anyone.

The first building is where you buy your visa

This red 1 is where you get your stamps

That was until we arrived in Sihanoukvile and had our first run in with the corrupt cops of Southeast Asia. They stopped us on our way into the city and started to try and freak us out saying we would have to go down to the station and fill out forms all day and pay lots of money etc… The usual bullshit you get from corrupt cops all over the world.

Notice there’s no traffic

Then i simply said, How much???

To which he replied how much do you think you should pay. He was saying it wasn’t a big problem for me as i had a New Zealand driver license but not an international license and could just fill out a form at his station with his boss and pay $50USD. But it was a big problem for Ema because she didn’t have any license at all. So i pulled out a $50USD note and handed it to him and he let us go the robbing bastard. And much to our dismay we found out all we needed to do was pay him $2-5USD and he woulda let us go. Fuckin dumbass but oh well we know for next time.

About the only difference in scenery is that Cambodia’s rice paddy’s have mostly dried up already

Our conclusion of Vietnam traffic

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Well what can i say….

It’s fuckin crazy, mayhem, unorganised chaos!!!

There’s also no road rules and i love it!!!

The last toll booth before entering Saigon (not that we actually paid at any of them)

This is a typical market in Vietnam everyone buying everything and anything from there bikes

I think we were lucky to survive it with only one small crash. There’s just thousands of people on the roads at any one time day or night. Most drive (or should i say ride as motorbikes are the main source of transportation here) really slow and careful but as usual you always have the idiots that just go crazy. Some of them are completely mental cruising past you as if your standing still.

A bus pushing us off the road

And quite often people will ride up beside you and start chatting to you while they ride beside you for a while. It’s generally the same conversation every time, where are you from? whats’s your name? where did you get the bike? etc……

This is just one of many local people who started chatting to me

Then you have the cars and trucks that basically say hey i’m bigger and faster than you so get the fuck outa my way. And they say this by using there horns, a lot. And most of the trucks and some cars even the odd motorbike have had extra loud air-horns installed so they are even louder, this makes you think its a really big one so you slow down a little and pull over a bit more and they fly past you. And when you see it’s just a little fuckin twerp on a bike you shake your fist at him and try give chase…..lol not really but you really do want to.

Just a crazy intersection

Some dude riding down the wrong side of the street, nothing outa the ordinary

But that’s not even the worst part of it. The worst is when your on a nice strait piece of road and theres a truck coming toward you then an even bigger truck/bus pulls out from behind it and try’s to pass pushing you and 10 other motorbikes completely off the road and onto the gravel. This is the worst part and it happens constantly all day long.

Just a normal left turn anywhere in Vietnam

There’s also a lot of accidents in Vietnam but i don’t wana talk about it to much just in case i jinx us.

Just 1 of the many accident victims we saw along the way

This Vietnam Traffic is a link of my first ever video compilation of some of the crazy city traffic we encountered. Because it’s my first time editing video it’s not very good but i will get better with others that i will post in the future. This link is for a compilation of us Riding the Ho Chi Minh Trail and yes it is kinda long but if you don’t like it don’t watch it.

Ho Chi Minh to the border

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This took us 2 days as the first day when we left Saigon its was raining and we also left kinda late so didnt get very far or see much along the way.

Some Vietnamese women harvesting the last of there rice paddy’s

But the 2nd day was the opposite, it was very hot and we rode for what seemed like forever. Plus we saw some kool stuff including getting our first look at the Khumer people of Cambodia. You see about 1000 years ago the south of Vietnam was actually controlled by Cambodia but the Vietnamese took it. And the Khmer people are still the main inhabbitants there.

Ema leading the way to the border

This part of Vietnam is also covered with large rivers and cannels that are everywhere and are in every direction. It seemed like we would cross a bridge every 10 kms or so there were just so many of them. Also we had our 2nd ferry crossing this day. Follow this link to see us loading up on the ferry Ferry crossing South Vietnam and this one to see a small bridge crossing, me asking for directions as well as crossing a typical intersection in Vietnam Riding in vietnam

Some stilt houses built out into the river

The biggest and longest bridge we crossed in Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

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What can i say we loved it. We stayed in a nice quite little hotel down a quite little alleyway right in the middle of the main tourist spot in the city.

There was this kool little bar just down the street about 10-15 metres called GO2 bar. It kinda reminded me of the bar and hostel i worked in in Cusco Peru last year called The Wild Rover which by the way you have to go to if you are ever in Cusco. They also served the best breakfast i’d had in weeks. Fried eggs and bacon on toast ooohhhhh yeeeehhhhh!!! And they had real heinz ketchup.

Me eating my eggs lol

Also while we were in Ho Chi Minh city we saw all the usual tourist places including the War Remnants Museum and Woman’s Museum. Ema also went and seen a couple pagoda’s and got sum calligraphy done by an old Vietnamese man who had been doing it all his life and it looks amazing but definitely isn’t the easiest way to write.

Me checking out one of the guns on a HU-1 Iroquois (Huey) helicopter

I tried to leave Ema in the jail but they wouldn’t take her

We also got massage’s and Ema got a manicure and pedicure which was our first in southeast asia but definitely not our last.

Ema getting her nails done

The traffic here is also the busiest and craziest we have encountered yet.

Just an example of a red light anywhere in Saigon. Hard to believe we were in the middle of this and survived to tell the story