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So Right it’s Koh Rong

So Right it’s Koh Rong

A 5 hour bus ride from Phnom Penh lies Sihanoukville.  Hot on the backpacker trail, this place is a future Patong beach; its islands – one of which I stayed at – are a future Koh Samui and Phangnan. It was not as pretty as I expected, I didn’t even take a photo there.  The … Continue reading

War

War

I’ve never known much about war.  I’ve learnt a lot about some of the wars in the world in the last 3 months.  The Vietnam War, the Cambodian Civil War, and the “Secret” War in Laos. I don’t understand it.  I don’t understand how people can be so murderous cold blooded killers.  How can one … Continue reading

Phnom Penh – Killing Fields and the S21.

Phnom Penh – Killing Fields and the S21.

1975-1979. Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge Maoist party of Cambodia brutally murdered approximately 2 million Cambodians in an effort to enforce socialism and reinvent Cambodia.  Civilians where forced to work in communal farms, survive on minimal rations, and anyone who was seen to be a threat to their concept were imprisoned, and eventually bludgeoned … Continue reading

The many landscapes of Vietnam

The many landscapes of Vietnam

How lucky I consider myself to be to have seen such beautiful things. Vietnam is truly a country of many landscapes: mountains, sand dunes, beaches, rice paddies, lakes, steep valleys with powerful rivers and cascading waterfalls. However, the harsh reality stands that no matter where you go, rubbish lines the streets and it blends into … Continue reading

Southern Vietnam Part 3: Ho Chi Minh City

Part 3. HCMC Ho Chi Minh City was the next stop on our trip. We visited the Botanical Gardens and Zoo, War Remnants Museum, a water theme park, and Cu Chi Tunnels.  The Botanical Gardens and Zoo aren’t really worth the mention, except for the fact that the animals seem depressed and lonely.  I don’t … Continue reading

Southern Vietnam Part 1: Nha Trang

Arrival in Nha Trang = immediate happiness. Sun, beach and a place that reminds me of Australia. I went for my first jog of the trip here (happiness = motivation). I ran 5km in 33 minutes which I thought was not too bad! We went scuba diving here and water was cold and the visibility … Continue reading

Northern Vietnam Part 3: Sapa

Part 3. Sapa Three buses, one ferry and an overnight train from Cat Ba, we were in Sa Pa, home to Indochina’s tallest peak – Mount Fansipan at 3146m. 1600m above sea level and hugged firmly by thick dense clouds, the town was rather cold. Adventure seekers normally come here to climb Mt Fansipan, however … Continue reading

Northern Vietnam Part 2: Cat Ba Island

The happiness I was seeking in Ha Noi came in short bursts in Cat Ba. We found a cheap hotel room and were very impressed. We had huge floor to ceiling windows with vast ocean views which made me quite happy. Unfortunately for me, Cat Ba was celebrating the anniversary of Ho Chi Minh’s visit … Continue reading

Northern Vietnam Part 1: Hanoi

Hanoi wasn’t as people made out. It was not a massive culture shock. It was just like any other city to me. I seemed to have been going through a slight phase of depression while here. I was seeking something exciting, something interesting, but with a bad patch of weather and little more than museums … Continue reading