Hanoi to Siem Reap

I’ve now said goodbye to Vietnam and have made it safely to Cambodia, ready for the next leg of my journey.

Last night, I had a final walk around the Old Quarter of Hanoi and had my last sampling of Vietnamese street food. This time, it was like a table-top barbecue or stir fry. A little burner is set up on the street-side table and the beef and veggies are loaded onto some foil above the flame. Then you’re on your own to cook dinner. Quite nice.

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Beef and veggies loaded and ready to cook
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After a bit of stir-frying

Whilst in Hanoi, I realised that the Ogio backpack that I brought with me was not spacious enough. I need to be able to pack enough stuff to hold me for a couple of days and the Ogio will struggle, so I picked up a North Face bag from one of the local shops for less than $20 (I’m assuming it is a Chinese knock-off). But it will hold more gear than the Ogio, which I left behind in the Hanoi hotel. Perhaps one of the staff members can get some use out of it.

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Out with the old. In with the new.

I needed two flights to get to Cambodia, both with Lao Airlines in a turbo prop. The first one hour flight got me to Luang Prabang in Laos and then a second flight of just less than two hours got me to Siem Reap.

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Mountains protrude up through the clouds as we approach Siem Reap

Dave from Kickstart met me at the airport and we shared a tuk-tuk ride to my hotel. If any of you think that I’m roughing it on this trip, you are decidedly wrong. Take a look at the photos below of the Moon Residence Hotel where I’m staying. Very nice place. Oh – they also throw in a complimentary one-hour massage. Thank you very much!

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My room at the Moon Residence Hotel, Siem Reap
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There’s a bath in the main room and a shower in the bathroom

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The hotel bar and restaurant, overlooking the pool
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The hotel pool

My motorcycle tour doesn’t commence until Wednesday, so I have this evening and a day-off tomorrow to explore Siem Reap. I think I’ll start with a couple of beers by the pool 🙂

 

 

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