Sihanoukville

I gaar ettermiddag ankom vi Sihanoukville, soor i Kambodsja. Avreisa vart litt forsinka fordi guiden vaar forsov seg… han hadde visst hatt ein litt fuktig kveld paa byen dagen foor…Det enda med at vi mista bussen som skulle ta oss soorover, saa vi vart skyssa etter den i «tuk-tuk’ar»..(= ein moped med ei vogn hengande ettter seg, plass til 4 passasjerar. Moko som er ein heilt normal del av trafikkbildet baade herog i Thailand) Og trafikken er eit kapittel for seg sjoolv her…trur ikkje trafikklover er noko som eksisterar for aa sei det slek!! Iallefall blir dei ikkje foolgt! Utruleg at det ikkje skjer fleire trafikkulukker.. Her vi er komne no er ein mindre by. Vi bur i bungalower, men dei har baade god seng og bad. Her er stramd nedanfor bungalowen, med primitive restauranter og uttallige selgarar som vandrar omkring. Vi talde 9stk rundt oss daa vi var der igaar. Travelt og litt vanskeleg…dei fleste er smaa barn.. Idag har eg og Kjetil vore paa eit luksus-hotell/resort der dei hadde flott uteomraade med basseng og restaurant. Der var ogsaa spa og fitnessrom. Vi betalte oss inn for aa bruke anlegget deira. Der aat vi lunsj og bada baade i bassenget og ved den flotte stranda nedanfor hotellet. Denne var avstengt for kun gjester, altsaa ingen tiggarar. Og vi hadde kun selskap av 4-5 andre gjester! Det var herleg.. Vi kosa oss maks. Veret er overskya med skimt av sol av og til og regnbyger inn i mellom. Eg kunne tenkt meg litt meir sol, men det er igrunn greit, for temperaturen er meget passeleg. I underkant av 30 grader.

I morgon tidleg reiser vi vidare med buss til Vietnam!

Spennande med endaa eit nytt land. Vi gledar oss! Hels til kjende og kjaere!

Valborg=)

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Helsing fraa Pnom Pehn!

No har vi vore 2 dagar i hovudstaden i Kambodsja, Pnom Pehn. Standarden er betre her enn i Siem Riep, med tanke paa vegar, butikkar m.m. I gaar var vi og saag eit fengsel og The Killing Fields. Kambodsja har ei forferdeleg historie fraa 1970-aara daa over 3 mill av befolkninga dode. Drepne paa grusomme maata. Svalt ihel og forsvann. Maange sterke inntrykk. Vi saag ogsaa Royal Palace og The National Museum. God mat dei har her i Kambodsja. Vi held oss til godt steikt og kokt mat, og magane vaare er bra! Til og med Kjetil er OK!! =) Vi har det supert. Folka vi reiser med er kjempegreie, og vi et middag ilag med dei kvar kveld. No ventar vi paa guiden. kl. er 7 paa morningen og vi skal reise sorover til beachen! Hugsar ikkje navnet paa byen… Det skal bli godt aa slappe av litt paa stranda=) Bussturen tek 4-5 timar. Veret er foresten meget bra. Varmt! Rundt 30 grader, litt regn av og til, men det e ingenting aa snakke om…

Valborg=)

Andre dagen i Kambodsja. Har vore paa Ankor Wat++

Her gaar alt bra. Vi er i reisefolge med en kjempe-ok gjeng. I gaar gjekk mykje av dagen med paa reising. Tok mange timar aa komme seg igjennom grenseovergangen mellom Thailand og Kambotsja. Dei er ikkje akkuratt bestekompis land. I dag har vi vore aa sett tempetet Ankor Wat pluss to andre. Blandt anna det tempelet der Tomb Raider filmen blei spelt inn. Har vore en kanon dag. Naa er vi akkuratt komt igjen fraa middag ute. Alt er nesten gratis her nede. Ellers saa har eg kjopt meg dress til brylaupet. Vel vel.. I mara reiser vi vidare med buss. Ny by og nye opplevelsar.. Klokka er her nede 23:14 mens den er med dakke 17:14.  Du som leser maa helse kjente fraa meg og Valborg E.

Kjetil

PS: Go natt

Bangkok here we come! Vår første dag.

Hei alle..
Reiste frå London i går kveld og landa her i Bangkok ca kl 15 lokal tid. No har vi ete thailandsk middag. Var gøtt. Gigantisk by dette. Enorme byggningar. Men også godt synnleg fattigdom. Ingen tigging, men skikkerleg falleferdige bygg. I mårra skal vi bytte hotell. (Royal hotel Bangkok)
Det er der turen igjennom kambodsja og Vietnam startar. Ellers er vi litt bekjymra for den nye tyfonon som kjeme. Her har det vore godt veir i dag.
Snakkast!

V & K ut i verda 2009

Hei

Velkommen til Kjetil og Valborg sin blogg for reisa. Denne posten vil alltid stå øverst. Under vil komme oppdateringar ettkvart som vi får logga oss på nettcafear.

Rettningsnr:

Vi vil oppdatere med nye nr etterkvart som vi forflyttar oss. Blir iallefall nytt sim kort i Thailand. Send melding om tsunami.

Australia: 0061 + Telefon nr

Fiji: 0679 + Telefon nr

Kambodsja: 0855 + Telefon nr

Malaysia: 0060 + Telefon nr

Singapore: 0065 + Telefon nr

Thailand: 0066 + Telefon nr

Vietnam: 0084 + Telefon nr

Her er turen slik vi har lagt den opp:

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01-02.10.09  Flyreise til Bangkok. (Bergen – Oslo -London – Bangkok)

Bangkok

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02-03.10.09  Sjå oss rundt i Bangkok. Skal frå 2 til 3 okt bu på dette hotellet: http://www.bandarabangkok.com

Flæska til med Business Suite.. hehe..Billigt her nede..

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03.10.09  Nå er egentlig turen som går igjennom Kabodsja og Vietnam starta. Men dagen går med i Bangkok.

Day 1 Bangkok

Today is arrival day so there are no activities planned. You are therefore free to relax, explore the city & adjust to the frenetic pace and humid heat of Bangkok. Please try to arrive before 6pm for an important group meeting where you can meet the tour leader and the other group members.

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Day 2-3 Siem Reap/Angkor Wat (04-05.10.09)

After breakfast on day 2, we leave Bangkok and head for the Thai Cambodian border on onwards for our long bus ride to Siem Reap. It will take approx 4 hours for the Bangkok to Ayranaprathat (border). It is possible to get Cambodian visas at the border; ask your leader for details. Then, we will disembark with our luggage and cross the border by foot. This process can take up to an hour. After the border formalities are complete, we continue to Siem Reap. This section of the drive is on mostly unsealed roads and it is very bumpy!!! Although its only 160 km in length, it will take about 5 hours. The scenery is spectacular and the contrast between Thailand and Cambodia is immediate.
Angkor, the former capital of the Khmer kingdom, is one of the wonders of the archeological world. Rediscovered at the end of the last century by French explorers this vast ruined city is becoming one of the most popular sites in Southeast Asia. You can buy a pass to visit some of the highlights of this ancient capital, like the magnificent temple of Angkor Wat, the enigmatic Bayon within the walled city Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Preah Khan and Banteay Srei.

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Day 4-5 Phnom Penh (06-07.10.09)

On day 4, we journey by local bus taking in the spectacular scenery to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. After a brief walking tour by your leader you are free to explore Phnom Penh. Sights you might want to visit include the National Museum and adjacent complex of the Silver Pagoda and Royal Palace. After 1975, when Pol Pot and his henchmen grabbed power, Cambodia was thrown into an abyss of unspeakable violence and mass-murder. Millions of Cambodians perished during this time. Witness to this genocide are the Killing fields of Choeung Ek and the Tuol Sleng prison. A Tuk Tuk can be hired locally to take you there. You may also wish to shop at the famous Russian Market.

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Day 6-7 Sihanoukville (08-09.10.09)

A three hour drive takes us to Cambodia’s southern coast and the beaches of Sihanoukville. Relax on the sand whilst having a massage and eating fresh seafood, or join a boat trip for snorkelling and lunch on an uninhabited island.

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Day 8 Mekong Delta (10.10.09)

We’ll drive 4-5 hours to the Cambodia/Vietnam border. After completing the necessary formalities, we will continue on to Chau Doc, a 45 minute drive. You should arrive mid afternoon with time to relax and adjust to the change of pace. A trip up to Sam Mountain on motorbikes to watch the sunset, a boat trip through the fish farms, or a walk through the local market give you a taste of life in the Mekong Delta.

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Day 9-10 Ho Chi Minh City (11-12.10.09)

After breakfast on day 9, head to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Ho Chi Minh City’s streets, where much of the city’s life takes place, is a fantastic mix of street markets, shops, pavement cafes, stands-on-wheels and vendors selling everything on sidewalks.
Depart at any time on day 10.

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13.10.09 framover nokon dager.

Vi blir i Vietnam ei halv-veke. Deretter reiser vi mest trulig tilbake til Bangkok.

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09.11.09  Dette er datoen då vi reiser med fly frå Singapore til Sidney. Der har vi to veke disponibelt. Skal dykke på Great Barrier Reef. Reiser då med fly opp til Cairns med fly.

Cairns

Great Barrier Reef

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25.11.09  Reiser frå Sidney til Fiji. (mellomlanda på New Zealand) Plassen vi landar på heiter Nadi.

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Turen frå Thailand -> Kambodsja -> Vietnam

Roam Cambodia – ATRC

10 days: Thailand

What’s Included

Mekong Delta, Phnom Penh walking tour

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and Gap Adventures. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Validity: Valid for all trips departing January 1, 2009 – December 31st 2009.

Trip style

Classic

Physical grading

2

Itinerary

Day 1 Bangkok

Today is arrival day so there are no activities planned. You are therefore free to relax, explore the city & adjust to the frenetic pace and humid heat of Bangkok. Please try to arrive before 6pm for an important group meeting where you can meet the tour leader and the other group members.

Day 2-3 Siem Reap/Angkor Wat (2B)

After breakfast on day 2, we leave Bangkok and head for the Thai Cambodian border on onwards for our long bus ride to Siem Reap. It will take approx 4 hours for the Bangkok to Ayranaprathat (border). It is possible to get Cambodian visas at the border; ask your leader for details. Then, we will disembark with our luggage and cross the border by foot. This process can take up to an hour. After the border formalities are complete, we continue to Siem Reap. This section of the drive is on mostly unsealed roads and it is very bumpy!!! Although its only 160 km in length, it will take about 5 hours. The scenery is spectacular and the contrast between Thailand and Cambodia is immediate.
Angkor, the former capital of the Khmer kingdom, is one of the wonders of the archeological world. Rediscovered at the end of the last century by French explorers this vast ruined city is becoming one of the most popular sites in Southeast Asia. You can buy a pass to visit some of the highlights of this ancient capital, like the magnificent temple of Angkor Wat, the enigmatic Bayon within the walled city Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Preah Khan and Banteay Srei.

Day 4-5 Phnom Penh (2B)

On day 4, we journey by local bus taking in the spectacular scenery to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. After a brief walking tour by your leader you are free to explore Phnom Penh. Sights you might want to visit include the National Museum and adjacent complex of the Silver Pagoda and Royal Palace. After 1975, when Pol Pot and his henchmen grabbed power, Cambodia was thrown into an abyss of unspeakable violence and mass-murder. Millions of Cambodians perished during this time. Witness to this genocide are the Killing fields of Choeung Ek and the Tuol Sleng prison. A Tuk Tuk can be hired locally to take you there. You may also wish to shop at the famous Russian Market.

Day 6-7 Sihanoukville

A three hour drive takes us to Cambodia’s southern coast and the beaches of Sihanoukville. Relax on the sand whilst having a massage and eating fresh seafood, or join a boat trip for snorkelling and lunch on an uninhabited island.

Day 8 Mekong Delta (1B)

We’ll drive 4-5 hours to the Cambodia/Vietnam border. After completing the necessary formalities, we will continue on to Chau Doc, a 45 minute drive. You should arrive mid afternoon with time to relax and adjust to the change of pace. A trip up to Sam Mountain on motorbikes to watch the sunset, a boat trip through the fish farms, or a walk through the local market give you a taste of life in the Mekong Delta.

Day 9-10 Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast on day 9, head to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Ho Chi Minh City’s streets, where much of the city’s life takes place, is a fantastic mix of street markets, shops, pavement cafes, stands-on-wheels and vendors selling everything on sidewalks.
Depart at any time on day 10.

Trip Details Overview

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Accommodation

Simple Hotels (7 nts), simple beach bungalows (2 nts)

Transport

Local bus, aircon bus, walking

Meals Included

6 breakfasts.

Meal Budget

Allow USD140 for meals not included. For additional expenses, see trip details.

Itinerary Overview

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Important Notes

There are some long travel days on public buses.
As we frequently get on and off sometimes crowded local transport please note backpacks are much more suitable than suitcases for this style of trip.
Please note that in some major cities in Vietnam, many hotel rooms do not have windows.

Please note that this tour combines with other Gap Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with Gap Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another Gap Adventures tour, after your trip concludes.