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Trip Report Cambodia & Vietnam, a life changing journey.

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Just back from our amazing trip to these two fascinating countries, for us our first real Asia experience (previously only Hong Kong for one week). We are frequent travellers to Europe and also on a lesser scale the US. We being my husband, Stephen & two of our good friends, David & Sue, with whom we’ve travelled many times, three of us will be 50 this year & Sue next year. This trip was really on Sue’s wish list for quite a while and we are just happy to travel so quite excitedly ‘tagged’ along. As it happened Sue got very busy with work and as I’m ‘retired’ I took on the planning, which I love to do. So with the time frame sorted and with Sue’s outline of places she wanted to go, the trip was put together in January this year and we were ready to go.

Places visited:
Siem Reap - 4 nights
The Mekong River - 7 nights
HCMC – 3 nights
Hanoi – 4 nights
Halong Bay – 1 night
Sapa – 2 nights

So including travel time and two nights on the train, to and from Sapa we were away three & a half weeks.

Monday, March 19 Brisbane to Siem Reap

Bags were packed and the ‘roster’ for puppy sitting (10 month old Lab) with the ‘kids’ (23 & 25) was sorted and thanks to points, we boarded our Singapore Airlines business class flight to Singapore at midnight. Love the ease of boarding with B/class no lines etc it’s a real treat. We tried to sleep most of the way 7ish hours to Singapore, not too hard after a nice meal, a glass of Champagne and a movie. Singapore is one of our favourite airports, so much to do, shopping, massages etc. etc. We really just hung out in the lounge. Although for the first time through Singapore we had to change terminals, which was very easy to do with the light rail. Surprising or not, the terminals are pretty identical re shopping lounge etc. We boarded our Silk Air flight to Siem Reap which was only about 2hours so went very quick. B/class on the Silk Air flight was just the first couple of rows at the front of the plane with bigger seats, much like B/class domestically here in Australia.

In Siem Reap you disembark on the tarmac and that’s when you know you have arrived in Cambodia!!!!

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