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Trip Report Part 1 Trip report of Cambodia, Vietnam and Bangkok

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Well all, this is my third attept to file this report. The first two times I was typing on my i-Pad with my great Logitech keyboard and must have hit the wrong button and it all vanished, Is there any way to save as you go along on the site.?

Flew from Lax to Phon PHen through Shanghai, Bangkok . Used FF miles for business class so not a lot of flexibility on routing. Had an overnight in the Bangkok airport so we took a room at the "day hotel" in the terminal so no need to clear customs or get luggage. It was great. Checked in about 11:00 showered, and went to sleep. Up at 6:00 for breakfast and our 7:30 departure. This actually made the arrival in Phon Phen easier.

After much deliberation we did this trip through Friendly Planet rather than our typical doing our own planning. Since I do all of the research and DH just goes along for the ride, I was just to busy to do it all with so many hotels and airlines. We loved this trip and Friendly Planet could not have been better. We had 20 in our group with singles, couples, two women traveling together without husbands, and two recently married young doctores. Everyone got along great and frankly we would all travel together again if possible.

Rather than tell everything we did as most of the sights are the same from everyone, I will hit some of the high points and low points.

In Phon Phen we stayed at the Inter Continental Hotel. Hotel was beautiful and we loved it. I used the spa which was great. In Phon Phen we ate at Friend's and Romdong all suggested here .They were both great and I felt like we were helping these young people. Also toured the city and went to the Killing fields. The first night with the group togethe for dinner was great and we all clicked immediately.

Day 3 we left for Siem Reap. We stayed at the Borei Angkor Hotel. What a treat, enormous pool which we actually used, amazing spa which I also used for a great massage at 9:00 at night. Only issue with the asian hotels is that the beds are really hard and we all asked for foam pads to be added to the beds which they did. I guess not the first time for them. After a good nights sleep we started wtih the different Angkor sites. Breathtaking and amazing does not cover it. Although I had looked at Dawn Rooney's book before we left I reread it when we returned and understood so much more.

Now the first downside of a tour. Some of us wanted to ride the elephants, and there was not enough time for this as we were on a schedule. Oh well will have to do that elsewhere. Second downside at Angkok is that I got seperated from the group as I was taking tons of pictures. (I will post a few if someone tells me how to do this.) I must have turned left when I saw this young monk standing in a doorway, and the group turned right. Additionally I guess I missed the instructions on which gate to meat at if we got seperated. When I decended instead of turning right to the correct gate I turned left. Needless to say in 90 degree heat I proceeded to walk around the entire perimiter of Angkok wat. Not my finest moment. I listened closer for the remainder of the trip.We went to Angkok Wat in the morning and back at dusk for sunset. I know this site is always crowded but as we were there for TET is was even busier.. Amazing amazing is all I can say, Exhausted we finally headed back to the hotel. At the suggestion of this group we had dinner at Cusine Wat Damnak. Thank you all as the restaurant, food and service from hostess Carol was great. We had a question about one of the seasonings and the chef came out to talk with us. It was Asian Basil which has a wonderful flavor. After this we were to tired to walk in the town to the market so headed to bed.

Next installment on to Saigon.

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