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Cambodia & Vietnam, a life changing journey.

Cambodia & Vietnam, a life changing journey.

Old May 15th, 2012, 09:37 PM
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I'm thinking they're not yestravel...........
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Old May 16th, 2012, 03:44 PM
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Farewell Vietnam

Well that’s it really, we spent the last day shopping and sightseeing, mostly shopping ;-) and of course packing! We went to the Vincom shopping centre but again a bit disappointing unless you are tiny. We had our last lunch at the Hanoi Nha Hang Ngon, Woh just fantastic. We sat right by some of the food stations, this time we had a terrific waiter, so helpful. He helped us choose some different things; my favourite was the Vietnamese pancakes, YUM. He took the time to show us 'how' to construct them and they were delicious. As were the Chicken & Veggie Salad, the Crab spring rolls, the chicken skewers, the stir fried beef, beef with greens and fried rice, phew. All that with two drinks each and the total was $40!!

So the bags were packed, how we got it all in I’ll never know, Stephen went a bit crazy buying alchol as it was so cheap and with all the North Face gear from Sapa and my pictures it was a tight squeeze! Thank goodness we went B/class ;-) We had dinner at the Green Mango again as we’d all really enjoyed it, and again it was really good.

Great night sleep in our wonderful hotel, we met David & Sue for an early breakfast as they were leaving first. The hotel arranged our transfer back to the airport, it takes about an hour. The airport is pretty boring and the lounge much the same, we were really pleased that we were on a really big plane from Hanoi; we had thought it may be a small one. So with an easy transfer through Singapore, (love that airport) and an easy flight to Brisbane we were home.

What a wonderful trip, Cambodia especially has a special place in my heart. This was a very different trip for us and I’m thrilled we did it. Thanks for ‘tagging’ along I’ll see you over in the Europe Forum for Christmas planning.
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Old May 16th, 2012, 07:40 PM
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Thanks for taking the time to write up your TR. Enjoyed hearing about your adventures and reliving mine.
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Thanks for a great trip report which I really enjoyed and which has given me so many detailed and practical tips which I will follow up if we can get to visit area. I look forward to hearing about your next trip at end of year !
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Thoroughly enjoyable report. Puts mine to shame.
Looking forward to reading other reports of yours.
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Old May 17th, 2012, 09:06 AM
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>>

It's true, except that the day we were flying out of Hanoi airport was the day the tsunami hit Japan, and it was live on the big screen tv in the lounge, and many of the travelers waiting for planes were Japanese. So it was anything but boring that day!
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Old May 17th, 2012, 09:26 AM
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When you come Saigon Vietnam,here they have many tours to Cambodia, it's cheaper than we go ourselves
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Old May 17th, 2012, 02:19 PM
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Thanks all, TR's for me are part of my holiday now!
Thanks for help in planning and for the kind words.
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Yes, this was a great report. Thank for taking the time!
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Hi Aussiedreamer,
This is one of the very best trip reports I've ever read; thanx so much for writing it. I really enjoyed all your details and food descriptions! (I have planned trips to South America and Africa using the excellent advice of Fodor's, and I have always posted a TR). We are just beginning to plan a trip to SE Asia for January. Is that a good time to go there? Did you use an agent to book and organize all your plans? If so, which one? Again, many thanks for taking all the time to write such an outstanding TR of your very special journey!

Best wishes for your daughter's recovery. I hope that she is feeling well.
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>>>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.
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Thanks wkwb42a so glad you enjoyed it. Sorry I have no idea what the weather will be like in January. Apart from the cruise, we booked everything ourselves, using this site and tripadvisor. The cruise we booked through our local Flight Centre, purely as we were running out of options and didn't want to miss out completely.
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Thank you, aussiedreamer.
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Old Sep 13th, 2012, 10:12 PM
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I've finaly done my photo book for this trip. As always I apologise for the size, the
res no way to make it bigger..........I've tried. But you can get a bit of a look.
Hope you like it.

http://www.momento.com.au/gallery?cp...5#!prettyPhoto
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Thanks for this report, aussiedreamer. Very helpful for those of us planning a similar trip. Couldn't get through to the photos.
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http://www.momento.com.au/gallery?cp...fa5f3.38546545

Sorry Marija, try this link. Glad the TR was helpful.
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