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Cambodia: The land of Treasure and Treachery – Edited Travel Blog Summary from 11/29/15 S.E. Asia Backpacking Trip (Post 5/7)

 

Angkor Wat - "Heaven on Earth"
Angkor Wat – “Heaven on Earth”

“Rounding out the end of our second month of travel we headed to Cambodia to experience a country and culture that I knew next to nothing about.  Although we were close to the Cambodian border when visiting Da Lat, Vietnam, the itinerary is much more difficult than the 3 hour drive that you would predict when looking at a map.  It takes a 7 hour bus ride back down to Saigon in order to catch a bus heading west.  Definitely a hassle, but allowed for one final Vietnamese pub crawl (+ a free t-shirt) and running in to a few friends we had met in other locations.  The next bus early in the morning was a quick 8 hour trip over roads that are more suitable for a 4-wheeler or dirt bike. This drive was broken up by a lovely stop at the border where we got stuck in limbo after a French girl on our bus decided to sit on the security guard’s table which spiraled into everyone’s passport being held hostage and having to wait while the bus guide pleaded and bargained with border patrol…. Piece of Cake?!
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