Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and into India
02/13/2009 - 04/01/2009
Four countries in about a month. I never fully explored any of them but I enjoyed them all. They all had great food, great weather, cheap prices and delightful smiles.
Laos was nice. These were some of the most laid back people I have ever encountered. I saw alot of buddhas, took some rough but scenic bus journeys and a big highlight was renting a scooter in the capital Vientiane.
Really great and only $5CDN/24 hrs
Many people told me everyone in Vietnam just wanted to get my money with any means possible. This seemed to be true at first. At the border it took two hours of hardcore bargining before me and 2 other travellers were able to get a reasonable price for our bus to Hanoi then the taxi to the center in Hanoi had a fast meter. But after this I had no real problems. The people were, in fact, really nice especially my couchsurfing hosts, I had 2 local hosts in the big cities Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. Finally got to swim in the ocean in Nha Trang (touristy beach town).
I was only in Cambodia 5 days. I mostly saw the famous part of Cambodia, the wonder of the world Angkor Wat in Siem Riep (from the movie "Tomb Raider") and the infamous part of Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge museums in Phnom Penh. Cambodia was the poorest of the countries but had maybe the nicest people.
My trip to thailand was a bit lazy but that was ok. It was sort of like a holiday in a holiday. I arrived in Thailand just in time to meet my brother Jon and his friend Devan at the Bangkok airport and then meet up with six of their friends in the city center. I tagged along with all of them to Koh Phangan Island for like five days. The group seemed to have a bit higher budget than me but for 1 week it was ok. I pretty much layed on the beach the whole time then the last night was the big full moon party on the beach which was pretty cool even for someone who doesn't drink. It was really great to spend some time with Jon and really wierd too (I have never seen anyone I know while travelling). From what I saw it seems Thailand is a bit overtouristed.
Full Moon Party...
And now I'm in India...check the next blog it will be good.