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Planning Three Months in South East Asia

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A September 2006 trip to Asia by SeenThat

Inverted Tea Photo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia More Photos
Quote: One month in South East Asia is like ten minutes in Paris: it isn’t enough; three months are the very minimum for such a visit.
The Hill Station in Bokor Photo, Cambodia, Asia
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One month in South East Asia is like ten minutes in Paris: it is not enough. Three months is the minimum for a reasonable view of the area and making a circular journey around Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. This journal describes a logical path for such a journey; it doesn't incl...Read More
Inverted Tea Photo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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BattambangBattambang is Cambodia’s second largest city and has several attractions. Psar Nat, the Central Market, is shaped as one wing, one quarter, of Phnom Penh's Central Market and provides a feast of Khmer food; Cambodian scarves are cheaper here than in Phnom Penh. Around the market there are several jewelleries shops trying to profit from their closeness to Pailin. Phnom Samphou is Battambang’s version of Phnom Penh 's Killing Fields. The hill can be reached with a moto; motorbikes and drivers wait at the hotels and cost two dollars. At the...Read More

3. Good Morning Vietnam

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Inverted Tea Photo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Fruity KampotIf wishing to sacrifice some beach time, Kampot is the ideal detour; taxis and trucks connect Sihanoukville with Kampot. The town is on the southeastern corner of Cambodia and offers a beautiful riverside, the misty Bokor Mountains and terraces of French shop-houses; it is the exit point for trips to the uphill French fort in Bokor and Kep beaches. The Teuk Chhou River divides the city, downtown is eastwards from it, just next to the bridge. Along the eastern shore are several pleasant places to spend the evening; every evening, stalls serving fresh fruit shakes appear there. The shakes faithfully reflect the huge variety of fruits existing along the ...Read More
River Photo, Hoi An, Vietnam
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DalatHigh in the Southern Central Highlands, Da Lat is Vietnam’s main mountain resort; it attracts huge numbers of honeymooners and tourists. The main sights are Emperor Bao Dai's Summer Palace, the French Quarter, the Hang Nga Guesthouse & Art Gallery, and the Valley of Love, which is 5km north of the city and aimed to the newly wed.Five kilometers south of Da Lat, halfway down the dramatic Pren Pass, is the Lake Tuyen Lam (daily 7:30am-4:30pm), boats can be rented on the north shore; on the summit behind is a meditation pagoda. A few hundred meters on are the Datanla Falls (6am-6pm; 5000d).Nearby are several Hill Tribes. Some can be reached independentl...Read More
Inverted Tea Photo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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The Seventh WeekHanoiElegant and majestic, Hanoi is one of the pinnacles of the tour.Old Quarter - The 36 Streets MarketFrom Cau Go Street, on Hoan Kiem Lake’s northern shore, begins the 36 Streets Quarter with its narrow, twisting streets that take their names from the products sold there since ancient times. The area is divided among 36 guilds, each gathered around a dinh (communal house) or a temple dedicated to its patron spirit. The backpackers' quarter is next to it and provides a wonderful opportunity for leisurely explori...Read More

6. Reaching Thailand’s Islands

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Inverted Tea Photo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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The Tenth Week: The Golden TriangleThe Golden Triangle is best reached from Chiang Khong’s port with a truck to Chiang Saen, an old Thai fortress city at the Golden Triangle’s southern edge.After enjoying Chiang Saen’s ruins in the late afternoon, the next day can be used to explore the triangle. Trucks do the eleven kilometres north to Ban Sop Ruak, a tiny Thai village sitting on the triple border. Its main attraction is a boat trip along the Mekong...Read More