Tea growing near Pu Mat National Park at Con Cuong, Vietnam.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Con Cuong (Pu Mat National Park), Vietnam.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Ninh Binh, Vietnam.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

I guess we're going with plan B

Well, it's Thursday morning here in Phnom Penh, and our eVisas to Vietnam still show as "in processing". Due to Chinese New Year celebrations, their office is now closed until the 14th, so we're stuck here in Cambodia until then.

So, plan "B' it is!

We're going to hop in another minibus and take a three hour trip down to the town of Kampot. We'll stay there at least two nights, and possibly longer. But if there's not enough to do, we'll continue on to the island of Koh Rong.

Yesterday, we wandered over to a big shopping mall. Gave us some exercise walking there and back, and a chance to cool off in the air conditioning once we got there.

Temple along the way.

There are a lot of buildings that have rooftop gardens.

Cambodia independence monument.

The mall was quite big, but actually kind of dull. Not busy like the ones in Bangkok. 

Donut, anyone?

On the way back, we stopped in a little hole in the wall restaurant for lunch. It wasn't that good. 

Ruth had some kind of chicken dish.

And I had chicken soup. But it was very sour tasting, and the chicken itself didn't have very much flavor. And there were some weird thing in it that I couldn't even figure out what they were!
I struggled through it.

Just as we were finishing lunch, I got a message from Howard and Whitney. They are fellow Canadians from Calgary and they run a blog at d2detours.com. It turns out they are in Phnom Penh, and coincidentally just down the road from where we were having lunch. So we agreed to meet for an afternoon drink.

Heading to the bar.

Kevin, Ruth, Whitney, and Howard.

After a couple of hours of travel talk, we headed back to the hotel. Our paths might cross again in Albania in June. 

It was my 62nd birthday yesterday, so we went out for a little nicer dinner. I had read about an Indian restaurant that gets good reviews, so we walked over there.

Walking past the Independence monument at night.

We ordered a chicken curry and a spinach curry, and split them.

It was quite good. They even had wine at $3.50 USD a glass, so we each had a glass of wine as a treat. Wine is quite expensive here, so on a "per glass" basis, that was not bad. Total bill was $22.80 USD ($31 CAD).

Queen Memory Foam Mattress. On sale at a great price, plus there is a 10% off coupon showing.

And in Canada...


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    1. Kevin says thank you for the birthday wishes!

  2. Happy birthday, belatedly, Kevin! Sorry you got stuck in Cambodia, but glad you came up with an alternate plan. Fun to meet fellow travelers unexpectedly!

    1. Kevin says thank you for the birthday wishes.

      It wasn't so much being stuck in Cambodia, it was being stuck in Phnom Penh! It really isn't somewhere that we had wanted to go to in the first place and then to be stuck in the city was a bit frustrating. Unfortunately because the eVisas didn't come through it just means that we will end up with less time in Laos, which we were hoping to spend at least 2 or 3 weeks in and now it will be less than that.

      It was nice to meet up with fellow travelers, we certainly enjoyed our afternoon with them.


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