RTW review – a year on the road

Wow, a year of continuous travel! And not a single mile flown. That’s quite an achievement. For my month 12 review I am going to do something different, especially since I just recently posted a lengthy review of South East Asia and also updated the post on the travel worries I had before I left. So that’s 12…

RTW the best and worst of SE Asia

Five months in South East Asia, what a ride! Now that I’m moving onward and northward to China, it’s time for final review of the very best and the few worst things of South East Asia. There will also be a souped up monthly review later, as the next one will mark one year of…

RTW review – month 11

After the most amazing travel month so far, month 10 (Angkor! Chiang Mai! Ayutthaya!), anything was bound to be a disappointment. Yet, I have had mainly a very lovely time. This month will be the last in South East Asia, and I must admit, I am ready to move on. As ever, you find the…

RTW Cambodia to Vietnam

After a month in Cambodia, it was time to head to the last country in my SE Asia tour, Vietnam. I took a bus from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City (which I, like most locals, will call Saigon from now on), which took about seven hours. When I was in Siem Reap some weeks…

RTW getting sick on Koh Rong

I have traveled in SE Asia for four months now without problems. Malaysia, Sumatra, Thailand, elsewhere in Cambodia – no issues. I have stayed on many paradise islands, eaten fresh fruits and vegetables, brushed my teeth with tap water, swam on the beaches, had ice in my drinks, with nothing but a rare flutter in…

RTW first days in Koh Rong

Time and distance are fluid concepts in Cambodia. The 100 km distance from Kampot to Sihanoukville, the port town for the island of Koh Rong, and the half an hour ferry ride were supposed to be a 3-hour trip. I had been advised to be ready at 7:30 am for my pickup for the 8…

RTW sunsets in Kampot

Kep to Kampot was only 30 km and half an hour by minibus. After the really long bus journeys I have taken over the past months, such a short hop was nice. And the best part was that I caught the 10 am bus, had a nice relaxed morning, and still was in Kampot in…

RTW wine and wind in Kep

After two months inland, I was finally back on the coast. It was always more or less the plan to explore the interiors of Thailand and Cambodia around this time, but the broken wrist made it more necessary. Why go to the beach when I could neither swim nor dive, and I would be getting…

RTW a few days in Phnom Penh

I didn’t really warm to Phnom Penh. It was fine, and there was enough to do for a few days, but a bit meh. I’m generally not too enamoured with big cities, and the chaotic traffic in Phnom with only occasional sidewalks which were always chock full with motorcycles and even cars made walking around…

RTW review – month 10

What an amazing month! This travel month manages to cram in more incredible experiences than any of my previous, fantastic travel months. I get now why South East Asia is so high on many travellers’ best-of lists. The weather is wonderful, if a bit hot for my taste, the people are warm and friendly, the food…