Some contributions gratefully received from David taken on his recent Vietnam and Cambodia Overland tour. Keeping the blurb to a minimum and in approximately the correct order then we have…
David struggling to emerge from one of the Vietcong tunnels at Cu Chi, near Saigon (Ho Chi Minh), bearing in mind that much of the original system was widened to allow visitor access!
Looks like breakfast at Ba Duc – a fabulous, converted period villa on an island in the Mekong Delta close to Cai Be Town.
Welcome to Phnom Penh with an obligatory afternoon cocktail at, of course, the famous riverside Foreign Correspondents Club. You do pay a bit extra for the view and name but you can’t really say you’ve visited Phnom Penh without at least one beverage at the venerable old institution.
We’ve skipped to the temples at Angkor (could be any of them) for this excellent portrait of our excellent Siem Reap temple guide, Chet. Knowledgeable with fine language skills and a great sense of humour – what more can you ask for?!
Don’t worry, it’s not an accident, this is the procedure when you meet a ‘train’ coming the other way. The famous service was closed down last year as the government re-introduced ‘real’ trains on the Phnom Penh to Battambang line although, as the current schedule only accounts for 1 departure per week each way, the ever popular bamboo train has been consequently reinstated – for now at least.
Still in Battambang for this group shot at the friendly, family-run Delux Villa. (Their spelling, not ours.) A top, little low-key hotel with garden and pool and central location.
As David and Ruth extended the standard the 2-week tour with an extension to Kep, Kampot and Takeo Provinces in southern Cambodia the final shot is Mark and the cold drinks lady at the wonderful Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre south of Phnom Penh.
Thanks again to David for the photos. Any other contributions gratefully received (just send a few medium res JPEGS to Mel or Lesley in the UK office) and the next departure, for anyone tempted, is 18th February with 4 available places remaining.