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Nice!!! I would love to travel the world a little more! I did a little when I was younger but not as much as I would have liked.
 

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Nam or Cam? Cant tell
 

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Yep off to Nam, but we'll mostly be in Cambodia and then a few days playing up in Thailand.
Sweet! Been to Nam and Thailand, never Cam tho. Where in Nam will you be staying? Highly recomend a drink at the rooftop bar on the hotell US army used as their headquarter during the war. Also a trip to the museum of war. And if you have the time, a trip to the tunnels in the jungle
 

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Bendigo, eh? I used to live in Kooyong. C'arn the Hawks!

-Peter
Oh yeah western suburbs.
Hawks are going no good at the moment they got smashed in the pre-season draft, lost a lot of good players and received nothing. Theyve been a good side for years.

I bleed black and white. We probably arent going any better
 

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Sweet! Been to Nam and Thailand, never Cam tho. Where in Nam will you be staying? Highly recomend a drink at the rooftop bar on the hotell US army used as their headquarter during the war. Also a trip to the museum of war. And if you have the time, a trip to the tunnels in the jungle
Yeah doing all the war museums and all the tome raider temples.

But the place the tour booked for us in Nam is dodgy as shit.
https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g293925-d667771-i43380775-Saigon_Royal_Hotel-Ho_Chi_Minh_City.html

Its all part of the fun.

Atleast if i get the urgent to make a phone call in the shower they will be very accommodating.
 

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Last real meal at the airport.
 

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The food did not impress me in Nam I have to admit. But the beating snake heart was intresting

That rooftop bar had one of the best GTs I'v ever had tho!
 

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The food did not impress me in Nam I have to admit. But the beating snake heart was intresting

That rooftop bar had one of the best GTs I'v ever had tho!
Is this bar in district 1?
 

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Enjoy my friend. I will be there in November. Chiang Mai for work. Never been to Asia kinda nervous lol
 
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Im getting the hang of it.
The place is crazy.
[video=youtube_https;F95li2x5xeI]https://youtu.be/F95li2x5xeI[/video]

This one touched the heart. The boys pulling in cable.
[video=youtube_https;_RqLZQ5xSwI]https://youtu.be/_RqLZQ5xSwI[/video]
 
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Keep the updates coming. We're going to Vietnam and Thailand next year

Looking forward to discovering my Asian roots...I could have been that kid pulling cable...
 

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This place is mad.
Thats standing on the corner of the hotel.
[video=youtube_https;lVX9HB6E0c8]https://youtu.be/lVX9HB6E0c8[/video]
 

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Oh yeah western suburbs.
Hawks are going no good at the moment they got smashed in the pre-season draft, lost a lot of good players and received nothing. Theyve been a good side for years.

I bleed black and white. We probably arent going any better
Aaah, the 'Pies. Classic rivalry with the Hawks. I've been mostly into cricket since I left Oz for Uni back in the late 80's, (easier to follow internationally), although the last test series with India was not the greatest moment for the Baggy Green either.

On topic, I love Southeast Asia, especially the food. Keep the reports coming from 'Nam.

-Peter
 

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I've been in Asia for over a week now and I can tell you from friends experience Nam has gotten much more expensive due to all the Chinese tourists. Bali and most of Indonesia is still a very good value. In Phuket island Thailand for another week, but a couple of beaches in Bali can't be beat. Enjoy the trip in between the monsoons!
 

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Im just going to post what everyone is thinking

[video=youtube_https;12tce-THLUE]https://youtu.be/12tce-THLUE[/video]
Thats going to be Bangkok .
There was a suspicious Thai Massage across the road from the hotel and we counted 6 girls working it.
 

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Holy shit Jimmy. Did your phone take a shit? Ya got no pics?!?!?!?


You ok bud?
 

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Holy shit Jimmy. Did your phone take a shit? Ya got no pics?!?!?!?


You ok bud?
Might be getting firewalled. We got firewalled on and off in Shanghai a few weeks ago. Seems fairly standard in communist countries.

-Peter
 

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Been flat out and theres only limited internet.

Made it to Phnom Penh capital of Cambodia yesterday.

We caught the bus and took us over the MeKong River.
[video=youtube_https;tEDj12-C2uU]https://youtu.be/tEDj12-C2uU[/video]

Bit of the Country side. Doesnt really change much still a eye opener.
[video=youtube_https;MUkRnfGHm00]https://youtu.be/MUkRnfGHm00[/video]
 

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Caught a cyclo bike to dinner last night was pretty wild.
[video=youtube_https;lC3H_z5n0kM]https://youtu.be/lC3H_z5n0kM[/video]
 

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Apparently it was a bit of a Buddhist holiday yesterday so the royal palace was closed.
I think we're coming back in a few days to do the markets so might get a chance then to have a look.
 

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Just finished doing the heavy stuff.
These picts are off google because we weren't allowed camera.

We just got back from the genocide S21 prison and killing feild from the Vietnam war.
Was pretty intense morning.
It used to be a school, but they used it to torture and interrogation back in the 1970s.
 

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So thats enough of that.
We're off to a home stay for the night out in a village somewhere so no power, running water, no air con. I think the local kids have a show for us. Should be cool.
 

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We got to Sihanouk yesterday afternoon.
Ill put the photos up of the home stay up later because I woke up still drunk.
 
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Sorry guys been flat out, time for a update.
So was i?
We had a home stay at a village in the jungle at Chumbock on Thursday...ish
We planted trees with the locals and they cook us dinner and the kids done a dance for us.
Was pretty cool wish it was longer than one night.
 

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Then on the way to Preah Sihanouk there was a shrine on the side of the road we had to stop at.
I can remember what it was called we just called it the penis shrine.
Apparently the story goes this womens husband was a fisherman who worked at search.
She loved her husband very much. One day he was very late, and she went by the ocean to meet him.
A storm develops, a big wave sinks the boat and he drowns.
The legend is that she was mad at her husband for leaving her so all the guys that went to the shrine would have to cut off their old fella and offer it to the shrine for good luck.
But now days u just have to offer a banana.
 

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Stop to have lunch somewhere on the way to Sihanouk and seen this, alway wanted to do something like this.
 

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Then we got to Sihanouk, was very westernized beach town.
Found those $1 whiskey and cokes that night.

Went to one of the islands snorkeling.
I got videos on the go-pro, I just havent set it up to get them off yet.

Check out the engine its just tide on with rope.
[video=youtube_https;iQzawnO70-U]https://youtu.be/iQzawnO70-U[/video]
[video=youtube_https;K9gaYaH5J7Y]https://youtu.be/K9gaYaH5J7Y[/video]


Think I got credit card scamed here $400... so for future dont have to much on your prepaid travel card at one time.
 

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Then to Kompong Chhnang for a river cruise.
[video=youtube_https;ix57bYtbgMg]https://youtu.be/ix57bYtbgMg[/video]
 

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So most places we've eaten is at charity restaurants that help train the locals and support the farmers.
And all the transport is by public bus or tok-tok.
I nearly died the other day going from Kampong Chhnang to Seim Reap.

They had 3 chickens on the bus yesterday in a washing basket, its mental.
 

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Looks awesome! Whats next?
 

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Thanks for sharing! very interesting....... still a little hard to get used to people vacationing in Nam and Cambodia
 

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Thanks for sharing! very interesting....... still a little hard to get used to people vacationing in Nam and Cambodia
Its more of a adventure holiday.
We used a tour company called Intrepid, I could imagine getting around with out a local guide with us. Most Cambodians can speak English.

Today was the first time I went and got a full body scrub, thai massage and lay by the pool.
We got to bangkok yesterday.
 

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So the stories still in Kampong Chhnang.
After the boat cruise we went to the sky top bar.
Cocktails where a lil expensive $3.50
They had a band which were pretty good.
[video=youtube_https;9FC4HDjlajo]https://youtu.be/9FC4HDjlajo[/video]

Halfway through the night i started to watch the band and realized the drummer was just tapping the box to the beat.
I was like whatever and thought nothing of it.
Then i noticed the guitarist and keyboard missed alot of changes.
So the band was just a show
[video=youtube_https;1ly8LRTpasw]https://youtu.be/1ly8LRTpasw[/video]
 

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Went on a bike tour.
Found the local monastery where they have a kilne and bury peoples ashes.

[video=youtube_https;NFpfErbu1Ps]https://youtu.be/NFpfErbu1Ps[/video]
Found these grass seeds when they get wet in the sun they pop.
[video=youtube_https;TNroe-U112s]https://youtu.be/TNroe-U112s[/video]
 
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Road over to a Island.
[video=youtube_https;FPa883kd47E]https://youtu.be/FPa883kd47E[/video]
[video=youtube_https;BAL6tWwh4tA]https://youtu.be/BAL6tWwh4tA[/video]
 

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This gets us to about Saterday where we got another bus from Kampong cham to Siem reap.
Stoped in to a market and at spider.
Tasted alot like fried bacon and sweet bbq sauce.

Once we got to Siem Reap it was fairly late so we went to see a Cambodian culture show and a all u can eat buffet that sits 1000 people.
[video=youtube_https;sFzf-r20O-M]https://youtu.be/sFzf-r20O-M[/video]
[video=youtube_https;wobm_OjCBXc]https://youtu.be/wobm_OjCBXc[/video]

 
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Done Angkor Wat, one of the wonders of the world.
Also done the museum before hand to get a running start at the history of it and Khmer Buddhism. Definitely enlightening and it makes u look at things differently.


Woke up at 4am to get the sunrise.
Its only 10km outta Siem Reap.

Got blessed by a monk at the temple.
[video=youtube_https;sKOH2qBR740]https://youtu.be/sKOH2qBR740[/video]

[video=youtube_https;6AZbLo9-4wg]https://youtu.be/6AZbLo9-4wg[/video]
 
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