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... and thus go to heaven.
Now we set off for our ultimate goal of the day – the giant Maitreya Buddha on Cam Mountain. I had been there once before, with my American friend, Tim Wagner.
We were forced to leave our taxi in a car park and travel to the giant Buddha either by motorbike or minibus. The minibus was by far the cheapest, so we paid our 70,000 VND return fares and off we went.
The Maitreya Buddha is 34 metres tall and sits on top ...
... meals and accommodation. We also gave a small donation towards the school excursion that had been organised for the weekend we left. I'd recommend a homestay for those travelling to cambodia if they have the time. I would have liked to have had more time for hands on activities, helping around the village etc. but with staying only 2 nights, I understand this was difficult. All in all, a great experience and one I'm sure I'll remember ...
... and shared a walk, a meal and the same room in Chau Doc. A big thanks to Lan for sharing her culture!
The next morning I took a boat for 5h cruising to Phnom Penh, crossing the border with Cambodia. Bye bye Vietnam, I will be back! I really enjoyed my 20 days there.
... who was once forced down a lame water slide by the rest of her family "that was NOT a good idea!". We have almost finished our visit to the Mekong, having reached Chau Doc near the Cambodian border. We will take a speed boat to Phnom Penh tomorrow. We found the cruise really interesting and were both surprised to see how built up and industrialised the whole area was - the romantic visions of rice paddies and ladies in conical hats certainly does ...
... of the words were aimed directly at me. During the next hour he sang many times, plainly enjoying his performance, revelling in the attention we gave him. He was devoid of shyness – a shameless exhibitionist.
A side-show to his singing was the clowning of my friend, Tang, in the background. Tang lives in the coffee shop opposite Thuy and is an all-round good guy with a lovely sense of humour. As the singer cavorted, Tang stood up behind ...