Running the Gauntlet

Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
Trip End May 30, 2013

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Blue Moon Guesthouse

Flag of Cambodia  , Koh Kong Province,
Friday, November 9, 2012

Brian calls the days we cross borders: running the gauntlet, and it is to a degree.

First, we had to leave Pipat's, which required driving 40km very slowly in an old truck with a large water tank on the back. Then we travelled by taxi to Trat. Finding an ATM while dodging taxi drivers, we had no idea where the bus station was. I ducked into a guest house, and a very kind man gave me a map and explained directions to me. Unfortunately, the choices to get to the bus station were: take a taxi (no way) or walk. Walking is fine, but it was about a mile in the blazing mid-day sun. Finally, at the bus stations, we figured out our bus and waited (it's a when-the-bus-is-full-we-leave system). Onward to the border. Leaving Thailand was a breeze. The it was a lovely walk past the barbed wire in no-man's land to get to Cambodia. I've been worried about this border crossing as you hear about such corruption and scams. We tried to avoid the 'medical screening', but they were too insistent. A blinkey light in the face, a worthless piece of paper, and 20 Baht (about 50 cents) spent and we were on our way to the Visa office. It took a little while, but we weren't overcharged, nor did we encounter any difficulties (amazing!). Finding a taxi out of the hords was the next feat, but we found a nice one and shared with another Canadian. Dumped off in Koh Kong, I had no idea where to go, but had a few names of guest houses in mind. A tuk-tuk driver who works for the guest house I wanted came by with free rides to the guest house – brilliant concept! Now we are living in luxury with a TV, en-suite, hot water, WIFI and air con for  the all-inclusive price of $10 US!

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Fay crombie on

10$ !!...nearly fell off my chair

2totango on

tee hee. I'll post our Kampot accommodations soon - we had our own raised bungalow for $5 a night there. Just left Batambang where we were sleeping for $1 a night (although a little shabbier :) )

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