Freshwater Dolphins

Trip Start Sep 30, 2005
Trip End Sep 01, 2006

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Saturday, January 28, 2006

We left kampot, still buzzing from the previous days fun, and both agreeing that cambdoia has been our favorite place so far. how can other people who have come here before, not agreed. anyway we spent one night back in the capital of phnom penh, before taking a 6 hour bus up to kratie. that night in the city we met someone whose profession was stunt man, YES..... maybe it just me who thinks that's cool, but i don't care. he also knew another mark strange (for those of you who know boris), who is a stuntman too.

cambodia is the first country so far, with no mcdonalds or fast food (coca cola though), which has been really refreshing (pun....drum roll please), i think the same will be true in our next two countries. we have however seen a couple of mcdonalds signs, our guest house owner down south, said ít's not a mcdonalds, but it does other sorts of 'take-out'. at this point i would like to make a joke about fillet of fish, but i have been censored, and shall suffer in angry silence, considering revenge.

Anyway, the reason we are in kratie, which is north of the capital, is because we want to spot some irrawaddy dolphins, one of the few species of fresh water dolphin, and a protected species, you can find them here, laos, australia and in india, which is where we failed to spot them earlier in the trip. they are smaller and have a much stumpier head than common dolphins.

first night, chilled, 2nd day we did a trip to a couple of temples, which were unremarkable, apart from alot of very colourful Buddha related paintings, which however i think are very recent. we then spent a little while contemplating swimming at the rapids, there was no one else in, and it looked fast and rocky, maybe i'm getting to old for this stuff. we then went onto a place, where we could spot the dolphins from a boat. spot we did, a lot, but they never got to close, but it was beautiful as the sun was coming down. then straight on the bike, driving very fast to a mountain spot for what looked to be an amazing view over the Mekong river and sunset. Unfortunately after running, and then bounding up a lot of steps, breathing heavily through gritted teeth, the sunset had been lost in the cloud. maybe tomorrow. we paid our rather unless expensive driver, vowing never to use him again, especially after finding out that everything is cheaper that the price he asks, you live and learn, but you'd think we'd be getting used to it by now.

day 3, we hired a bike, and took in the countryside, drinking more palm juice, and coconuts, and of course revisiting the dolphins. i wasn't as keen as kate, but we were rewarded for our persistance. we got our own boat, and a much better view of the dolphins, with them coming very close to the boat, it was very breath taking. not breath taking enough however for kate not to be squealing with excitment. afterwards, we enjoyed duck eggs and mango, or should i say 'enjoyed not touching', much to the delight of the staff at the stall, i looked at my warmed up duck egg (or chick), expecting at any moment for it to start squawking, and then made the educated choice, and left it there and took a picture instead, what would you do? either way, i'll sleep better tonight, not hearing quacking in my sleep. the night time was more relaxing, which is also the code word for not spending money, internet time and films.

since traveling, we have lost many things along the way, the most recent was my bed sheet in bangkok, which they forgot to give back to me at the cleaners, and i didn't realise until it was too late. therefore, i've had no bedsheet for a month, but have just managed (see photos), to sew (first time in a long time) some sheets together to make a sleeping bag, not sure how long the little buggars gonna last, but i'm very proud. not that proud if you inspect it closely, nan where are you when i need you!

the time for vietnam is nigh.

as a side note, one unusual fashion item that we have noticed in cambodia, is the unusual number of women dressed in pj's all day long. i'm not sure if this part of the world is ahead or behind us in the world of fashion, but to be fair it does look fairly comfortable, if not warm.
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mills01480 on

McDonalds withdrawal.
Danny/Kate, really pleased to hear that Cambodia has been so good....I hope it is the same where you go to next.
McDonalds ! what you mustn't forget is there are a lot of them because people like isn't a U.S. plot to make the whole World fat (although this may well be a side effect), it is just a commercial enterprise, and of course you don't have to go in one...I think secretly you are missing them !!
Superbowl not last weekend, must be this coming Sunday.

Love, Dad

jojohn on

G'day from Echuca
Photos amazing, duck egg revolting and Danny really beginning to look like a new age traveller! Look forward to catching up over a few beers in Oz.
Take care
John & Jo

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